Manila general community quarantine extended to July 31

Metro Manila will have no relief from its Covid-19 related general community quarantine until at least July 31, according to a decision made by President Rodrigo Duterte.

“It was clear from the discussion that the spread of Covid in Metro Manila has not slowed down,” explained presidential spokesperson Harry Roque.

The Philippines is routinely recording more than a thousand new Covid-19 cases a day, many of which are in Metro Manila. The total number of cases since the pandemic began is nearing 60,000, with more than 1,600 recorded deaths.

Metro Manila has been under the general community quarantine designation for about six weeks, with the initial lockdown having begun on March 15, four months ago.