The quarantine labels, definitions, and guidelines have changed so much in that past two months. Right now, Metro Manila is under modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ), but folks living in Quezon City will have to acquaint themselves with a new type of quarantine.
The Quezon City government will implement extreme enhanced community quarantine (EECQ) in 34 barangays that have two or more positive cases of COVID-19.
According to a GMA News report, the local government unit said that these areas are either streets or congested urban areas where "fast transmission of the disease is highly possible.
There’s no telling how long the EECQ will last in the areas, as the list is subject to change every day, depending on the number of new cases, recoveries, and deaths.
The EECQ was implemented on May 20, 2020 at 7 p.m. in the following Quezon City barangays:
If the new label is anything to go by, the EECQ may be stricter than ECQ as it is “extreme.” However, the city's local government has not released guidelines on what extreme means, or how it's different from ECQ, or MECQ.
Certain areas in the city are with a high number of COVID-19 cases are also under a 14-day special concern lockdown. Bahay Toro, Culiat, Sauyo, Batasan Hills, and Tatalon were on lockdown starting May 13.
Quezon City recorded the highest number of COVID-19 infections in Metro Manila. As of May 20, the city has 1,910 positive cases, 596 recoveries, and 165 deaths.
Earlier this week, Department of Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said that there would no longer be any large-scale lockdowns, as the country’s economy can no longer afford it.
Instead, lockdowns will be on a smaller, localized level. Barangays or cities may be placed under stricter restrictions as needed, but you won’t be seeing an entire region or province undergoing another lockdown anytime soon.