Curfew to be imposed in Manila

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Travellers wait for a bus in a terminal before the lockdown in Manila for 30 days in a bid to halt the spread of the coronavirus. Photo: DPA

A nightly curfew from 8pm to 5am will be imposed in the Philippine capital Manila from Sunday in a bid to contain the spread of the coronavirus, authorities announced on Saturday.

The nine-hour curfew will last until April 14, with workers, people delivering essentials and medical teams being exempted, according to the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority.

MMDA general manager Jojo Garcia said violators of the curfew would only be issued with a warning and not be arrested.

The mayors of Metro Manila collectively called on all shopping malls to close during the period, with grocery stores, supermarkets, pharmacies, banks and restaurants offering home delivery being exempted.The curfew follows Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s announcement on Thursday that land, sea and air traffic into and out of the capital would be halted for a month from Sunday.

As of Saturday, the country has recorded 98 confirmed coronavirus cases, with the death toll at eight.

Source : SCMP

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