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Domestic flights from Metro Manila to be suspended

Aviation Updates Philippines – President Rodrigo Roa Duterte has ordered the temporary suspension of domestic air, land, and sea travel to and from Metro Manila as the country's highest official has declared a lockdown and community quarantine in the metropolitan area.
ONE MONTH SUSPENSION. The Philippine government has placed the entirety of Metropolitan Manila under lockdown for 30 days. Furthermore, the government has announced the suspension of domestic air travel to and from the metropolitan effective March 15, 2020, until April 14, 2020. Photo from ABS-CBN News.
In a televised address to the nation, President Duterte has announced the lockdown of Metro Manila for 30 days in the middle of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak. The Philippine government has raised the alert level to Code Red Sublevel 2 which is the highest alert level.

The Philippine president ordered the cancellation of domestic air travel to and from the metropolitan starting Sunday, March 15, 2020, until April 14, 2020. The move, coupled with the diving tourism in the country, becomes the latest blow to the Philippine airline industry.

As of the moment, no airline has released any statement concerning the cancellations yet. However, the Philippine carriers are expected to post advisories in a few hours.

Earlier, the Department of Health (DOH) has recorded three new cases bringing the total number of COVID-19 positive patients in the Philippines to 52. Most of the recorded cases were from the National Capital Region (NCR). 

This is a developing story. More updates to follow.

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