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Boxes of donated PPE transported to Iloilo

Boxes of donated PPE transported to Iloilo

By Priam Nepomuceno March 30, 2020, 10:03 MANILA — A Philippine Air Force (PAF) NC-212i aircraft transported 31 boxes of assorted personal protective equipment (PPE) from the Brig. Gen. Benito N. Ebuen Air Base, Lapu-Lapu City in Cebu province to Iloilo International Airport on Saturday.

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DOTr remits P10-B dividends for COVID-19 relief efforts

DOTr remits P10-B dividends for COVID-19 relief efforts

The Department of Transportation (DOTr) has remitted P10 billion to the Bureau of Treasury (BTr) to finance government efforts in defeating the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

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Vitamin P for prayer: ‘Bayanihan’ spirit alive at Manila Doctors

Vitamin P for prayer: ‘Bayanihan’ spirit alive at Manila Doctors

The situation in hospitals nationwide is fraught with fear and anxiety. Despite this, medical professionals try their best to remain calm and optimistic.

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Food Distribution for Street Dwellers

Food Distribution for Street Dwellers

On Monday, March 23 and Tuesday, March 24, a handful of Capuchin Brothers courageously ventured out of the confines of their convent into the COVID19 environment with their own barangay under Extreme Enhanced Community Quarantine. Street dwellers returned their kindness with warm smiles of relief and gratitude.

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Young Mayor in Pangasinan Shines in Alaminos City

Young Mayor in Pangasinan Shines in Alaminos City

A year after his graduation from De La Salle University in Manila, he followed in the footsteps of his father, Arthur Celeste, who served as mayor of Alaminos City from 2013 to 2019.

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QC private hospitals agree to refer potential, positive COVID-19 cases to local government

QC private hospitals agree to refer potential, positive COVID-19 cases to local government

Private hospitals in Quezon City will now automatically refer potential and positive cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) to the local government for further action.

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Tindero ng isda namigay ng libreng pang ulam sa mga ka barangay na apektado ng quarantine

Tindero ng isda namigay ng libreng pang ulam sa mga ka barangay na apektado ng quarantine

Ang buong mundo ay nahaharap ngayon sa malaking krisis sa kalusugan na siya namang sumusubok sa pagkakaisa ng sambayanan. Sa kabila nito, mayroon pa ring mga bagay-bagay na nagsisilbing “ray of hope” natin sa mga negatibong balita ngayon.

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30 laboratories offer COVID testing services facebook sharing button

30 laboratories offer COVID testing services facebook sharing button

MANILA, Philippines — Thirty more private and public laboratories across the country have expressed interest to do testing for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), an official of the Department of Health (DOH) said yesterday.

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Travel restrictions due to COVID-19 in Saudi Arabia extended indefinitely, DFA says

Travel restrictions due to COVID-19 in Saudi Arabia extended indefinitely, DFA says

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia announced through its Ministry of Interior that its original 16-day lockdown period is extended until further notice, according to the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA).

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3 San Lazaro Hospital health workers infected with COVID-19

3 San Lazaro Hospital health workers infected with COVID-19

MANILA - Three healthcare workers of San Lazaro Hospital in Manila have tested positive for COVID-19, its chief for adult infectious diseases said Sunday.

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No more bread? Company forced to limit production

No more bread? Company forced to limit production

heckpoint restrictions affecting its workforce have forced Gardenia Bakeries, the largest bread manufacturer in the country, to cut down on production and leave shelves after shelves empty in most grocery stores in Luzon, which is under a monthlong “enhanced community quarantine” to contain the spread of the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Read more: https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1249728/no-more-bread-company-forced-to-limit-production#ixzz6I7gtYMwC Follow us: @inquirerdotnet on Twitter | inquirerdotnet on Facebook

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COVID-19 cases in QC reaches 113; death toll at 19

COVID-19 cases in QC reaches 113; death toll at 19

By: Krissy Aguilar - Reporter / @KAguilarINQINQUIRER.net / 10:54 AM March 29, 2020 MANILA, Philippines — Two more deaths related to coronavirus disease (COVID-19) have been recorded in Quezon City as its number of cases went up to 113.

