CEBU City will revert to enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) while Talisay City in Cebu will be placed again under modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) from June 16 to June 30, 2020 because of a spike in new coronavirus cases and widespread community transmission of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19).
The two cities have also registered a consistent case doubling time of less than seven days and a significant increase in critical care utilization compared to critical care capacity, according to the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases.
The IATF’s recommendations, which are contained in Resolution No. 46-A, were approved by President Rodrigo Duterte Monday night, June 15, 2020.
The President, however, said the new quarantine classifications could still be modified after he meets with the business community.
"'Yan na muna ang ano natin, but later on...tomorrow or day after, after I shall have talked to the businessmen, then we can decide whether or not we can still modify the modified lockdown that we have imposed," Duterte said at the start of the meeting which was broadcast on state television.
Aside from escalating quarantine restrictions in the cities of Cebu and Talisay, Duterte also approved the IATF recommendation to retain the general community quarantine (GCQ) in the entire Metro Manila.
Other areas that will remain under GCQ are: