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The Philippines extends the corona measures in the capital Manila and other provinces until the end of January, acting presidential spokesman Karlo Nograles said Friday.

Meanwhile, the Philippine government has championed a controversial ban that prevents unvaccinated people from using public transportation in the capital. Manila, denying that the policy was “anti-poor”.




A police officer warns passengers on Jan. 10 to maintain physical distance on a bus at a checkpoint in the suburbs of Quezon City, Philippines.

A police officer warns passengers on Jan. 10 to maintain physical distance on a bus at a checkpoint in the suburbs of Quezon City, Philippines. Photo: Basilio Sepe/ZUMA Wire/REX/Shutterstock

The “no vaccine, no ride” policy is designed to contain a recent wave of infections and applies to all modes of transportation to and from Metro Manila – including public buses, trains, boats and planes. According to local media, the policy will be fully implemented from Monday, when passengers will be required to show proof of vaccination.

The Philippines has experienced a recent surge in infections, which health experts have blamed on the more transmissible Omicron variant. The country reported a record 34,021 cases on Thursday, the highest since the start of the pandemic, half of which were reported in the national capital region. Another 82 deaths were confirmed.

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