A Year Under Lockdown
Text and photos by Basilio Sepe
March 15, 2021 marked one year of one of the longest lockdowns in the world to help fight the spread of coronavirus. The lockdown left millions jobless and a plunging economy as the Philippines grappled with a renewed spike in COVID-19 infections.
As the country goes into its second year of community quarantines, local governments have reimposed curfews and placed back several villages under strict lockdowns as coronavirus infections surged in the past weeks with daily cases of more than 4,000.
Despite the imposed restrictions, the Philippines continues to suffer from rising coronavirus infections with over 630,000 cases, the second-highest in Southeast Asia. The country, in addition to its soaring case numbers, was also the last in the region to start an inoculation program against the virus.