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Coronavirus: Filipinos ignore pandemic to attend Black Nazarene feast; more Japanese regions request emergency

Tens of thousands of people ignored government advice and flocked to the Philippines capital Manila on Saturday to celebrate the feast of the Black Nazarene, a statue that is believed to have healing powers.An estimated 400,000 people have been through the city’s Quiapo district since 4am local time, Lieutenant Colonel Carlo Magno Manuel, spokesman for the Manila Police District, told reporters. Because of coronavirus restrictions, only 400 visitors at a time were allowed inside the church…

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