Malacañang on Monday said quarantine rules may be reclassified after June 15, with more restrictions on provinces expected to be relaxed as the doubling rate of Covid-19 infections continues to decline.

Palace spokesman Harry Roque said that despite the rise in Covid-19 numbers in the country due to backlogged cases, the trend was going downward based on other aspects of the disease.

“Kung ang pagbabasehan po ay iyong onset of illness, kailan nagkaroon ng unang sintomas, e malinaw na malinaw po ang trend, pababa na po tayo ng trend,” Roque said.

However, Metro Manila needs closer examination should its shift to modified general community quarantine be considered, as data in the capital region was different compared with the national trend, he said.

Roque also noted that only single-figure deaths were being reported daily in nine of the past 10 days.

However, the need for social distancing remains, as violations could cause a spike in coronavirus cases, he said.

The country has recorded 22,474 Covid-19 cases as of June 8, with 1,011 deaths and 4,637 recoveries. John Ezekiel J. Hirro