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Philippines raises alarm over spike after COVID-19 lockdown easing

DPA
Manila
Philippine authorities on Monday expressed alarm over a spike in the number of coronavirus infections in the country and urged the public to strictly follow preventive protocols.
“We are alarmed because the number (of COVID-19 cases) should have been maintained or gone down but many are really hard-headed,” Interior Secretary Eduardo Ano said.
“Because of our intention to open up the economy, it will really boil down to the individual persons on how we will adhere, comply, obey with the minimum health standards,” he added.
Ano said the lockdown allowed the government to increase the capacities to test, trace, treat and isolate cases.
The Department of Health on Monday reported 2,099 additional Covid-19 cases, bringing the national tally to 46,333. The death toll also rose to 1,303 with six additional deaths reported in the past 24 hours, it added.
The additional cases included 1,258 “fresh cases” or those confirmed in the past three days, and 842 “late cases” or those confirmed previously but were only added now to the tally, the department said.

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