Philippines, Thailand coronavirus update

The Philippines has tightened measures to restrict travel from the capital amid a surge in daily infections.

The country recorded its highest number of daily cases at more than 8,000 on Monday after several variants were detected.

The government has announced a ban on restaurant dining in the capital Manila and its four surrounding provinces. It has also prohibited non-essential travel out of these areas for two weeks. In addition, it has barred entry to foreign travelers for a month.

The Philippines has the second-highest number of coronavirus cases and deaths in Southeast Asia, after Indonesia.

The government has imposed strict restrictions for over a year, mainly in the capital.

Meanwhile, the Thai government has announced that it will extend its state of emergency until the end of May amid a new surge that began in December.
This is the eleventh extension since the government declared the emergency in March of last year.

Bangkok also announced restrictions during the traditional New Year "Songkran" water festival holidays set for next month. It has banned activities such as water splashing and concerts.