Metro Manila - The biggest city in National Capital Region (NCR) is now under general community quarantine status until the end of the month of November. This is an extension lockdown status since March 2020.

President Rodrigo Duterte announced on October 26, while having a meeting with the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases.

All Mayors in Metro Manila told that they want to keep the region's general community quarantine status until the end of year 2020, but with eased restrictions on movement, travel, and business. Over the past week, local governments in the NCR, except for Navotas City, have decided to trim their curfew hours to allow more businesses to recover.

Likewise, President Duterte decided to keep the following areas: Batangas, Iloilo City, Bacolod City, Tacloban City, Iligan City and Lanao del Sur under GCQ until end-November.

The Coronavirus task force spokesman Harry Roque clarified in a briefing that the new classifications are subject to appeal by local government units (LGUs), the LGUs have until Thursday to file their claim, he added.

He also said that the GCQ statuses are based on the attack rates or the percentage of the population which catches the coronavirus over a period, hospital utilization rates, as well as social and economic factors.

As of today, October 29, the Philippines has a total of 371,630 COVID-19 cases, that's includes 7,039 deaths and 328,258 recoveries. This means there are currently at 36,333 ill patients, which is nearly 10(%) percent of all case count.

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