Manila, Sept. 18 -- President Rodrigo Duterte has extended the declaration of a state of calamity throughout the Philippines for one more year due to the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic.

In Proclamation No. 1021, Duterte extended the state of calamity "for a period of one year", or from Sept. 13, 2020 to Sept. 12, 2021, "unless earlier lifted or extended as circumstances may warrant".

Duterte said that while "significant strides" have been achieved to strengthen the country's efforts to fight the spread of the virus, Covid-19 cases continue to increase in the country.

"The number of Covid-19 positive cases and deaths continue to rise despite efforts and interventions to contain the same," the proclamation read.

Duterte said the ...