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Published 7:16 PM, July 10, 2020; Updated 7:16 PM, July 10, 2020 MANILA, Philippines – Commission on Higher Education (CHED) Chairman Prospero de Vera III said Friday, July 10, that universities and colleges were ready to open classes in August even as the country was in the midst of a ...
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Published Jul 10, 2020 6:16:15 PM (CNN) — The director-general of the World Health Organization has condemned a "lack of leadership" in fighting the coronavirus pandemic and made an emotional plea for global unity, as cases soar in multiple countries and the world struggles to contain the devastating virus more ...
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Posted at Jul 10 2020 07:14 PM MANILA — The Department of Health on Friday said that people “actively exercising” outdoors may choose to wear a face shield instead of a face mask. “For persons engaging in physical activities, only those who are actively exercising may be allowed not to ...
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Published July 10, 2020, 5:22 PM The Pasay City government has restricted the movement of residents in 14 barangays it declared as “critical areas” starting July 8 to July 22 due to the surge of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) disease. The barangays dubbed as “critical areas” are Barangays 14, 34, 37, ...
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Published Jul 10, 2020 4:13:27 PM Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 10) – The Philippines can avoid a return to the strictest quarantine rules if it can ramp up coronavirus tests, acting Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Karl Chua said. "We are on track to achieving the 32,000 tests per day... This ...
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Published July 10, 2020, 2:43 PM The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) aims to hire at least 100,000 contact tracers by the end of July. DILG Undersecretary and spokesperson Jonathan Malaya said there is an urgent need to hire additional contact tracers to bolster the 54,042 or ...
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Published July 10, 2020 6:13pm GENEVA - An advance team from the World Health Organization (WHO) has left for China to organize an investigation into the origins of the novel coronavirus which sparked the pandemic, a spokeswoman said on Friday. The two WHO experts, specialists in animal science and epidemiology, ...
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Posted at Jul 10 2020 04:30 PM MANILA — Nurses from San Lazaro Hospital, one of the government hospitals at the forefront of the Philippines’ COVID-19 response, said they are on the verge of quitting because of work overload. "We were trained to handle infectious diseases for decades but apparently ...
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Published July 10, 2020 3:04pm The Department of Foreign Affairs on Friday said the Philippine government has started coordinating with various international partners to ensure availability of potential vaccine against the deadly coronavirus for Filipinos. “Based on the gathered information by the department, collaboration with Philippine subsidiaries of vaccine developers, ...
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Published July 10, 2020 6:00pm Eleven more Filipinos abroad tested positive for the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), bringing the total to 8,803, according to the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA). The DFA announced that total recoveries rose to 5,265 with 11 new ones while two more fatalities brought the death ...
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Published July 10, 2020, 2:35 PM Malacañang has declared 2020 as the Year of Filipino Health Workers to honor their sacrifices especially during the time of COVID-19 pandemic. Proclamation No. 976 was signed by Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea on July 6 after the World Health Organization (WHO) on May 24 ...
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Published July 10, 2020 2:09pm President Rodrigo Duterte has set the second week of July as the National Infection Prevention and Control Week as the Philippines battles the COVID-19 pandemic. Duterte made the declaration through Proclamation 971, which also designated the second Saturday of July as the Surgical Infection Prevention ...
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Published July 10, 2020, 2:31 PM The government has appealed to the public to observe health precautions, including wearing of masks and safe distancing from others, after the global health authorities recognized the possible airborne transmission of the new coronavirus. Presidential spokesman Harry Roque issued the appeal to reduce coronavirus ...
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Posted at Jul 10 2020 01:43 PM MANILA — The Department of Health (DOH) said on Friday that the country's COVID-19 testing backlog remains high- over 12,000 as of latest count- because of new laboratories and operational issues. “Ang ating backlogs ngayon medyo lumaki: 12,208 testing backlogs,” Health Undersecretary Maria ...
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Published July 10, 2020 9:46am A vendor in Divisoria has found a creative way to shield himself from COVID-19. As seen on photos posted by Super Radyo dzBB's Isa Avendaño-Umali on social media, Sammy Leuterio uses a plastic shield to protect himself as he plies the area Divisoria selling wallets ...
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Posted at Jul 10 2020 12:24 PM MANILA - The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) on Friday allayed safety concerns over the required physical barrier for couples planning to ride on the same motorcycle, saying the barriers were approved by transport regulators. The approved design of the ...
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Published July 10, 2020 1:27pm The Light Rail Manila Corp. (LRMC), the private operator of Light Rail Transit Line 1 (LRT1), has announced it is prohibiting its passengers from talking inside the trains to prevent the further spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Interviewed on Dobol B sa News TV ...
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Posted at Jul 10 2020 11:54 AM MANILA — A total of 111 health workers in Central Visayas have been infected with the novel coronavirus, with Cebu City accounting for most of the cases, the Department of Health said Thursday. Of the total, 40 cases came from the regional hospital ...
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JULY 9, 2020 / 11:21 PM (Reuters) - The World Health Organization on Thursday released new guidelines on the transmission of the novel coronavirus that acknowledge some reports of airborne transmission of the virus that causes COVID-19, but stopped short of confirming that the virus spreads through the air. In ...
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Published July 10, 2020 11:15am Government hospitals and temporary treatment facilities in Cebu City are underutilized amid the surge of COVID-19 cases there, according to newly appointed Health Undersecretary Leopoldo Vega on Friday. Interviewed on Dobol B s News TV, Vega blamed the "mismatch" on poor coordination between hospitals and ...
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Published July 10, 2020 11:49am The defect which caused the recall of the COVID-19 test kits developed by the University of the Philippines has been fixed and its roll-out is just around the corner, Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said Friday. In a virtual forum, Vergeire said the kits already ...
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Published July 10, 2020 12:51pm COVID-19 isolation facilities in the National Capital Region are being occupied by a good number of mild and asymptomatic cases, which can be attributed to the referral system being implemented by hospitals with limited bed capacities, Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said Friday. In a ...
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Published Jul 9, 2020 6:02:48 PM Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 9)— Malacañang on Thursday admitted the government could have done better in its COVID-19 response by boosting lab testing capacity immediately after the country recorded its first virus case. In his virtual media briefing, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said ...
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Published Jul 9, 2020 5:17:03 PM Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 9) — A research group that just recently released COVID-19 numbers issued a new study in light of the recent spike in infections. "Sixty thousand (cases) is for sure a done deal. It looks like it is going to ...
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Published July 9, 2020 5:59pm The Philippines now has 83 laboratories that have been licensed to conduct independent testing for the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), the Department of Health (DOH) said Thursday. Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said 62 polymerase chain reaction facilities and 21 GeneXpert laboratories have been accredited ...
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Published July 9, 2020, 3:56 PM The Department of Education (DepEd) will provide mental health and psychosocial support services for learners, teachers and other personnel before classes formally start on August 24. Undersecretary Jesus Mateo made the announcement in an online press briefing on Oplan Balik Eskwela-Brigada Eskwela (OBE-BE) July ...
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Published July 9, 2020, 5:30 PM Don’t take it literally. Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque issued the message after he was bashed and ridiculed online over his “sasayawan po natin” comment in confronting the coronavirus pandemic. Roque tried to defend himself from the deluge of criticisms, saying he was actually referring ...
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Published July 9, 2020, 4:30 PM The Office of the Vice President (OVP) and its private partners on Thursday, July 9, started the operations of its free ferry service for frontliners in Cebu. Vice President Leni Robredo said the first day of the ferry service from Olango Island to mainland ...
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Published July 9, 2020, 4:46 PM The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) said on Thursday, July 9, that the distribution of the second tranche of emergency cash aid under the government’s Social Amelioration Program (SAP) is now in “full swing.” DSWD Undersecretary Rene Glen Paje said there is ...
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July 9, 2020 - 3:56pm MANILA, Philippines — The country’s blood supply is approaching the “critical level,” the Department of Health said as it urged local governments to help look for blood donors in their localities. Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic has limited the ...
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Published July 9, 2020 6:52pm; Updated July 9, 2020 7:13pm At least 327 construction workers in Taguig City have tested positive for the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), the Taguig City Government announced. The city's official Facebook page earlier announced on Wednesday that 308 out of 691 workers in a construction ...
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Posted at Jul 09 2020 05:20 PM | Updated as of Jul 09 2020 05:56 PM MANILA - The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said Thursday 30 more Filipinos abroad caught COVID-19, raising the total tally of overseas infections among Philippine nationals to 8,792. The foreign ministry said the respiratory ...
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Published July 9, 2020, 3:38 PM Malacañang said the mandatory wearing of face masks should be implemented based on “human experience” especially if the face mask was removed to drink water. Presidential spokesman Harry Roque made the statement after journalist and COVID-19 survivor Howie Severino was apprehended in Quezon City ...
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Published July 9, 2020, 2:37 PM A federation of private schools on Thursday appealed to the government to allow the conduct of face-to-face classes in areas with low or no cases of COVID-19 to help private education survive during this pandemic. The Federation of Associations of Private School Administrators (FAPSA) ...
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Posted at Jul 09 2020 11:39 AM The health department aims to expand its coronavirus testing to cover more asymptomatic individuals to contain the pandemic as the Philippines relaxes its lockdown measures, an official said Thursday. "The economy is getting to be open right now... and a lot of people ...
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The Department of Health is preparing Cebu City, which is currently under the enhanced community quarantine, for a possible reopening of businesses, Undersecretary Leopoldo Vega said. In a press briefing on Thursday, Vega said the positivity and mortality rates in the city are improving as they showed a decreasing trend ...
