Philippine national karate team member and 2019 Southeast Asian Games gold medalist Jamie Christine Lim took to Instagram to voice her concerns about Metro Manila transitioning into general community quarantine (GCQ) on Monday, June 1.
Luzon was placed in enhanced community quarantine in March because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The National Capital Region was downgraded to modified enhanced quarantine, while other cities and provinces were eased further to general quarantine conditions.
The transition to GCQ will allow businesses to restart provided that they continue to adhere to health and safety guidelines.
Lim, however, fears that transitioning to GCQ could cause complacency and result in a spike in COVID-19 positive cases.
On Thursday, the Department of Health confirmed 539 new COVID-19 cases, the highest single-day tally in the Philippines. It brought the country's total to 15,588 cases. The DOH explained, though, that the rise in cases was caused by a backlog.
Lim said mass testing is important and it could reflect the country's actual situation responding to the pandemic.
Lim has also been actively helping in the fight against COVID-19.
Together with SEA Games wushu gold medalist Agatha Wong, she put out a five-episode Instagram Live series that featured Q&As, home workout routines, and healthy-meal preparations.
The series, a fundraiser for health facilities and frontliners, raised more than P346,000.
Information on the fundraised can be found on Lim's Instagram.
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