Metro Manila mayors agree to keep cinemas, arcades closed

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Cinemas and arcades will remain closed in Metro Manila amid the rising number of COVID-19 cases, the mayors in the region decided during a meeting on Saturday. (FILE PHOTO)

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 6) — Cinemas and arcades will remain closed in Metro Manila amid the rising number of COVID-19 cases, the mayors in the region decided during a meeting on Saturday.

Metro Manila Development Authority Chairman Benhur Abalos, who was present in the meeting, confirmed this and said they are drafting a resolution that would formalize the decision.

The chairman said authorities will assess the COVID-19 situation for at least three weeks up to one month before deciding on when to reopen the establishments.

The development comes as the country recorded its second consecutive day of more than 3,000 new coronavirus infections and one of the highest daily case counts over the past four months. On March 5, Metro Manila topped the list of areas with the highest number of cases with 1,279. It also had 14,691 active or currently sick patients. The Department of Health has yet to publish the regional data for Saturday.

The OCTA Research Team earlier named one of the barangays in Pasay City as a coronavirus hotspot and warned that Metro Manila's cases were averaging more than 900 daily over the past week. This is an increase of 50% from the previous week and 119% compared to two weeks ago.

However, Health Secretary Francisco Duque III earlier maintained that it is too soon to tell if the country is currently under a second wave of cases.

CNN Philippines Correspondent Paolo Barcelon contributed to this report.