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Duterte extends COVID-19 state of calamity for another year

President Rodrigo Duterte on Friday extended the COVID-19 state of calamity in the country for another year due to the continued rise in cases and the threat of coronavirus variants.

In his proclamation, Duterte extended the state of calamity until September 12, 2022 unless earlier lifted or extended as circumstances may warrant.

“This declaration will, among others, effectively afford the National Government, as well as local government units ample latitude to continue to implement the COVID-19 vaccination program,” Duterte said.

It would also allow the government to utilize appropriate funds, including a Quick Response Fund, and monitor and control prices of basic necessities and prime commodities as well as provide basic services to affected populations.

All agencies and local government units were enjoined to continue rendering full assistance to and cooperation with each other and mobilize the necessary resources.

“All law enforcement agencies, with the support from the Armed Forces of the Philippines, are hereby directed to continue undertaking all necessary measures to ensure peace and order in affected areas, as may be necessary,” Duterte said.

On Thursday, the Philippines recorded a new record-high of 22,820 cases.

The country has logged a total of 2,179,770 confirmed cases, of which 1,969,401 have recovered and 34,899 have died. — DVM, GMA News