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DOH Says Experts Recommend Extended ECQ

Longer ECQ more effective.
Mar 29, 2021
Photo/s: Jerome Ascaño

A longer ECQ or enhanced community quarantine in Metro Manila and surrounding provinces will be more effective in capping a worrying surge in COVID-19 cases, the Department of Health said Monday, citing expert recommendations.

However, an extension of the ECQ beyond April 4, has not been decided by the Inter-Agency Task Force on COVID-19, Presidential Spokesperon Harry Roque said.

The head of the DOH Epidemiology Bureau, Alethea de Guzman, presented the following simulation during a public briefing on the first day of the ECQ:

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The virus is spreading faster and is threatening to overwhelm the healthcare system, prompting the declaration of ECQ, the strictest quarantine, De Guzman said.

"Ang ECQ, hindi para para i-restrict ang mobility. Dapat samahan ng pag-adhere sa minimum public health standards," she said.

Authorities should also use the ECQ window to trace and isolate suspect cases. "Sayang ang ECQ kung hindi natin ito gagawin."


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Here are more data that justified the ECQ, according to De Guzman:

  • The March 2021 peak in infections is nearly double the March 2020 peak
  • As of March 28, 1.52% of the total active cases are severe to critical
  • As of March 13, every 100 positive cases in Metro Manila infects 149 others
  • The average daily attack rate nationwide is six cases per 100,000 population compared to 2.75 per 100,000 several weeks back
  • In Metro Manila, the attack rate is 27 per 100,000 population
  • In Metro Manila, 38% of COVID patients in the hospital are asymptomatic to mild while 62% are severe to critical
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