The OCTA Research group said Friday that NCR Plus (Metro Manila and neighboring provinces Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna, and Rizal) is not yet ready to shift to modified general community quarantine (MGCQ).
According to Professor Ranjit Rye, the average number of COVID-19 cases are still high.
“Ang posisyon namin sa OCTA, let’s look at the data first, tingnan muna natin by weekend, mukhang makakabigay [kami] ng posisyon. Pero kung ngayon gagawin ang desisyon ay hindi pa tayo nagka-qualify for MGCQ, that’s definite,” he said.
(Our position in OCTA is let’s look at the data first. Let’s wait for the weekend, maybe we’ll be able to give our position then. But if the decision will be made today, we won’t qualify for MGCQ, that’s definite.)
“But we’re healing much, much better now than two months ago. Pero may pagbagal po ‘yung pag-heal natin eh, nag-slowdown kasi nga nagbukas ‘yung ekonomiya natin, marami nang lumalabas (Our healing slowed down because the economy reopened, more people are going out),” he added.
NCR Plus not yet ‘qualified’ for MGCQ – OCTA
Malacañang said yesterday that it is possible to further ease the quarantine restrictions in NCR Plus in the middle of the month.
According to Palace spokesperson Harry Roque, Thursday, the region’s data is improving regarding its COVID-19 infection.
It is even the general community quarantine “with restrictions” on the NCR Plus bubble should last until June 30.
“For Metro Manila, the numbers are looking good. The hospital care utilization remains very low. We are at [53%] in ICU beds at isa po ‘yan sa talagang importanteng factor for escalation,” said Roque.
“So I would say in fact that based on the figures, Metro Manila Plus might be looking at a de-escalation. It might not be to [modified GCQ], but it could lead to ordinary GCQ, because ang GCQ po natin ngayon ay meron pang mga restrictions.”
The government is also monitoring the current status of those in modified enchanced community quarantine (MECQ).