PHILIPPINES: The Philippine government has decided to stall the reopening of theatres, malls, game arcades, and other public destinations for another two weeks. This decision was taken after the Philippines mayor showed concern over the possibility of new infections in the city. The Metro Manila Development Authority has also shown concern regarding the same.
According to the reports, Philippines is the second-worst affected country in Southeast Asia.
Although the opening of a few public places is postponed until further notice, religious public gatherings have been allowed. In retrospect, 30 percent of the capacity had access to the churches.
In the new rule that came out considering the fall in cases of COVID-19 in the Philippines, 50 percent of the capacity is now permeable. The new manifesto is under practice since February 15.
“This is a very problematic approach. This might bring a surge in our COVID-19 cases,” Marcelino Teodoro, Mayor of the Marikina city said. He also stated that the government did not consult mayors from other cities before putting out the proposition.
It is reported that mayors of some cities along with Manila Mayor, Isko Moreno had met government officials on February 15 for the purpose of discussing the matter.
Total confirmed cases of Philippines have outstretched to 553,424 while 11,577 deaths have been reported until now. Furthermore, the Philippines have confirmed 1,184 new infections.
Meanwhile, Rodrigo Duterte, President of the Philippines has expressed his worry about the declining economy of the country.