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Published July 9, 2020, 11:48 AM The Department of Health (DoH) should put a number on the funds needed for the purchase of a COVID-19 vaccine and include it in its budget proposal for next year, Cagayan de Oro City Rep. Rufus Rodriguez said Thursday. He noted that the Executive ...
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Posted at Jul 09 2020 01:33 PM MANILA - Two local vaccine manufacturers have expressed willingness to produce inoculation against coronavirus disease (COVID-19), an official from the Department of Health said Thursday. Government earlier said the Philippines would participate in 5 collaboration clinical trials with China and Taiwan. The country ...
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Published July 9, 2020, 9:48 AM Starting July 10, churches in areas placed under the general community quarantine (GCQ) will be allowed to accommodate 10 percent of the church’s capacity. The Quiapo Church (Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene) in Manila, for instance, will allow around 200 people inside the ...
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Published July 9, 2020 7:51am The Department of Health (DOH) said there were 488 clustering of COVID-cases across the country as of Wednesday. According to the DOH, 379 of the clusters were monitored in communities, 46 in health facilities, 24 in jails, and 39 in "other areas." From Monday to ...
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Published July 9, 2020 9:53am The United States recorded 55,000 new coronavirus cases in 24 hours Wednesday, a tally by Johns Hopkins University showed, bringing its total to 3,046,351 recorded infections since the pandemic began. The country, the hardest-hit in the world, had earlier Wednesday passed the grim milestone of ...
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Published Jul 8, 2020 8:04:40 PM Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 8) — The Philippines’ participation in the global search for COVID-19 vaccine will not only ensure a secured portion of the vaccine supply for the country, but more likely be given for free, according to a Department of Science ...
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Posted at Jul 09 2020 07:45 AM | Updated as of Jul 09 2020 07:53 AM MANILA — The number of coronavirus patients at the Philippine General Hospital has exceeded its initial bed allocation for the respiratory disease, an official said Thursday. The state-run hospital had allocated 130 beds for ...
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Posted at Jul 09 2020 08:57 AM | Updated as of Jul 09 2020 11:13 AM MANILA (UPDATED) - Couples may now travel on the same motorcycle beginning Friday as government allowed backriding so long as a protective shield in between the rider and the passenger is mounted. “Simula bukas, ...
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July 8, 2020 - 6:05pm MANILA, Philippines — The interior department has urged local governments to pass resolutions punishing quarantine violators with imprisonment as it reminded the public to comply with health protocols to arrest the further spread of the pandemic. "We have encouraged our mayors to pass ordinances so ...
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Posted at Jul 08 2020 11:31 AM MANILA - A graduate of the University of the Philippines Los Baños is leading the development of COVID-19 testing technology in Switzerland, the state university said Tuesday. Catharine Aquino-Fournier, who graduated with a degree in Biology in 1996 and a master's degree in ...
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Published July 8, 2020, 3:47 PM The Department of Education (DepEd) needs to make a “honest” assessment on whether or not the country is ready for distance learning, Vice President Leni Robredo said on Wednesday. Robredo said the assessment to be made by DepEd is necessary for Congress to amend ...
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Posted at Jul 08 2020 04:34 PM | Updated as of Jul 08 2020 05:54 PM MANILA — More than 250,000 learners have transferred to public elementary and high schools from private schools and state universities and colleges (SUCs) offering basic education, the Department of Education said Wednesday. According to ...
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Published July 8, 2020, 4:52 PM In line with its efforts to ensure the smooth opening of classes for School Year (SY) 2020-2021, the Department of Education (DepEd) on Wednesday converged its partner government agencies for the joint implementation of the Oplan Balik Eskwela (OBE)-Brigada Eskwela (BE). Education Secretary Leonor ...
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Posted at Jul 08 2020 04:32 PM MANILA — The Department of Health (DOH) on Wednesday said random testing of MRT-3 passengers may not be doable given resource constraints. This, after a group of researchers from the University of the Philippines suggested mass randomized testing, after 200 MRT workers reportedly ...
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Published July 8, 2020 6:06pm Five hospitals in Metro Manila and Cebu will serve as initial trial sites in the search for a vaccine against the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), the chairperson of the vaccine expert panel formed by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) said Wednesday. Vaccine researcher ...
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Published July 8, 2020, 3:17 PM Four more depot personnel of the Metro Rail Transit Line 3 tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the total numbers of infected employees to 202 as of Tuesday night, the Department of Transportation said Wednesday. DOTr Assistant Secretary Goddess Libiran said that of the infected ...
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Posted at Jul 08 2020 05:26 PM MANILA - The Department of Foreign Affairs on Wednesday said 74 new cases of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) have been recorded among Filipinos abroad, mostly in the Middle East. This raises the total number of infected Philippine nationals overseas to 8,762. The ...
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Posted at Jul 08 2020 02:47 AM MANILA - National Task Force on COVID-19 chief implementer Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr. has lauded the leadership of several areas in the Philippines for successfully implementing quarantine protocols amid the coronavirus pandemic. According to Galvez, "unity of command and unity of effort" in areas ...
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Posted at Jul 08 2020 01:59 AM Duterte says COVID-19 vaccine may be available by December MANILA - The Philippines is still battling the first wave of COVID-19, President Rodrigo Duterte said early Wednesday, as the country's coronavirus infections neared 48,000. "Have we arrived at the second wave? I don't think ...
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Posted at Jul 08 2020 04:19 AM MANILA - If the Philippine government did not implement lockdowns in its different regions, the coronavirus crisis in the country would have been worse, according to Malacañang. Citing studies by the University of the Philippines, Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said that if the national ...
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Published July 8, 2020 4:30am WASHINGTON - The United States has formally notified the United Nations that it will withdraw from the World Health Organization, whose coronavirus response has been harshly criticized by President Donald Trump, officials said Tuesday. The United States told UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres that the WHO's ...
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Published July 8, 2020 6:09am PARIS, France - The novel coronavirus has killed at least 539,620 people since the outbreak emerged in China last December, according to a tally from official sources compiled by AFP on Tuesday. At least 11,693,770 cases of coronavirus have been registered in 196 countries and territories ...
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Published Jul 7, 2020 11:30:40 PM (CNN) — Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has tested positive for Covid-19, following months of downplaying the virus. Bolsonaro himself announced the result, speaking on Brazilian TV channels Tuesday. "Everyone knew that it would reach a considerable part of the population sooner or later. It ...
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Published Jul 8, 2020 10:51:31 AM Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 8) — Hospitals cannot refuse to admit people who are mildly ill due to coronavirus disease, the Department of Health said Wednesday, adding that they must properly refer the sick to temporary treatment and isolation facilities first. “Hindi sila ...
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Posted at Jul 08 2020 11:00 AM | Updated as of Jul 08 2020 12:35 PM MANILA - Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte said Wednesday she tested positive for coronavirus disease (COVID-19), despite practicing health protocols. "Nais ko pong ipahayag sa lahat ng aking minamahal na QCitizens na ako po ay nag-positibo sa ...
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Published Jul 8, 2020 6:55:38 AM Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 8) – President Rodrigo Duterte said he preferred a more careful approach in reopening the Philippine economy amid the rising COVID-19 cases in the country and relapse of infections in other countries. In his weekly address to the nation ...
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Published Jul 7, 2020 4:14:23 PM Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 7) – Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said Tuesday the government can now test up to 11 million Filipinos for COVID-19, as he insisted anew that the country is winning against the coronavirus. Roque added that there was nothing to ...
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July 7, 2020 - 5:49pm MANILA, Philippines — Despite repeated administration claims that the country is winning the "war" against the coronavirus pandemic, Filipinos are split on whether the worst of it is behind us or has yet to come, new survey data suggests. According to the Social Weather Stations ...
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Posted at Jul 07 2020 06:52 PM MANILA - Metro Manila still has enough bed capacity for COVID-19 cases, Malacañang said Tuesday after the Department of Health asked hospitals to allot more beds for patients of the respiratory disease. Fifty-seven percent of the 8,400 hospital beds in the capital dedicated ...
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Published July 7, 2020 3:15pm Malacañang on Tuesday announced measures to reduce new COVID-19 infections after the Philippines overtook Singapore as the country with the second-highest number of cases in Southeast Asia. In a televised briefing, presidential spokesperson Harry Roque emphasized the role of local government units in enforcing localized ...
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Published July 7, 2020, 7:29 PM The poor implementation of the minimum health standards is one of the causes of the continued increase in the number of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases in the Philippines, with 1,500 more infections reported on Tuesday, the Department of Health (DOH) said. “We are not ...
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Published July 7, 2020, 6:09 PM Filipinos must learn to “dance” or live with the coronavirus pandemic as the government moves to reopen the economy and resume people’s livelihood, according to a Palace official. Presidential spokesman Harry Roque made the statement after declaring that staying alive and healthy is among ...
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Posted at Jul 07 2020 06:30 PM MANILA - The new mutation of the novel coronavirus causing COVID-19 appears to be more infectious, the Department of Health (DOH) said Tuesday, as the country's cases of the respiratory disease neared 48,000. "Mutations do occur with COVID-19 virus, and this particular one ...
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July 7, 2020 - 4:56pm MANILA, Philippines — Malacañang On Tuesday advised passengers who had contact with Metro Rail Transit employees to undergo tests or self-quarantine after the government's task force on the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) approved the suspension of the train system's operation. Presidential spokesman Harry Roque noted ...
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Posted at Jul 07 2020 12:39 PM India's death toll from the coronavirus pandemic surpassed 20,000 on Tuesday and case numbers surged as the south Asian nation pushed ahead with relaxations to its almost two-month lockdown amid grim economic forecasts. The rate of both new virus infections and deaths are ...
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Published July 7, 2020 5:50pm Seventeen more Filipinos abroad have recovered from the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), bringing the total to 5,218, according to the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA). The DFA also announced that total confirmed cases increased to 8,688 with nine new infections while fatalities remained at 577 ...
