"I have to go back to work," said Steven John Cabusao, who walked several kilometres on his first day of work after being confined to his home for 11 weeks.
In the Philippines, 41-year-old anesthesiologist Manuel Sotelo III knew the risks but kept working in a hospital in a Manila coronavirus hotspot.
The Philippines recorded three additional coronavirus deaths and 29 new cases, bringing the domestic tally of infections to 140, as authorities placed the entire capital Manila under "community quarantine" for about a month beginning on Sunday.
Philippine tycoon Eduardo "Danding” Cojuangco Jr., a key ally of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos and a low-key businessman who led a food and beverage empire that produced San Miguel beer, has died. He was 85.
Health officials worldwide have expressed concerns in recent days that some countries grappling with the devastating economic impact of lockdowns may lift restrictions too swiftly, and that the coronavirus could spread during mass anti-racism protests.
On the other hand, 58 per cent of those who suffered great stress were in a "no work, no pay" policy situation and 68 per cent belonged to families who "experienced involuntary hunger in the last three months of quarantine or lockdowns imposed by the government to help prevent the spread of the deadly virus.
Dr Abdi Muhamad, the COVID-19 incident manager of the WHO Western Pacific regional office based in Manila, described as "very worrisome" a recent Philippine health department report that a total of 766 frontliners have tested positive for the dreaded ailment.
Crew members waved from the Ruby Princess as it left Port Kembla, where it was docked for more than two weeks, with a large banner hanging from the stern thanking locals. It is reportedly bound for Manila in the Philippines.
In an expletives-laden statement he issued in a taped and televised message aired nationwide, Duterte also warned he would impose martial law if the communist rebels failed to stop their attacks on soldiers and policemen protecting government personnel in giving cash and other assistance like food to poor families especially in remote areas throughout the country.