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Quezon City mulls shift to GCQ after May 15

By Franz Lewin Embudo/The Manila Times

A day after Metro Manila mayors proposed another extension, the Quezon City government which has the most number of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) cases, is planning to implement a “transition period” to general community quarantine (GCQ) after May 15.

“While the health of our residents remains our primary priority, we also need to look after the local economy, which has been affected severely by the dreaded virus,” Mayor Josefina “Joy” Belmonte said.

Belmonte said the proposal would be discussed during a meeting of Metro Manila mayors this Saturday.

The mayor said that the guidelines was meant to jumpstart the revival of the local economy by allowing businesses to adapt “strict health protocols” as a “new normal” setting.

“Necessary preventive measures should be in place and the health and safety of workers and customers must be guaranteed before we allow them to operate again,” she said.

As of May 8, the local government reported 1,518 confirmed Covid-19 cases with 337 recoveries and 134 deaths, citing Department of Health data.


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