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Philippines' COVID-19 death toll jumps to 54, cases at 803
CNN Philippines - 2020-03-27
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 27) -- Nine more Filipinos have died from the coronavirus disease in the country, bringing the nationwide death toll to 54, the Department of Health reported Friday. In its 4:00 p.m. bulletin, the DOH confirmed 96 new cases of the viral disease. The country now has a total of 808 cases. Three more patients ...

Philippines' COVID-19 death toll jumps to 54, cases at 803
CNN Philippines - 2020-03-27
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 27) -- Nine more Filipinos have died from the coronavirus disease in the country, bringing the nationwide death toll to 54, the Department of Health reported Friday. In its 4:00 p.m. bulletin, the DOH confirmed 96 new cases of the viral disease. The country now has a total of 803 cases. Three more patients ...

State agencies gain early access to Q2 funds
philstar.com - 2020-03-27
MANILA, Philippines -- Funds needed by national government agencies to operate for the entire second quarter would be deposited as early as April 1, giving offices sufficient allocations to quickly respond to the coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19) outbreak. In a statement on Friday, the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) said it has ...

COVID-19 test results from RITM out in 5 to 7 days, but not for long, DOH says
CNN Philippines - 2020-03-27
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 27) -- Even with a strict protocol on novel coronavirus testing in the Philippines, many patients are still not getting their test results on time. But this may no longer be a problem soon, the Department of Health assured Friday. "Sa ngayon sa Research Institute for Tropical Medicine tumatagal po tayo ng ...

Displaced by COVID-19 pandemic: Tragic tales of discrimination against health workers and frontliners
InterAksyon - 2020-03-27
The Department of Health recently warned the public against discriminating health workers after testimonies of doctors and nurses being kicked out of their residences for the fears of being infected by the novel coronavirus made rounds on social media. Health and emergency workers are among those in the front lines of the battle against the ...

The bill for saving the world economy is $7 trillion and rising
CNN Philippines - 2020-03-27
(CNN) --The United States, Europe, Japan, China and India are unleashing trillions of dollars in government spending and newly created money as they desperately attempt to keep the global economy from sinking into depression. The response to the coronavirus pandemic has been unprecedented in terms of speed and scale. Commitments from ...

Insurance regulator tells firms: If clients request, extend policies expiring during COVID-19 quarantine
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-03-27
The Insurance Commission (IC) has ordered a minimum 30-day extension of insurance policies, pre-need plans and health care contracts that would lapse during the one-month enhanced community quarantine in Luzon to fight COVID-19. Insurance Commissioner Dennis B. Funa, in a March 25 order, told companies selling different kinds of insurance, to ...

DepEd to LGUs: You can use public schools as quarantine facilities but...
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-03-27
MANILA, Philippines -- Local government units (LGUs) should first coordinate with the Department of Education (DepEd) if they intend to turn public schools in their respective areas as quarantine facilities for patients with the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). This was stated in a memorandum from DepEd Secretary Leonor Briones released ...

NCRPO: Barangay quarantine pass not a national policy; not honored at checkpoints
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-03-27
MANILA, Philippines -- Quarantine passes issued by village officials are only applicable within the barangay and will not be honored at checkpoints established by the national government. National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) chief Maj. Gen. Debold Sinas issued this clarification on Friday, adding that issuance of quarantine passes is ...

DepEd allows schools to decide on graduation rites amid COVID-19 crisis
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-03-27
MANILA, Philippines -- The Department of Education (DepEd) said Friday it will be allowing schools to decide whether or not to hold graduation rites and moving-up ceremonies amid the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) crisis now gripping the country. According to DepEd Undersecretary Annalyn Sevilla, graduation rites set for April 3 have ...

Thinking it is cure for COVID-19, methanol kills hundreds in Iran
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-03-27
TEHRAN, Iran -- Standing over the still body of an intubated 5-year-old boy wearing nothing but a plastic diaper, an Iranian health care worker in a hazmat suit and mask begged the public for just one thing: Stop drinking industrial alcohol over fears about the new coronavirus. The boy, now blind after his parents gave him toxic methanol in ...

PICC, World Trade Center, gymnasiums eyed as quarantine areas
CNN Philippines - 2020-03-27
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 27) -- Authorities continue to search for possible quarantine facilities amid the rising number of confirmed COVID-19 cases and persons suspected of coronavirus infection. Presidential Peace Adviser Carlito Galvez, Jr., chief implementer of the government's COVID-19 response, told CNN Philippines on Friday ...

