In the Philippines on the same day, COVID-19 task force spokesperson Mt. Harry Roque said “We will have stringent enforcement of minimum health standards, these are the washing of hands, wearing of masks, and social distancing. And the wearing of [face shields], there are now four minimum health standards,” also saying these rules are being enforced as a result of rising levels of coronavirus infection in the region.
No start date for the new rule was mentioned, but it is understood that local government groups would immediately start implementing a range of related measures in high-rate infection areas.
The Philippines has seen the virus lead to 2,059 deaths according to latest data available from just over 103,000 infections, with at least one research group in the country projecting this number to jump to 140,000 by the end of the month.