Philippines extends Alert Level 3 in NCR until end-January

January 14, 2022 - 12:41 PM
Devotees at National Shrine of Our Mother of Perpetual Help at Baclaran in Parañaque City show their vaccine cards prior to entering church premises on Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2022. Metro Manila mayors had agreed to restrict activities and movement of unvaccinated individuals as COVID-19 cases surge anew. (The STAR/Michael Varcas)

MANILA — The Philippines’ coronavirus task force will extend coronavirus curbs in the capital region and other provinces until the end of January, acting presidential spokesperson Karlo Nograles said on Friday.

The Southeast Asian nation is battling its biggest surge cases, driven by the more infectious Omicron variant, disrupting business operations and government services.

—Reporting by Neil Jerome Morales Editing by Ed Davies