Philippines Covid-19: More than 25 million people in Manila locked out over Easter as cases mount

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Philippines Covid-19: More than 25 million people in Manila locked out over Easter as cases mount


Presidential spokesman Harry Roque announced the lockdown on Saturday after the country reported 9,838 new cases of Covid-19 – the largest one-day increase in the country, according to the official Philippines News Agency. The Philippines has reported more than 720,000 cases of the coronavirus, including 13,170 deaths, making it one of the worst-affected countries in Asia.

The country has seen a sharp increase in daily reported cases since February, and the country is now reporting more than 9,000 new cases per day. There are more than 105,000 active cases, according to the Philippine Department of Health.

More than 25 million people in Metro Manila and the neighboring provinces of Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna and Rizal will be affected by the lockdown.

The lockdown begins Monday and ends April 4 – or Easter Sunday, a day Christians often celebrate with special church services. Religious gatherings are not permitted during Holy Week.

It’s a big blow to the Philippines, where more than 90% of the population is Christian, according to the CIA World Factbook.

The measures include a 6:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. curfew – stepped up from the previous 10:00 p.m. curfew. Gatherings of more than 10 people outdoors are not allowed and non-household members cannot assemble indoors, the government said.

Guests are not allowed to eat in restaurants, although take-out and delivery services may continue.

The Philippine National Police have deployed thousands of officers to the checkpoints to help enforce the rules, according to an ANP report.

Vaccines are being rolled out in the medical field and last week the health ministry urged people who were not health workers to refrain from skipping the queue.

” Do not worry. Our goal is always to get everyone vaccinated. But while we are doing this, the government is prioritizing health workers because they are the most exposed and most at risk of contracting Covid, “” National Task Force Against Covid -19 said Carlito Galvez, chief of enforcement. work and secretary of the vaccine czar.

“More vaccines will arrive, we are sure. We just have to wait our turn to be vaccinated. ”

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