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COVID-free areas may have less stricter 'new normal' classification by October: Roque

Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said on Monday (September 21),  areas in the Philippines with no transmission of COVID-19 may be placed under a less stricter "new normal" classification by October.

According to Roque, who is also the spokesperson of Inter Agency Task Force, the IATF itself has agreed to his suggestion of implementing less stricter "new normal" classification in COVID-free areas.

"[A]ko mismo ang nagmungkahi at nag-agree naman ang IATF na there will be areas na merong zero transmission in the past month na pupwede nang i-deklara as under the regime ng new normal," said Roque.

The "new normal" classification used to be the fifth, lowest quarantine classification where travel and business restrictions are eased provided that minimum health standards are observed.

However, this classification was removed by the IATF last June.

To date, the country's total number cases have rose to more than 280,000 cases with over 229,000 recoveries.

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