Shoppers were out in force in Manila on Christmas Eve despite the threat of coronavirus transmission. Photo: AFP
Shoppers were out in force in Manila on Christmas Eve despite the threat of coronavirus transmission. Photo: AFP

Delays and missteps: how Duterte’s Philippines struggled against the coronavirus

  • A top medical expert warns that the country faces a long battle with Covid-19 unless a coherent strategy to fight it is implemented
  • Its response has been marked by bad messaging and poor coordination, and its economy hard hit by one of the world‘s longest lockdowns

Shoppers were out in force in Manila on Christmas Eve despite the threat of coronavirus transmission. Photo: AFP
Shoppers were out in force in Manila on Christmas Eve despite the threat of coronavirus transmission. Photo: AFP
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