August 3, 2020

Millions return to lockdown in Philippines as virus cases soar

Manila (AFP) – More than 27 million people in the Philippines — about a quarter of the population — will go back into lockdown Tuesday after overwhelmed health workers warned the country was losing the battle against the coronavirus.Since the beginning of June, when much of the country emerged from one of the world’s longest stay-at-home orders, confirmed infections in the archipelago have increased fivefold, surging past 100,000.The new restrictions announced by President Rodrigo Duterte late Sunday apply to the capital Manila and four surrounding provinces on the main island of Luzon.For t…


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