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As the Delta variant of COVID-19 spreads globally, the rapid increase in coronavirus cases in the United States and other countries has fueled fears of a resurgence of the outbreak. The Philippines is no exception and has encountered a serious threat of a pandemic of the highly contagious Delta variant of the virus. As a result, the Philippine government announced today that Metro Manila, a city of more than 13 million residents, will be closed again starting next week in an attempt to contain the rapidly spreading Delta virus.

Philippine presidential spokesman Harry Roque said in a statement to the public that the Philippine government had to make the difficult decision to close the city again in order to save more lives. According to Roque, the ban on in-restaurant use and parties in Metro Manila is effective immediately and the 2-week home order will be enforced starting August 6.

To date, the Philippines has reported more than 1.5 million confirmed cases of the new coronavirus, with 28,000 deaths. According to statistics, there are currently over 200 cases of Delta in the Philippines, most of which are internal.