- President Rodrigo Duterte has finally decided to extend the state of calamity in the Philippines for a year
- He declared that the Philippines will be under state of calamity until September 2021
- However, it can still be lifted earlier or extended again, depending on the circumstances
- As of September 17, the Philippines has a total of 276,289 confirmed COVID-19 cases
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President Rodrigo Duterte has signed a proclamation that aims to extend the state of calamity status in the Philippines.
KAMI learned that President Duterte has decided to extend the state of calamity until September 12, 2021.
Based on the report of CNN Philippines, the President signed Proclamation No. 1021 last September 16 and it has been extended for a year. However, it could be lifted earlier or extended again depending on the circumstances.
As stated in the said proclamation, the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the country continues to increase despite the current efforts being made.
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As reported by Inquirer (authored by Julie Aurelio), President Duterte signed the Bayanihan 2 into law.
As per the Department of Health (DOH), there are a total of 276,289 COVID-19 cases in the Philippines as of September 17. Meanwhile, the active cases are 63,408.
Just a month ago, Russia officially registered the first COVID-19 vaccine in the world. However, several medical experts have shared their worries about this vaccine.
Duterte is also hopeful that the Philippines will enjoy a COVID-free Christmas. He said that he would volunteer to be the first one to receive the vaccine from Russia to make sure it is safe.
Meanwhile, a Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey claimed that 27.3 million Filipino adults were unemployed or jobless amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
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