In the Philippines, a 28-year-old man, Darren Manaog Peñaredondo, was sentenced by police to 300 “squats” for violating curfews under Covid-19 restrictions. Peñaredondo, who died, was the latest victim of the country’s relentless approach to imposing restrictions.
A man has died in the Philippines after being forced to make 300 squats for violating Covid-19 curfews.
On April 1, 28-year-old Darren Manaog Peñaredondo left his home in General Trias, a city in Cavite state that is on lockdown due to rising Covid-19 cases, CNN reported. However, he was stopped by police and told to do a “squat exercise” 100 times. The police made him repeat the exercises, did about 300 repetitions.
Peñaredondo fell into a coma On Saturday and died a few hours later, his family said.
However, the Philippines has one of the highest reported Covid-19 case rates in any country in Asia. About 830,000 cases and 14,000 deaths have been reported in the country so far. Last month, cases in the country rose sharply, with authorities quarantined more than 25 million people, including those in Cavite province.
Meanwhile, the Interior Ministry and the mayor of the city of General Trias have launched an investigation into the young man’s death.