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THE National Capital Region (NCR) and the adjoining provinces of Rizal, Laguna, Cavite and Bulacan, collectively referred to as NCR Plus, will remain under their respective lockdown classifications with the President’s approval of the July quarantine recommendations of the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF).

In a statement, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said that President Rodrigo Duterte has approved the IATF recommendation on keeping the NCR Plus under general community quarantine (GCQ), the second loosest lockdown level, with varying degrees of restriction.

Aside from NCR Plus, Roque also hinted at Duterte as having concurred the IATF recommendation to place 21 areas under modified enhanced community quarantine, the second strictest lockdown level.

The Department of Health has earlier reported a significant drop in infections in Metro Manila, which accounts for 60 percent of the country’s gross domestic product.

To date, the health department has tallied 1,403,588 coronavirus infections in the country, the second highest in Southeast Asia. The country is still nursing on 52,029 active cases, while the death toll is pegged as 24,456.

Since the culmination of the vaccine rollout, the government has only been able to administer 10 million COVID-19 vaccine doses. Of this number of doses 25 percent have received full jabs, a statistical figure that remains far from the government’s target of vaccinating 58 million Filipinos.

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