MECQ extension up to IATF

MECQ extension up to IATF

The extension of the modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) in the National Capital Region (NCR) and nearby areas would be up to the Inter-agency Task Force (IATF) for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases as it is a “delicate decision” to be made, said Malacañang.

This is presidential spokesperson Harry Roque’s response when House Committee on Health chairwoman Quezon Rep. Angelina Tan said the two-week “timeout” granted to the medical community is “not enough” to address the problems in the country’s healthcare system.

According to Roque, the Palace will have to wait to assess the existing MECQ because its effects will not be felt immediately. He added, “‘The incubation period for COVID-19, according to health experts, is 14 days so we just have to wait for that time to ascertain the health impact of the MECQ classification,”

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