Workers from the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority install traffic cones for the new bus lane that will transport passengers to and from the Metro Rail Transit along Epifanio Delos Santos Avenue as they prepare for the rush of commuters due to the easing of the COVID-19 lockdown restrictions in Manila, the Philippines on May 31, 2020. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said on Thursday restrictions in Metro Manila will be further eased from June 1, allowing most businesses and transport to reopen. (Xinhua/Rouelle Umali)
MANILA, May 30 (Xinhua) -- The Philippines will resume domestic travels beginning on June 1 as the country starts further loosening coronavirus lockdown in the capital Manila and some parts of the country, the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) said on Saturday.
In an advisory, NAIA said that most of the international flights "will not be happening in the immediate future" due to the travel bans imposed around the world in connection with the COVID-19 pandemic.
Air, sea and land travels were restricted in mid-March after Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte imposed a lockdown in Metro Manila, which was later expanded to other parts of the country.
On Thursday, Duterte said restrictions in Metro Manila will be further eased from June 1, allowing most businesses and transport to reopen despite a steady rise of coronavirus cases in the country.
The Philippines now has 17,224 confirmed COVID-19 cases, including 950 deaths and 3,808 recoveries.