ASEAN HEADLINES: COVID-19 PANDEMIC: MANILA- Philippines to lift COVID-19 lockdown in Manila as cases hit record high

Heavy traffic in Makati of Metro Manila, the Philippines. PHOTO: XINHUA / September 7, 2021

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PHILIPPINES COVID-19 (UPDATES)
CASES BREAKDOWN (PH)
(as of September 6 – 4:00 PM )
CONFIRMED CASES: 2,103,331
RECOVERED: 1,909,361
DEATHS: 34,337

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MANILA (CNA) – The Philippines will lift a stay-at-home order in the capital Manila this week as it trials “granular lockdowns”, an official said yesterday, in a bid to rein in COVID-19 cases and revive the economy.

The country also reported 22,415 COVID-19 cases – a new record high in daily infections.

In a bulletin, the Health Ministry said total confirmed cases reached more than 2.1 million, while 103 more deaths were reported, taking total fatalities to 34,337.

Over 13 million people in the national capital region – the country’s economic heartland – have been in lockdown since Auguest 6 amid record infections fuelled by the hyper-contagious Delta variant.

The move to ease restrictions from tomorrow comes after nationwide daily cases exceeded 20,000 for the past three days – double the number at the start of the latest lockdown – straining hospitals as they grapple with a nurses shortage.

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READ MORE:  https://aseanews.net/2021/09/07/headline-covid-19-pandemic-manila-philippines-to-lift-covid-19-lockdown-in-manila-as-cases-hit-record-high/

NCR in ‘highest alert’ level

Except in Manila, MM hospitals 70% occupied, critical risk for COVID

The entire National Capital Region, except the city of Manila, is under the highest alert level for the coronavirus due to a spike in new COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, the Department of Health said Monday.

NCR in ‘highest alert’ level
COVID WARD. Suspected COVID-19 patients rest in a parking lot turned into a COVID ward outside a hospital in Binan town, Laguna on September 6, 2021, with record infections fuelled by the hyper-contagious Delta variant. Maria Tan/AFP

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