Amidst the coronavirus crisis, airports will either become one of the major bulwarks against COVID-19 in terms of its transmission, or a catalyst for a deadly spread of the virus. So how are airports coping with the current crisis, considering that the airline industry is one of the most heavily affected by the pandemic?
The daily grind halted to a stop when the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) was imposed last March 16, 2020. With limited human movement across Metro Manila, carbon emissions were drastically reduced as per the findings of the Institute of Environmental Science & Meteorology (IESM) at the University of the Philippines Diliman, and Airtoday.ph—an air-quality monitoring system—dated last March 25, 2020.
The global COVID-19 pandemic adversely affected many industries all over the world. Places where a lot of people frequent like malls, restaurants, concert venues, and even gyms and fitness centers became hotspots for the virus and were immediately shut down to prevent further spread of the disease.
Near midnight last June 30, President Duterte addressed the nation regarding its status amidst the pandemic. Metro Manila has been under quarantine for more than 100 days as of June 22, based on CNN.
Despite the overwhelming threat of disease brought about by COVID-19, many public officials from all over the Philippines have used their respective positions not only to provide their constituents necessities, but to proactively enact measures that ensured the locales' health and productivity.
The arrival of COVID-19 in the Philippines last January heralded an incoming public health crisis to the country, which challenges the capacity of its healthcare system. The pandemic, however, not only affects people’s health, but also shocks the economy to its core as businesses and public activities are halted for more than a hundred days, due to strict community quarantine measures.