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Metro could slide to GCQ in June

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said Metro Manila’s quarantine level could be downgraded to General Community Quarantine (GCQ) starting June 1.

Metro Manila’s current modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) status imposes strict restrictions on travel, reopening of businesses and mass gatherings.

Lorenzana cited encouraging signs that “new cases [are] not increasing, death is in the single digits [and] recoveries [are] increasing.”

“We would like to impress on our people the need for self-discipline; so, they will get used to the new normal such as the social distancing, wearing of face masks, sanitation and other office protocols; so, that it will become a norm; so, we can avoid the second wave,” he said.

Areas under MECQ may also shift to GCQ, according to Interior Secretary Eduardo Año, such as Cebu City, Mandaue City and several areas in Luzon including Laguna, Bataan, Bulacan, Nueva Ecija, Pampanga, Angeles City and Zambales, while areas under GCQ may transition to the more relaxed modified GCQ.

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