Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque has squashed hearsays that the NCR Plus region will transition into a less restrictive quarantine classification once June 15 passes. 

Roque said the region, which consists of Metro Manila, Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna, and Rizal, will most likely be placed under an ‘ordinary’ general community quarantine (GCQ) status instead of the more permissive modified general community quarantine (MGCQ) measure.

“Ang problema po natin mataas pa rin yung actual numbers, hindi pa tayo nakakabalik sa mga numero natin bago pumasok ang new variants,” he told  GMA’s Unang Balita on Monday (June 14).

According to Roque, Metro Manila was only recording 1,000 cases of COVID-19 infections daily even before the variants arrived in the country, however, the region was never placed under MGCQ. 

“So ang nakikita ko po ay ordinaryong GCQ pero sa tingin ko po mukang malabo pa yung MGCQ,” Roque stressed. 

At present, the number of active coronavirus cases in the country is 59,865, the Department of Health’s (DOH) June 13 tally reported. 

The Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID), the government arm handling the pandemic in the country, will meet today to discuss the new quarantine classification for NCR and other regions in the Philippines. The recommendations will then be submitted to President Rodrigo Duterte for approval.

On June 11, OCTA Research said the NCR Plus region is in no shape to move into a more permissive quarantine classification, specifically MGCQ. According to the research body, the number of average COVID-19 cases in the zone remains high. 

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