Amid rising in COVID-19 cases, the Philippines, a Catholic majority country, will not be celebrating Easter as normal this year. A strict lockdown has been imposed in the capital and nearby provinces due to a spike in COVID-19 cases.
The lockdown begins from March 27 and runs until April 4 or Easter Sunday, a day when Christians often celebrate with special church services. Religious gatherings are not allowed during the holy week. More than 25 million people across Metro Manila and nearby provinces Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna and Rizal will be affected by the lockdown. According to the CIA World Factbook, the Philippines has more than 90% Christian population.
On Palm Sunday, people were prayed outside the churches, as clergies disallowed them to enter. Religious gatherings, that were earlier allowed with 10 per cent capacity has now banned.
The Philippines has reported more than 720,000 Coronavirus cases, including 13,170 deaths, making it one of the worst affected countries in Asia, CNN reported.