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The Philippines’ fight against the coronavirus is likely to become more complicated with the onset of typhoon season, during which it typically has to evacuate tens of thousands of people from storm-hit areas.
“As the rainy season approaches, the battle against the virus will become more challenging,” the finance department said in a May 15 bulletin. “The flu season will have started and flooding could occur in low-lying areas. Distancing in temporary relocation sites could be difficult to implement.”
The Philippines experiences an average of 20 cyclones a year, mostly in the second half, and those forced to flee are usually housed in packed shelters. Evacuees are compelled to wear masks and practice social distancing to prevent infections, while personnel wear personal protective equipment, Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said on Friday.
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