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Metro kept under general lockdown

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PHILSTAR/MIGUEL DE GUZMAN

Metro Manila will remain under a general lockdown this November as coronavirus infections continue to rise amid a gradual reopening of the Philippine economy, according to the presidential palace.

The general community quarantine classifications for Metro Manila, Batangas, Iloilo City, Bacolod City, Tacloban City, Iligan City and Lanao Del Sur announced on Tuesday are final, presidential spokesman Harry L. Roque told an online news briefing on Friday.

Other areas of the country will be under a more relaxed modified general quarantine, he added.

The palace on Tuesday said local governments had until Oct. 28 to appeal the ruling.

The Department of Health (DoH) on Friday reported 2,006 coronavirus infections on Friday, bringing the total to 378,933.

The death toll rose to 7,185 after 38 more patients died, while recoveries increased by 636 to 330,457, it said in a bulletin. There were 41,291 active cases. — Gillian M. Cortez

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