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Manila enters lockdown with troops sealing Philippine capital

City of 12m under curfew as domestic travel, concerts and cockfighting canceled

MANILA (AP) -- Thousands of Philippine police, backed by the army and coast guard, started sealing the densely populated capital from most domestic travelers Sunday in one of Southeast Asia's most drastic containment moves against the coronavirus.

Mayors also announced plans to impose a night curfew in Metropolitan Manila, home to more than 12 million people, who have been asked to stay home except for work and urgent errands under monthlong restrictions that took effect Sunday.

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