By NewsDesk @infectiousdiseasenews
The Philippines had eclipsed the 100,000 COVID-19 case mark over the weekend with a bulk of the latest cases reported in the Metro Manila area. In fact, record-high numbers have been reported consecutively in the last four days
Today, President Rodrigo Roa Duterte decided to reimpose the Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (MECQ) status in Metro Manila, Laguna, Cavite, Rizal, and Bulacan.
According to officials, the MECQ will run from August 4 to 18 and is considered the right direction to preventing the collapse of the country’s healthcare system.
Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque pointed out that under MECQ, healthcare workers will get their much-needed breather while the public and private sector can enhance their test, trace, isolate, and treat strategy as well as localized lockdowns will be strengthened.
Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said the timeout is not really meant to slowdown the rate of Covid-19 infection, but rather give medical front-liners a “breather” and government a chance to restrategize.