Laguna, Iloilo, CDO to ease to MECQ from Aug. 16-31

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 13) — Laguna, Iloilo City, and Cagayan de Oro City will ease from a hard lockdown to a modified enhanced community quarantine from Aug. 16 to 31, the Inter-Agency Task Force announced on Friday.

These three areas were placed under the strictest lockdown from Aug. 6 to 15 due to a surge in COVID-19 infections.

The IATF also placed the following areas under MECQ from Aug. 16 to 31: Apayao; Ilocos Norte; Bulacan; Cavite, Lucena City, and Rizal in Region 4-A for Luzon; and Aklan, and Iloilo Province in Region 6, and Lapu-Lapu City, Mandaue City, and Cebu City in Region 7 for the Visayas.

Meanwhile, placed under GCQ with heightened restrictions from August 16 to August 31 are Ilocos Sur; Cagayan; Quezon and Batangas in Region 4-A and Naga City for Luzon; Antique, Bacolod City and Capiz in Region 6; and Negros Oriental and Cebu for the Visayas; Zamboanga del Sur; Misamis Oriental; Davao City, Davao del Norte, Davao Occidental and Davao de Oro in Region 11 and Butuan City for Mindanao.

Tarlac will shift from MGCQ to GCQ from Aug. 13 to 31.

Also placed under GCQ from August 16 to August 31, 2021 are Baguio City in the Cordillera Administrative Region; Santiago City, Quirino, Isabela and Nueva Vizcaya in Region 2; Batangas and Quezon in Region 4-A and Puerto Princesa for Luzon; Guimaras and Negros Occidental in Region 6; Zamboanga Sibugay, Zamboanga City and Zamboanga del Norte in Region 9; Davao Oriental and Davao del Sur in Region 11; General Santos City, Sultan Kudarat, Sarangani, North Cotabato and South Cotabato in Region 12; Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, Surigao del Norte, Surigao del Sur and Dinagat Islands in CARAGA and Cotabato City in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao.

Other areas not included in the list are under the MGCQ classification from August 16 to 31.

Metro Manila will stay under ECQ until Aug. 20, while Bataan will remain under the strictest lockdown until Aug. 22. The IATF did not mention if the quarantine classification will be extended or lifted.