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Doctor who tested positive for COVID-19 opens up on recovering from illness
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-05
MANILA, Philippines--A doctor who tested positive for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) has opened up about his experience recovering from the illness and finding out about his diagnosis. Dr. Joey Hernandez or PH 1264, speaking to "Dobol B sa News TV" on dzBB, explained that he wanted to be transparent with what he faced because it is ...

Philippines Reports 8 Additional Coronavirus Deaths, 152 New Cases
New York Times - 2020-04-05
The Philippine health ministry reported on Sunday 8 additional coronavirus deaths and 152 newly confirmed cases.

PH Navy postpones regional naval symposium, Int'l Fleet Review
CNN Philippines - 2020-04-05
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 5) -- The country's hosting of the 17th Western Pacific Naval Symposium (WPNS) and the International Fleet Review (IFR) has been postponed indefinitely amid the continuing fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. "The rapid increase of cases worldwide, which also affect 21 member countries and 8 observer states ...

About 200 House members to donate salaries for May to COVID-19 fight
CNN Philippines - 2020-04-05
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 5) -- Almost 200 lawmakers from the House of Representatives have already agreed to donate their full salary for the month of May to help the government address the coronavirus disease. Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano made the announcement Saturday, a day after majority of Cabinet members pledged to donate 75 ...

Navy chief: COVID-19 outbreak may delay frigate delivery
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-05
MANILA, Philippines -- Navy chief Vice Adm. Giovanni Carlo Bacordo said Sunday he sees a possible delay in the delivery of the BRP Jose Rizal (FF-150) missile-capable frigate from South Korea due to coronavirus threat. "This is not official yet, but we expect that there will be some delays in the delivery of BRP Jose Rizal," he told reporters.

Medical experts from China arrive in PH to help combat COVID-19
CNN Philippines - 2020-04-05
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 15)-- A team of medical experts from China tapped to help the Philippines combat the COVID-19 pandemic arrived in the country on Sunday afternoon, the Foreign Affairs Department said. The group, composed of 10 medical experts and two officials, was welcomed by Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr ...

AFP chief now tests negative for coronavirus
CNN Philippines - 2020-04-05
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 5) -- The military top official has now tested negative for COVID-19, according to the Armed Forces of the Philippines. "We are pleased to announce that the AFP Chief of Staff General Felimon Santos, Jr., has been tested negative for COVID-19," AFP Spokesperson Brigadier General Edgard Arevalo announced in ...

2 of 3 Cebu doctors positive for COVID-19 die
CNN Philippines - 2020-04-05
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 5) -- Three doctors in Cebu have tested positive for the coronavirus infection, health authorities have confirmed. Jaime Bernadas, director of the Department of Health in the Central Visayas, said two of the doctors have died, while one has recovered. The regional director clarified in a statement Sunday ...

Robredo backs proposed lockdown extension
CNN Philippines - 2020-04-05
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 6) -- Vice President Maria Leonor "Leni" Robredo supported calls for an extended lockdown in the Luzon region, saying that this will help "flatten the curve" for COVID-19. "Nakikita kasi natin yung projections, mas makakabuti para maflatten yung curve, kung mahabaan pa," Robredo said in her weekly radio ...

BARMM government readies assistance to workers displaced by quarantine
philstar.com - 2020-04-05
COTABATO CITY, Philippines -- The Bangsamoro government has allocated cash grants for private sector workers displaced by the anti-COVID-19 quarantine in five southern provinces and two cities. Romeo Sema, labor and employment minister of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, said Sunday the office of BARMM Chief Minister Hadji ...

Vergeire says the Chinese experts will be visiting the PGH and the Lung Center
CNN Philippines - 2020-04-05
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 5) -- The Department of Health (DOH) says the Chinese experts arriving Sunday will be visiting local facilities to see how the country is managing the spread of COVID-19. Speaking to CNN Philippines, DOH Spokesperson Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said the 12 experts would be sharing their medical ...

The inequality virus
BusinessMirror - 2020-04-05
Metro Manila, with a population of 13 million, grapples with the Luzon lockdown the most. Workers, both from the formal and informal sectors, were forced to stay at home with mass transportation systems shut down and many business establishments temporarily closed. For daily wage earners, no work means no pay, and moving vendors from their ...

DOING HIS SHARE
BusinessMirror - 2020-04-05
Like some artists, Ronnie did not stop exploring show business by just being a singer. He went on to star in several movies such as "Esoterika Maynila," "Fan Girl, Fan Boy," "100 Tula Para Kay Stella," "Petmalu," "Abay Babes" and the action packed thriller with an offbeat but remarkable role, which was released last year.

Robredo backs lockdown extension
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-05
MANILA, Philippines -- Vice President Leni Robredo said Sunday she will support an extension of the enhanced community quarantine, but underscored that it was "crucial" for the government to explain to the people why it was necessary and that assistance should be expedited. Sec. Carlito Galvez Jr., the commander of the national task force ...

COVID-19 watch: 5 year-old PUI dies in Albay hospital
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-05
LEGAZPI CITY -- A five-year-old patient under investigation (PUI) for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), died on Saturday morning at Bicol Regional Training and Teaching Hospital (BRTTH) in Albay. Antonio Ludovice, Provincial Health Office chief, said the patient, a girl from Daraga town was admitted at BRTTH Saturday morning for ...

