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Gov Defensor sees Iloilo shift to MGCQ next month

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Iloilo may de-escalate to modified general community quarantine (MGCQ) in November, Governor Arthur Defensor Jr. said, noting the continuing downtrend of Covid-19 cases in the province.

Defensor cited Iloilo’s 2-Week Growth Rate (2WGR) of -54 percent and an Average Daily Attack Rate (ADAR) of about 3.3.

The 2WGR refers to the percentage rate of growth in new COVID-19 cases, while the ADAR refers to the number of new cases per 100,000 in an area. Both are measured in 14-day periods. (https://bit.ly/3Gjkz3J)

The province’s health care utilization rate, or the percentage rate of COVID-19 dedicated beds and mechanical ventilators used, has also improved at 49 percent, according to the governor.

“When you look at our quarantine classification based on our ADAR and [2WGR], it’s really low MGCQ. We can reasonably expect a lower level of community quarantine,” he added.

Defensor, however, said the province would use the lowering rates as an opportunity to increase its defense system against a possible surge of Covid-19 in January next year.

“We will take advantage of this lull to prepare. What we are expecting, even with the vaccination, that there is a possibility that January of 2022, where if there is people circulation rises in December because of the holidays, and because of the lowering of the quarantine classification, and loosening up of the protocols, we may have a surge and January,” he explained.

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