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Philippines sees over 32K daily COVID-19 cases

Country imposes travel ban on unvaccinated people in public transport across capital region

Riyaz ul Khaliq   | 12.01.2022
Philippines sees over 32K daily COVID-19 cases


The Philippines on Wednesday reported over 32,000 new COVID-19 cases, the health department said.

In a statement, it said 32,246 COVID-19 infections were confirmed, pushing the national tally to 3.058 million since the pandemic began in December 2019. With 144 more virus-related fatalities, the death toll has risen to 52,654.

To stem the further spread of the virus, the transport department has imposed a travel ban on unvaccinated people on public transport across the capital Manila region.

"All concerned attached agencies and sectoral offices of (the Department of Transportation) are directed to ensure that operators of public transportation shall allow access or issue tickets only to fully vaccinated persons," the notification read.

More than 52.8 million people, or over 48% of the Philippines' estimated total population of 110 million, have been vaccinated.

Last week, President Rodrigo Duterte ordered the arrest of unvaccinated people who violate stay-at-home orders. Unvaccinated residents in Manila and several provinces have been asked to stay at home unless buying essentials or exercising.

The government loosened restrictions last October, but infections increased as families and friends got together for the holiday season. Experts say the new cases are driven by the highly contagious omicron variant.​​​​​​​

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