04:32 GMT08 March 2021
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    On Thursday, Typhoon Ambo has hit the eastern part of Samar Island in the municipality of San Policarpo, bringing heavy rain and wind, with gusts that reached 40-50 meters per second.

    Philippines authorities, under quarantine measures related to the coronavirus pandemic, are preparing to evacuate about 400 thousand people due to Typhoon Ambo, according to ABS-CBN.

    ​According to reports, the Philippine Ministry of Health warned local authorities that a distance of at least one meter should be maintained between evacuated people in order to avoid the spread of coronavirus.

    ​The head of the emergency department of the province, Josh Eciano, said that some of the evacuees will be placed in isolators that were previously intended for patients with COVID-19, but were not used, as well as in other quarantine facilities.

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