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Published July 7, 2020, 11:53 AM The education of children should not be derailed even as the country battles the coronavirus pandemic, Malacañang said after more than 18 million students enrolled for the coming school year. Presidential spokesman Harry Roque said parents should grab the opportunity to enroll their children ...
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Published July 7, 2020, 12:44 PM The public should not be blamed for the rising coronavirus disease (COVID-19) infection in the country, Vice President Leni Robredo said on Tuesday. Robredo also disputed the remarks of government officials that Filipinos, especially Cebuanos, are “stubborn” for defying health protocols. President Duterte previously ...
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Published July 7, 2020 2:09pm The Department of Health (DOH) will highlight the additional as well as the remaining active cases in reporting updates on COVID-19 numbers starting on July 10, Friday. DOH Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire on Tuesday said they will no longer report the ‘fresh’ and ‘late’ cases ...
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Published July 7, 2020 11:58am The mutated version of the novel coronavirus may have contributed to the increase in COVID-19 cases in the country as it is reportedly more infectious, an infectious disease expert from the University of the Philippines (UP) said Tuesday. Interviewed on Unang Hirit, Dr. Edsel Salvana ...
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Published July 7, 2020, 1:34 PM For Education Secretary Leonor Briones, “telling the truth” or filling in the gaps in communication is the “biggest” of all the challenges that the Department of Education (DepEd) is facing this year. “From my perspective, there are various challenges,” Briones said in a recent ...
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Published July 7, 2020, 1:27 PM A fundraising campaign launched by De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde (CSB) alumni aims to provide bicycles for Filipino workers walking long distances to work as a result of limited transportation due to restrictions imposed to control the spread the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Two ...
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Published July 7, 2020 1:52pm Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire on Tuesday said the recent increase in COVID-19 cases was due to clustering of cases and community transmission. Vergeire noted that the new cases are not attributed to improved testing anymore. With the evident transmission of the disease, she advised ...
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Published Jul 7, 2020 10:21:32 AM Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 7) — The Philippines is facing a second wave of HIV epidemic as COVID-19 blocks access to life-saving testing and treatment services, the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS said Tuesday. “In the Philippines, we are seeing a second ...
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Posted at Jul 07 2020 01:16 PM | Updated as of Jul 07 2020 02:50 PM MANILA (UPDATE)-- Filipinos may now travel abroad, Malacañang announced Tuesday as the country geared towards further reopening its economy. All non-essential outbound travel of Filipinos, including tourism-related ones, will be allowed as agreed by ...
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Posted at Jul 07 2020 11:08 AM | Updated as of Jul 07 2020 11:42 AM MANILA — The health department said Tuesday there was "not enough" evidence yet to back a report by more than 200 scientists who warned the novel coronavirus can spread in tiny airborne particles, which ...
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Posted at Jul 07 2020 11:24 AM MANILA — Some 800,000 people have been screened for the novel coronavirus so far, the health department said Tuesday, almost 4 months into varying degrees of lockdowns to contain the pandemic. The Philippines has 75 licensed laboratories that can run an average of ...
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Posted at Jul 07 2020 02:57 PM MANILA - The total number of COVID-19 positive workers at the MRT-3 line reached 198 as of July 6, the Department of Transportation Tuesday. Out of the total number, 177 are depot personnel, 3 train drivers, 2 control center personnel and 16 station ...
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Published Jul 6, 2020 7:40:16 PM Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 6) — The Department of Health (DOH) has warned of case clustering among barangays and closed-setting facilities in the National Capital Region and Cebu Province as the national tally for COVID-19 infections continues to climb. DOH spokesperson Maria Rosario ...
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Published July 6, 2020, 1:12 PM Department of Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduardo Año said the government “expected” the increase in COVID-19 cases in the country after the highest single-day confirmed cases was recorded Sunday. “Ito ay resulta ng pag downgrade ng [quarantine] classification, pag bukas ng business sectors ...
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Published July 6, 2020 4:30pm SEOUL, South Korea — Hundreds of drones lit up the night sky in Seoul for a spectacular showcase of motivational and awareness messages as the world battles the coronavirus pandemic. Three hundred unmanned aerial vehicles were programmed to form images above the Han river—which runs ...
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Published July 6, 2020 6:48pm Eleven hospitals in Metro Manila have reported a 100 percent utilization rate of their intensive care unit (ICU) beds for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) patients, the Department of Health (DOH) said Monday. Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire identified the 11 hospitals as the following: Veterans ...
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Published Jul 6, 2020 4:12:48 PM Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 6) —Newly-appointed Health Undersecretary Leopoldo Vega has been assigned to head a new unit to coordinate with hospitals, amid reports of rising occupancy rates for COVID-19 patients. Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque on Monday denied reports that hospitals are running ...
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Posted at Jul 06 2020 05:22 PM | Updated as of Jul 06 2020 06:26 PM MANILA - The MRT-3 will suspend its operations starting July 7 following the increased number of COVID-19 positive employees including depot workers and ticketing officers, its operator said Monday. The shutdown from July 7 ...
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Published July 6, 2020 7:25pm A bill has been filed in the Senate seeking the creation of plasma banks in all public and private hospitals across the Philippines to promote plasma donation for COVID-19 patients while there remains no available vaccine for the virus. Senator Imee Marcos Senate Bill 1648 ...
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Published July 6, 2020, 1:12 PM The Philippine National Police (PNP) has recorded more than 900 confirmed cases of COVID-19 infection as it continues to deploy its personnel in the frontlines to prevent the spread of the dreaded disease. PNP chief Gen. Archie Francisco Gamboa said that of the 902 ...
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Posted at Jul 06 2020 11:59 AM PARIS — "What I miss most is the smell of my son when I kiss him, the smell of my wife's body," says Jean-Michel Maillard. Anosmia -- the loss of one's sense of smell -- may be an invisible handicap, but is psychologically ...
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Posted at Jul 06 2020 05:13 PM MANILA - The Department of Foreign Affairs on Monday said there are no new cases of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) among Filipinos abroad. With this development, the number of infected Philippine nationals overseas remains at 8,679. The DFA also reported no new ...
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As of 06 July 2020, 04:00 pm, the Department of Health reports 2,099 new confirmed cases, 6 new deaths and 243 new recoveries. This brings the total to 46,333 confirmed cases, 1,303 deaths and 12,185 recoveries ...
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Published July 6, 2020 11:16am; Updated July 6, 2020 12:53pm Metro Manila may return to “stricter” community quarantine if hospitals in the capital region hit capacity due to a surge in COVID-19 cases, Malacañang said Monday. “We go back to stricter quarantine or provide more facilities,” presidential spokesperson Harry Roque ...
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Posted at Jul 06 2020 02:03 PM WHO finds 2 drugs on trial ineffective MANILA — There are now almost 600 patients in the Philippines enrolled in tho World Health Organization’s clinical trials for possible COVID-19 treatments, according to the Department of Health. The DOH released the information as two ...
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Posted at Jul 06 2020 11:21 AM Pope Francis on Sunday threw his support behind a UN Security Council resolution calling for a halt to conflicts to facilitate the fight against the coronavirus pandemic. The UN Security Council on Wednesday unanimously adopted the resolution after more than three months of ...
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Published July 6, 2020, 1:37 PM The Office of the Vice President (OVP) opened on Monday a free dormitory in Banilad, Cebu City for health workers who are at the forefront of the country’s battle against the coronavirus pandemic. Vice President Leni Robredo said the newly opened first dorm in ...
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Published July 5, 2020 11:31pm There are now 75 laboratories nationwide licensed to conduct independent testing for the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) after five more received accreditation, the Department of Health (DOH) said Sunday. In its daily COVID-19 report, the DOH said the country now had 55 accredited polymerase chain reaction ...
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Published July 6, 2020 9:27am Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire on Monday said some hospitals were defying the standard of dedicating 30% of their beds for COVID-19 patients. Interviewed on GMA Network’s Unang Hirit, Vergeire pointed out that these hospitals tend to report full capacity early because of the fewer dedicated ...
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Published July 6, 2020 1:15pm NEW DELHI - India has overtaken Russia with the world's third-highest number of novel coronavirus cases, at nearly 700,000, according to the latest data, as the outbreak shows no sign of slowing. Health ministry data on Monday showed more than 23,000 new cases reported in the ...
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Posted at Jul 06 2020 02:45 PM MANILA — More frontliners may be given priority in the Philippines’ COVID-19 testing protocol, the Department of Health said Monday. “We have this proposed amendment to the expanded testing protocol,” Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said during a Monday morning briefing. “It has already ...
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Posted at Jul 06 2020 02:25 PM MANILA - The Philippines has no other alternative but to reopen the economy even as coronavirus infections continue to rise, Malacañang said Monday, a day after the country confirmed the highest daily increase in COVID-19 cases. The Philippines on Sunday confirmed the most ...
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MANILA, Philippines — A change in the novel coronavirus is making the virus spread faster, an infectious disease expert said as he urged the public to strictly follow minimum health protocols to prevent the country's healthcare system from getting overwhelmed. Dr. Edsel Salvana, a member of the technical advisory group ...
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Published July 5, 2020 10:57pm The Department of Health (DOH) on Sunday reported that 126 more health workers contracted the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) over the past week, raising the total to 3,486 as of July 4. In its daily COVID-19 report, the DOH said total recoveries among health workers ...
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Posted at Jul 06 2020 02:39 PM MANILA — Six areas are under watch due to the rising number of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), the Department of Health said on Monday, as authorities reminded the public to continue practicing physical distancing and adhering to quarantine protocols. “We’re monitoring Cebu City, of ...