Duterte's security in Malacañang to go into precautionary quarantine
CNN Philippines - 2020-03-27
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 27) -- The entire team guarding President Rodrigo Duterte in the Malacañang complex in Manila City will undergo quarantine as precautionary measure against COVID-19, the Presidential Security Group said Friday. PSG Commander Col. Jesus Durante III told CNN Philippines the quarantine order will be imposed ...

Zubiri extends self-quarantine to 21 days
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-03-27
MANILA, Philippines -- Senate Majority Leader Juan Miguel Zubiri on Friday said he is extending his observance of self-quarantine to 21 days. Zubiri, who was the first senator to test positive for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), has been in self-quarantine since March 11. "I am now on my 16th day of isolation but I have decided to extend ...

SB Corp. opens P1-billion loan for MSEs affected by lockdown
BusinessMirror - 2020-03-27
To support micro and small businesses and cushion the economic impact of the spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) virus in the country, the Small Business Corp. is setting up a P1-billion Enterprise Rehabilitation Financing facility under the Pondo sa Pagbabago at Pag-asenso (named Covid19 P3-ERF). The facility will be implemented once ...

MSME exporters plead for support as losses mount due to Covid-19
BusinessMirror - 2020-03-27
Distressed micro, small and medium enterprise (MSME) exporters in the Philippines are appealing for government intervention, primarily financial assistance and tax breaks to offset their losses and enable business continuity as the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic continues to destabilize global trade and economy. Thirty-six respondents ...

Lying COVID-19 patients caused deaths among doctors, DOH says
CNN Philippines - 2020-03-27
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 27) -- Patients who did not fully disclose their state of health or COVID-19 symptoms exposed doctors to the disease and led to several deaths, the Department of Health said Friday. DOH Spokesperson Maria Rosario Vergeire admitted that among the reasons behind the death of nine medical doctors is lack of ...

DepEd official who attended national event tests positive for COVID-19
CNN Philippines - 2020-03-27
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 27) -- A Department of Education schools division official in Mandaluyong City has tested positive for COVID-19, DepEd reported Friday. It said the test result was released Wednesday, adding the patient is confined in a hospital. The Education Department said the official attended competition events at the ...

U.S. cancels military drills with Philippines over coronavirus
Reuters - 2020-03-27
The United States has canceled annual military exercises with treaty ally the Philippines, it said on Friday, as a precaution against a coronavirus pandemic. Th

Govt. brings home Filipino students from coronavirus-affected countries
CNN Philippines - 2020-03-27
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 27) -- The government has evacuated 13 Filipino students from three countries amid the inbound travel restrictions imposed by Philippine authorities to slow the spread of COVID-19, according to Commission on Higher Education Chairman Prospero de Vera III. Among them were five students of Don Mariano Marcos ...

Health workers start tracing close contact of Vizcaya COVID-19 victim
Gov - 2020-03-27
BAYOMBONG, Nueva Vizcaya, March 27 (PIA) - Health workers here have started the contact tracing procedures for the first COVID-19 fatality in Solano town, also the first fatality in the Cagayan Valley Region. Dr. Edwin Galapon, provincial health officer ...

Filipinos in Hong Kong with coronavirus now 16
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-03-27
MANILA, Philippines -- Three more Filipinos in Hong Kong have tested positive for the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), bringing the total of infected Filipinos in the special administrative region to 16. In a statement, the Philippine Consulate General in Hong Kong said the 16 COVID-19 positive Filipinos are now undergoing treatment in ...

Gov't prepares to exhaust fiscal leeway, political capital in Duterte's 'Yolanda moment'
philstar.com - 2020-03-27
MANILA, Philippines -- A decade of fiscal discipline and record popularity are now being put to good use by President Duterte vowing to do whatever it takes to sufficiently counter the coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19) outbreak, which can make or break his legacy. In the past week alone, around P800 billion in COVID-19 stimulus was announced ...

Doctor calls for COVID-19 mass testing in PH
CNN Philippines - 2020-03-27
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 27) -- A doctor and health reform advocate on Friday raised the need for the Philippines to conduct mass testing for novel coronavirus to avoid the "collapse" of the country's healthcare system. Tony Leachon, an internist at the Manila Doctors Hospital, told CNN Philippines this is necessary to isolate ...

