One more week of ECQ for ‘NCR Plus’ bubble

To keep COVID-19 infections in check, travel has been restricted to essential travel amid the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) status extension in the NCR Plus bubble. (PIA-NCR file photo) 

CALOOCAN CITY, April 4 (PIA) -- Presidential Spokesperson and Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) mouthpiece Secretary Harry Roque on Saturday annouced a one-week extension of the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) status in the National Capital Region Plus (NCR Plus) bubble to curb COVID-19 trajectory.

Roque said retaining the ECQ classification in Metro Manila, Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna, and Rizal from April 5 to 11, 2021 was based on the recommendation made by the IATF-EID after careful scientific analysis of data and guidance from the Department of Health, some metro mayors, and the OCTA Research group experts.

“Nag-rekomenda po ang IATF na pahabain pa ang enhanced community quarantine ng minimum ng isang linggo sa buong Metro Manila at mga probinsya ng Laguna, Bulacan, Cavite at Rizal," he announced.

The official added that local government units (LGUs) in NCR Plus have been directed by the National Task Force (NTF) czars to intensify the prevent-detect-isolate-treat-reintegrate (PDITR) measures.

“Nire-require po natin ngayon na magkaroon ng daily monitoring ang mga lokal na pamahalaan, ang ating NTF czars para po malaman natin kung ano ang resulta ng pina-igting natin na PDITR,” Roque said, adding that LGUS must likewise go after quarantine violators in their "strict enforcement" of quarantine and health protocols.

Roque, however, said if PDITR measures can slow down COVID-19 infections the quarantine status may be relaxed to modified ECQ the week after.

A report released by OCTA Research on Friday said the average new daily cases of COVID-19 dropped in NCR Plus following the implementation of ECQ.

OCTA Research found that COVID-19 infection growth rate in NCR Plus declined to “40 percent or less,” indicating that government interventions, specifically the imposition of ECQ, “were effective in slowing the growth of the pandemic.” (PIA NCR)

Source: Philippines Information Agency (

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