Surging Covid19 infections in the country have prompted more stringent health protocols in Metro Manila, where a large concentration of cases have clustered, but for Health Secretary Francisco Duque III, reverting back to an enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) or modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) status is not feasible.
“Pwede mo sabihin na higpitan pero hindi ‘yung widespread na quarantine restriction. Yung babalik sa ECQ o MECQ. Hindi ganun,” Sec. Duque stated during a recent interview.
Rather than placing the nation’s capital under ECQ or MECQ, implementing stricter measures in places of public gathering such as restaurants, along with localized lockdowns where cases have spiked, are effective in reducing viral transmission according to Sec. Duque.
Furthermore, although he does not recommend the implementation of a Metro Manila wide strict lockdown, he stresses that it isn’t an impossibility in the future.
On Mar. 22 the Department of Health (DOH) recorded the highest recorded number of new Covid19 infections in a day, to date, at 8,019.
Although no clear cause has been named yet, the detection of new virus variants and even misplaced complacency towards the country’s Covid19 situation, have been suspected as drivers for the recent surge.