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Philippine elections

Philippine presidential candidates ring alarm over COVID surge threat

Front-runner Marcos snubs debate on economy, pandemic response

People wearing face masks wait in line during the reopening of an amusement park in Pasay City, Metro Manila, on Feb. 24.   © Reuters

MANILA -- Philippine presidential candidates on Saturday sounded the alarm over a possible new wave of coronavirus infections, as neighbors China and South Korea battle a resurgence in cases.

With other countries also detecting the new "deltacron" coronavirus variant, presidential hopefuls called for aggressive vaccinations, intensified border controls and stronger health care system during a debate organized by the Commission on Elections, the independent poll regulator.

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