Philippines, Covıd-19

Philippines, Covıd-19

Philippines extends coronavirus curbs in capital, nearby provinces

Philippines extends coronavirus curbs in capital, nearby provinces

3/4/2021 3:41:00 PM

Philippines extends coronavirus curbs in capital, nearby provinces

The Philippines reported 12,576 new coronavirus infections on Saturday, the country's second-highest daily increase, as the Southeast Asian nation ...

BookmarkMANILA: Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has extended a strict lockdown in the capital region and adjacent provinces by at least one week to try to contain a renewed surge in coronavirus infections, his spokesman said on Saturday (Apr 3).

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The Philippines, which has the second-highest COVID-19 cases and deaths in Southeast Asia, reported 12,576 new coronavirus infections on Saturday, putting further strain on the healthcare system.AdvertisementAdvertisementRestrictions, which include a ban on non-essential movement, mass gatherings and dining in restaurants, will remain for at least another week, Duterte's spokesman, Harry Roque, said in a televised announcement.

The measures had been set to end on Apr 4."This will go with intensified prevention, detection, isolation, tracing and rehabilitation that we will monitor on a daily basis," Roque said.AdvertisementAdvertisementMore contagious variants of the virus and poor compliance with health protocols have been blamed for the surge in recent weeks.

"We call on local governments to tighten enforcement of our quarantine measures and confront people who fail to follow minimum health standards," Roque said.Active cases in the country have hit a record 165,715, 96 per cent of which were mild, health ministry data showed.

But intensive care capacity in the capital region's hospitals has reached a critical level, with 80 per cent of beds utilised and many hospitals being forced to turn away patients.AdvertisementTo boost capacity, the health department said modular tents were being delivered to hospitals across Metro Manila with the help of the World Health Organization and the UN children fund UNICEF.

"Volunteer" health workers from other regions where virus transmission rates were low would be deployed to hospitals in the capital in the coming weeks, it added.The congested capital region, an urban sprawl of 16 cities home to at least 13 million people, accounts for two-fifths of the country's 784,043 confirmed cases and a third of the total 13,423 deaths.

READ: Good Friday and COVID-19 lockdown empty Manila’s streetsA University of the Philippines research team on Saturday called for a speedy construction of isolation facilities to prevent infections from spreading through households.Extended coronavirus curbs will continue to hurt the Philippines' economy, which posted a record 9.5 per cent slump last year.

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