Philippines eases capital’s strict virus lockdown May 29, 2020 0 2440 12345 AFPManilaThe Philippines will lift key coronavirus lockdown measures in the nation’s capital, President Rodrigo Duterte said Thursday, aiming to resuscitate a faltering economy after nearly three months of strict home quarantine.Most businesses will be allowed to re-open from Monday and public transit is to return in a limited form, although children and the elderly will have to stay home unless they are out getting essentials or headed to work.“Remember that the entire nation is under quarantine,” Duterte said in a late-night speech. “Let us move to the so-called ‘new normal’.”Schools, bars, dine-in restaurants and barber shops will all remain shuttered.Duterte’s announcement came hours after health officials announced 539 new coronavirus infections, the highest daily figure since the outbreak took off in March.Health officials said that was primarily due to delays in submissions from testing labs and a manual process for validating results. The Philippines has detected 15,588 cases with 921 deaths, but the number of infected is believed to be higher due to limited testing.Manila has been under lockdown since mid-March, roughly the same time when hard-hit France and Spain issued their stay at home orders.Trips to the grocery store have been allowed, but only workers deemed essential were allowed out while everyone else was expected to work from their homes.Under the eased restrictions, most people will be allowed to go to their places of work, but working from home is still strongly encouraged. Pages 12 RELATED ARTICLES Conservative ex-Tehran mayor Ghalibaf elected Iran speaker May 29, 2020 0 568 India sidesteps Trump mediation offer over China border showdown May 29, 2020 0 600 Afghan forces killed in first ‘Taliban attack’ since end of ceasefire May 29, 2020 0 646 Iran dismisses ‘desperate’ US move to end nuclear waivers Tehran Tehran on Thursday dismissed the impact of what it called Washington’s “desperate attempt” to end sanction waivers for nations that remain in the Iran nuclear accord. The Atomic Energy Organisation of Iran said .. Crashed Pakistani jet’s cockpit voice recorder found AFP Islamabad Investigators scouring the site of a crashed Pakistani airliner found the jet’s cockpit voice recorder Thursday and hope it will answer why pilots had failed at an initial landing attempt. The Pakistan .. India’s Supreme Court orders relief to ease migrant worker crisis New Delhi India’s Supreme Court on Thursday issued a series of orders to alleviate a looming humanitarian crisis among millions of migrant workers stranded in cities as the country enters a third month of coronavirus .. Rwanda court sentences ex-mayor to life for role in genocide AFP Kigali Rwanda’s High Court on Thursday sentenced a former mayor to life in prison for his role in the country’s 1994 genocide, which included leading attacks that resulted in the deaths of around 25,000 ethnic Tutsis .. Jordan to allow weekly prayers at mosques, churches from next week Amman Jordan will open mosques and churches for weekly prayers from next week, the government said on Thursday, as the kingdom gradually lifts restrictions imposed to stem the spread of the coronavirus. Muslims will be .. Gunmen kill dozens in northwest Nigeria attacks AFP Kano Gunmen on motorcycles killed dozens of people in a string of attacks on villages in the restive northwest of Nigeria, as the authorities struggle to curb the violence. Gangs of armed criminals -- known locally as .. Turkey to reopen restaurants in easing of virus lockdown Istanbul Turkey will allow restaurants and cafes to reopen on Monday and lift inter-city travel restrictions in a further loosening of its coronavirus lockdown, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced on Thursday. ..