Traffic jams and crowds of commuters returned to the Philippine capital on Monday, as the metropolis relaxed antivirus measures in a high-stakes gamble to slowly reopen the economy while fighting the coronavirus outbreak, AP reports.
Commuter trains, taxis, ride-sharing cars, special shuttle buses and motorcycles rumbled back on the road in metropolitan Manila but were only allowed to carry a fraction of their capacity as a safeguard.
Public transport was still limited by the relaxed rules and many commuters waited for hours to get a ride despite the government’s deployment of buses.
Classes remain suspended for the next two weeks. Barber shops and beauty salons can open next week at a third of their capacity.
The Philippines remains a Southeast Asian hot spot for Covid-19, with more than 18,000 infections and 957 deaths.