(Fighting New Coronary Pneumonia) Manila general community quarantine extended to the end of January, British travel ban extended by two weeks

  China News Agency, Manila, December 29 (Reporter Guan Xiangdong) Philippine President Duterte announced on the evening of the 28th that the "General Community Quarantine (GCQ)" for 9 regions including the Metro Manila region of the Philippines will be extended to January 31, 2021 day.

The rest of the country will also continue to implement the least restrictive modified General Community Quarantine (MGCQ).

  In addition to Metro Manila, the regions that continue to implement GCQ include Batangas, Isabella, Lanao del Sur, Davao North, as well as San Diego, Iloilo, Tacloban, Iligan and Davao City .

  On the same day, Duterte announced the quarantine classification of the above-mentioned areas after meeting with cabinet members, health officials and experts of the Philippine government in the Heroes Hall of Malacanang Palace.

  Duterte reminded the public not to leave their home unless absolutely necessary.

Earlier, he urged the public not to participate in Christmas and New Year celebrations, especially large gatherings, to avoid infection or spread of the new crown virus.

  According to Presidential Spokesperson Harry Locke, Duterte approved the proposal of Dr. Jaime Montoya of the Health Research and Development Commission of the Department of Science and Technology of the Philippines on strengthening genome surveillance on the same day, with the goal of sequencing high-risk populations; the president also approved the arrival The positive specimens tested by British travelers in the Philippines were sent to the Philippine Genome Center, the Institute of Tropical Medicine and the University of the National Institutes of Health of the Philippines for genome sequencing; in order to avoid the spread of the new coronavirus variant in the country, approval was originally scheduled for December 31, 2020 The ban on travelers from the UK that ended on the day was extended for another two weeks.

  According to data from the Philippine Ministry of Health on the 28th, there were 766 new confirmed cases in the Philippines, and a total of 470,650 confirmed cases, of which 22,746 cases are still in the course of illness.

A total of 9,124 deaths and 438,780 recovery cases were recorded.