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Tech supply chains are still a complete mess
The Verge - 2020-04-04
Last week, we made the case that tech manufacturing was uniquely vulnerable to pandemic problems, from a combination of just-in-time manufacturing practices and a far-flung network of suppliers. But just a week later, the news is even worse. On Friday ...

Nursing home deaths, infections surge across Minnesota from coronavirus despite lockdown
StarTribune - 2020-04-04
Thousands of elderly residents of Minnesota nursing homes are being confined to their rooms, cut off from their relatives and gripped by fear of an invisible virus. Those who fall prey to the illness risk dying alone. The novel coronavirus is sweeping through Minnesota's senior care facilities, which are fast becoming hot spots for the deadly ...

Security Bank partners with e-learning platform
philstar.com - 2020-04-04
MANILA, Philippines -- Security Bank Corp. has partnered with Singapore-based e-learning platform 88Tuition to keep students on their toes while the entire Luzon is under a month long enhanced community quarantine amid the health crisis. Sanjiv Vohra, president and chief executive officer at Security Bank, said the partnership with the online ...

PSA puts on hold conduct of 2020 nationwide census
philstar.com - 2020-04-04
MANILA, Philippines -- The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) is putting off the conduct of the 2020 Census of Population and Housing (CPH), originally scheduled in May, until the Luzon-wide enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) is lifted. As such, recruitment and hiring of census workers as well as the series of training and preparations for ...

Insurers now allowed to sell products online
philstar.com - 2020-04-04
MANILA, Philippines -- The Insurance Commission (IC) has allowed domestic life insurance companies to launch information and communications technology (ICT)-powered initiatives that will enable them to sell their products despite the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. Insurance Commissioner Dennis Funa said life insurers could ...

Mobile testing centers to be set up in Quezon City
philstar.com - 2020-04-04
MANILA, Philippines -- The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) has partnered with the Quezon City government for the establishment of mobile testing centers for the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in the city. Mayor Joy Belmonte expressed gratitude to the PRC, led by Sen. Richard Gordon, for choosing the city as the pilot site of its COVID-19 ...

21,000 more quarantine violators nabbed; total now at 81,908
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-04
MANILA, Philippines -- Police officers have arrested, as of Saturday, more than 21,000 individuals who defied protocols of the enhanced community quarantine over Luzon, bringing the total number of violators who were warned, arrested and fined at 81,908. The figures came from the Joint Task Force Corona Virus Shield (JTF CV Shield). Of the ...

Senators to Isko: We passed laws to curb pandemic
philstar.com - 2020-04-04
MANILA, Philippines -- Senators hit back at Manila Mayor Isko Moreno yesterday for calling them "missing in action" officials politicizing the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. Senate President Vicente Sotto III reminded Moreno that senators passed laws to address the pandemic. "Our duty as lawmakers is to promptly pass the ...

6 nabbed for overpriced scanners, alcohol
philstar.com - 2020-04-04
MANILA, Philippines -- Six persons were arrested on Friday for allegedly selling overpriced thermal scanners and alcohol. Businessman Dexter Quan Yee and security guard Angelo Mancao were caught in a sting at the corner of Maceda street and España Boulevard by the Manila Police District Station 7. They reportedly sold 40 thermal scanners for ...

Cagayan town mayor recovers from COVID
philstar.com - 2020-04-04
MANILA, Philippines -- Mayor Carmelo Villacete of Piat, Cagayan has recovered from the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Tests conducted yesterday showed that Villacete is now negative for the flu virus, Glenn Matthew Baggao, chief of the Cagayan Valley Medical Center, said. In a post on Facebook on Thursday, Villacete said he tested ...

IATF OKs entry of Chinese medical experts
philstar.com - 2020-04-04
MANILA, Philippines -- The Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) on the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases has approved the entry of 12 medical experts to assist the Philippines in the fight against the coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19). The Department of Health is expecting the experts to arrive in Manila today, according to DOH Undersecretary ...

P.4 million shabu seized, 8 nabbed in Zamboanga
philstar.com - 2020-04-04
ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines -- Anti-narcotics agents have been told not to let their guard down in the campaign against illegal drugs to ensure that suspects will not take advantage of the enhanced community quarantine due to the coronavirus disease 2019 ...

