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Quezon City Just Placed 34 Barangays Under "Extreme" ECQ

The new type of quarantine is implemented in congested urban areas.
by Clara Rosales
May 21, 2020
Photo/s: Parmisan0 from Wikimedia Commons

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: 

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  1. Tandang Sora
  2. Kalusugan
  3. Ramon Magsaysay
  4. Maharlika
  5. Tatalon
  6. Batasan Hills
  7. Pasong Tamo
  8. Central
  9. San Roque
  10. Paligsahan
  11. Bagong Lipunan ng Crame
  12. South Triangle
  13. Culiat
  14. Bahay Toro
  15. Rodriguez
  16. San Isidro Labrador
  17. Matandang Balara
  18. Teachers Village West
  19. Manresa
  20. Paltok
  21. Sto. Domingo
  22. Bagong Silangan
  23. Holy Spirit
  24. Payatas
  25. Marilag
  26. Socorro
  27. Kamuning
  28. Pinyahan
  29. San Isidro Galas
  30. Commonwealth
  31. Pansol
  32. North Fairview
  33. Novaliches Proper
  34. New Era

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.

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