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Gov't 'willing' to pay P50-K salary for volunteer doctors: solon

Gov't 'willing' to pay P50-K salary for volunteer doctors: solon

Posted at Mar 29 2020 09:46 AM | Updated as of Mar 29 2020 10:25 AM MANILA - Lawmakers are "willing" to allot payment for volunteer health workers equivalent to the regular salary of their counterparts who are newly-hired by government, Rep. Eric Go Yap said Sunday, as the country fights the COVID-19 pandemic.

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593 health volunteers sign up to fight COVID-19, says DOH

593 health volunteers sign up to fight COVID-19, says DOH

By: Consuelo Marquez - Reporter / @CMarquezINQINQUIRER.net / 08:07 PM March 28, 2020 MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Health (DOH) on Saturday said 593 health workers have volunteered to help hospitals in treating COVID-19 patients for one month.

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74-year-old woman gives away relief goods to tricycle drivers who temporarily lost their jobs during quarantine

74-year-old woman gives away relief goods to tricycle drivers who temporarily lost their jobs during quarantine

Published March 29, 2020 10:50am Tita Carol is a 74-year-old woman who's been giving away relief goods to tricycle drivers in her neighborhood.

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4K Filipino crew members to arrive in PH amid Covid-19 crisis

4K Filipino crew members to arrive in PH amid Covid-19 crisis

By Joyce Ann L. Rocamora March 28, 2020, 7:31 pm MANILA – Over 4,000 Filipinos are set to arrive home in the next three weeks as cruise lines bear the brunt coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) crisis.

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OCD distributes PPE, medical supplies to Metro Manila hospitals

OCD distributes PPE, medical supplies to Metro Manila hospitals

By Priam Nepomuceno March 29, 2020, 11:22 am MANILA – The Office of Civil Defense (OCD) has started distributing personnel protective equipment (PPE), face masks, and boxes of bottled water to various hospitals in Metro Manila.

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51 Italian doctors who tested positive for coronavirus have all died from the disease

51 Italian doctors who tested positive for coronavirus have all died from the disease

The Association of Doctors in Italy have confirmed the death of 51 doctors who all died after testing positive for coronavirus.

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PH ‘missed opportunity’ to find outbreak epicenter, contain virus

PH ‘missed opportunity’ to find outbreak epicenter, contain virus

Nearly a month since the first local transmission was recorded, it still remains a mystery how Patient 5 contracted the SARS-CoV-2, the virus which causes the severe acute respiratory ailment, given that the 62-year-old Cainta resident did not go out of the country or had any contact with the four earlier confirmed cases.

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DOH apologizes for COVID-19 volunteer health professionals’ P500 daily allowance

DOH apologizes for COVID-19 volunteer health professionals’ P500 daily allowance

By David Tristan Yumol, CNN Philippines Published Mar 28, 2020 9:16:40 PM

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DSWD distributes P35-M relief goods to 30 LGUs

DSWD distributes P35-M relief goods to 30 LGUs

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) on Saturday said it had so far released some P35 million worth of assistance to over 30 local government units (LGUs) since the start of the enhanced community quarantine in Luzon and in other areas in the country.

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La Trinidad, Benguet placed under extreme enhanced quarantine for 3 days; no travel allowed

La Trinidad, Benguet placed under extreme enhanced quarantine for 3 days; no travel allowed

Authorities placed La Trinidad, Benguet under extreme enhanced community quarantine for three days starting Sunday, March 29, until Tuesday, March 31, to prevent the further spread of COVID-19.

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3 San Lazaro Hospital health workers infected with COVID-19

3 San Lazaro Hospital health workers infected with COVID-19

Dr. Rontgene Solante, the hospital's adult infectious diseases chief, said all healthcare workers assigned in wards handling COVID-19 patients were tested after 1 or 2 showed symptoms of the virus.

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Whereabouts of COVID-19 patients more important than their names —NPC exec

Whereabouts of COVID-19 patients more important than their names —NPC exec

The whereabouts of a person who tested positive for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is more important than the name of the patient itself, an official of the National Privacy Commission (NPC) said Sunday.

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In rare case, US infant dies from COVID-19

In rare case, US infant dies from COVID-19

WASHINGTON - A US infant has died from the COVID-19 illness, officials in the state of Illinois said on Saturday, marking an extremely rare case of juvenile death in the global pandemic.

