The COVID-19 quarantine In Manila, the longest in the world at the moment, it will last another month until October 31, bringing the Philippine capital with almost 14 million inhabitants, adding seven and a half months of confinement.
The government of Philippines announced on Tuesday the new quarantine phases for the month of October in the country, which is almost entirely at the most relaxed level, except for Manila, Batangas province and the cities of Bacolod, Iloilo, Tacloban and Iligan.
Total closure of the capital
The province of Lanao del Sur, in the area known as Muslim Mindanao in southern Philippines, will return fifteen days to the stricter confinement to contain an outbreak of COVID-19 cases.
The capital was closed by land, sea and air on March 15 and will remain so until at least October 31, a total of at least seven and a half months, period in which travel to and from Manila is prohibited except for emergencies.
The Philippines confirmed on Monday a total of 307,288 cases of COVID-19, the highest figure in Southeast Asia, and 5,381 deaths. More than half of the infections are concentrated in the capital, 162,277, although the rate of spread of the virus decreased during the month of September.
The first cases of COVID-19 arrived in the Philippines in late January, imported by Chinese tourists, but community transmissions were confirmed in early March and the president Rodrigo Duterte, which initially underestimated the impact of the virus, declared a national emergency on March 9, two days before the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the pandemic.
Manila and almost the entire country was in strict confinement for three consecutive months, in which the capital became a ghost town, without traffic and with all establishments closed; situation to which he returned for fifteen days in August to stop a new peak of infections that saturated hospitals.