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Published Jul 5, 2020 6:44:40 PM Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 5) — The Philippines recorded an all-time high single-day increase in COVID-19 cases on Sunday, with the Department of Health reporting 2,434 new infections. This broke the previous record high of 1,531 posted just two days ago. The total ...
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Published Jul 4, 2020 6:57:40 PM; Updated Jul 4, 2020 9:13:00 PM Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 4) — The number of coronavirus cases in the country might hit as high as 95,000 by the end of August, according to a recent projection of the UP COVID-19 Pandemic Response Team ...
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Published Jul 5, 2020 3:37:22 PM Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 5)— The capability of churches to maintain health and safety protocols in religious gatherings in areas under general community quarantine will be tested amid threats of the COVID-19 pandemic, Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra said Sunday. The Department of Justice, ...
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05:18 AM July 05, 2020 MANILA, Philippines — Lawmakers in the House of Representatives on Friday expressed concern over the supposed lack of readiness of the Department of Education (DepEd) for the new school year in August with an overhauled educational system that adapts to the “new normal” under a ...
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Posted at Jul 05 2020 05:37 PM | Updated as of Jul 05 2020 05:56 PM MANILA - The House of Representatives confirmed another case of COVID-19 among its personnel, bringing the total number of its staff who have been infected to 11. House Secretary General Jose Luis Montales said a House employee ...
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Published July 5, 2020, 11:35 AM An Indian man said he paid about $4,000 for a bespoke gold face mask to protect him from the coronavirus raging in the country.  The precious metal covering weighs 60 grams (two ounces) and took craftsmen eight days to make, said businessman Shankar Kurhade, from ...
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Published July 5, 2020 7:47pm PARIS — Samuel Challeat was riding his bike in the city of Toulouse in the hours before France's strict COVID-19 lockdown took hold when the thought came to him. What impact will confinement have on the urban sound environment, and how could it be measured, he ...
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Published Jul 5, 2020 4:33:54 PM Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 5)— Forty-five more personnel of the Metro Rail Transit (MRT) Line 3 have tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the total number of infected workers to 172, the Transportation Department said Sunday. Of the new cases, 39 are depot personnel, ...
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Posted at Jul 05 2020 04:41 PM MANILA - Fifty more Filipinos abroad have contracted the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), raising the total of infections among overseas Philippine nationals to 8,679, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said Sunday. Of the total cases, 2,901 are active while majority, 5,201, have recovered, ...
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Published July 5, 2020 7:05pm Cebu City on Sunday announced 152 new cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), raising the total to 6,142.  The Cebu City Health Department (CHD) also said total recoveries rose to 3,233 after 90 more patients recovered from the respiratory illness, while the death toll climbed to 221 with ...
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Posted at Jul 04 2020 07:53 PM Gov't transparency in infection numbers needed, says VP MANILA - Vice President Leni Robredo on Saturday raised concerns over the government's handling of the COVID-19 pandemic, as infections have risen despite having one of the world's longest lockdowns. "Kahit ano pa'ng sabihin na nasa ...
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Posted at Jul 05 2020 09:53 AM | Updated as of Jul 05 2020 09:54 AM MANILA - Filipinos who plan to travel abroad as tourists are still barred from leaving the country, the Bureau of Immigration said Sunday. The reminder came after 6 Filipinos attempted to travel to Cambodia ...
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Posted at Jul 04 2020 04:54 PM | Updated as of Jul 04 2020 06:36 PM MANILA — Sometime in mid-June, Arwin Flores was contacted by one of his children’s teachers, asking if he would enroll his kids for the coming school year, which would see a change in the ...
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Posted at Jul 04 2020 05:49 PM Vice-President Leni Robredo is looking to set up shuttle services and dormitories in Cebu City, which has been hit badly by an upsurge of COVID-19 cases recently. In an interview on Teleradyo on Saturday, Robredo said her office has deployed a 4-person team to ...
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Posted at Jul 05 2020 01:01 PM WASHINGTON - The United States notched more than 43,000 new COVID-19 cases in 24 hours, a tally by Johns Hopkins University showed Saturday, amid a surge of infections around the country. The Baltimore-based university's tracker showed 43,742 more cases as of 8:30 p.m. (8:30 ...
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Published July 5, 2020, 2:41 PM Apostolic Administrator of the Archdiocese of Manila Bishop Broderick Pabillo said the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has taught people how to be humble. “Many people because of a few knowledge, no longer believe in God. They no longer pray. They believe they can do ...
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Posted at Jul 05 2020 02:09 PM MANILA — The Department of Education said Sunday it partnered with the National Telecommunications Commission for the airing of educational programs through television and radio as in-person classes remain postponed in the coming school year due to the coronavirus pandemic. In a statement, the ...
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Posted at Jul 04 2020 03:51 PM | Updated as of Jul 04 2020 11:12 PM MANILA - Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said Saturday the Department of Health (DOH) would be using a simplified format of reporting COVID-19 cases to avoid confusion regarding statistics related to coronavirus patients. Vergerie said in the ...
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Published July 5, 2020 6:06am GENEVA - The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Saturday that it was discontinuing its trials of the malaria drug hydroxychloroquine and combination HIV drug lopinavir/ritonavir in hospitalized patients with COVID-19 after they failed to reduce mortality. The setback came as the WHO also reported more ...
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Posted at Jul 04 2020 11:56 PM MANILA--The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) is set to start a study on convalescent plasma as adjunctive therapy for patients with COVID-19, Malacañang said Saturday. "The Palace welcomes the announcement of Department of Science and Technology Secretary Fortunato T. de la Peña on ...
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Published July 5, 2020, 8:54 AM Mexico’s death toll from the new coronavirus rose to 30,366 Saturday, propelling it past France to become the country with the fifth-highest number of fatalities in the global pandemic, according to the health ministry. “As of today, 30,366 people who had tested positive for COVID-19 ...
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Published Jul 5, 2020 2:53:06 PM Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 5) — Locally stranded individuals (LSIs) heading back to their respective provinces must be included in the government's expanded testing program, Vice President Leni Robredo said Sunday. Robredo said the procurement of 10 million RT-PCR test kits by the ...
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Posted at Jul 03 2020 01:41 PM MANILA - The government's inter-agency task force on pandemic response has approved the expansion of the country's coronavirus testing program to include those without symptoms of COVID-19, Malacañang said Friday. Guidelines on the testing protocol will soon be released by the National Task Force ...
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Posted at Jul 03 2020 03:39 PM | Updated as of Jul 03 2020 03:50 PM MANILA - Eleven petitioners led by former Social Welfare Secretary Judy Taguiwalo asked the Supreme Court on Friday to compel the Philippine government to conduct free coronavirus mass testing as the country continues to battle the pandemic ...
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Published Jul 3, 2020 1:22:48 PM Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 3) — Various groups, led by former Social Welfare secretary Judy Taguiwalo, asked the Supreme Court on Friday to compel authorities leading the country’s COVID-19 response to conduct mass testing. Taguiwalo, the spokesperson of the Citizens Urgent Response to ...
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July 3, 2020 - 12:00am MANILA, Philippines — Malacañang will ask Congress to hold a special session for the bill extending President Duterte’s emergency powers to fight the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and funding a stimulus package to revive the pandemic-hit economy. Presidential spokesman Harry Roque said the executive branch ...
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July 3, 2020 - 9:54am MANILA, Philippines (Updated 10:34 a.m.) — A group of 11 Filipinos from different segments of the society, led by former Social Welfare Secretary Judy Taguiwalo, asked the Supreme Court to compel the government to conduct mass testing and release accurate and timely information on the ...
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Posted at Jul 03 2020 10:41 AM A commuter pays the fare at a jeepney loading station on Araneta Avenue in Quezon City on Friday for the Quezon Avenue-Sta. Mesa route. A limited number of jeepneys were allowed by the Land Franchising and Regulatory Board on 47 routes in Metro Manila ...
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Posted at Jul 03 2020 03:23 PM Residents of Tondo, Manila line up for the cash assistance program of the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) at the Dr. Juan G. Nolasco High School on Friday. The PRC reached out to 204 beneficiary families in Tondo and gave each of them P3,500 as ...
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Published Jul 3, 2020 1:35:02 PM | Updated Jul 3, 2020 5:35:00 PM Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 3) — Thousands of locally stranded individuals will sent back to their respective provinces this weekend, the Department of the Interior and Local Government said on Friday. "Meron po tayong inihandang mga ...
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Published Jul 3, 2020 2:40:00 PM Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 3) — The services offered in barbershops and salons in areas under general community quarantine will no longer be limited to haircuts. Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque on Friday said the initial order was revised by the COVID-19 Inter-Agency Task ...
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As of 03 July 2020, 04:00 pm, the Department of Health reports 1,531 new confirmed cases, 6 new deaths and 400 new recoveries. This brings the total to 40,336 confirmed cases, 1,280 deaths and 11,073 recoveries ...
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Published Jul 3, 2020 3:28:58 PM Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 3) — The World Health Organization in the Philippines is urging local authorities to follow quarantine protocols on returning residents, citing a “worryingly” large number of infections in the regions. “These new infections in new regions [are] oftentimes being ...
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Published Jul 3, 2020 1:01:05 PM Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 3) — The Philippine government is boosting COVID-19 testing efforts to now include people who not showing flu-like symptoms, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said on Friday. Roque said members of the COVID-19 task force, where he serves as the ...
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Posted at Jul 03 2020 11:52 AM | Updated as of Jul 03 2020 03:55 PM MANILA -- Practice and conditioning for basketball and football are now allowed even while community quarantine protocols are still in place across the country, Malacañang said Friday. The government's pandemic task force has approved the resumption of ...
