(Fighting New Coronary Pneumonia) Global War Epidemic: Manila’s “Reseal City” confirmed 6,000 on the first day, and 23 isolation facilities were built
China News Agency, Manila, August 4 (Reporter Guan Xiangdong) On August 4, the Metro Manila (NCR), the capital of the Philippines, and several nearby provinces returned to the "Improved Enhanced Community Quarantine (MECQ)".
On the same day, the Philippine Ministry of Health reported 6352 newly confirmed cases, of which 3139 were from the capital area, the newly confirmed new diagnoses hit a new one-day high; the total number of cases in the Philippines rose to 112593, and 44429 cases were still in the course of the disease, of which about 91.2% were mild, 7.5% were asymptomatic, 0.8% were severe, and 0.6% were critically ill.
On August 3, the day before Manila returned to "Improved Enhanced Community Quarantine (MECQ)", Tapella, a famous store located in the Makati Green Belt of the Manila CBD, ceased operations. Photo by China News Agency reporter Guan Xiangdong
On the evening of August 2, Philippine President Duterte convened an emergency meeting of members of the Philippine Inter-Agency Epidemic Prevention Task Force (IATF). Based on the recommendations of the Philippine Minister of Health, Duque, the capital Metro Manila and nearby Neihu and Cavite provinces were approved. , Rizal and Bulacan provinces, returning to the "Improved Enhanced Community Quarantine (MECQ)" from August 4-18.
On August 1st, 82 Philippine medical institutions jointly pointed out to President Duterte that due to the increasingly serious epidemic, the Philippine medical system was overloaded, and some hospitals could no longer admit patients who requested admission, and called for the capital area to be closed again for two weeks. , Re-implement the highest level of "enhanced community quarantine" (ECQ), allowing medical staff to make rest adjustments, and at the same time improve prevention and control measures in the capital region, solve the problem of ineffective tracking and isolation of contacts, and improve public transportation and workplace safety measures.
The MECQ, which Manila returned on that day, was the second-level quarantine measure in the Philippines. The government hopes to find a balance between the rehabilitation of medical staff, the adjustment of epidemic prevention measures, and the necessary economic operation.
According to MECQ regulations, Manila and other places once again used a pass system to restrict people from going out. Urban public transportation, domestic and some international flights were suspended, restaurants, barber and beauty shops were closed, and government departments also focused on working from home.
On the same day, the reporter saw in Manila that there was a significant reduction in street vehicles and buses and taxis were no longer in operation. Except for some private cars, the most common on the road were the motorcycles of Grab and Food Panda express food companies.
In the green belt of Manila's top business district, the food street where the famous Filipino restaurant MESA is located, all restaurants are closed. The famous barber shop BENCH/SALON and the chain bookstore National Book Store are closed. In the entire business district, although some international brand stores are still open, there are almost no customers, and all businesses closed at 6pm. In the garden outside the mall, casual citizens are rare, and a few stray cats haunt it.
Improving epidemic prevention measures and increasing isolation facilities are the unanimous requirements of the Philippine government and the public. On the same day, the Philippine’s new infectious disease management inter-agency working group was responsible for coordinating the quarantine work, and the Minister of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Mark Villar announced on social media that DPWH is building 23 quarantine facilities in NCR. By the end of August, 2,417 new isolation beds will be added. (Finish)