BPI raises P33.9B from bond issue
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-03-27
Ayala-led Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) has raised P33.9 billion from a warmly-received bond offering that was completed before Metro Manila was locked down. In a disclosure to the Philippine Stock Exchange on Friday, BPI said it had upsized the issuance by more than six times the base offer of P5 billion, due to strong demand from ...

Hot, humid in Luzon and Visayas; LPA approaching Mindanao, thunderstorms seen
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-03-27
In a weather update, Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) weather specialist Chris Perez said the LPA was last spotted 530 kilometers east ...

James Dyson designed a new ventilator in 10 days. He's making 15,000 for the pandemic fight
CNN Philippines - 2020-03-26
(CNN) --Dyson has received an order from the UK government for 10,000 ventilators to support efforts by the country's National Health Service to treat coronavirus patients. James Dyson, the company's billionaire founder, confirmed the order in a letter to employees shared with CNN on Wednesday. "A ventilator supports a patient who is no longer ...

Stocks surge again after relief bill passed; indexes up 6%
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-03-26
NEW YORK -- Stocks marched higher for a third straight day Friday as a massive coronavirus relief bill moved closer to passing Congress and Wall Street took some historically bad unemployment figures in stride. The S&P 500 rose 6.2%, bringing its three-day rally to 17.6%. The Dow industrials have risen an even steeper 21.3% since Monday.

COVID-19 claims 3rd Filipino abroad
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-03-26
A third Filipino overseas has died from the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19), the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) confirmed on Thursday. A DFA data summary showed the latest Filipino COVID-19 fatality abroad died in a country in Europe, but did not specify the country. The first fatality died in Europe on March 24, while a second died in ...

PH economic slowdown seen to persist through Q1 2021
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-03-26
The COVID-19 pandemic is likely to gnaw sharply on the Philippine economy until the first quarter of 2021 alongside a steeper global economic downturn and the tightening of global financing conditions, think tank Fitch Solutions said. While Fitch Solutions does not expect an economic shock to the extent seen during the 2007-2008 global ...

Consumer behavior shifts amid COVID-19 pandemic
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-03-26
The enhanced community quarantine implemented over a week ago due to the threat of the 2019 coronavirus disease (COVID-19) had people panic buying, rushing to supermarkets to ensure their pantries would not run out of stock during the lockdown. Such behavior is an example of how consumer behavior shifts upon reaching certain threshold levels ...

What to know about myopia
Medical News Today - 2020-03-26
Myopia, or nearsightedness, is a common eye condition that makes focusing on objects in the distance difficult. However, items that are close will likely appear perfectly clear. People can treat myopia by wearing corrective lenses, such as glasses or contacts, or opting for laser surgery. This article will take a closer look at myopia ...

First launch for Space Force lifts off from Florida
UPI.com - 2020-03-26
ORLANDO, Fla., March 26 (UPI) --The first official mission for the new U.S. Space Force lifted off from Florida at 4:18 p.m. EDT on Thursday into a virtually cloudless sky with a military communications satellite aboard. A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket emblazoned with the Space Force chevron logo carried the satellite toward orbit from ...

How CIOs Should Reroute Digital Transformation In The COVID-19 Crisis
Forbes - 2020-03-26
As a CIO today, you are confronting some daunting choices. A month ago, you were immersed in your digital transformation journey. You were investing in new digital capabilities such as machine learning. You were refining your data to make them available to machine-learning systems. You were digitizing your processes, building the capability for ...

This video shows what it's like to be tested at one of Verily's COVID-19 drive-thrus
Business Insider - 2020-03-26
Verily, Alphabet's life sciences division, has released a video demonstrating how its COVID-19 drive-thru facilities work.

10 causes of eye discomfort
Medical News Today - 2020-03-26
If a person can feel something in their eye, it is typically an eyelash, some dust, or a grain of sand. However, "foreign body sensation" can cause eye discomfort without there actually being anything in the eye. Dry eyes and inflammation of the eyelids can make it feel as though something is in the eye. Some causes of this sensation are ...

C3.ai, Microsoft help launch the C3.ai Digital Transformation Institute
ZDNet - 2020-03-26
C3.ai and Microsoft Corporation are partnering with a handful of leading public and private universities to launch a new research consortium focused on advancing the digital transformation of business, government and society. What is AI? Everything you need to know about Artificial Intelligence A guide to artificial intelligence, from machine ...

