Malacañang Says ECQ and MECQ in NCR Plus Effective Against COVID-19 Spread


MANILA, Philippines- The Palace said Monday that the implementation of stricter quarantine measures in the so-called NCR plus has worked to slow down the spread of the virus.  

This was stated as the total number of the Covid-19 cases has reached more than a million in the country.

“Gumana po ang ating ECQ [enhanced community quarantine] at MECQ [modified enhanced community quarantine]. Napababa po natin sa less than 1 pa nga ang ating R-naught,” presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said in an online briefing.

Roque reported on Monday that the spread of the said virus has slipped to 0.91. Despite this, he stressed the government must sustain the effects of ECQ and MECQ through the Prevent-Detect-Isolate-Treat-Reintegrate strategy.

The Country on Monday recorded 8,929 new COVID-19 infections, pushing the total caseload to 1,005,685.

But Roque insisted the quarantine measures from the government did “well” because only around 100,000 of these cases remained active.

“Alam ninyo po iyong one million, huwag ninyo pong titingnan lamang ang one million cases. Unang-una halos 900,000 na po ang gumaling diyan so mga aktibong cases ay mahigit-kumulang 100,000,” Roque said.

“So I don’t think it is a negative reflection. On the other hand dahil nga po mayroon tayong world ranking, makikita po natin na we are still managing the new variants rather well,” he added.

The Presidential Spokesperson also mentioned that the Philippines has dropped to 26th from 20th in terms of the highest number of COVID-19 cases.

The Palace is going to decide on NCR Plus quarantine classifications and its details for May this week.

Reporting by: Ghelo Javier
Source: Inquirer

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