Filipinos fear Omicron will ‘paralyse’ nation as government’s focus turns to election

On the morning of January 7, a sound truck cruised the streets of one middle-class district in Manila’s Quezon City to alert residents of the rising number of Covid-19 cases and where they could get vaccinated.The announcer concluded by saying, “Patnubayan tayo ng Panginoon” – may God guide us.The call for divine assistance was understandable: the Philippines faces an explosion of infections, driven by the highly contagious Omicron variant, that threatens to swamp the government’s disjointed…


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