Bataan will be under enhanced community quarantine (ECQ), the strictest lockdown classification, beginning Sunday, Aug. 8.

Bataan was initially under modified ECQ until Aug. 15.

Palace spokesman Harry Roque announced the tighter lockdown in Bataan on Saturday.

“President Rodrigo Roa Duterte approved the recommendation of the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) to place Bataan under Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) beginning August 8 until August 22, 2021,” he said.

Bataan has 1,974 active Covid-19 cases as of Aug. 6, according to its public information agency.

It has recorded 35 cases of the highly infectious Delta variant.

Also under ECQ are Metro Manila, Laguna, Iloilo City and Cagayan de Oro. John Ezekiel J. Hirro