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Saudi forces intercept missile over curfew-locked Riyadh

Saudi forces intercept missile over curfew-locked Riyadh

RIYADH - Saudi forces intercepted a missile over Riyadh late Saturday, state media said, after at least three explosions were heard in the curfew-locked capital amid efforts to curb the coronavirus pandemic.

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Pope Francis holds dramatic solitary service for relief from coronavirus

Pope Francis holds dramatic solitary service for relief from coronavirus

VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis said the coronavirus had put everyone "in the same boat" as he held a dramatic, solitary prayer service in St. Peter's Square on Friday, urging the world to see the crisis as a test of solidarity and a reminder of basic values.

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No detention, just document quarantine violations: PNP

No detention, just document quarantine violations: PNP

By Christopher Lloyd Caliwan March 28, 2020, 6:17 pm MANILA – Violators of the curfew in line with the enhanced community quarantine in Luzon will not be detained, a ranking police official said on Saturday.

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GSIS, Pag-IBIG offer online loan applications

GSIS, Pag-IBIG offer online loan applications

By Ruth Abbey Gita-Carlos March 28, 2020, 4:55 pm MANILA – The Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) and Pag-IBIG Fund announced on Saturday that members who wish to avail of their loan program could resort to online applications.

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Laguna placed under 'total lockdown': governor

Laguna placed under 'total lockdown': governor

ABS-CBN News Posted at Mar 28 2020 01:56 PM MANILA - The whole province of Laguna has been placed under "total lockdown," its governor Ramil Hernandez announced Saturday as the number of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases has risen to more than 20 in the province.

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Aid to 18-M low income households amid quarantine assured

Aid to 18-M low income households amid quarantine assured

By Christine Cudis March 28, 2020, 4:23 pm MANILA – The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has assured assistance to 18 million low-income households affected by the Luzon-wide enhanced community quarantine.

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DTI says production of food packaging can continue amid lockdown

DTI says production of food packaging can continue amid lockdown

ABS-CBN News Posted at Mar 28 2020 02:30 PM MANILA - Factories supplying food packaging may continue to operate despite a lockdown order imposed in Luzon to prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease, Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez said Saturday.

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FDA careful in approving Covid-19 test kits to ensure accuracy

FDA careful in approving Covid-19 test kits to ensure accuracy

By Ruth Abbey Gita-Carlos March 28, 2020, 2:32 pm MANILA – The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is careful in approving test kits for the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) to ensure that results are accurate, the Department of Health (DOH) said on Friday.

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Gov't issues funeral guidelines for deceased Covid-19 patients

Gov't issues funeral guidelines for deceased Covid-19 patients

By Joyce Ann L. Rocamora March 28, 2020, 1:13 pm MANILA – The Philippine government has recently issued the guidelines on handling the remains of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) fatalities.

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SSS suspends confirmation of pensioners, UMID applications

SSS suspends confirmation of pensioners, UMID applications

March 28, 2020, 2:23 pm MANILA – The Social Security System (SSS) announced the temporary suspension of its Annual Confirmation of Pensioners Program (ACOP) until the end of April amid the threat of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).

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Coronavirus vaccine: when will it be ready?

Coronavirus vaccine: when will it be ready?

Human trials will begin imminently – but even if they go well, there are many hurdles before global immunization is feasible

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DepEd ready to convert schools into quarantine facilities

DepEd ready to convert schools into quarantine facilities

By Ruth Abbey Gita-Carlos March 27, 2020, 7:38 pm MANILA – The Department of Education (DepEd) on Friday said it is willing to convert public schools into quarantine facilities, in case the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) situation worsens in the country.

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DILG tells local execs: Voter's ID not required in determining beneficiaries

DILG tells local execs: Voter's ID not required in determining beneficiaries

During the Laging Handa public briefing, DILG Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya said the list of beneficiaries of the government’s social amelioration program will be furnished by barangays and then will be submitted to their respective local government units.