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Posted at Jul 03 2020 11:40 AM | Updated as of Jul 03 2020 12:08 PM The government's pandemic task force has approved further easing of coronavirus restrictions on religious gatherings in areas under general community quarantine (GCQ), Malacañang said Friday. Religious gatherings with attendance of up to 10 percent of a venue's ...
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Published Jul 2, 2020 5:11:15 PM Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 2) — The Philippines now has 38,805 cases of the coronavirus disease, after 294 more people contracted the virus, according to the Department of Health. This is the lowest single-day increase since June 5, when health officials logged 244 ...
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Published July 2, 2020, 7:18 PM Pasig City will provide 138,000 learning devices such as tablets and laptops to public school students in the city in support of the distance learning approach of the Department of Education (DepEd) for the next school year. This was announced by Mayor Vico Sotto ...
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July 2, 2020 - 7:39pm MANILA, Philippines — The Manila City government on Thursday said 135,048 of its residents have been tested for novel coronavirus using rapid antibody test kits. Mayor Isko Moreno in a press release said Manila "did not spend a single centavo" as all the rapid test ...
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Posted at Jul 02 2020 04:44 PM TOKYO - Japan plans to set up new coronavirus testing centers outside three major airports in Tokyo and Osaka, as well as in central parts of the cities, as the country prepares to relax its travel restrictions, a government official said Thursday. The ...
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Published Jul 2, 2020 3:58:29 PM Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 2) — Early clinical trial results have shown that the antiviral drug Remdesivir appeared to have had ’positive’ effects on COVID-19 patients, but the data are not ‘conclusive’ yet, the Department of Health said Thursday. Health spokesperson Maria Rosario ...
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Published July 2, 2020 6:10pm MRT3 personnel who tested positive for the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has increased to 127, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) announced on Thursday. "May pumasok na bagong update, so [92], ngayon pong araw na ito ay 127 na po 'yung napag-alaman na COVID-19 positive among ...
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Published July 2, 2020 8:09pm Attending to some additional needs of learners with disabilities would be a "challenge" for the Department of Education (DepEd) as it implements distance learning amid the COVID-19 pandemic, according to an education official on Thursday. During a Senate hearing, Director Leila Areola from the DepEd's ...
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Posted at Jul 02 2020 05:02 PM MANILA - A hundred and eight more overseas Filipinos caught COVID-19, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said Thursday. The new cases pushed the tally of overseas infections among Filipinos to 8,614. "The increase is due to more accurate sourcing of data, as ...
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July 2, 2020 - 7:20pm MANILA, Philippines — The 6,002 traditional jeepney units allowed to ply some 49 routes in Metro Manila are but a small fraction of the 74,000 public utility jeepneys idled following the suspension of mass transportation at the onset of the enhanced community quarantine, a transport ...
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Posted at Jul 02 2020 06:11 PM MANILA — There are now a total of 450 patients in the Philippines who are receiving off-label drugs to treat COVID-19, the Department of Health said on Thursday. “As of July 1, 2020, meron po tayong 450 patients na naka-enroll sa 22 active ...
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As of 02 July 2020, 04:00 pm, the Department of Health reports 294 new confirmed cases, 4 new deaths and 235 new recoveries. This brings the total to 38,805 confirmed cases, 1,274 deaths and 10,673 recoveries ...
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Published July 2, 2020 12:35pm The second phase of the National Action Plan which aims to curb COVID-19 is already being crafted, according to Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana on Thursday. During an online forum, Lorenzana said the next phase would contain measures in easing the lockdown for the economy to ...
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Posted at Jul 02 2020 02:47 PM Cebu City has done "quite good" in efforts to contain its cases of the coronavirus disease, the highest in the country, with half of its patients having recovered, its mayor said Thursday. The city of 1 million people, which began screening residents for ...
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Posted at Jul 02 2020 03:03 PM MANILA — The University of the Philippines said it was closing its building that served as a community quarantine facility after more than a dozen of its employees were infected with coronavirus disease (COVID-19). “Kanlungang Palma (KP) will no longer accept suspected COVID-19 ...
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Published July 2, 2020 2:36pm The number of COVID-19 cases in Cebu City increased due to inefficient home quarantine for COVID-19 cases and poor contact tracing, National Task Force Against COVID-19 Chief Implementer Carlito Galvez Jr. said Thursday. Galvez made the observation on the same day that Cebu City Mayor ...
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Published July 2, 2020 12:28pm The Department of Health is checking on some COVID-19 testing laboratories after being unable to submit any reports on cases for the past several days, Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said. In a press conference on Thursday, Vergeire said the department already reached out to Allegiant ...
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Published July 2, 2020 2:21pm The Department of Health (DOH) said the total number of health workers who have contracted COVID-19 has reached 3,422, as of Thursday. Only one of them was in critical condition. As of June 29, at least 2,514 of them have recovered. Since the Bayanihan to ...
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Published Jul 1, 2020 10:51:17 PM (CNN) — The Covid-19 vaccine candidate being developed by US pharmaceutical company Pfizer and German biotechnology company BioNTech has yielded positive data in early tests, according to data released by the companies. The companies announced these preliminary findings on Wednesday in a pre-print paper ...
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Posted at Jul 02 2020 07:33 AM GENEVA — The global coronavirus pandemic is accelerating, the World Health Organization said Wednesday, with the number of daily cases surging beyond 160,000 every day in the past week, a record. WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus also told a virtual briefing that well ...
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Posted at Jul 02 2020 05:54 AM CAIRO, Egypt - The World Health Organization warned Wednesday the Middle East was at a decisive moment in the fight against the novel coronavirus, with cases surging as countries ease lockdown measures. "We are at a critical threshold in our region," the WHO's ...
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July 2, 2020 - 11:03am MANILA, Philippines — The Metro Rail Transit Line 3 will continue regular operations on Thursday even if 92 of its depot workers tested positive for the novel coronavirus. MRT-3 Director for Operations Michael Capati told Inquirer that 89 of the infected workers are employed by ...
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Posted at Jul 02 2020 11:14 AM MANILA — Schools without internet access and electricity will be prioritized under the connectivity project of the education department, its undersecretary said Thursday. In an interview with ABS-CBN Teleradyo, Undersecretary Alain Pascua said 50 percent of schools in the country does not have ...
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Published Jul 2, 2020 11:19:35 AM Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 2) — Private hospitals in Cebu province, including coronavirus hotspot Cebu City, are being overwhelmed by COVID-19 patients, according to data and an official of the Department of Health. DOH data as of June 30 show that 77.97 percent ...
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Published July 1, 2020 4:58pm Governments must find a balance between controlling infections and reviving economies as the world steps into and lives in a "new normal" shaped by COVID-19, a World Health Organization (WHO) official said Wednesday. "As far as the virus is circulating somewhere around the world, in this ...
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Published July 1, 2020 9:27pm The Department of Health's coordinates with other agencies of governments as regards recommendations on the levels of community quarantine in certain areas to control the spread of COVID-19, its spokesperson said on Wednesday. Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire made the statement following Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez ...
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Published July 1, 2020 7:49pm The suggestion to place Metro Manila and Calabarzon under a relaxed modified general community quarantine "as quickly as possible" was meant to give the public a sense of confidence that the government already has the capacity to address the COVID-19 crisis, Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III ...
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Published July 1, 2020 6:23pm The country’s licensed laboratories still have over 1,400 backlogs remaining for the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), the Department of Health (DOH) said Wednesday. Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire clarified that the discrepancy between the number of individuals who tested positive for COVID-19 and the number of ...
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Published Jul 1, 2020 7:53:06 PM Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 1) — Traditional public utility jeepneys (PUJs) with routes approved by the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) can resume operations starting Friday, the agency announced. The LTFRB said traditional PUJs with routes as indicated below can return ...
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Published July 1, 2020 2:43pm Several teachers untested for COVID-19 were deployed to conduct house-to-house visits to convince parents to enroll their children, the Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT) Philippines said on Wednesday. In a statement, ACT Secretary General Raymond Basilio hit the Department of Education (DepEd) for sending educators ...
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Published Jul 1, 2020 8:26:57 PM Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 1) — The World Health Organization is closely monitoring the Philippines’ coronavirus situation, noting that the number of patients in hospitals is “slightly going up” amid an easing of lockdown measures. In a joint media briefing on Wednesday with ...
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Posted at Jul 01 2020 08:38 PM MANILA — The Department of Health on Wednesday claimed that "majority" of the new COVID-19 cases in the Philippines in the last two months were among repatriated Filipinos, as coronavirus cases in the country continued to rise amid eased quarantine restrictions. This even as ...
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Posted at Jul 01 2020 04:54 PM MANILA - The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said Wednesday 32 more Filipinos abroad were sick with COVID-19, raising the total tally of overseas infections among Filipino nationals to 8,506. The respiratory illness also killed 5 more overseas Filipinos, bringing the death toll to ...
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Posted at Jul 01 2020 01:05 PM The Philippines has reached half of its coronavirus daily testing target, Malacañang said Wednesday, more than 100 days into one of the world's toughest and longest coronavirus lockdown. Authorities should run 32,000 a day "to give everyone the confidence that it's okay to go ...
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Posted at Jul 01 2020 12:57 PM | Updated as of Jul 01 2020 02:05 PM MANILA - Education Secretary Leonor Briones said Wednesday the opening of classes in public schools on Aug. 24 will proceed despite the extension of the enrollment period until July 15. “Hindi po nagbabago ang school openings,” Briones ...
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Published July 1, 2020 11:15am The Antipolo New Public Market is on a two-week lockdown after 18 tenants and vendors tested positive for COVID-19, the local government said. The 18 patients, 15 of whom are from Antipolo and three from other towns, have been under quarantine since June 25 in the ...
