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Suicide rate in Philippines up by 57.3%
Suicide rate in Philippines up by 57.3%

Manila, July 6 (TIWN) The Philippines has reported a 57.3 per cent increase in the country's suicide rate in 2020 from 2019, according to an official report.

The report did not state why more people committed suicide in 2020, but added that last year was indeed stressful and challenging for many Filipinos.  The Covid-19 outbreak in January 2020 forced the Philippine government to impose a strict lockdown in Metro Manila and other parts of the country to curb the spread of the virus. 

While thousands of people were left unemployed, many others lost their loved ones or separated from their families.  The National Center for Mental Health has earlier reported "a significant increase" in calls of people suffering from depression, including suicide-related calls on its hotline, since the start of the pandemic. 

The PSA said registered deaths due to Covid-19 accounted for 4.9 per cent of the total registered deaths in 2020.

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