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US coronavirus cases reach more than 101,000 as reported deaths hit new daily high

US coronavirus cases reach more than 101,000 as reported deaths hit new daily high

As of Friday evening, the US has at least 101,242 known cases of coronavirus and 1,588 people have died, according to CNN's tally of cases reported by health officials.

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Doctors, nurses attacked in panic-stricken India

Doctors, nurses attacked in panic-stricken India

They have been hailed as India's coronavirus "heroes", but doctors, nurses, delivery drivers and other frontline workers have been attacked and in some cases evicted from their homes by panicked residents.

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Philippines has rice stock good to last for 75 days —DA chief

Philippines has rice stock good to last for 75 days —DA chief

Published March 28, 2020 10:19am The Department of Agriculture said Saturday the Philippines has rice stocks sufficient for the requirements of the entire country in time for the enhanced community quarantine in Luzon to contain the spread of COVID-19.

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Gov't panel on economic planning will set up 'new normal' after Luzon quarantine —Nograles

Gov't panel on economic planning will set up 'new normal' after Luzon quarantine —Nograles

The Cabinet official said communities with COVID-19 cases will be isolated, while those with no cases can resume economic activities.

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Why the US is leading the world in confirmed coronavirus cases

Why the US is leading the world in confirmed coronavirus cases

Close to 1,500 people have succumbed to the COVID-19 illness -- though for now the death rate remains far lower than Italy and several European countries.

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MMDA GM Jojo Garcia tests positive for COVID-19

MMDA GM Jojo Garcia tests positive for COVID-19

Metropolitan Manila Development Authority General Manager Undersecretary Jojo Garcia on Saturday confirmed he has tested positive for the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

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DOH eyes release of Covid-19 test results by 24-48 hours

DOH eyes release of Covid-19 test results by 24-48 hours

By Ruth Abbey Gita-Carlos March 27, 2020, 3:47 pm MANILA – The government is now targeting meeting the standard processing time of 24 to 48 hours in releasing the results of tests of persons suspected to be infected with coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19), the Department of Health (DOH) said on Friday.

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PISTON nanawagan ng tulong para sa mga drayber na apektado ng lockdown

PISTON nanawagan ng tulong para sa mga drayber na apektado ng lockdown

MAYNILA - Umaapela ng tulong mula sa gobyerno ang Pagkakaisa ng mga Samahan ng Tsuper at Opereytor Nationwide (PISTON) para sa mga drayber at iba pang apektado ng ipinatutupad na enhanced community quarantine sa buong Luzon.

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Presidential guards on self-quarantine from March 28 to April 10

Presidential guards on self-quarantine from March 28 to April 10

By Ruth Abbey Gita-Carlos March 27, 2020, 3:45 pm MANILA – All personnel of the Presidential Security Group (PSG) have been required to undergo self-quarantine starting March 28 until April 10, its head announced on Friday.

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COVID-19 bayanihan: Lalaki nagsilbing 'runner' ng ka-barangay na di makaalis ng bahay

COVID-19 bayanihan: Lalaki nagsilbing 'runner' ng ka-barangay na di makaalis ng bahay

MAYNILA - Kahanga-hanga ang turing sa isang lalaking nagsilbing "runner" sa kaniyang mga ka-barangay sa Lemery, Batangas ngayong ipinapatupad ang enhanced community quarantine sa buong Luzon.

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DND chief goes on self-quarantine

DND chief goes on self-quarantine

By Priam Nepomuceno March 27, 2020, 2:34 pm MANILA – Department of National Defense (DND) Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said he will be on self-quarantine beginning on Friday.

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DOH undersecretary tested positive for COVID-19

DOH undersecretary tested positive for COVID-19

The DOH confirmed last week that one of its senior official, a director, had tested positive for COVID-19.Health Secretary Francisco Duque III confirmed that an undersecretary has tested positive for coronavirus, according to Isa Avendaño-Umali's report on Super Radyo dzBB.

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UN launches Covid-19 global humanitarian response plan

UN launches Covid-19 global humanitarian response plan

March 26, 2020, 9:52 pm UNITED NATIONS -- UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Wednesday launched a 2-billion-U.S.-dollar global humanitarian response plan to fight coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) in some of the world's most vulnerable countries.

