mandag 9. august 2021

Manila in lockdown as Delta cases soar in Philippines

The more aggressive Delta variant of Covid-19, detected in the Philippines in mid-July, has spread across much of the country, reaching 13 of 17 regions, health officials have said. On Sunday, the Philippines reported a sharp rise in daily Covid fatalities, with 287 deaths, the highest daily increase in four months. A further 9,671 new infections were also confirmed.

The national capital region of Manila, home to almost 14 million people, was placed under lockdown last week in an attempt to slow the spread of the Delta variant. The variant has led to record case numbers in countries across south-east Asia, and it is feared the Philippines could experience a similar rise. The country’s cases had fallen after a severe outbreak four months ago but Covid transmission has begun to increase.