World Philippines Pushes Back on Call for Second Manila Area Lockdown

12:41  02 august  2020
12:41  02 august  2020 Source:   bloomberg.com

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Doctors in the Philippines are urging the government to reimpose a lockdown in the capital of Manila for two weeks to recalibrate its response to the Duterte on Friday kept the area around the capital under a more relaxed general community quarantine while imposing localised lockdowns on villages

___ MANILA , Philippines — The Philippine president is relaxing a lockdown in the capital, the country’s epicenter of coronavirus infections, in a tightrope move amid an economic downturn and massive government spending to help feed millions of poor families restricted to their homes.

(Bloomberg) -- The Philippine health department rejected a call by medical frontline workers to reimpose a two-week lockdown in Metro Manila and nearby areas, pointing to concerns following the nation’s worst economic slump in three decades.

“The economy cannot be at a standstill and employment and livelihood are at the minds of millions of Filipinos right now,” the Department of Health said in a statement.

Groups of medical staff on Saturday appealed to the government to reintroduce the so-called enhanced community quarantine in the capital and nearby provinces for the two-week period to ease a rise in infections and allow health-care workers time to recover from exhaustion. They also called for a comprehensive policy to fight the pandemic and a central body that will oversee its implementation.

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines , March 12) — Travel restrictions will be put in place in Metro Manila after [Translation: We don't want to use that, to call it a lockdown , because you're afraid. But it's a lockdown .] In a statement after Duterte’s address, Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said

DOF backed on easing lockdown . The Philippines still has the second -highest number of COVID-19 cases across Southeast Asia between Indonesia with 68,079 infections Fresh cases also reached a new record-high, 883 of which are from Metro Manila , 369 are from Region VII, while the 670 other

President Rodrigo Duterte directed the coronavirus taskforce to immediately act on concerns expressed by the doctors and nurses, presidential spokesman Harry Roque said. Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea convened a meeting Saturday night with key Cabinet members, including the secretaries of health, trade and budget to to discuss the issue, according to Roque.

New Covid-19 cases rose by a record for a third day on Saturday, bringing the country’s total to 98,232, the health authority said. Still, it’s weighing the increase in cases against the impact seen from an earlier lockdown that shut businesses and curbed consumption, especially with the capital and nearby provinces accounting for about two-thirds of the nation’s economic output.

Millions return to lockdown in Philippines as virus cases soar

  Millions return to lockdown in Philippines as virus cases soar  

MANILA (Reuters) - The Philippines reported Southeast Asia's biggest daily jump in new coronavirus cases for a second straight day on Friday, as its president extended restrictions in the capital to quell the spread, and promised normality would return in December.

The Philippines will keep the capital region that has the most coronavirus infections under a lockdown but it will allow some businesses to reopen in the area as it eases curbs in many parts of the country.

a close up of a building: Philippines' cases keep rising by a record © Bloomberg Philippines' cases keep rising by a record

Like the Philippines, countries globally are facing the tough decision of shutting down businesses and imposing stay-home orders with a resurgence in the outbreak.

U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who recently compared the idea of a second nationwide lockdown as a tool similar to a “nuclear deterrent,” is considering sealing off Greater London to avert a second national lockdown, according to news reports on Saturday.

To battle the spread of the virus, the Philippine health department said it will boost contact-tracing in industries with clusters of infections such as construction, transport and technoparks. It also reminded businesses that rapid tests aren’t recommended, and that employees should be screened for symptoms.

The Philippines, which implemented one of the earliest and longest lockdowns in Asia to stem the outbreak, eased restrictions in June to allow freer movement of people and the reopening of most businesses. Infections have since swelled five times, making it the country with the second-highest number of total infections in Southeast Asia.

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Philippines coronavirus: Critics accuse the government of using lockdowns to crack down on dissent .
Questioning the world's toughest coronavirus restrictions can be a risky business in the Philippines. © MARIA TAN/AFP/AFP via Getty Images Elite policemen patrol a market while people shop during a government imposed enhanced quarantine as a preventive measure against the COVID-19 novel coronavirus in Manila on April 21. In mid-March, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte ordered parts of the country to go into a quarantine that would eventually last up to 80 days, and become one of the world's longest and strictest lockdowns.

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