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PCSO to transfer P420-M to PhilHealth for Covid-19 efforts

PCSO to transfer P420-M to PhilHealth for Covid-19 efforts

By Christopher Lloyd Caliwan March 27, 2020, 1:43 pm MANILA – The Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) on Friday said it will transfer PHP420 million to the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) to augment government efforts in battling the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).

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For the first time since 9/11, New York sets up makeshift morgues in anticipation of coronavirus deaths

For the first time since 9/11, New York sets up makeshift morgues in anticipation of coronavirus deaths

By Brynn Gingras, Mark Morales and Ray Sanchez, CNN Published Mar 27, 2020 5:27:24 AM

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Combating the coronavirus pandemic: Bosch develops rapid test for COVID-19

Combating the coronavirus pandemic: Bosch develops rapid test for COVID-19

The coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 is posing major challenges for healthcare systems and medical institutions worldwide. An ability to rapidly diagnose the virus is of invaluable help in curbing its exponential spread in many countries. Bosch’s new, fully automated rapid test for COVID-19 can help medical facilities such as doctors’ offices, hospitals, laboratories, and health centers make fast diagnoses.

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AFP chief Santos tested positive for COVID-19 - Lorenzana

AFP chief Santos tested positive for COVID-19 - Lorenzana

Armed Forces of the Philippines chief General Felimon Santos Jr. has tested positive for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana confirmed on Friday.

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What you need to know today about the virus outbreak

What you need to know today about the virus outbreak

That comes as U.S. deaths from the pandemic have now topped 1,100, in another grim milestone for a global outbreak that is taking lives and wreaked havoc on economies and established routines of life. Worldwide, the death toll climbed past 23,000, according to Johns Hopkins' running count.

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DA, DTI, DOH reactivate local price councils to enforce SRP, price freeze

DA, DTI, DOH reactivate local price councils to enforce SRP, price freeze

Author: DA Communications Group | 27 March 2020 The departments of agriculture (DA), trade and industry (DTI), and health (DOH) forged an agreement to reactivate the Local Price Coordination Councils (LPCCs) to closely monitor the prices of farm and fishery products, processed goods, and medicines sold in Metro Manila and other urban centers nationwide.

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IATF-EID approves DA’s protocol to ease transport of food products to MM, other urban areas nationwide

IATF-EID approves DA’s protocol to ease transport of food products to MM, other urban areas nationwide

Author: DA Communications Group | 26 March 2020 The Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) has approved the food resiliency protocol proposed by the Department of Agriculture (DA) to speed up the transport of major agri-fishery commodities to Metro Manila and other urban areas in Luzon.

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13 Filipino students repatriated from abroad amid COVID-19 pandemic

13 Filipino students repatriated from abroad amid COVID-19 pandemic

ABS-CBN News Posted at Mar 27 2020 01:41 AM The Commission on Higher Education (CHED) said Thursday it repatriated 13 students from Vietnam, Japan and the United Kingdom amid the global coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.

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Locsin: March 27 last day to take foreign tourists to airports for outbound 'sweeper flights'

Locsin: March 27 last day to take foreign tourists to airports for outbound 'sweeper flights'

Willard Cheng, ABS-CBN News Posted at Mar 27 2020 03:41 AM MANILA -- Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. said March 27, Friday, will be the last day of the humanitarian missions to take foreign tourists to Philippine international airports “where they can take sweeper flights organized and paid for by their governments” amid the global coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.

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Tens of millions face losing jobs in escalating coronavirus crisis

Tens of millions face losing jobs in escalating coronavirus crisis

GENEVA/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Global job losses from the coronavirus crisis could far exceed the 25 million estimated just days ago, U.N. officials said on Thursday, as U.S. jobless claims surged to record levels, starkly showing the scale of the economic disaster.

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G20 leaders to inject $5 trillion into global economy in fight against coronavirus

G20 leaders to inject $5 trillion into global economy in fight against coronavirus

Showing more unity than at any time since the G20 was created during the 2008-2009 financial crisis, the leaders said they committed during a videoconference summit to implement and fund all necessary health measures needed to stop the virus’ spread.

