“The suspect was cautioned by a village health worker … for not wearing a face mask,” the police report said. “But the suspect got angry, uttering provoking words and eventually attacked the personnel using a scythe.”Read more: Coronavirus: Demand for Filipino nurses increases in Europe
Mandatory face masks
The government ordered on Thursday all people across the archipelago nation’s main islands to wear face masks when going outside during its month-long lockdown.
“Let me repeat – if you need to go out of your house, you need to wear a mask,” government official Karlo Nograles said, according to the German Press Agency. Nograles added it doesn’t have to be a medical mask, but any improvised covering which covers the mouth and nose.
The Philippines has over 3,000 confirmed positive cases of the coronavirus and 144 people have died so far.