Philippine capital reopens despite jump in virus cases Jun 02, 2020 0 528 12345 AFPManilaManila emerged on Monday from one of the world’s longest coronavirus lockdowns as the Philippines seeks to repair its badly damaged economy even as the number of new infections surges.Streets in the capital were choked with traffic and limited public transport resumed as commuters flooded back to work in the city of 12 million after nearly three months of strict home quarantine.Most businesses have been allowed to reopen in the city, but schools, bars, dine-in restaurants all remain shuttered.“The virus is frightening but it’s either you die from the virus or you die from hunger,” salesman Himmler Gaston, 59, told AFP as he entered the train station where commuters had their temperatures checked.The Philippines has so far reported 18,638 cases and 960 deaths, but experts fear limited testing means the true figures are likely much higher. There has been a roughly 30 percent jump in new cases in the past week, which health officials said was mainly due to efforts to clear backlogs from laboratories as they boost testing.While public trains and buses resumed operations Monday, the country’s popular jeepney mini-buses have been ordered to stay off the road because of their cramped seating.Normally packed train carriages had plastic sheets covering some seats and markers on the floor to ensure passengers kept their distance from each other. Despite the risk of being exposed to the virus on his way to work, 27-year-old barista Paul Escala said the train was still safer than riding his bicycle.“It’s safer here. If I’m taking the bike, I have two opponents: the virus and unruly motorists,” he said.Quarantine measures to contain the virus vary across the Philippines, but the strictest and longest lockdown has been in Manila, the centre of the country’s outbreak. Pages 123 RELATED ARTICLES India eases lockdown restrictions despite surge in new COVID-19 cases Jun 02, 2020 0 510 Hong Kong police ban Tiananmen vigil for first time in 30 years Jun 02, 2020 0 33 Cambodia’s leader calls for foreign military drills, aid Jun 02, 2020 0 33 Massages, cinema visits allowed again as Thailand eases virus curbs DPA Bangkok Massages, football, and trips to the cinema are allowed again in Thailand but with some restrictions, as the government eases measures imposed to halt the spread of the coronavirus. Thailand’s .. Hundreds flock to Kabul hospital for controversial Covid-19 treatment Kabul Hundreds of people have been rushing to a private hospital in the Afghan capital to get their hands on an alleged cure for COVID-19, the potentially deadly respiratory illness caused by the novel coronavirus. A .. Pakistan embassy officials leave India after spying charges AFP New Delhi Two Pakistan officials expelled by India over spying allegations returned home Monday, an embassy spokesman said, as the nuclear-armed rivals wrangled over the claims. The Indian government said Sunday .. North Korea to reopen schools as virus fears ease AFP Seoul North Korea will reopen schools this month after shuttering them over the coronavirus pandemic, reports said Monday. Pyongyang has not confirmed a single infection but has imposed strict rules, including .. Thousands in New Zealand join march in solidarity with US protests Wellington New Zealanders took to the streets on Monday in peaceful protests to show solidarity with demonstrations in the United States over the death of George Floyd. Outrage at Floyd’s death spread across the US from ..