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Published July 1, 2020 1:41pm The Quezon City government on Wednesday recorded a high COVID-19 recovery rate, so far, at 60% after intensifying its "trace-isolate-treat" strategy amid the pandemic. In a statement, Dr. Rolly Cruz, head of the QC Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit (ESU) of the city’s health department, said the ...
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Published July 1, 2020 12:45pm Residents in low risk modified general community areas should not go out of their homes for non-essential purposes amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said Wednesday. Vergeire issued the warning after President Rodrigo Duterte placed the rest of the country under low ...
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Posted at Jul 01 2020 01:18 AM MANILA - President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday night ordered Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade to remove some restaurants at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) to provide seats for stranded airline passengers amid the coronavirus pandemic in the country. In a Malacanang briefing streamed ...
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Published June 30, 2020 11:41pm GENEVA — The coronavirus crisis has taken a much heavier toll on jobs than previously feared, the UN said Tuesday, warning that the situation in the Americas was particularly dire. In a fresh study, the International Labor Organization (ILO) estimated that by the mid-year point, ...
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Published Jul 1, 2020 1:11:36 PM Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 1) — Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque may have celebrated too early. The country may have actually reached the projected 40,000 COVID-19 cases when June ended, the government's former task force adviser said Wednesday. "He's not in touch with reality ...
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Published Jul 1, 2020 1:00:45 PM Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 1)— Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque on Wednesday brushed off criticisms over his latest remark congratulating the country for beating a COVID-19 case forecast, saying he will “keep on doing it” to encourage Filipinos amid the pandemic. Speaking to CNN ...
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Published Jul 1, 2020 1:39:52 AM Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 1) - President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered Interior Secretary Eduardo Año to gather all locally stranded individuals (LSI), especially those camping near the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA), saying that the government will pay for their food and accommodation ...
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Posted at Jul 01 2020 01:15 AM MANILA - President Rodrigo Duterte late Tuesday night defended Health Secretary Francisco Duque III anew amid criticism on the government's handling of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic in the country. In a streamed public address, the President said he would not have ...
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Published Jun 30, 2020 10:54:05 PM Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June July 1) — It's status quo for Cebu City and Metro Manila as the enhanced community quarantine and general community quarantine status, respectively, are extended in these areas until July 15. President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday announced that the ...
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Published June 30, 2020 6:21pm The government is eyeing at least P25 billion in new funding to support the expanded testing for COVID-19 and the hiring of contact tracers. Of the P25 billion, P10 billion will go to testing subsidies while P15 billion will be spent on the cash for work ...
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Published Jun 30, 2020 5:55:02 PM Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 30) — In his latest report to Congress, President Rodrigo Duterte said the government has ramped up COVID-19 efforts by signing up thousands of people to help in contact across the country. The President said that as of June ...
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Posted at Jun 30 2020 06:55 PM | Updated as of Jun 30 2020 07:31 PM MANILA - The Department of Health (DOH) said Tuesday the return of previously stranded individuals to their home provinces couldn't be blamed for the spike of COVID-19 cases in the countryside. In an online press briefing, Health ...
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Published June 30, 2020 8:45pm After taking a job in a hospital's COVID-19 emergency room, Dr. Jan Claire Dorado planned to move out of the family home to protect relatives from the risk of infection. But Dorado's parents insisted the 30-year-old keep living at home, so her father constructed a ...
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Published Jun 30, 2020 4:21:00 PM Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 30) — Despite the rising number of cases of coronavirus disease in Cebu City, Metro Manila remains as the country’s COVID-19 epicenter, the Department of Health said Tuesday. “For now, it is still NCR (National Capital Region) and Cebu ...
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Published June 30, 2020 7:16pm Senator Risa Hontiveros on Tuesday rained on presidential spokesperson Harry Roque's parade as she pointed out that the Philippines is battling COVID-19, not the University of the Philippines' projection on the rise of infections. This was after Roque congratulated the public for "beating" UP as the ...
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Posted at Jun 30 2020 09:07 PM MANILA - The local government of Manila City on Tuesday announced it will be placing 31 of its barangays under a 48-hour enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) due to the number of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases in said areas. Through Executive Order No. 31, ...
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Posted at Jun 30 2020 05:10 PM MANILA - Seven more Filipinos abroad have contracted the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), raising the total of infections among overseas Philippine nationals to 8,474, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said Tuesday. Of the total cases, 2,824 are active while majority, 5,101, have recovered, ...
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Published June 30, 2020 9:04pm The number of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases within the Philippine National Police (PNP) breached 700 on Tuesday with 77 new infections, bringing the total to 709. According to the PNP, total recoveries rose to 346 after 12 more patients recovered from the illness while ...
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JUNE 30, 2020 / 8:17 PM WUHAN, China/BEIJING (Reuters) - Six months after the World Health Organization learned of “viral pneumonia” cases that would become the COVID-19 pandemic, life in Wuhan, the city where it emerged, is returning to normal, although masks remain ubiquitous and emotional scars linger. A city ...
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As of 30 June 2020, 04:00 pm, the Department of Health reports 1,080 new confirmed cases, 11 new deaths and 277 new recoveries. This brings the total to 37,514 confirmed cases, 1,266 deaths and 10,233 recoveries ...
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Published June 29, 2020 7:16pm A Filipino hospital employee in the United Kingdom has survived the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) after being intubated for 51 days. According to an episode of "Frontliners," a Brigada special online series, Cesar Velasco was given only 30 percent chance to live after contracting COVID-19 ...
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Published Jun 30, 2020 2:30:11 PM Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 30) — The World Health Organization said it never made a comment comparing the Philippines to other countries as far as COVID-19 cases are concerned. World Health Organization Representative to the Philippines Dr. Rabindra Abeyasinghe said at the Laging ...
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Posted at Jun 30 2020 12:52 PM MANILA - Localized lockdowns in the capital region will suffice to control the transmission of COVID-19, the World Health Organization said Tuesday ahead of the President's expected announcement of new community quarantine protocols. The COVID-19 situation in Metro Manila does not warrant a ...
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Posted at Jun 30 2020 02:40 PM MANILA — The Department of Health on Tuesday said it is closely monitoring several areas in Mindanao now considered as COVID-19 hotspots. “Doon sa pinaka-basic na definition ng hotspot, kahit isang kaso lang ang lumabas in a place where there is no previously ...
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Updated June 30, 2020, 3:37 PM Vice President Leni Robredo said the private donations for the coronavirus response are more than just numbers, but it’s an affirmation of her “faith in the goodness of Filipinos.” Robredo, who chairs the opposition Liberal Party, acknowledged her office was able to respond to ...
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Posted at Jun 30 2020 10:31 AM MANILA-- President Rodrigo Duterte said Monday the provision of internet access to some 7,000 public schools is expected to be completed in 10 months even as distance learning is set to start in August. The President, in his 14th report to Congress on ...
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June 30, 2020 The coronavirus pandemic is "not even close to being over", the WHO warned Monday, as the global death toll passed half a million and cases surge in Latin America and the United States. In another grim milestone, the number of infections recorded worldwide rose to more than ...
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Published June 29, 2020, 9:37 PM The Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene or Quiapo Church is currently on lockdown tentatively until July 4 after a priest who stayed with them for three months tested positive for coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Father Douglas Badong, parochial vicar of Quiapo Church, said they ...
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Published June 30, 2020 2:55pm The deployment of Doctors to the Barrios (DTTB) to Cebu City, considered as the likely epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic in the country, will be on a voluntary basis, Health Undersecretary Rosario Vergeire said Tuesday. Vergeire made the announcement after the DTTB slammed a Department ...
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At least 361 COVID-19 patients from 26 hospitals in the Philippines are participating in the World Health Organization's (WHO) solidarity trial aimed at finding a treatment for the disease. President Rodrigo Duterte made the disclosure in his report to Congress on Monday as mandated by the Bayanihan to Heal as ...
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Posted at Jun 30 2020 02:20 PM MANILA - Throwing his fist in the air, Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque said Tuesday the country has "beat" the prediction of University of the Philippines researchers that there would be 40,000 COVID-19 cases by the end of June. The Philippines, which has confirmed ...
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Published Jun 30, 2020 1:21:31 PM Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 30) — The enrollment period for public schools for the upcoming school year has been extended to July 15. Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque made the announcement during his press briefing on Monday, citing an advisory from Education Secretary Leonor ...
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Published Jun 29, 2020 7:40:44 PM; Updated Jun 29, 2020 11:36:00 PM Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 29) — COVID-19 infections in the country may surge to at least 60,000, including 1,300 deaths, by July 31, according to a recent projection by a group of researchers at a state university ...
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As of 29 June 2020, 04:00 pm, the Department of Health reports 985 new confirmed cases, 11 new deaths and 270 new recoveries. This brings the total to 36,438 confirmed cases, 1,255 deaths and 9,956 recoveries ...
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Posted at Jun 29 2020 02:59 PM MANILA-- Malacañang disputed on Monday the World Health Organization's report that the Philippines is leading the rise of COVID-19 cases in the Western Pacific region. At the same time, Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque said it was not proper to compare Philippines to first-world ...
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Published June 29, 2020 6:27am; Updated June 29, 2020 1:11pm The number of COVID-19 cases in the Philippines may reach more than 60,000 by July 31, according to a study made by a group of experts.The death toll, meanwhile, may climb to 1,300 by that time, said the group composed of University ...
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Published Jun 29, 2020 12:14:24 PM Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 29)— The Philippine government aims to test around 10 million citizens for COVID-19 in less than a year, COVID-19 Response Deputy Chief Implementer Vince Dizon said Monday. “Given the supplies coming in, given our increased capacity to test and ...
