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Negros to remain under MGCQ, GCQ request came late: Roque

Negros Occidental and Bacolod City will remain under Modified General Community Quarantine (MGCQ) until April 30, Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque announced Sunday, April 11.

Roque, who announced the new quarantine classifications around the country, told DIGICAST NEGROS the request of Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson to place Negros Occidental under the stricter General Community Quarantine (GCQ) was received by the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) late.

He does not know if the IATF would still deliberate on Negros Occidental’s request, Roque said.

Negros Occidental has been under MGCQ, but Lacson on Friday had asked that it be reclassified to GCQ following a surge in COVID-19 cases in the province.

Lacson said he is hoping the IATF will still take up his request.

The Western Visayas Regional IATF and Regional Task Force on Saturday, April 10, passed a resolution endorsing the request for the escalation of Negros Occidental’s status to GCQ to the national IATF.

Roque announced that Metro Manila, Bulacan, Rizal, Laguna, Cavite, Santiago City, Qurino and Abra would remain under Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine until April 30.

Cagayan, Isabela, Nueva Viscaya, Batangas, Tacloban City, Iligan City, Davao City, Lanao Del Sur and Quezon would be under GCQ, and the rest of the country under MGCQ, Roque said.

COVID CASES

Negros Occidental had 1,123 active COVID-19 cases on Saturday, the Provincial Incident Management Team reported.

San Carlos City’s COVID-19 cases surged to 227, followed by Kabankalan City with – 108, and Cadiz City with 101, the PIMT added.

Negros Occidental had 267 new COVID-19 cases on Saturday and 152 on Sunday, the Department of Health reported.

The DOH also reported that the province had 1,317 active COVID-19 cases on Sunday.

CURFEW

Meanwhile, Lacson reiterated that the 8 p.m. to 4 a.m. curfew in Negros Occidental will take effect Monday.

“I’m calling on the public to cooperate and comply with the curfew. Our province is experiencing a widespread of new COVID-19 cases that staying out of homes for longer hours may further aggravate the situation,” Lacson said.*

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