Palace: Gov’t has to balance COVID-19 control, economy

Credit to Author: Tempo Desk| Date: Sat, 01 Aug 2020 08:25:00 +0000

 

By ARGYLL CYRUS B. GEDUCOS

Malacañang said that while it is important to contain the spread COVID-19 in the country, it reiterated that it is important to balance the community quarantine which is vital in revitalizing the economy.

Presidential spokesman Harry Roque made the statement after medical professionals on Saturday morning called for Mega Manila – which includes the National Capital Region, Central Luzon, and Calabarzon – to revert back to the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) in order to reconfigure strategies in dealing with the pandemic.

In a statement, Roque acknowledged that the extended GCQ in Metro Manila has been a subject of debate and discussion by the members of the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases.

“The Palace understands the delicate balancing act between public health and the economic health of the nation given that Metro Manila and CALABARZON make up 67 percent of our economy,” he said.

However, he said the strict lockdown in Metro Manila has served its purpose, and it was now time to intensify other strategies.

“It is for this reason that the local government units (LGUs) of Metro Manila have been directed to implement a strict localized lockdown / ECQ in barangays where 80 percent of cases are located and the publication of these barangays,” he said.

He said other measures that LGUs must implement include the stringent enforcement of minimum public health standards; massive targeted testing, intensified tracing, and quarantine of close contacts; and strict adherence to the implementation of Oplan Kalinga for isolation of confirmed cases.

According to Roque, th
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