cloudyn.png
Sunday November 27th, 2022 11:01PM

Philippines ending compulsory mask wearing outdoors

By The Associated Press
Related Articles
  Contact Editor

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. has approved a recommendation to end the mandatory wearing of face masks outdoors across the country more than two years after it was imposed at the height of the coronavirus pandemic, top officials said Wednesday.

The Philippines and Myanmar are the last countries in Southeast Asia still requiring the compulsory wearing of masks outdoors, Interior Secretary Benhur Abalos said, adding the change in the country’s masking policy will take effect after Marcos Jr. issues an executive order.

A study showed the lifting of the mandatory requirement in other countries has not led to an alarming upsurge in infections when people continue to take precautions, he said.

Abalos appealed to people to keep maintaining distance and washing hands and urged the elderly and those afflicted with other illnesses to continue wearing mask outdoors.

Rosario Vergeire, a top health official, said a government body dealing with the pandemic would assess if the compulsory wearing of masks indoors could be lifted toward the end of the year in public areas, which could considerably increase the number of people who would receive their coronavirus booster shots.

The government move came after Mayor Michael Rama of central Cebu City declared the wearing of masks outdoors voluntary in a trial period ending at the end of the year.

Among the hardest hit by coronavirus outbreaks in Southeast Asia, the Philippines imposed one of the longest lockdowns in the world, which caused its worst economic recession in decades and deepened poverty, hunger and unemployment.

  • Associated Categories: Associated Press (AP), AP Health, AP Business, AP Business - Economy
© Copyright 2022 AccessWDUN.com
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
Suspect in deadly Canada stabbings has long criminal record
As a Canadian Indigenous community comes to grips with a deadly stabbing rampage by two of its own, many blame rampant drug and alcohol use on the reserve
8:59AM ( 9 minutes ago )
Ukraine says grain coming to Somalia, but Russia skeptical
Ukraine’s president says tons of grain from his country will arrive in the coming weeks in Somalia, where famine approaches and the global crises of food security and climate change put millions at risk
8:50AM ( 18 minutes ago )
EXPLAINER: Why is Xi Jinping's Central Asia trip important?
Chinese President Xi Jinping is expected to meet his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, during a visit to the neighboring Central Asian nation of Uzbekistan this month in what would be his first overseas visit since the start of the COVID-19 outbreak
8:45AM ( 23 minutes ago )
Associated Press (AP)
Raised with trauma, Sandy Hook survivors send hope to Uvalde
The survivors who were able to walk out of Sandy Hook Elementary school nearly a decade ago want to share a message of hope with the children of Uvalde, Texas: You will learn how to live with your trauma, pain and grief
7:03AM ( 2 hours ago )
Rape, incest exceptions spark S Carolina GOP abortion fight
The South Carolina Senate’s debate Wednesday on an abortion ban that no longer includes exceptions for pregnancies’ caused by rape and incest is likely to leave Republicans facing off with each other
1:23AM ( 7 hours ago )
UN: At least $1 billion needed to avert famine in Somalia
The U.N. humanitarian chief predicts at least a billion dollars will be needed urgently to avert famine in Somalia
12:20AM ( 8 hours ago )
AP Health
UK leader Truss rules out windfall tax for oil companies
British Prime Minister Liz Truss has ruled out a windfall tax on oil companies to pay for her plans to tackle the energy crisis
8:21AM ( 48 minutes ago )
Trump ambassador Kelly Craft joins Kentucky governor's race
Former United Nations Ambassador Kelly Craft has launched her campaign for Kentucky governor
8:08AM ( 1 hour ago )
EXPLAINER: What help are North Korean weapons to Russia?
North Korea is apparently moving to sell millions of rockets and artillery shells _ many of them likely from old stock _ to its Cold War ally Russia
8:05AM ( 1 hour ago )
AP Business
Putin mocks West, says Russia will press on in Ukraine
Russian President Vladimir Putin says that Moscow will continue its military action in Ukraine until reaching its goals and mocked Western attempts to drive Russia into a corner with sanctions
6:42AM ( 2 hours ago )
Global shares decline on interest rate, recession worries
Global shares are mostly lower as pessimism prevailed about higher interest rates ahead and Wall Street continued a slump
4:47AM ( 4 hours ago )
Asian shares decline on Wall Street losses, rate worries
Asian shares are mostly lower, as pessimism prevailed about higher interest rates ahead and Wall Street continued a slump
3:05AM ( 6 hours ago )
AP Business - Economy
Suspect in deadly Canada stabbings has long criminal record
As a Canadian Indigenous community comes to grips with a deadly stabbing rampage by two of its own, many blame rampant drug and alcohol use on the reserve
8:59AM ( 9 minutes ago )
Ukraine says grain coming to Somalia, but Russia skeptical
Ukraine’s president says tons of grain from his country will arrive in the coming weeks in Somalia, where famine approaches and the global crises of food security and climate change put millions at risk
8:50AM ( 18 minutes ago )
EXPLAINER: Why is Xi Jinping's Central Asia trip important?
Chinese President Xi Jinping is expected to meet his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, during a visit to the neighboring Central Asian nation of Uzbekistan this month in what would be his first overseas visit since the start of the COVID-19 outbreak
8:45AM ( 24 minutes ago )
Sun rout Sky 104-80, force Game 5 in WNBA semifinals series
DeWanna Bonner and Courtney Williams each scored 19 points to help the Connecticut Sun rout the Chicago Sky 104-80 and force a decisive Game 5 in their WNBA playoffs semifinal series
8:39AM ( 30 minutes ago )
Navy wants new destroyer with lasers, hypersonic missiles
The Navy is getting ready to turn the chapter on its workhorse destroyer, the Arleigh Burke, which went into production more than 30 years ago
8:38AM ( 31 minutes ago )