Philippines raises alarm over spike after COVID-19 lockdown easing Jul 07, 2020 0 31 12345 DPAManilaPhilippine 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. Pages 12 RELATED ARTICLES With 700,000 virus cases, India is 3rd worst-hit in world Jul 07, 2020 0 470 Duterte’s anti-terrorism law challenged in Philippines’ top court Jul 07, 2020 0 342 World must support Hong Kong, says activist Wong at court hearing Jul 07, 2020 0 37 Over one million told to evacuate in Japan after heavy rain kills 44 DPA Tokyo The death toll from floods and landslides caused by torrential rains on the southern Japanese island of Kyushu climbed to 44 on Monday, while a heavy rain emergency warning forced local authorities to issue .. Nepal makes wearing a face mask mandatory in public places DPA Kathmandu Nepal’s Ministry of Home Affairs (MoHA) made wearing face masks in public places mandatory on Monday, with provisions for legal action against those defying the public health and safety rules. Umakanta .. Hundreds of drones light up Seoul sky with virus messages Seoul Hundreds of drones lit up the night sky in Seoul for a spectacular showcase of motivational and awareness messages as the world battles the coronavirus pandemic. Three hundred unmanned aerial vehicles were .. India, China agree to ‘complete disengagement’ from deadly border flashpoint AFP New Delhi Chinese troops were seen removing structures from a Himalayan valley where they fought a deadly battle with Indian soldiers last month, Indian army sources said Monday, after high-level talks between the .. Border closure as Melbourne sees sharp spike in virus cases DPA Canberra The internal border between Australia’s two most populous states, Victoria and New South Wales (NSW), will close after Covid-19 cases have spiked in Victorian capital city Melbourne, state Premiers .. China says US has ‘ulterior motives’ in South China Sea Beijing China said the United States had “ulterior motives” for dispatching two aircraft carriers to the South China Sea, in the latest show of military might between the two countries. Chinese Foreign Ministry ..