Philippines extends restrictions in Manila region to curb COVID-19 hinh anh 1A health worker at a COVID-19 testing site in Manila, the Philippines, on July 28 (Photo: Xinhua/VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said on March 29 that partial restrictions in and around the Manila capital region will be extended for another month until October 31 to contain the spread of COVID-19.

In a televised address, the president also appealed to the country's top telecommunication firms to "do a better job" with public schools set to reopen with virtual classes on October 5.

Preparations for the resumption of classes have been hit by problems including access, availability and speed of data services.

The archipelago nation reported 3,073 new COVID-19 cases and 37 fatalities on September 28, taking its total count to 307,288 cases with 5,381 deaths./.