(TheRedWire.com) – Extreme actions by governments to reduce COVID-19’s spread are all too typical of the global response to the pandemic. In the Philippine national capital of Manila, officials have pushed things well beyond the usual extremes.
The government isn’t just locking down the city and telling them to stay home. It’s mandating their citizens stay “in” their homes. On August 9, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority passed a resolution banning outdoor exercise across the capital for two weeks.
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Manila is the most densely populated city in the world, with a population of 13.5 million people. The latest lockdowns in the massive city are so rigid only a select few can leave their homes. The authorities reduced public transportation capacities, and border control prohibits anyone in or out of the pacific island nation.
The outdoor exercise ban runs counter to the opinion of health experts who suggest that being outdoors significantly reduces the spread of COVID-19. The World Health Organization (WHO) says good air circulation helps reduce the disease’s spread, and exercise is good for the immune system.
Manila is hardly alone in its government overreach. France recently implemented a vaccine passport requirement despite widespread disapproval. Western Australia recently adopted a law requiring people visiting New South Wales to prove at least one COVID-19 vaccination.
As the international pandemic continues, one must wonder, what’s next?
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