Social Distancing May Need to Last Months: Study
Medscape - 2020-03-26
As painful as the last 9 days of social distancing have been, disease modelers think Americans may need to be at home much longer to truly "flatten the curve" of the COVID-19 infection and avoid overwhelming the critical care capacity of U.S. hospitals. The new study, which was posted Tuesday on the preprint server MedRxiv, found that one-time ...

Google Just Confirmed Major Chrome Update Following Powerful COVID-19 Security Move
Forbes - 2020-03-26
Last week, Google made the powerful security decision to pause Chrome updates amid the growing COVID-19 crisis. In an announcement via its blog today (March 26) Google said it will be resuming releases as it launched an updated schedule. When Google paused Chrome updates last week, it was not clear when Chrome 81-due to launch last Tuesday ...

Amazon warehouse workers in U.S. have tested positive for coronavirus
Mashable - 2020-03-26
Mashable is a global, multi-platform media and entertainment company. Powered by its own proprietary technology, Mashable is the go-to source for tech, digital culture and entertainment content for its dedicated and influential audience around the globe. ©2020 Mashable, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Mashable, MashBash and Mashable House are among ...

Huawei launches photography-focused P40 smartphone series
ZDNet - 2020-03-26
Buying a new cutting-edge smartphone may not be high on many peoples' lists of priorities at this time -- especially one lacking access to Google's Mobile Services, including YouTube, Maps and the Play Store. Still, if you're in the market for a new handset, Huawei has announced its new P40 series (via a live-streamed YouTube event), comprising ...

The FCC should let itself do more to keep Americans connected through the pandemic
The Verge - 2020-03-26
As the COVID-19 pandemic has forced schools and workplaces to close all over the country, tens of millions of American children have started to attend classes online and tens of millions of American adults are now teleworking from home. This crisis has highlighted how many Americans lack high-speed wired broadband internet at home ...

Face mask price-gougers set up a black market on Facebook and Instagram using anonymous profiles
Business Insider - 2020-03-26
Not only are sellers advertising price-gouged face masks on Facebook and Instagram, but it's unclear whether the face masks even exist.

How Microsoft won the 'respect' of its employees as the coronavirus crisis forced most of the company to work from home, according to insiders
Business Insider - 2020-03-26
Employees who spoke to Business Insider initially said Microsoft's response was insufficient. That sentiment appears to have changed.

Govt allots additional P2 billion to aid workers amid Covid-19 work, business disruption
BusinessMirror - 2020-03-26
The government has allocated another P2 billion for its labor assistance programs to fend off possible mass displacements of workers from business disruptions that may have been caused by novel coronavirus disease (Covid-19) quarantines. The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) said it will get the amount by April with the full ...

Gmail, YouTube and other Google services resume after going down for thousands of users
Business Insider - 2020-03-26
Google told Business Insider that the problem was due to router failure in Atlanta, and had nothing to do with increased traffic due to COVID-19.

Filinvest donates 100 million to help fight COVID-19
philstar.com - 2020-03-26
MANILA, Philippines -- Gotianun-family led Filinvest Development Corp. (FDC) and its various foundations and subsidiaries have pledged to donate P100 million worth of COVID-19 test kits and personal protective equipment (PPE) for the frontliners and hospital workers. The group has identified the Research Institute of Tropical Medicine (RITM ...

Nearly half-million infected worldwide, economic toll rises
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-03-26
UNITED States -- The number of coronavirus infections closed in on a half-million worldwide Thursday, with both Italy and the U.S. on track to surpass China, and a record-shattering 3.3 million ...

Angkas, JoyRide hop into food delivery
philstar.com - 2020-03-26
MANILA, Philippines -- Motorcycle ride-hailing firms are venturing outside of their traditional services to help their bikers and the public during the course of the enhanced community quarantine in Luzon. JoyRide launched Wednesday its on-demand curbside delivery app dubbed as "JoyRide Delivery" in a move to help the people and its riders ...

BIR extends deadline for filing tax amnesty on delinquencies
philstar.com - 2020-03-26
MANILA, Philippines -- The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) has extended the deadline of application for tax amnesty on delinquencies from April 23 to May 23 amid the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. Internal Revenue Commissioner Caesar Dulay issued Revenue Memorandum Circular 33-2020, giving delinquent taxpayers another month to ...

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