Philippines reopens gyms and museums as surge ebbs

Health workers collect nasal swabs from local residents for the coronavirus testing at a market in Bangkok, Thailand, Friday, June 11, 2021. - AP

MANILA, June 11 (AP): Philippine officials have allowed the reopening of gyms, skating rinks, racket courts and museums in metropolitan Manila and adjacent provinces as a coronavirus surge continues to ease.

Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez says Filipinos 65 years old and above who have been restricted to home can now travel within the densely populated capital region two weeks after having been fully vaccinated.

He says gyms and similar indoor businesses with safety certificates can reopen up to 30% of their capacity.

Lopez has called for the further reopening of the battered economy to address unemployment and hunger.

Museums and historical sites also can reopen at 20% capacity but guided tours remain prohibited.

The Philippines has reported the second highest number of Covid-19 infections in Southeast Asia at nearly 1.3 million with 22, 312 dead. The government reimposed a lockdown in the capital region and four nearby provinces after infections surged in March.

On Thursday night, The Philippines' Department of Health (DOH) reported on Thursday 7, 485 new Covid-19 infections, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the Southeast Asian country to 1, 293, 687.

The death toll climbed to 22, 312 after 122 more patients died from the viral disease, the DOH said. - AP

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