Palace rules out ECQ extension, eyes MECQ

MANILA, Philippines — Another extension of the lockdown or enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) in the National Capital Region (NCR) and nearby provinces may not be possible, as the government no longer has funds to help people affected by movement restrictions, Malacañang said yesterday. “I don’t think ECQ for a third week is actually a possibility. In fact, based on the model of the DOH (Department of Health), what they recommended was two weeks of ECQ including last week and then we had earlier another week of bubble to be followed by a week of MECQ (modified ECQ),” presidential spokesman Ha…

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