Manila hospital to temporarily close after staff test positive for COVID-19
CNN Philippines - 2020-04-04
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 4) - Ospital ng Sampaloc in Manila City announced it will temporarily close its doors to the public starting April 4, 2020 until further notice, by order of ...

Cop relieved for punching curfew violators
philstar.com - 2020-04-04
SAN JACINTO, Pangasinan, Philippines -- A police officer has been relieved from his post after a video showing him punching and slapping curfew violators went viral. Col. Redrico Maranan, Pangasinan police director, relieved S/Sgt. Michael Abauag on Tuesday, two days after the incident. Capt. Oliver Baniqued, town police chief, was relieved ...

Luzon-wide ECQ displaced 15 million workers, Ateneo study shows
philstar.com - 2020-04-04
MANILA, Philippines -- Almost 15 million workers are estimated to have been displaced by the ongoing Luzon-wide enhanced community quarantine (ECQ), according to the Ateneo de Manila University. In a policy brief titled "Understanding the Profile of Displaced Workers due to ECQ," the Ateneo Center for Economic Research and Development ...

Rent in the time of COVID-19
philstar.com - 2020-04-04
Had we known that clients would be accepting, and our people could cooperate to stay productive in a work-from-home environment, we would be leasing half of the office space that we have today. Lessors immediately showed their good side in this crisis and waived rentals for retail stalls. But they had, in fact, only started. With their lessees ...

Property sector badly hit by COVID-19
philstar.com - 2020-04-04
As expected, due to the spread of COVID-19, the Philippine economy is now seen to grow at a lower rate in 2020 than originally forecast. Colliers International, in a new report, cited data from Oxford Economics which projects that the Philippine economy will grow by 3.9 percent in 2020 from its original estimate of 5.9 percent. However, Oxford ...

Budget shortfall seen to widen this year
philstar.com - 2020-04-04
MANILA, Philippines -- Japanese investment house Nomura said the Philippines is likely to post a wider budget deficit this year as the national government tries to soften the impact of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. Euben Paracuelles, senior economist for Southeast Asia at Nomura, said the country is set to book a wider ...

Kadiwa stores go online
philstar.com - 2020-04-04
MANILA, Philippines -- The Department of Agriculture is bringing its flagship Kadiwa stores online to cater to more consumers amid the enhanced community quarantine in Luzon. Agriculture Secretary William Dar said the agency has expanded its Kadiwa ni Ani at Kita to serve more consumers in urban areas and improve market linkages between them ...

PLDT provides services amid COVID constraints
philstar.com - 2020-04-04
MANILA, Philippines -- Telecommunications and digital service provider PLDT Inc. has assured its customers it would continue to provide vital communication services despite the constraints imposed by the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic. "Our customers need us now more than ever. Our internet services and solutions power homes and ...

Manulife expands benefits to clients stricken by virus
philstar.com - 2020-04-04
MANILA, Philippines -- Manufacturers Life Insurance Philippines Co. (Manulife) is providing additional benefits to policyholders infected by the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). In a statement, Manulife Philippines said customers diagnosed with COVID-19 from March 23 to June 30 would get additional benefits at no additional cost.

URC extends donations to more communities
philstar.com - 2020-04-04
MANILA, Philippines -- Universal Robina Corp. (URC) has expanded its efforts to communities in other areas of the country to help mitigate the spread of the coronavirus disease. URC Sugar and Renewables Division is donating relief goods as well as sanitation and hygiene products to various checkpoints and Disaster Relief and Rescue Management ...

Lending, financing firms told to defer payments collection
philstar.com - 2020-04-04
MANILA, Philippines -- The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has ordered lending and financing companies to defer the collection of payments and the imposition of penalties while the country remains under a state of national emergency due to the coronavirus disease 2019 or COVID-19. Under the Bayanihan to Heal as One Act, the President ...

What is important
philstar.com - 2020-04-04
People are getting healthier these days. The lockdown has made a lot of people I know to stay home and settle for healthy and simple meals. Some people do not know how to cook and express their regret that they should have learned when they had the chance. Others are learning. And those who know how to cook are being valued and appreciated in ...

3 dead in Quezon: 2 PUIs, 1 confirmed case
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-04
LUCENA CITY, Quezon, Philippines - Health officials in Quezon province recorded three coronavirus disease (COVID-19) related deaths on Saturday. In a 6 p.m. bulletin, the Quezon Public ...

