- Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque stated that President Rodrigo Duterte heard the calls of the medical frontliners
- He said that the country is grateful for the immense contribution of medical frontliners and their voices were heard
- Roque previously said that the palace also understands the needed balancing act between the economic condition of the country vis-a-vis that of public health
- He also stated that the local government units of Metro Manila were directed to "implement a strict localized lockdown/enhanced community quarantine in barangays where 80% of cases are located"
Malacañang has responded to the calls of the medical community to once more put Metro Manila under ECQ as they are already overwhelmed.
SPOX Harry Roque on Saturday, Aug. 1, stated that the President already directed the Inter-Agency Task Force for Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) to act on the call of the medical community to revert Metro Manila to ECQ.
According to Roque, PRRD has heard their concerns and expressed how grateful the nation is to frontliners.
As per PhilStar, the Palace previously mentioned lockdown strategies in areas where cases were up.
"The strict lockdown in Metro Manila has served its purpose, and we need to intensify other strategies. It is for this reason that the local government units of Metro Manila have been directed to implement a strict localized lockdown/enhanced community quarantine in barangays where 80% of cases are located and the publication of these barangays."
The government faced problems when they imposed the initial community quarantine, which was elevated into enhanced community quarantine. It also suspended transportation causing massive problems with commuters.
Doctors have died after being infected by COVID-19. They are among the frontliners who attend to the patients rushing to hospitals amid pandemic.
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