Laguna back to ECQ

August 15, 2021 Jane Eleda 281 views

MALACANANG on Saturday announced that the province of Laguna has been placed again under the Enhanced Community Quarantine until August 20.

The ECQ is the strictest form of community quarantine.

Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said the decision was reached based on the recommendation of the Department of the Interior and Local Government and after the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases’ (IATF-EID) consultation with the province’s local government.

Laguna was initially placed under ECQ until August 15.

Roque last Friday announced that the quarantine classification in the province was downgraded to Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine from Aug. 16 to 31.

In his latest statement, the Palace spokesman said the IATF-EID has decided to place Laguna under ECQ again to prevent the further spread of COVID-19 and its other variants.


The Ospital ng Biñan in Laguna on Saturday said the hospital has reached its full capacity as it appealed for additional nurses and doctors to help care for patients who continue to seek medical help amid the increasing cases of the deadly disease.

“Pagod na pagod na po mga kasamahan kong doktor at nurses dito sa Ospital ng Biñan. Gayunman, hindi po kami susuko. Magdadagdag kung kinakailangan para matugunan ang pangangailangan ng mga pasyente,” said Dr. Melbril Alonte, the hospital’s medical director.

He said only 50 beds are allotted for COVID-19 patients. Some patients are already staying at the hospital’s parking lot as there is no more space available inside the medical facility.

Dr. Alonte appealed to his colleagues to not lose hope and continue serving the public as they continue to accept both COVID and non-COVID patients needing medical attention.

He urged the public to observe the health safety protocols to avoid contracting the dreaded virus.