By Joseph Almer Pedrajas

Quezon City (QC) Mayor Joy Belmonte on Monday (June 15) said that her city will not be placed back under enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) as the country still deals with the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) crisis.

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Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte
(Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte official Facebook page / MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO)

“That is not true. Fake news,” Belmonte told the Manila Bulletin when asked for confirmation if the city will return to ECQ.

Belmonte said Quezon City “is only number eight in the Philippines in terms of density of cases and [it] has stabilized its positivity rate.” Therefore, she said, their “healthcare system is not overburdened” to warrant reason to return to ECQ.

“We have a more than 50 percent recovery rate, almost double that of the NCR average,” she added.

Based on the June 13 COVID-19 cases update of the local government, which came from the data of the Department of Health, the city has 2,635 confirmed cases, but only 965 of them are active cases.

On Sunday, Quezon City released a list of “additional localized guidelines” for residents should the city continue to be placed under general community quarantine.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said that the city might have already received a recommendation from the national government regarding their quarantine status after June 15, so the local government was able to release such a list.

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