Metro Manila, Cebu remain under GCQ – Duterte

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MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte announced that Metro Manila will remain under the general community quarantine (GCQ) even as the number of confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases continue to surge nationwide.

Physical distancing is observed inside an MRT-3coach at the North Avenue Station in Quezon City on the first day of the general community quarantine (GCQ) in Metro Manila on Monday, June 1, 2020. President Duterte maintained the GCQ status in Metro Manila, Cebu and six other areas.  The rest of the country is under modified GCQ status. (Niño Jesus Orbeta/Philippine Daily Inquirer)

In a taped address aired Friday morning, Duterte said aside from the National Capital Region, Bulacan, Batangas, Cavite, Laguna, Rizal, the province of Cebu, Lapu-Lapu City, Mandaue City, and Zamboanga City likewise will remain under GCQ.

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The rest of the country, meanwhile, will be under the modified general community quarantine (MGCQ), Duterte said.

On Thursday, the Philippines logged a record-high 3,954 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the total caseload to 89,374.

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Meanwhile, 65,064 have recovered although 1,983 died.

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