Overseas Filipino healthcare warriors in the time of COVID-19: For family and humanity
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-04
MANILA, Philippines - A microscopic, invisible foe is hounding, pounding and plaguing the world. It is in a situation like this, however, that the quintessential, larger than life role of medical professionals, frontliners, including Filipino physicians and nurses, overseas are highlighted, made more manifest amid the most trying of times.

Government in no rush to end Luzon lockdown
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-04
MANILA, Philippines -- The Luzon-wide enhanced community quarantine set to end on April 12 may have to be extended for 15 to 20 more days to sustain its gains, the head of the national task force (NTF) against the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) said on Saturday. Task force chief Carlito Galvez Jr., who is also the presidential peace ...

Crucial questions on health crisis remain unanswered
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-04
MANILA, Philippines -- With just a week left before the Luzon-wide lockdown is scheduled to be lifted, a lot of crucial questions on the health crisis have been left unanswered. The Department of ...

Quaran-things to note: Best-selling food delivered at your doorstep
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-04
The food industry landscape has changed massively since the implementation of the enhanced community quarantine in Luzon to contain the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Restaurants have been forced to close but the creative restaurateurs have converted their service to deliveries. Bar Pintxos, for instance, started offering for takeout their ...

Land Bank grants reprieve for PUV borrowers
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-04
The Land Bank of the Philippines (LBP) has granted a 30-day grace period for all loans under its speed public utility vehicle (PUV) program. The bank announced the provisions as in line with the ...

17 Pinoys in UK, Ireland contract COVID-19
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-04
At least 17 Filipinos in the United Kingdom and Ireland got sick with COVID-19, Philippine Ambassador Antonio Lagdameo said during the Laging Handa online news conference on Saturday. Ten of the 17 lived in the United Kingdom and four of them have died but the seven others are in Ireland. Lagdameo said there were 33 other Filipinos categorized ...

Pandemic lockdowns hard to enforce in poor countries
BusinessMirror - 2020-04-04
They lack the resources to deploy the testing-heavy, tech-driven measures used by wealthier countries like Singapore and South Korea, which have had more success in keeping business and society open. "These countries are facing some pretty dire circumstances," said Barbara McPake, director of the Nossal Institute for Global Health at the ...

What 7 Studies Show About Social Distancing And Remote Working During COVID-19
Forbes - 2020-04-04
COVID-19 struck fast and hard when the whole world was unprepared for it. From social distancing, working from home (WFH) and panic buying, life took a sudden turn for the worse. As the new normal takes a foothold, mental health has become a bigger national concern as more Americans are forced to remain isolated away from loved ones and support ...

New Zealand embraces teddies to help make lockdown bear-able
BusinessMirror - 2020-04-04
New Zealanders are embracing an international movement in which people are placing teddy bears in their windows during coronavirus lockdowns to brighten the mood and give children a game to play by spotting the bears in their neighborhoods. WELLINGTON, New Zealand--Some are perched in trees. Some are hanging upside down. Some are baking scones ...

Huge Global Push for RCTs in COVID-19:
Medscape - 2020-04-04
Scientists and clinicians across the globe have responded to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic with a huge, high-quality global research effort to find a treatment for COVID-19. As shown in the Table (see below) of all COVID-19 randomized controlled treatment trials, almost 60 of such trials are planned, recruiting, or underway. This impressive ...

U.K. Cellphone Towers Ablaze As Conspiracy Theories Link 5G Networks To COVID-19
NPR - 2020-04-04
Conspiracy theories tying 5G networks to the coronavirus pandemic are troubling telecom authorities in the United Kingdom and being cited as possible motivation for multiple cellphone tower fires this week. Fires on three towers have been reported over the past few days. In at least two instances, accompanying videos and online posts are ...

5 facilities to be used for COVID-19 cases in Taguig
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-04
MANILA, Philippines -- Five facilities in Taguig will be used for treating patients diagnosed with the coronavirus disease and persons checked for possible COVID-19 in the city. In a statement on Saturday, Taguig Mayor Lino Cayetano said five facilities had been repurposed to isolate persons under investigation, persons under monitoring, and ...

Ospital ng Sampaloc temporarily closes for recovery of health workers
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-04
MANILA, Philippines -- The Ospital ng Sampaloc in Manila was temporarily shut down to allow for the recovery of health workers who had contracted the coronavirus disease, according to an advisory ...

DOST, UST, DLS-CSB industrial design students, faculty produce face shields for Covid-19 frontliners
BusinessMirror - 2020-04-04
To support frontline health workers in their battle to prevent the spread of current 2019 novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, the government and the private sectors are initiating their respective production of protective face shields for medical frontliners. The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) is currently producing 3D-printed ...

Filipino seafarers from cruise ships in Italy, Portugal arrive in Pasay
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-04
MANILA, Philippines -- Over 300 Filipino seafarers who had been evacuated from cruise ships from Italy and Portugal arrived on a chartered flight on Saturday in Pasay City, according to a statement issued by the Department of Foreign Affairs on Saturday. The DFA welcomed 185 seafarers who had been on board MSC Splendida that docked in Genoa ...

Amazon is turning away employees with temperatures over than 100.4 degrees and slashing up to half their pay
Business Insider - 2020-04-04
Amazon employees say the new policy could be a devastating blow to many workers who live paycheck to paycheck.

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 ...

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