After two weeks of MECQ, Bulacan reverts to GCQ once again

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PROVINCIAL TASK FORCE COVID-19 MEETING. Bulacan Gov. Daniel R. Fernando with the members and participants of Provincial Task Force (PTF) COVID-19 Meeting via Zoom held at Francisco Balagtas Hall in Hiyas ng Bulacan Convention Center, City of Malolos, Bulacan on Monday. (Photo courtesy of Provincial Public Affairs Office)

CITY OF MALOLOS, Bulacan — After two weeks of being under modified enhance community quarantine (MECQ), the Provincial Government of Bulacan headed by Governor Daniel R. Fernando will once again enforce general community quarantine (GCQ) in the province effective on August 19-31, 2020 following President Rodrigo Roa Duterte’s directive.

As per the guidelines, Gov. Fernando on Tuesday said movements of all persons in areas placed under GCQ shall still be limited to accessing essential goods and services and movement for leisure purposes are still not allowed while people who are below 21 years old and above 60 years of age; people with immunodeficiency or other health risks; pregnant women and any person who resides with the aforementioned are required to stay at home all the time.

Further, public transportation in the province such as jeepneys and tricycles will resume operations with only limited passengers to maintain social distancing.

According to Fernando, the PGB is continuously conducting free targeted mass testing for active and suspected cases of COVID-19, medical frontliners, and others who needed to be tested through the Bulacan Molecular Diagnostic Laboratory and Gene Expert Laboratory before transitioning to GCQ with a much lighter policy.

He also reminded Bulakenyos to always observe the protocols all throughout the duration of GCQ and to be responsible citizens.

“Huwag po natin sayangin ang pagkakataon na tulungan ang ating lalawigan; palagi po tayong magsuot ng face mask at mga proteksyon kapag tayo ay lalabas. Malaking bagay po ang pagiging responsable natin para tayo po ay muling makabangon mula sa pandemya,” the governor said.

Meanwhile,  the Provincial Health Office (PHO) has recorded twenty-seven new coronavirus disease (Covid-19) patients, bringing the total number of recovered COVID- 19 positive patients to 899.

Records from the Provincial Health Office of Bulacan as of Tuesday afternoon showed that out of the total 2,233 confirmed Covid-19 cases, 1,270 are on active status with 713 symptomatic and 497 asymptomatic cases

PHO also confirmed that as of Tuesday afternoon 27 new patients were confirmed positive of the dreaded coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) and one fatality bringing the total number of death to 64. (RONDA BALITA Online)  

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Emmanuel "Manny" Dineros Balbin, an editor-in-chief of RONDA Balita, Lingguhang Pahayagan ng Masang Intelihente, and RONDA Balita Online News was a former seminarian of Oblates of Mary Immaculate (OMI) in Notre Dame University Seminary in Cotabato City. Graduated Philosophy as major course, Political Science as minor, at the University of Santo Tomas, Legaspi City but landed and became a journalist. A former Journal Group of Publication (People's Journal, Peoples Tonight, Taliba & Women's Journal) staffer for 17 years. Before he was simultaneously contributed news articles to 3 local newspaper in Bulacan (NewsCore, MetroNews & NewsWatcher). A former Journal Group Bulacan correspondent, Kabayan provincial reporter, 2010 Bulacan election correspondent by Rappler and presently, a stringer of Philippine News Agency (PNA) Bulacan.

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