Philippines capital region of Metro Manila relaxes 76-day lockdown

The Philippines’ capital region of Metro Manila has emerged from a lockdown that began in mid-March – longer even than the 76-day quarantine in the Chinese city of Wuhan, where the virus emerged last year.

Manila has moved into a state of general community quarantine (GCQ), which will allow more people to return to work, some shops and factories to reopen, and public transportation to run at a limited capacity.

However, public facilities like gyms, cinemas, karaoke bars and nightclubs will remain shut – and authorities have reiterated the need for the public to stay at home if they can.

Manila two weeks ago moved to the “Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (MECQ)” – a slightly more relaxed version of its original lockdown, which allowed some people to do things like exercise outdoors.

The Philippines currently has 18,086 confirmed cases and 957 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University.