Targeted lockdowns to begin this week as Philippines fights Covid resurgence

Certain parts of the Philippines' metropolis are under lockdown beginning March 22, 2021. Photo by Bea Cabrera

Manila-- Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte today signed a resolution placing highly urbanized cities in Metro Manila and neighboring provinces under general community quarantine from March 22 to April 4 due to an alarming surge in Covid-19 cases.

New restrictions will be implemented and a curfew will be imposed from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.

Besides cities in the metropolis, also under lockdown are Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna and Rizal.

The alarm was raised after 7,103 Covid-19 cases were reported last Friday. It was the highest number of cases recorded in just one day. As of March 20, the Philippines had a total of 80,642 active cases.

The Philippine government has suspended the entry of all foreign nationals and returning Philippine citizens, except for overseas workers. The travel ban, which began on March 20, will stay until April 19. The number of inbound international passengers is limited to 1,500 a day.