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Philippines faces worst COVID-19 crisis in Southeast Asia

A strict lockdown in the capital, Manila, is easing, and many are hoping it will help kick-start economic recovery.

The Philippines has the highest number of coronavirus infections in Southeast Asia.

The government imposed one of the world’s strictest lockdowns which lasted from March until June.

The lockdown in the capital, Manila, is easing, and many are hoping it will help kick-start economic recovery.

But it will be tough – thousands of businesses have closed and millions of people are out of work.

Al Jazeera’s Jamela Alindogan reports.