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Duterte puts Manila on lockdown while India suspends tourist visas

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MANILA Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte yesterday announced a halt on domestic land, sea and air travel to and from Manila, as well as community quarantine measures, in what he called a "lockdown" of the capital to arrest the spread of coronavirus.

Mr Duterte, who went for a coronavirus test himself yesterday, approved a resolution to allow a raft of containment measures including bans on mass gatherings, a month of school closures and quarantining in communities where cases are detected, as well as stopping domestic travel in and out of Manila.

It follows confirmation on Saturday of the Philippines' first domestic transmission of the virus, which has killed two people there and infected 53.

India on Wednesday suspended all tourist visas until April 15 and said it would quarantine travellers arriving from seven virus-hit countries.

India's visa suspension begins today at 8pm (Singapore time) at the port of departure. - AFP, REUTERS