PRC completes first molecular laboratory for increased COVID-19 testing
CNN Philippines - 2020-04-04
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 4) - The country may see an increase in daily COVID-19 testing capacity, as a non-profit organization announced the completion of its new testing facility on Saturday. The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) completed its first molecular laboratory with the capacity to process up to 3,000 COVID-19 tests a day.

PRC completes first molecular laboratory for increased COVID-19 testing
CNN Philippines - 2020-04-04
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 4) - The country may see an increase in daily COVID-19 testing capacity, as a non-profit organization announced the completion of its new testing facility on Saturday. The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) completed its first molecular laboratory with the capacity to process up to 3,000 COVID-19 tests a day.

Insurers, HMOs ramp up support for COVID-19 fight
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-04
MANILA, Philippines -- Insurers and health maintenance organization (HMOs) have heeded the call to assist not only their clients and sales agents but also medical front-liners in the battle against COVID-19. For instance, Sun Life Financial-Philippines Foundation Inc. (Sun Life Foundation) said it will donate 3,000 digital life insurance ...

Here's how you can make a musical soap dispenser that plays your favorite Spotify songs to help you wash your hands for 20 seconds
Business Insider - 2020-04-04
The gadget, called Scrubber, requires 4 hours to build, about $30 worth of parts, and some basic coding and soldering knowledge.

22 more Filipinos overseas die of COVID-19, says DFA
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-04
MANILA, Philippines -- Twenty-two more Overseas Filipinos (OFs) passed away due to the coronavirus disease as cases of Filipinos abroad infected with the disease rose to 343, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said Saturday. Latest data from DFA showed that the total fatalities of OFs are 43, which are mostly from America and Europe.

Vietnam commits continued supply of rice to Philippines
philstar.com - 2020-04-04
"We will soon announce and provide information on rice export to the public, business and international partners," Le said. He added that the Philippines will be one of the first to be ...

DOH: Six hospitals getting FDA-approved locally-made COVID-19 test kits
CNN Philippines - 2020-04-04
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 4) - The Department of Health confirmed on Saturday the six hospitals in the country which will receive the first locally-made COVID-19 test kits. These hospitals are the Philippine General Hospital, Makati Medical Center, The Medical City, Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center, Southern Philippines ...

Coronavirus Economy: How Technology Is Helping Companies Sell Remotely
International Business Times - 2020-04-04
Businesses around the world are facing unprecedented challenges as a result of COVID-19. Across industries, organizations are transitioning their workforces to a remote and fully digital environment, transforming the day-to-day norms. And nowhere is the ...

Tesla New Features Allow Owners To View Sentry Mode Videos In-Car
International Business Times - 2020-04-04
Tesla's next update is making security video viewing easier The car's recorded security footage can now be checked on the dashboard display This feature is could be available in different regions soon Tesla has recently added a new feature which allows car owners to view Sentry Mode footage easier and faster. The new feature directly allows ...

51 more Filipinos abroad contract coronavirus, total now at 517
CNN Philippines - 2020-04-04
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 4) -- The number of Filipinos infected with coronavirus abroad has risen to 517, as the Department of Foreign Affairs announced 51 more cases on Saturday. Twenty-two more people have died from the viral disease, bringing the total number of fatalities among overseas Filipinos to 43. A total of 131 Filipinos ...

U.S. May Get More Ventilators But Run Out Of Medicine For COVID-19 Patients
NPR - 2020-04-04
As hospitals around the country fill with COVID-19 patients, medical personnel are sounding the alarm about shortages of drugs essential to those patients' care. "We have seen an increase in demand on pharmaceuticals that's unprecedented," says Daniel Kistner, who manages the pharmacy program for Vizient, a group purchasing organization that ...

Gordon: Those with COVID-19 symptoms are priority in PH Red Cross testing
CNN Philippines - 2020-04-04
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 4) -- Senator Richard Gordon said people not showing symptoms would not be prioritized when it comes to testing for COVID-19. In a virtual briefing Saturday, Gordon said those who were already showing symptoms of the virus would be bumped to the top of the list. Gordon, however, added that they would not be ...

Easterlies affecting eastern section of PH, to bring possible isolated light rains
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-04
MANILA, Philippines -- The easterlies are currently affecting the eastern section of the country, bringing cloudy skies with light rains, the state weather bureau said Saturday. In its 4 p.m. weather update, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said that the easterlies, as well as localized ...

