Nearly 290,000 quarantine violators recorded since March

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Nearly 290,000 people were either warned, fined and charged for violating quarantine rules over the past five months, police said on Wednesday. (FILE PHOTO)

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 5) — Nearly 290,000 people were either warned, fined and charged for violating quarantine rules over the past five months, police said on Wednesday.

The Joint Task Force Shield on COVID-19 reported there were 289,900 violators since the start of community quarantine on March 17 until August 3.

Authorities said violations continued even during the first day of retightening of restrictions on Tuesday.

"There were reports that some people continue to go out and roam in places of convergence even if they are not listed as Authorized Persons Outside Residence," the task force said in a statement, adding that some restaurants also continued dine-in services.

The group also said it ordered police commanders in Metro Manila and nearby provinces to "intensify police visibility" in public areas.

The government placed Metro Manila, Bulacan, Cavite and Laguna under modified enhanced community quarantine from August 4 to 18, as COVID-19 cases overwhelm health facilities.