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Makati Med 'takes note' of Pimentel's apology over COVID-19 protocol breach

Makati Med 'takes note' of Pimentel's apology over COVID-19 protocol breach

"We hereby take note of the apology of Sen. Pimentel for such breach and we are pleased that the Department of Health Secretary Francisco T. Duque III has concurred that, indeed, breach was committed," MMC Medical Director Saturnino Javier said in a fresh statement released Thursday.

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Video reveals lung damage in US coronavirus patient: 'People need to take this seriously'

Video reveals lung damage in US coronavirus patient: 'People need to take this seriously'

Now, the patient has Covid-19 and his lungs are failing to function properly, said Dr. Keith Mortman, the chief of thoracic surgery at George Washington University Hospital. The Washington, D.C., hospital recently released a 3D video of the coronavirus patient's lungs.

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James Dyson designed a new ventilator in 10 days. He's making 15,000 for the pandemic fight

James Dyson designed a new ventilator in 10 days. He's making 15,000 for the pandemic fight

London (CNN Business)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.

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G20 videoconference gathered world leaders coping with coronavirus

G20 videoconference gathered world leaders coping with coronavirus

(CNN)The leaders of the world's foremost industrialized nations convened Thursday to discuss the global coronavirus outbreak as data emerged showing the largest of those economies -- the United States -- is suffering massive job losses due to the pandemic.

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US now has most reported coronavirus cases in the world

US now has most reported coronavirus cases in the world

By CNN Philippines Staff Published Mar 27, 2020 6:37:46 AM (CNN) — The United States now has more coronavirus cases reported than any other country in the world.

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Rebel-held Syria braces for coronavirus 'tsunami' -- without soap, running water or the prospect of social distancing

Rebel-held Syria braces for coronavirus 'tsunami' -- without soap, running water or the prospect of social distancing

Idlib, Syria (CNN)Everything Fatima Um Ali needs to protect herself and her family from the novel coronavirus is out of reach. There is no running water, soap is expensive and hand sanitizer is an unaffordable luxury. She cannot even imagine what social distancing for her family of 16 would look like in the three tents they share in a makeshift camp near the Turkish-Syrian border.

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PSG eyes filing charges vs COVID-19-infected congressman for breaching Malacañang protocol

PSG eyes filing charges vs COVID-19-infected congressman for breaching Malacañang protocol

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 26) — The Presidential Security Group says charges may be filed against House appropriations committee chair Eric Yap of ACT-CIS Party-list for attending a Malacañang meeting and misdeclaring information on his health condition, just days before getting confirmation that he tested positive for the virus.

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Peace adviser Galvez named as chief implementer of government’s COVID-19 response

Peace adviser Galvez named as chief implementer of government’s COVID-19 response

The country is currently under a state of public health emergency and calamity amid the COVID-19 outbreak that has infected more than 700 people. As of Thursday, the death toll has risen to 45.

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Sen. Sonny Angara, ​Pia Cayetano's staffer test positive for COVID-19

Sen. Sonny Angara, ​Pia Cayetano's staffer test positive for COVID-19

Angara is the third senator to have the disease, following earlier announcements made by Senators Migz Zubiri and Koko Pimentel.

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The ozone layer is healing and redirecting wind flows around the globe

The ozone layer is healing and redirecting wind flows around the globe

The hole in the ozone layer above Antarctica is continuing to recover and it is leading to changes in atmospheric circulation – the flow of air over Earth’s surface that causes winds.

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Philippines COVID-19 stimulus gets boost from Bangko Sentral, Treasury

Philippines COVID-19 stimulus gets boost from Bangko Sentral, Treasury

Citing the "extraordinary" circumstances, the BSP said it would remit the amount to state coffers, instead of using it to increase its capitalization, as called for by recent amendments to the central bank charter.

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Some employers refuse to get P5,000 lockdown aid for workers: labor dept

Some employers refuse to get P5,000 lockdown aid for workers: labor dept

The labor department on Thursday said it received reports that some employers had refused to apply for a P5,000 government assistance for every worker hit by a Luzon-wide lockwide to contain the novel coronavirus.

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More than 170,000 volunteer to help UK fight coronavirus

More than 170,000 volunteer to help UK fight coronavirus

LONDON (Reuters) - More than 170,000 people have signed up to help Britain’s National Health Service tackle the coronavirus outbreak just hours after a request for a quarter of a million volunteers.

