Manila casinos shut down because of the pandemic
Manila casinos were forced to close doors till 15 January to battle COVID-19 increasing cases.
The governance of the state decided to raise the alert status to level 3 from the 5-tier alert system after the spread of the pandemic, including Omicron
The land-based casinos in the capital city are forced to shut, while other types of businesses are permitted to remain open at level 3, though have restricted capability.
Karlo Nograles, the Acting Presidential Spokesperson, has commented on the news, saying that they suspect transference of Omicron according to epidemiologic investigations on three cases. So, they anticipate rises in COVID-19 cases in the upcoming days.
The other parts of the Philippines were alerted to level 2, but the authorities of the capital city set up restrictions after finding out the three cases of Omicron.
On 31 December, the Health Department of the state had announced the three local cases of Omicron, in addition to imported 7 cases.
Inter-Agency Task Force President and Health Secretary Francisco T. Duque III mentioned that they support the authorities to investigate and detect pandemic cases and set up restrictions if there was a need.