According to the Department of Health, Western Visayas may go back to ECQ (Enhanced Community Quarantine) should the situation worsen as the region is currently under GCQ (General Community Quarantine).
“We do hope that GCQ protocols will be followed so that we may not revert to our previous quarantine status,”states DOH Assistant Regional Director Dr. Ma. Julia Villanueva, in an article by Manila Bulletin. Moreover, Villanueva reminds the public that COVID remains a threat despite the easing of certain protocols.
“We understand that everyone is excited to go back to what we used to be before this COVID-19 pandemic. However, we would like to emphasize that the war against COVID-19 has not yet ended,”Villanueva adds.
It can be recalled that, according to the Department of Health, authorities may reimpose strict quarantine rules should there be any sharp increase in COVID cases.
“This is actually a shifting or transitioning para mapababa at mapababa ang community quarantine. Pero kung makikita po natin ito tapos biglang mag-surge ang cases natin, malaki po ang posibilidad na. We need to do another total lockdown if cases will increase,” states DOH Spokesperson Maria Rosario Vergeire.
Vergeire reiterated that regardless of the classification, the entire country is still under quarantine. She also reminded the public that everyone has an obligation to fulfill and despite the easing of some restrictions, these should not be forgotten.