Philippines eases restrictions to revive economy

The Philippines is relaxing COVID-19 restrictions in Manila in a bid to revive the economy amid the country's worsening infection situation.

The capital region had been under lockdown since early August. The government says it will instead conduct targeted localized lockdowns such as a street or a community.

Officials say the move, which starts Wednesday, will allow many companies to operate normally. Restaurants will also reopen, but the number of diners will be restricted.

Daily cases in the Philippines hit a record 22,400 on Monday, while unemployment is also rising.
More than 3.7 million people were out of work nationwide as of June.