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What happens to people's lungs when they get coronavirus?

What happens to people's lungs when they get coronavirus?

Respiratory physician John Wilson explains the range of Covid-19 impacts, from no symptoms to severe illness featuring pneumonia

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DA plans P32-B food security program to cushion Covid-19 impact

DA plans P32-B food security program to cushion Covid-19 impact

March 26, 2020, 1:42 pm MANILA – To ensure production of adequate, accessible and affordable food, the Department of Agriculture (DA) is requesting for a PHP32-billion supplemental budget to implement a food security program, dubbed as "Ahon Lahat, Pagkaing Sapat (ALPAS) Kontra sa COVID-19."

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Authorities warn vs COVID-19 ‘rapid test kits,’ to slap illegal sellers with penalties

Authorities warn vs COVID-19 ‘rapid test kits,’ to slap illegal sellers with penalties

The FDA has so far approved 12 COVID-19 test kits that are real-time polymerase chain reaction(RT-PCR)-based. These PCR test kits, which can only be used in government-accredited laboratories, are the ones solely recommended by the Department of Health.

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Robredo's office opens free dormitory for health workers in Cubao

Robredo's office opens free dormitory for health workers in Cubao

Vice President Leni Robredo's office and the partners of its anti-poverty program Angat Buhay opened a dormitory that health workers fighting the novel coronavirus can use for free.

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Senior citizens living alone should also get quarantine passes, says Año

Senior citizens living alone should also get quarantine passes, says Año

MANILA, Philippines --- Senior citizens who are living alone in their homes should be given a quarantine pass to buy their basic needs during the Luzon-wide enhanced community quarantine, Interior Secretary Eduardo Año said Thursday.

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LOOK: Data show less polluted air in Metro Manila amid lockdown

LOOK: Data show less polluted air in Metro Manila amid lockdown

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources, the Institute of Environmental Science & Meteorology (IESM) at the University of the Philippines Diliman, and Airtoday.ph all released data on Wednesday showing how air pollution decreased in the metropolis.

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9 doctors have died of COVID-19, says Philippine Medical Association

9 doctors have died of COVID-19, says Philippine Medical Association

Published March 26, 2020 9:52am Updated March 26, 2020 10:08am At least nine doctors have died due to the coronavirus disease or COVID-19, top Philippine medical group said Thursday.

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Breaches and reparations: China's international responsibility for the COVID-19 pandemic

Breaches and reparations: China's international responsibility for the COVID-19 pandemic

China may be liable to pay reparations to injured states over its failure to promptly notify the world of the outbreak of the SARS-CoV-2 virus as required by the WHO's International Health Regulations (2005).

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4 House members to undergo self-quarantine after colleague tested positive for COVID-19

4 House members to undergo self-quarantine after colleague tested positive for COVID-19

Published March 26, 2020 10:41am By ERWIN COLCOL, GMA News Four lawmakers from the House of Representatives have announced they will undergo self-quarantine as a precautionary measure after their colleague, ACT-CIS party-list Representative Eric Go Yap, tested positive for the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

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67 priests in Italy dead from coronavirus: report

67 priests in Italy dead from coronavirus: report

ROME - A total of 67 Italian priests infected with the novel coronavirus have died since the pandemic reached the Mediterranean country last month, the Avvenire newspaper said Wednesday.

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U.S. Congress, negotiators reach deal on $2-trillion coronavirus aid package

U.S. Congress, negotiators reach deal on $2-trillion coronavirus aid package

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. senators and Trump administration officials have reached an agreement on a massive economic stimulus bill to alleviate the economic impact of the coronavirus outbreak, the negotiators said on Wednesday.

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DILG: Illegal for brgy officials to require voter IDs for food packs

DILG: Illegal for brgy officials to require voter IDs for food packs

By: Consuelo Marquez 01:27 PM March 25, 2020 MANILA, Philippines–Barangay officials requiring residents to show voter identification cards in exchange for food packs during the coronavirus crisis, are committing an act of abuse and should be reported, the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) said on Wednesday.

