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COVID-19 has certainly taken its toll on Cebu, including the Cebu tourism and trade industry. With the scheduled end of the enhanced community quarantine on May 15, Cebu Province is eyeing on restarting the economy right away.

However, although there is a need to reopen businesses and offices once the ECQ is lifted, a proper transition should be done. Hence, a modified community quarantine will be implemented. Task Force New Normal will be created as well as guidelines on moving forward after May 15.

On May 4, 2020, the Department of Health-Central Visayas will conduct a rapid testing in the 3 major cities of Cebu Island. Approximately 46,000 residents will undergo a strategic testing in Cebu City, Mandaue City, and Lapu-Lapu City.

The areas will first be categorized as red zones (infected) and, depending on the results, will be changed to orange zones or green zones.

Modified Community Quarantine after ECQ in Cebu City

Cebu City is one of the cities in the province that is still under enhanced community quarantine. The ECQ is scheduled to be lifted on May 15, and a lot of Cebuanos have been anticipating this. This means that work will resume and the businesses will be opening their doors again. Lifting the ECQ is a sign of recovery.

However, Cebuanos will not be able to go back to their old normal lives right away. A proper transition is needed once the ECQ ends. Abrupt changes are discouraged, which is why a modified community quarantine will be implemented after the ECQ.

Congested Areas in Cebu City Have Most COVID-19 Cases

There has been a rise in the number of COVID-19 cases in Cebu City. These confirmed cases are recorded in tightly packed areas.

Massive testing was conducted in the city, particularly in areas like these, and the Cebu City Government rolled out the results. As of April 29, 2020, there are 124 cases in Barangay Labangon, 162 cases in Barangay Luz, and 212 cases in Cebu City Jail. These three locations are heavily populated.

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