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Plane Carrying Medical Supplies Crashes; Eight People Dead

A plane which was bound from Haneda, carrying emergency medical supplies, crashed yesterday at Manila International Airport in the Philippines killing all eight people on board.

It had reportedly been chartered by the government and was carrying emergency supplies to the country as it battles against the spread of coronavirus.

Footage from the crash scene showed huge flames as emergency services were scrambled.

Thick plumes of black smoke could also be seen billowing into the air from miles around the airport.

Cases of coronavirus in Japan, where the plane was destined, have spiked in the last few days as the government held off placing the country on lockdown.

Tokyo governor Yuriko Koike warned the capital was entering an “important phase in preventing an explosive rise in the number of infections”.

Yuriko Koike went on to ask 14 million people living in the city to stay at home over the weekend.

Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe also warned the country was getting closer to a national emergency.

He promised an unprecedented package to protect the world’s third-biggest economy from collapse.

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