'Shoot them dead' - Philippine leader says won't tolerate lockdown violators

2 April 2020
2020-04-02 13:14

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte warned violators of coronavirus lockdown measures on Wednesday that they could be shot for causing trouble. In a televised address, Duterte said it was vital everyone cooperates and follows home quarantine measures, as authorities try to slow the contagion and spare the country's fragile health system from being overwhelmed.

His comments came after media reports of a disturbance and several arrests on Wednesday of residents in a poor area of Manila who were protesting about sufficient government food aid. The Philippines has recorded 96 coronavirus deaths and 2,311 confirmed cases.

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