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2 women under investigation for coronavirus die in Negros Oriental

2 women under investigation for coronavirus die in Negros Oriental

ABS-CBN News Posted at Mar 25 2020 10:59 PM Negros Oriental - Two patients under investigation (PUIs) for the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) died in Negros Oriental on Wednesday, local authorities said.

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COVID-19 cases in QC climb to 87: city gov't

COVID-19 cases in QC climb to 87: city gov't

ABS-CBN News Posted at Mar 26 2020 01:33 AM The Quezon City government late Wednesday confirmed 15 new cases of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in the city, raising the total to 87.

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UK struggling with coronavirus tests

UK struggling with coronavirus tests

LONDON (Reuters) - Testing as many people as possible for the coronavirus is vitally important but a global shortage of the materials needed is causing a supply bottleneck, British medical authorities said on Wednesday.

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When will virus-hit markets heal? 12 charts to monitor

When will virus-hit markets heal? 12 charts to monitor

LONDON (Reuters) - Assessing the longer-term financial impact of the coronavirus spread worldwide now hinges on the success of lockdowns in containing the pandemic and trillions of dollar of support in easing the burden, thereby limiting the duration of the deep freeze and hastening any rebound.

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A Tribute to Dr Marcelo Jaochico, Provincial Health Chief in Pampanga

A Tribute to Dr Marcelo Jaochico, Provincial Health Chief in Pampanga

Dr. Marcelo “Mar” Jaochico’s personal battle against COVID-19 started with fever. Then came the loss of appetite, fatigue, diarrhea and shortness of breath. A week later, Dr. Jaochico, who is the provincial health chief of Pampanga, was in the ICU.

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Saudis tighten anti-virus curfew; UAE closures leave travellers stranded

Saudis tighten anti-virus curfew; UAE closures leave travellers stranded

RIYADH/DUBAI (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia reported its second coronavirus death and tightened a nationwide curfew on Wednesday, barring travel in and out of Riyadh, the capital, and the holy cities of Mecca and Medina, as well as movement between all provinces.

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Prince Charles tests positive for coronavirus, Queen Elizabeth in good health

Prince Charles tests positive for coronavirus, Queen Elizabeth in good health

LONDON (Reuters) - Prince Charles, the 71-year-old heir to the British throne, has tested positive for coronavirus but is in good health and is now self isolating in Scotland with mild symptoms.

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Spain's Deputy PM Carmen Calvo tests positive for coronavirus

Spain's Deputy PM Carmen Calvo tests positive for coronavirus

Calvo tested positive for the virus in a test performed on Tuesday after previously testing negative, but one more test was performed because the last one proved inconclusive, the government said in a statement.

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Suspected COVID-19 patients in Quezon now 112

Suspected COVID-19 patients in Quezon now 112

By: Delfin T. Mallari Jr. @dtmallarijrINQ - @inquirerdotnetInquirer Southern Luzon / 07:54 AM March 26, 2020 LUCENA CITY – The number of patients under investigation (PUI) for coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Quezon province has risen to 112 on Wednesday from only 76 suspected carriers on Monday, local health authorities said.

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Bicol University staff, professors make face shields for COVID-19 frontliners

Bicol University staff, professors make face shields for COVID-19 frontliners

By: Ma. April Mier-Manjares @MaAprilMierINQ - @inquirerdotnetInquirer Southern Luzon / 07:32 AM March 26, 2020 LEGAZPI CITY — Professors and staff from Bicol University in this city made improvised face shields to be distributed for free to frontliners in hospitals and streets fighting against the spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

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Pakistan's first coronavirus death leaves a trail of infections behind

Pakistan's first coronavirus death leaves a trail of infections behind

Health officials said at least 39 of 46 tests conducted in the village of Manga in Pakistan’s northwestern province of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, have come back positive, even as the total number of positive cases in Pakistan topped 1,000 on Wednesday.

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PGH starts accepting Covid-19 patients

PGH starts accepting Covid-19 patients

By: Jovic Yee - Reporter / @jovicyeeINQPhilippine Daily Inquirer / 05:34 AM March 26, 2020 MANILA, Philippines — Starting Friday, the Philippine General Hospital (PGH) will be taking in COVID-19 patients to help ease the burden of other hospitals and to allow them to focus on treating patients with other ailments.

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