The Philippines will reimpose a stricter lockdown in the capital, Manila, and nearby provinces on Tuesday, with restrictions remaining till August 18, authorities said on Sunday.

Under the lockdown, some businesses and public transport will be shut down in the capital.

President Rodrigo Duterte approved the move after medical workers groups said the country was losing its battle against the coronavirus pandemic.

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The country experienced its record daily rise in infections on Sunday, with 5,032 new cases taking the confirmed total to 103,185. The death toll rose by 20 to 2,059.

“Health care workers are united in sounding off a distress signal to the nation. Our health care system has been overwhelmed”, said Philippine College of Physicians president Mario Panaligan in a letter to Duterte.


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