June 21, 2021

The community quarantine will not be eased immediately: DOH

Discussions on reducing or eliminating community quarantine categories across the nation are continuing, but are unlikely to occur “soon,” according to a health official.

During an online media conference, Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said, “That’s a long-term objective, that’s not going to happen today or in the next month, ito po ay siguro, masasabi natin, pinag-uusapan namin yan, totoo naman (we’re discussing this, that’s true).”

Vergeire was reiterating Interior Undersecretary Epimaco Densing’s weekend remark that national government authorities are talking about lowering quarantine requirements.

She stressed that this long-term objective necessitates a strategy for when the gradual lifting of restrictions will begin, and that local authorities would be in charge of deciding on lockdowns or community quarantines.

“That is our goal in the coming months, but not right now,” she said. “Para kahit i-shift natin sa kanila ang pagpapatupad nitong quarantine classifications, may safeguards po tayo na maipapasok at hindi po tayo magkakaroon ng (so that when we shift the implementation of quarantine classifications to them, there will be safeguards and we

Vergeire said that this step is the result of a long research and that it requires appropriate execution to prevent the danger of local governments shutting off regions without cause.

The National Capital Region and the province of Bulacan are now under a general community quarantine (GCQ) with “certain limitations.”

Meanwhile, the GCQ has been imposed in Rizal, Laguna, and Cavite, albeit with “heightened limitations.”

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