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Published June 28, 2020 11:47pm The Department of Health (DOH) on Sunday reported that the number of healthcare workers who have contracted the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) climbed to 3,360 as of June 27. In its daily COVID-19 report, the DOH said 2,515 of these health workers have recovered from the ...
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Published June 29, 2020 8:43am Interior Secretary Eduardo Año on Monday said Cebu City is more likely the epicenter of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic in the country. "Yes, more likely because of the rate of infection... In Cebu City, just one city, so if you compare it to ...
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Posted at Jun 29 2020 01:05 PM | Updated as of Jun 29 2020 02:26 PM MANILA – The Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT) on Monday urged the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Disease (IATF) to suspend the implementation of an order by the Department of Education (DepEd) that ...
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June 29, 2020 - 12:20pm MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Health defended its order to reassign rural health physicians under the government’s Doctors to the Barrios Program (DTTB) to augment health services in Cebu City saying it is only “temporary” and “not new.” This comes after doctors under DTTB ...
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Published Jun 29, 2020 10:23:28 AM Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 29) – Imported protective gear such as masks and coveralls as well as medical tools used for the local COVID-19 response will be subject to taxes again, the Bureau of Customs said over the weekend. Personal protective equipment and ...
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Published Jun 29, 2020 12:57:46 PM Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 29) — Traditional jeepneys may finally ply their routes once again this week after the months-long lockdown halted their operations, the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board said Monday. LTFRB chief Martin Delgra said during the Laging Handa virtual ...
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Published Jun 29, 2020 1:54:22 PM Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 29) — President Rodrigo Duterte might be making a "wrong presumption" that a government official like Health Secretary Francisco Duque cannot be corrupt because he is already rich, Senator Panfilo Lacson said Monday. "Parang mali naman ang presumption na ...
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Published Jun 29, 2020 2:37:55 PM Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 29) — President Rodrigo Duterte is set to announce new community quarantine measures on Tuesday, the day his previous order expires. Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque confirmed this during his regular media briefing on Monday. Duterte usually addresses the nation ...
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Published Jun 29, 2020 12:53:51 PM Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 29) — Government efforts to send home locally-stranded individuals will be placed on hold in more areas as local governments struggle with the increase in COVID-19 cases in the provinces. COVID-19 task force spokesperson Harry Roque said Monday the ...
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Published Jun 28, 2020 7:28:45 PM Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 28) — The comparison made with Singapore and other countries requires a deeper understanding of population ratio versus number of cases, the Department of Health says about latest data from the World Health Organization. Health Undersecretary and Spokesperson Maria ...
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June 28, 2020 - 5:04pm MANILA, Philippines — Doctors under the government's Doctors to the Barrios (DTTBs) program were not informed about what they called an "abrupt exploitative order" to assign them to private hospitals in Cebu City. The transfer order included no guidelines and protocols to protect the doctors ...
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Published June 28, 2020 6:52pm Vice President Leni Robredo on Sunday appealed to the Department of Education (DepEd) not to insist on an August 24 resumption of classes it was not feasible. In her radio program, Robredo noted that the law on class resumption could be amended to a later month ...
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June 28, 2020 Warning that the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) is “likely to stay with us in the foreseeable future,” President Rodrigo Duterte called on Southeast Asian nations to pass legislation that will help each country respond to public health emergencies. Duterte made the appeal after he and his fellow ...
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June 28, 2020 With the arrival of 1 million more testing kits for the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19), the Department of Health (DoH) expects to push past its testing target. During a virtual press briefing Saturday, National Task Force Covid-19 Deputy Chief Implementer Vivencio Dizon said the kits arrived in ...
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Posted at Jun 28 2020 07:37 PM MANILA - The National Task Force Against COVID-19 suspended on Sunday the return of locally stranded individuals to (LSIs) to the provinces of Negros Occidental and Iloilo to prevent the spread of the disease to these areas. NTF Chairman and Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana ...
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09:42 AM June 28, 2020 MANILA, Philippines — Senator Imee Marcos has filed a bill seeking to make alternative working arrangements mandatory. Under Senate Bill No. 1448, a mandatory work-from-home arrangement would be offered to employees “whose physical presence in the workplace is not necessary for the completion of his/her ...
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05:45 PM June 28, 2020 BANGALORE — A million women community health workers form the tip of the spear in India’s battle against the novel coronavirus. But many of them work without proper protection or payment while facing discrimination and violence. Ashas, or Accredited Social Health Activists, were first introduced ...
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Published Jun 28, 2020 5:22:08 PM Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 28) — A lawmaker has filed a bill seeking to provide public school teachers with a ₱1,500 monthly internet allowance to help them meet the demands of their job under the “new normal.” ACT Teachers Representative France Castro, who ...
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Posted at Jun 28 2020 05:21 PM MANILA - One more Filipino abroad contracted the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), raising the total of infections among overseas Philippine nationals to 8,433, the country's foreign ministry said Sunday. Of the total cases, only 2,814 are active as majority have recovered while 538 others ...
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As of 28 June 2020, 04:00 pm, the Department of Health reports 653 new confirmed cases, 8 new deaths and 258 new recoveries. This brings the total to 35,455 confirmed cases, 1,244 deaths and 9,686 recoveries ...
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Published June 28, 2020, 2:28 PM President Duterte’s administration will enter its fifth year on June 30, with optimism somewhat shadowed by current uncertainties. The past 366 days were not exactly smooth sailing for the President as his administration juggled issues ranging from right to life, free speech to security, ...
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Posted at Jun 28 2020 03:16 PM MANILA - The Department of Health on Sunday clarified a report that the rise of new coronavirus cases in the Philippines was fastest in the Western Pacific region. The agency was referring to an Inquirer.net article that cited data from the World Health ...
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Published June 28, 2020 8:24am The localized lockdowns are effective in addressing the COVID-19 threat, the National Task Force (NTF) Against COVID-19 spokesperson said. “Hindi naman tayo nagpapatupad ng pagbalik pa doon sa ECQ (enhanced community quarantine) tulad ng dati. Minarapat natin, mas epektibo 'yung tinatawag nating zonal lockdown,” NTF ...
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June 28, 2020 - 10:21am MANILA, Philippines — The deployment of Special Action Force commandos is a necessary and “tried-and-tested formula” in place to contain the movement of people, the quarantine enforcement arm of the government’s coronavirus task force said. At least 150 SAF commandos along with armed vehicles were ...
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Published June 28, 2020, 1:22 PM A local invention in Cagayan de Oro City which showed promise in disinfecting face masks was recently evaluated by the Department of Science and Technology Region 10 (DOST-X). Engr. Elpidio M. Paras, CEO of Parasat Cable TV and inventor, developed the Parazapp UV Disinfection ...
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Posted at Jun 28 2020 07:37 AM | Updated as of Jun 28 2020 11:53 AM MIAMI (UPDATE) - The United States has surpassed 2.5 million coronavirus cases, as efforts to reopen the world's economic powerhouse were dramatically set back by a surge of new infections in states such as ...
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Posted at Jun 28 2020 01:18 AM MANILA--Some 59,000 overseas Filipinos have been repatriated since COVID-19 raged across the world in February, the Department of Foreign Affairs said on Saturday. Of this number, 31,688 are sea-based while 27,353 are land-based, with the most recent repatriates arriving from Barbados, Saudi Arabia, ...
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Posted at Jun 28 2020 12:12 PM | Updated as of Jun 28 2020 12:35 PM MANILA - The Philippine Red Cross will test for COVID-19 teachers, members of the media, and informal settlers around the Port Area in Manila, its officials said Sunday. "Nagsisiksikan yang mga media pag kumukuha ...
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Posted at Jun 28 2020 09:11 AM | Updated as of Jun 28 2020 01:19 PM MANILA (UPDATE) - A jeepney operators group on Sunday appealed to government to allow traditional jeepneys to return to the road to earn during the pandemic as some drivers have taken to the streets, ...
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Posted at Jun 28 2020 09:05 AM | Updated as of Jun 28 2020 03:23 PM BEIJING (UPDATE) - Global coronavirus cases exceeded 10 million on Sunday according to a Reuters tally, marking a major milestone in the spread of the respiratory disease that has so far killed almost half ...
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Published Jun 28, 2020 12:26:16 PM Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 28)— The Health Department has ordered the deployment of doctors— including “doctors to the barrios”— to Cebu City to help aid its battle against the COVID-19 crisis, its spokesperson said Sunday. Health Secretary Francisco Duque III issued a directive ...
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Published Jun 28, 2020 1:16:54 PM Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 28) — Vice President Maria Leonor "Leni" Robredo reminded Malacañang on Sunday to be more open to receiving constructive criticisms, following accusations that she has been engaging in another "finger-pointing" and "nitpicking" about the government's COVID-19 response. "Kapag masyado ...
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Posted at Jun 27 2020 02:58 PM | Updated as of Jun 27 2020 03:10 PM Drones display the word "Hope" to pay tribute and honor the victims of COVID-19 and sanitary workers in Madrid, Spain on Friday. Spain's cabinet will extend the furlough schemes adopted during the coronavirus lockdown ...
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12:57 AM June 27, 2020 MANILA, Philippines — An activist group has challenged the Department of Transportation (DOTr) to prove that they are not “anti-poor” by helping jeepney drivers affected by the pandemic, which is to let them operate again. According to Anakbayan, the government should not resort to “theatrics” ...
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Posted at Jun 27 2020 07:35 PM There are now 3,188 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Quezon City. Based on the Department of Health's tally as of 8 a.m. Saturday, the total number of confirmed cases with complete addresses in Quezon City was at 3,110. The number of cases validated by the ...
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Published June 27, 2020, 8:40 PM Testing is the key. Senator Richard J. Gordon, chairman of the Philippine Red Cross (PRC), stressed this Saturday as the rate of coronavirus disease (COVID- 19) infection has not shown a downward trend. “The whole testing in the Philippines right now is at 0.4 percent ...
