Eastern Visayas wants to revert to GCQ due to surge in COVID-19 cases

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 26) — A joint resolution requesting the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) to place the entire Eastern Visayas under a stricter community quarantine has been approved.

The Regional Inter-Agency Task Force (RIATF) and the Regional Task Force on COVID-19 jointly requested the IATF to place the region from modified general community quarantine to general community quarantine for 14 days starting Aug. 28.

This is due to the spike in COVID-19 infections in the region with total cases now at 2,364, with 909 active cases, and 16 recorded fatalities.

Minerva Molon, director of the Department of Health (DOH) Eastern Visayas Region, said local government officials and national government agencies in the region should use this time to prepare for their next step of intervention.

Molon said the current status of health facilities in the region is now at critical utilization rate or in danger zone as most of the intensive care units and hospital isolation beds are fully occupied.

Authorities have also asked the IATF to implement a two-week moratorium on the return of locally stranded individuals to contain the infections.

There is now a total of 202,361 COVID-19 infections nationwide as of Wednesday, according to the DOH. The country has just breached the 100,000 mark less than a month ago.

Wil Mark Amazona, CNNPH correspondent in Tacloban City, contributed to this story.