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Negros, Bacolod to remain under MCGQ until end of May

Negros Island and Bacolod City will remain under Modified General Community Quarantine (MGCQ) from May 15 to 31, Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque said Friday, May 14.

That is what the national Inter-Agency Task Force sees as the appropriate status for Negros Occidental so we will just follow it, Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson said.

Negros Occidental had 23 new COVID-19 cases and Bacolod City had 78 on Friday, the Department of Health reported.

The DOH said Negros Occidental has 2,239 active COVID-19 cases and Bacolod City has 981.

Roque said President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday, approved the recommendation of the IATF to place the National Capital Region, Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna and Rizal under General Community Quarantine (GCQ) with heightened restrictions from May 15 to 31.

Also under GCQ status are areas under the Cordillera Administrative Region, such as Apayao, Baguio City, Benguet, Kalinga, Mountain Province and Abra; Cagayan, Isabela, Nueva Vizcaya in Region 2; Batangas and Quezon in Region 4-A; Puerto Princesa in Region 4-B; Iligan City in Region 10; Davao City in Region 11; and Lanao del Sur in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao.

The City of Santiago and Quirino Province in Region 2; Ifugao in the Cordillera Administrative Region; and Zamboanga City in Region 9 will be placed under Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (MECQ) from May 15 to 31, Roque said.

All other areas will be placed under MGCQ until month’s end, he added.

Only essential travel into and out of the NCR Plus will be allowed, Roque said.*

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