Modified general community quarantine may be possible within the first quarter, said trade secretary Ramon Lopez last week.
“It’s still very much doable, but there is a new coronavirus disease variant so we have to be extra careful in our decisions, even on age restriction and possible movement to MGCQ,” he said in a virtual briefing.
Taking the new variant into account, Lopez also said of the shift to MGCQ: “It might spread and derail efforts in the continuous lowering of Covid cases month-on-month. We will study further and we will know, depending on the numbers. I think we can see there was no big surge (in cases).”
Government agencies have also been tasked to further examine the new Covid variant.
Lopez reported that a newly formed government committee is deliberating on which sectors can be reopened. Among those considered are museums and other tourist spots, as many parts of the country are already under MGCQ.
Areas still under GCQ in February are Metro Manila, Davao City, Cordillera Administrative Region, Tacloban City, Davao del Norte, Lanao del Sur and Iligan City.