MANILA, Philippines — Metro Manila would have a uniform curfew starting March 15, from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. for the following two weeks to curb rising COVID-19 infections in the region.
In an online briefing on Thursday, Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Chairperson Benhur Abalos said that the curfew was one of the measures agreed upon by Metro Manila mayors, aside from aggressive testing and contact-tracing.
The measure would come after researchers and health groups warned as early as March 1 that a quicker COVID-19 surge is already taking place in Metro Manila.
Some speculated that this might be due to the COVID-19 variants of concern — the United Kingdom’s B.1.1.7 variant and the South Africa B.1.135 — spreading undetected.
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