Duterte orders arrest of mask violators

MANILA (AFP) – Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered police to arrest anyone not wearing a mask properly, including below the nose, as the country battles to contain surging coronavirus infections.

Duterte issued the directive after a meeting with his COVID-19 task force – where everyone except him can be seen wearing the mandatory face covering – an official video released late on Wednesday showed.

Thousands of people have been punished for violating COVID-19 rules since the end of March, when restrictions were tightened in the capital and surrounding provinces after a spike in cases.

More details on Friday’s Borneo Bulletin