Assignment Asia: How Philippines' poor struggle under the lockdown



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To manage the COVID-19 outbreak, the Philippines has enforced strict quarantines, forcing people to stay home, or risk getting fined or even jailed. But for the urban poor, staying home is not a safer option. Many of them live in slums, in cramped living spaces, with poor sewage facilities and little to no access to clean water.

At the height of the coronavirus outbreak in the Philippines, Cheryl Bandicantos spoke to one slum-dweller in Cebu about how she is surviving under the lockdown, and met a medical worker struggling to cope with a lack of supplies.

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