NCR, 4 others under stricter GCQ amid Delta variant threat | Evening wRap

Today on Rappler – the latest news in the Philippines and around the world:

Metro Manila and 4 other provinces on Friday, July 23, are placed under general community quarantine or GCQ ‘with heightened restrictions’ until 31.

Senators call on the Duterte government on Friday, July 23, to step up its pandemic response after the Philippines confirmed the local transmission of the COVID-19 Delta variant.

The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas on Friday, July 23, orders social media platform Lyka to suspend its operations and register as an operator of payment system or OPS. 

Filipino athletes competing in the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics will get an additional P100,000 in game allowance following the approval of President Rodrigo Duterte.

In Hong Kong, four staff members from the now-closed Apple Daily newspaper were denied bail after they were charged with colluding with foreign forces. –