MB Daily News Update

Published August 20, 2021, 4:45 PM

by Manila Bulletin

A grim record of 17,231 new cases was posted by the Department of Health (DOH), which was the highest number of cases in one day. And this came just hours after the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) on the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases came up with the recommendation to downgrade restrictions in Metro Manila, Laguna, and Bataan to modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ).

This developed as authorities said that granular lockdowns will be stepped up, and the curfew of 8 p.m. to 4 a.m. will remain in Metro Manila.

An exclusive MB report showed that not even one percent of the prison population in the country has been inoculated against the COVID-19.

These are among the top stories this Friday afternoon, August 20, 2021.

National Task Force (NTF) on the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) Chief Implementer Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr. (third from left) is shown with Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Chairman Benhur Abalos (second from left), AstraZeneca Country President Lotis Ramin, (second from right) and Go Negosyo’s ‘A Dose of Hope’ program lead Josephine Romero (left) at the arrival of 582,500 doses of AstraZeneca vaccines at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) on Friday, August 20. The batch comprises the final half of vaccine deliveries for this month.
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