IATF sets parameters for possible extension, lifting of Luzon-wide quarantine
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-04
MANILA, Philippines -- The Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) for Infectious Diseases on Saturday announced the parameters on deciding the possible extension, as well as the partial or total lifting of the Luzon-wide enhanced community quarantine imposed due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) crisis. In a press briefing, IATF spokesman and ...

Valenzuela joins hands with The Medical City for mass testing
CNN Philippines - 2020-04-04
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 4) -- A local government officially inked a mass testing deal for the benefit of COVID-19 patients and health workers with one of the highly trusted hospitals in the country, The Medical City. "We know that government hospitals are in its full capacity, so [we] sought for a private hospital partner that can ...

Amid quarantine, Neda wants to know how consumers, businesses coping
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-04
MANILA, Philippines -- While consumers mostly stayed home and many businesses were temporarily shut down in the midst of quarantine, the state planning agency National Economic and Development Authority (Neda) has rolled out two surveys that wanted to know how Filipinos were coping so far and how they will buy and sell goods as well as avail ...

Joy Belmonte says sorry for social media activity, health kits with her name
philstar.com - 2020-04-04
MANILA, Philippines -- Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte apologized on Friday for losing her composure on social media and for distributing health kits bearing her name. "First, I sincerely apologize for losing my composure on social media. You are correct that all the projects implemented by the QC government belong to you, as they are funded ...

PGH urges COVID-19 survivors to donate blood for recovery efforts
CNN Philippines - 2020-04-04
Interested donors could visit the social media page of PGH-Blood Donor Center for more details. The blood center also urged people to set an appointment before giving their blood to minimize physical contact among a large number of people, which is how the virus spreads. Dr. Edsel Salvana, an infectious disease expert and a COVID-19 frontliner ...

Former Abu Sayyaf members help guard quarantine checkpoints
philstar.com - 2020-04-04
COTABATO CITY, Philippines -- Reforming former Abu Sayyaf bandits in Basilan are "silent frontliners" in a war against coronavirus by a government they fought so hard for years as misguided religious extremists. Some of them, who are now volunteer community watchmen in barangays where they now thrive as farmers, are helping guard ...

Philippines records 76 new COVID-19 cases, total now 3,094
CNN Philippines - 2020-04-04
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 4) -- The Department of Health reported on Saturday 76 new confirmed COVID-19 infections, the lowest in a week marked with daily three-digit spikes in the number of new coronavirus infections. The country total is now at 3,094, the DOH said in its 4:00 p.m. bulletin. Eight more patients have died from the ...

DILG appeals to LGUs to cooperate with DSWD, warns officials outside Luzon
CNN Philippines - 2020-04-04
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 4) -- Local government officials must step up and immediately coordinate with the Department of Social Welfare and Development on the distribution of cash aid during the enhanced community quarantine in Luzon, the Department of Interior and Local Government said Saturday. "Nananawagan po ang ating secretary ...

Checks and balances in place in order to carry out provisions under the Bayanihan to Heal as One Act
CNN Philippines - 2020-04-04
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 4) -- The Senate will continue to perform its oversight functions in scrutinizing what will be done with the ?275 billion emergency COVID fund. This was the assurance given by Senator Risa Hontiveros during her virtual press briefing on Saturday. According to the senator, Congress has the power to perform ...

Task force to consider five factors for lifting or extending quarantine
CNN Philippines - 2020-04-04
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 4) -- The Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases announced Saturday it would base on five factors a decision on whether or not it would recommend the lifting of current restrictions aimed at slowing the spread of coronavirus disease. Task force spokesman Karlo Nograles ...

DOH reports 76 new cases of COVID-19 in PH, total now at 3,094
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-04
MANILA, Philippines -- There were 76 new recorded cases of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the Philippines, bringing the total to 3,094, the Department of Health (DOH) said Saturday. Five people also managed to recover from the viral disease, with the total recoveries now at 57. Previously, the previous record of COVID-19 cases in the ...

Philippines Records 8 New Coronavirus Deaths, 76 More Infections
New York Times - 2020-04-04
The Philippine health ministry on Saturday reported 76 additional coronavirus infections and eight new deaths.

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