Metro Manila, along with nine other areas, will still be under general community quarantine in March, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque announced on Saturday.
Areas that will also extend their general community quarantine status are Baguio City, Apayao, Kalinga, Mt. Province, Batangas, Tacloban City, Iligan City, Davao City and Lanao Del Sur.
The rest of the country will be under modified GCQ, the most relaxed form of community quarantine.
President Rodrigo Duterte earlier rejected the proposal of the National Economic and Development Authority to place the entire country starting next month under the most lenient community quarantine classification. He wants further easing of restrictions to take place after the government shall have rolled out its vaccination drive against COVID-19, Roque said last week.
Government data shows the country now has over 571,327 coronavirus infections, with 12,247 deaths and 524,582 recoveries.