CITY OF MALOLOS – After two weeks of being under modified enhance community quarantine (MECQ), the Provincial Government of Bulacan headed by Governor Daniel R. Fernando once again enforced general community quarantine (GCQ) in the province effective on August 19-31, 2020 following President Rodrigo Roa Duterte’s directive.
As per the guidelines, 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.
Other places that are also placed under GCQ are Metro Manila, Laguna, Cavite, Rizal, Nueva Ecija, Batangas, Quezon, Iloilo City, Cebu City, Lapu-Lapu City, Mandaue City, Talisay City, and the municipalities of Minglanilla and Consolacion in Cebu while the rest of the country will be under modified GCQ.
As of August 18, 2020, Bulacan has reported a total of 899 COVID-19 recoveries, 64 deaths and 1,270 active cases consisting of 497 asymptomatic cases and 713 symptomatic cases. ###