Philippine President extends state of calamity by 1 year due to COVID-19
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte extended on Friday the state of calamity over COVID-19 by one year to September 2021. Initially, the authorities declared a six-month state of calamity in mid-March. According to the presidential office, despite all efforts, COVID-19 cases and deaths continue to grow. The state of calamity can be canceled earlier if the epidemiological situation improves.