(PAGASA 24-HOUR PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST as of Friday, 22 January, 2021) At 3:00 AM today, the Low Pressure Area (LPA) was estimated based on all available data at 220 km East of Kalayaan Islands (10.8°N, 116.1°E). Tail-end of Frontal System (Shear line) affecting the eastern sections of Northern and Central Luzon. Caraga Region will experience Partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms due to localized thunderstroms. Possible flash floods or landslides due to severe thunderstorms. Light to Moderate winds coming from East to Southeast will prevail and the coastal waters will be Slight to Moderate / (0.6 to 2.1 meters).

Tuesday, December 29, 2020

Metro Manila, nine other areas, placed under GCQ in January

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte on Monday announced the extension of the general community quarantine (GCQ) in Metro Manila including nine other areas from January 1 to 30.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte talks to the people after holding a meeting with the Inter-Agency Task Force on the Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) core members at the MalacaƱan Palace on December 28, 2020. KING RODRIGUEZ/ PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Areas placed under GCQ were the provinces of Davao del Norte, Batangas, Isabela, Lanao del Sur and the cities of Santiago, Iloilo, Tacloban, Iligan, and Davao.

The rest of the country will be under the modified general community quarantine (MGCQ).

President Duterte noted in a public address, however, that the new quarantine classifications could still change and is subject to appeals by the respective local government units (LGUs).

In announcing the new restrictions, President Duterte encouraged Filipinos to observe health protocols particularly by staying home and frequent washing of hands.

“Dito sa COVID strain na... the rule is kung maaari hindi ka lumabas ng bahay, huwag ka nang lumabas,” the President said.

“So it’s a stay home if it’s really possible. Kung kaya mo lang. It’s for your own good. And then the washing of the hands.”

The new quarantine classifications for January came after reports of a mutated COVID-19 variant emerging in the United Kingdom. A new separate strain of the coronavirus was also reported to have identified by experts in Africa.

In response, the Philippine government extended an existing UK travel ban by another two weeks after its supposed expiration by December 31.

As of Monday, the Philippines has recorded 470,650 coronavirus infections with 438,780 recoveries and 9,124 deaths. (PND)