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02 août 2020 | 23h47 UTC

Philippines: Authorities to impose stricter lockdown in Metro Manila and surrounding areas from August 4 /update 33

Philippines Alerte de sécurité

Authorities to impose stricter lockdown in Metro Manila and surrounding areas from August 4 amid a rise in COVID-19 cases; follow government directives

TIMEFRAME expected from 2/8/2020, 12h00 until 18/8/2020, 11h59 (Asia/Manila). COUNTRY/REGION Metro Manila, Cavite, Lugana, Rizal, Bulacan

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Event

Filipino authorities have announced that Metro Manila is to be placed under a 'Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine' from Tuesday, August 4, following a rise in coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases. The nearby provinces of Laguna, Cavite, Rizal, and Bulacan will also be placed under this stricter lockdown, which is to last until August 18 at the earliest. Businesses and public transport are to close, and work and quarantine passes are to be mandatory, as movement will be restricted.

The move came as health officials in the Philippines reported that more than 100,000 cases had been confirmed in the country as of Sunday, August 2, making it the second worst affected in Asia after Indonesia.

As of August 2, Indonesian authorities have recorded 103,185 confirmed cases of COVID-19 nationwide, with 2059 associated fatalities. Further spread of the virus is expected in the near term.

Context

The first case of COVID-19 was reported on December 31 and the source of the outbreak has been linked to a wet market in Wuhan (Hubei province, China). Since then, human-to-human transmission of the virus has been confirmed.

Cases of the virus have been confirmed in numerous countries and territories worldwide. On March 11, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the global outbreak a pandemic. Virus-screening and quarantining measures are being implemented at airports worldwide, as well as extensive travel restrictions.

The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, dry cough, and tiredness. Some patients may experience other symptoms such as body pains, nasal congestion, headache, conjunctivitis, sore throat, diarrhoea, loss of taste or smell or a rash on skin or discoloration of fingers or toes. These symptoms (in most cases mild) appear gradually. Generally, most patients (around 80 percent) recover from the disease without being hospitalized.

Advice

Measures adopted by local authorities evolve quickly and are usually effective immediately. Depending on the evolution of the outbreak in other countries, authorities are likely to modify, at very short notice, the list of countries whose travelers are subject to border control measures or entry restrictions upon their arrival to the territory in question. It is advised to postpone nonessential travel due to the risk that travelers may be refused entry or be subject to quarantine upon their arrival or during their stay.

To reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission, travelers are advised to abide by the following measures:

  • Frequently clean hands by applying an alcohol-based hand rub or washing with soap and water.
  • When coughing and sneezing, cover mouth and nose with a flexed elbow or tissue; if used, throw the tissue away immediately and wash hands.
  • If experiencing a fever, cough, difficulty breathing, or any other symptoms suggestive of respiratory illness, including pneumonia, call emergency services before going to the doctor or hospital to prevent the potential spread of the disease.

 

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