Change in quarantine status not certain yet – DOH  

Credit to Author: Red Mendoza| Date: Mon, 28 Sep 2020 03:56:48 +0000

The Department of Health on Monday said “nothing is certain” on the possible change of quarantine status in Metro Manila next month despite the decline in the number of Coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) cases.

Dr. Anthony Leachon, former vice chairman of the Inter-Agency Task Force,  and the UP Octa Research team earlier proposed the extension of the general community quarantine (GCQ) status in Metro Manila for one month,  warning that further relaxing restrictions may lead to another surge in virus cases.

Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said there is no room for complacency and called on the public to remain mindful of health protocols such as wearing face masks and face shields and maintaining a one-meter physical distance.

She added that the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) factors in not just the number of cases, but also the health system capacity, which measures how hospitals are coping, the attack rate and the growth curve, in coming up with its quarantine proposals.

“When the IATF decides, it considers all indicators that we use… nothing is certain at this point,” Vergeire said.