The President of the Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte, announced this Sunday that the country’s capital, Manila, is returning to quarantine after confirmation of more than 100,000 infections across the country.
The metropolitan region of Manila and the four surrounding provinces Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna and Rizal will use the so-called “Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine Protocol” (MECQ) for at least two weeks from Tuesday to 6 p.m. August, said for his part spokesman Harry Roque.
According to the protocol, public transportation is suspended, people are prohibited from leaving their homes except for essential travel, meetings are limited to five, and dining in restaurants is not permitted.
Duterte said he understood that health workers were exhausted after five months of non-stop work and felt like they would return to the same state they had in mid-March when the country’s most populous island closed down. , Luzón, where Manila is located.