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The Philippine capital will remain under lockdown, or what the government described as "modified enhanced community quarantine," until the end of May.
Brutal sanctions against quarantine violators, combined with a 24/7 news cycle and social media virality, have worsened mental health problems in the country.
The Archdiocese of Manila has submitted proposals to the government that show its parishes are prepared and ready to resume liturgical celebrations.
Catholic schools in the country might implement homeschooling when the new school year opens in August.
Bishop Broderick Pabillo of Manila appealed to the government to allow religious services in areas where quarantine policies have been relaxed.
Human rights groups called on the Philippine government to release political prisoners amid reports that several inmates have been infected by the new coronavirus disease.
A Catholic bishop in the southern Philippines said schools should start looking into the possibility of shifting to online classes.
Pope Francis called on European leaders to work together in addressing the possible social and economic consequences of the coronavirus pandemic.