Manila has finally ended its lockdown, which is considered as one of the longest in the world, said a South China Morning Post report.
The Philippine capital was under lockdown for 76 days of quarantine.
Though many are elated with this latest development, an investment strategist aired his concern that this can be considered premature as there are still many cases of coronavirus.
Ron Acoba, chief investment strategist at Trading Edge Consultancy, said “What’s scared me is that we’re opening our economy but our coronavirus infection numbers haven’t really died down.”
He was pointing out the hundreds of new infections being reported by the country each day.
According to the report, as of Saturday, the Philippines had detected 17,224 coronavirus cases with 950 deaths, but the number of infected is believed to be higher because of limited testing.
The whole Metro Manila is now under what local officials referred to as “general community quarantine”, which is the third phase of Manila’s virus lockdown is set to be in place until June 15.
Though trains are permitted to operate, other buses and jeepneys, local public-utility vehicle, are still be banned, said the report.
Metro Manila is composed of 16 cities and one municipality, it began its lockdown on March 16, under its so-called “enhance community quarantine.”