The government’s COVID-19 task force has placed Iloilo province and the cities of Cagayan de Oro, Iloilo, and Gingoog under enhanced community quarantine to curb the spread of COVID-19, Malacañang announced Friday.
These areas will be under the strictest movement restrictions until July 31.
Misamis Oriental and Antique, meanwhile, will be under general community quarantine with heightened restrictions until the end of the month.
Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said the reclassification was made upon the recommendations of the Department of Health and its technical advisory group, as well as the Technical Working Group on COVID-19 Variants.
The Philippines reported 5,221 new infections on Thursday, bringing the total caseload to 1,490,665. Eighty-two new fatalities brought the death toll to 26,314.
Reporting by Albert Rovic Tan