Philippines to ease some tough COVID-19 restrictions from April 12

Manila: Strict COVID-19 lockdowns in the Philippines capital and four adjacent provinces will be eased from April 12, a spokesman for President Rodrigo Duterte said on Sunday.

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Metro Manila and the provinces of Bulacan, Rizal, Laguna and Cavite will be placed under a less restrictive community quarantine status until April 30, spokesman Harry Roque told a virtual briefing.

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Roque gave the briefing from hospital where he is being treated for COVID-19. He gave no details on which restrictions will be eased but said details would be released on Monday.

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The Philippines is battling one of the worst coronavirus outbreaks in Asia, with hospitals in the capital overwhelmed amid record daily infections, while authorities face delays in delivery of COVID-19 vaccines.

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On Sunday, the Department of Health recorded 11,681 new COVID-19 cases and 201 more deaths, bringing the country’s tallies to 864,868 confirmed infections and 14,945 fatalities.

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New cases have surge in recent weeks, surpassing 15,000 on April 2, most of those in the congested capital.

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Last week, Duterte cancelled a weekly televised address and a meeting with his coronavirus task force as some of his staff and security detail were found to be COVID-19 positive.

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Roque and Duterte’s defence minister, Delfin Lorenzana, also tested positive.

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Roque said the government will work to increase the number of COVID-19 beds in healthcare facilities and free up more room in hospitals.

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Under the current quarantine classification for Manila and surrounding areas, non-essential movement is banned, along with mass gatherings and dining in restaurants, with longer-than-usual curfews also in place since March 29.

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The reimposition of strict lockdowns has raised concerns the economy will take longer to recover from last year’s worst slump on record.

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