Global report: Philippines opens up despite record cases, as outbreaks hit Asia
Manila’s 12 million residents to enjoy free movement as daily infections pass 500; Mumbai’s hospital close to collapse; South Korea records dozens more cases
The Philippines president has announced plans to ease one of longest and toughest coronavirus lockdowns in the world despite the country seeing its biggest daily spike in cases since the pandemic began.
The Philippines reported 539 infections on Thursday, its highest daily tally, bringing its total to 15,588 cases, with 921 deaths. From Monday its capital, Manila, will allow gatherings of up to 10 people, free movement in and out of the city as long as people wear masks and keep their distance, and workplaces, shops and some public transport will reopen.