27 million people placed under lockdown in Philippines amid surge in new coronavirus infections

Over 27 million people in the Philippines were put back in lockdown, after doctors warned a surge in new coronavirus cases could push the healthcare system to collapse.

Manila and four surrounding provinces on the island of Luzon have been placed under lockdown for two weeks.

The stay at home orders were only lifted in June.

Hospitals in the Philippines are struggling to cope with a five-fold rise in confirmed infections. The nation has reported over 106,000 infections including 2,104 deaths.

People can go out only to buy essential goods or exercising outdoors. Public transport has also been suspended and domestic flights are grounded, while restaurants are restricted to takeaways.

The new lockdown came after 80 medical associations on Saturday called on President Rodrigo Duterte to toughen restrictions in a bid to slow the spread of the virus.

Doctors hope the reinstated restrictions will now give medical workers more time to deal with the spike in cases.