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Updated June 27, 2020, 1:06 PM Vice President Leni Robredo’s office, in collaboration with a private partner, has started building its second housing project for medical frontliners at the Quirino Memorial Medical Center in Quezon City. This is in addition to the temporary shelters that were recently opened at the Lung ...
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Published June 27, 2020 7:47pm The Alliance of Health Workers (AHW) representing health frontliners from different hospitals in Metro Manila on Saturday called for the resignation of Health Secretary Francisco Duque III due to his  "shortcomings" in dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic. AHW National President Robert Mendoza said that though the ...
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Posted at Jun 27 2020 02:38 PM | Updated as of Jun 27 2020 02:52 PM MANILA - The Department of Health (DOH) on Saturday reminded asymptomatic patients that they should still comply finish the 14-day quarantine period to ensure they are no longer infectious. This even as studies have shown that COVID-19 ...
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June 27, 2020 - 2:44pm MANILA, Philippines — The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board on Saturday confirmed that a total of 980 UV Express vans plying to and from Metro Manila and nearby provinces will initially be allowed to operate in 47 routes beginning Monday. LTFRB Chairman Martin Delgra ...
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Published Jun 27, 2020 7:33:25 PM Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 27) — Nurses in Cebu cry for help as they continually run low on supplies and manpower in their fight against COVID-19 in the province. Philippine Nurses’ Association (PNA) Cebu Chapter President Joseph Descallar admitted in a CNN Philippines ...
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Posted at Jun 27 2020 06:14 PM MANILA - Fifteen more overseas Filipinos caught COVID-19, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said Saturday. The new cases pushed the tally of overseas infections among Filipinos to 8,432. In its latest bulletin, the agency reported no new coronavirus-related recoveries or fatalities. The death ...
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As of 27 June 2020, 04:00 pm, the Department of Health reports 738 new confirmed cases, 12 new deaths and 249 new recoveries. This brings the total to 34,803 confirmed cases, 1,236 deaths and 9,430 recoveries ...
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Published June 27, 2020, 7:42 AM President Duterte told his Southeast Asian counterparts that there was a need for a legislation that will prepare each country in the region in case an event such as the COVID-19 pandemic happens again in the future. Duterte made the statement during the Association ...
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Posted at Jun 26 2020 08:35 PM MANILA - Suspect and probable COVID-19 fatalities or those without a confirmed positive test will now be included in the nationwide death tally, the Department of Health (DOH) said Friday, in an effort to gauge the true toll of the outbreak. "'Yung mga ...
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June 27, 2020 - 12:44pm COTABATO CITY, Philippines — The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees donated Friday to the Bangsamoro government more than 30 boxes of biohazard protection supplies to boost regional COVID-19 containment efforts. The supplies were turned over by emissaries of UNHCR’s representative to the Philippines, Mohamed ...
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Published June 27, 2020 11:08am; Updated June 27, 2020 11:20am Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) on Saturday said he believes the quarantine measures in Metro Manila will not be eased next week. "Dito sa Metro Manila, nakikita natin ang sitwasyon. Huwag na ...
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Posted at Jun 27 2020 02:04 PM MANILA - The Department of Education (DepEd) on Saturday reminded the public that it would still be accepting enrollment applications until June 30, Tuesday, as schools prepared for blended learning methods amid the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. “The Department of Education (DepEd) ...
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Published June 27, 2020 12:55pm The Department of Health still does not see an urgent need to hire contact tracers, as most local government units around the country are able to trace 80% of persons that had close encounter with COVID-19 cases, its spokesperson said on Saturday. "Based on the ...
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Published June 27, 2020 12:36am Although contact tracing is vital in containing the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), the World Health Organization (WHO) says the process is slow in the Philippines. “I would say we are slow. We need to push harder and we really need to work ...
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Published June 26, 2020 11:29pm In order to attend a webinar for blended learning, which they will have to be familiar with for the upcoming school year, four Mountain Province public school teachers had to walk several kilometers just for an internet signal. According to Mariz Umali's report on "24 ...
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Published June 27, 2020 12:07am In just one week, the number of frontliners who have tested positive for the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) from Kanlungan Palma and the University of the Philippines Health Service (UPHS) has climbed to 16. Chancellor Fidel Nemenzo on Friday announced two new COVID-19 cases after ...
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Published June 27, 2020, 1:49 PM The national government should not rely on its own capacity and can learn lessons from nations led by women in addressing the coronavirus crisis, Vice President Leni Robredo said. “If you look at women leaders who have been successful, they were more inclusive. Mas ...
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Published June 27, 2020 1:51pm NEW DELHI - India reported over 17,000 new coronavirus cases over the last 24 hours, pushing the country's total above 500,000, federal health ministry data showed on Saturday, with infections surging in major cities including the capital New Delhi. India has the world's fourth-biggest outbreak ...
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Published Jun 27, 2020 1:07:06 PM Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 27) — Many private basic education institutions have opted to cut fees or have withdrawn their applications for tuition increases this incoming school year, according to the Coordinating Council of Private Educational Associations. In a statement issued Friday, COCOPEA ...
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Published June 26, 2020 5:46pm Civil society organizations on Friday urged the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to allow them to participate in planning for the region's recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. Several organizations called on the ASEAN to provide spaces for "meaningful" civil society and child participation in ...
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Posted at Jun 26 2020 06:19 PM | Updated as of Jun 26 2020 06:22 PM MANILA -- New Department of Health (DOH) guidelines now allow the discharge of COVID-19 patients with no more symptoms after at least 10 days, based on studies showing evidence that they are no longer ...
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Published June 26, 2020 4:03pm The Department of Health (DOH) on Friday said an increased log in recovered COVID-19 cases in the country may be expected in the coming days due to the recent change in its protocol for discharging persons from hospitals and quarantine facilities. In a virtual media ...
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Published June 26, 2020 4:34pm The COVID-19 mortality in the Philippines is higher among male patients, according to Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire on Friday. During a virtual media forum, the DOH was asked if the country is observing the same trend as that in India where a study has ...
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Published June 26, 2020 12:53pm Private schools in the country are faced with additional burden of procuring necessary equipment and providing training to personnel as they comply with the requirements of the Department of Education (DepEd) under the new normal, a Coordinating Council of Private Educational Associations of the Philippines ...
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Published June 26, 2020 5:15pm More than half of the 80 barangays in Cebu City have experienced clustering of COVID-19 cases, according to the Department of Health (DOH) on Friday. "Out of these 80 barangays na ito, 49 barangays [ang] nag-clustering. Kapag sinabi nating clustering, these are two or more ...
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Published June 26, 2020, 5:31 PM The Department of Education (DepEd) on Friday welcomed the recent passage of Republic Act 11476, or the Good Manners and Right Conduct (GMRC) and Values Education Act. DepEd, in a statement, thanked President Duterte, legislators, and advocates for their support to the agency in ...
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Published Jun 26, 2020 6:50:45 PM Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 26) - The Department of Health said Friday that there is not enough evidence that testing deceased suspected COVID-19 patients will produce high-yield results. “In general, hindi rin po namin nire-recommend ang post-mortem testing para sa COVID-19 suspects or ...
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Published June 26, 2020 6:23pm SEOUL - South Korea has added Gilead's anti-viral drug remdesivir to its coronavirus treatment guidelines in its first revision of recommendations since the outbreak began and urged caution in the use of the steroid therapy dexamethasone. South Korea, widely praised around the world for its ...
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Published June 26, 2020 5:54pm The number of Filipinos abroad with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) climbed to 8,417 on Friday with 56 new cases, according to the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA). Five more patients have also recovered from the illness, bringing the total to 5,081, while the death toll ...
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As of 26 June 2020, 04:00 pm, the Department of Health reports 1,006 new confirmed cases, 12 new deaths and 274 new recoveries. This brings the total to 34,073 confirmed cases, 1,224 deaths and 9,182 recoveries ...
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Posted at Jun 26 2020 02:08 PM MANILA - President Rodrigo Duterte called on Friday for a "cohesive" regional response to the coronavirus pandemic as Southeast Asian leaders convened virtually to discuss the regional bloc's recovery. Duterte, during the 36th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit, called for "fundamental ...
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June 26, 2020 - 2:42pm MANILA, Philippines — Vice President Leni Robredo slammed Friday the proposal to rename the Ninoy Aquino International Airport at a time when the country continues to battle the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. “Nasa gitna tayo ng pandemya, ito pa talaga ang maiisip. Number one, it ...
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June 26, 2020 - 3:10pm MANILA, Philippines — Filipinos have “generally” followed quarantine protocols, save for some “pasaway” (hard-headed) who flouted with movement restrictions enforced to defeat the prevailing pandemic, the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) said. “We can conclude that government’s quarantine policies are generally working, people ...
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Published Jun 26, 2020 2:25:33 PM Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 26) — All stranded individuals who wish to return to their hometowns will have to undergo a COVID-19 swab test starting Friday, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said. Roque, who also serves as the spokesperson of the Inter-Agency Task Force, ...
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Published June 25, 2020, 10:46 PM Manila City Mayor Francisco ‘Isko Moreno’ Domagoso on Thursday, June 25, led the turnover of 10,000 handmade washable face masks to 30 barangays in the nation’s capital. The washable masks were produced in a livelihood program initiated by the Manila City government through its ...
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Published June 26, 2020 9:02am The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) on Friday said a total of 112 areas across the country have been placed under localized lockdown amid the COVID-19 pandemic. "Localized lockdown is like hitting COVID-19 at its source which has been proven to be ...
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Published June 26, 2020 8:17am Confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 cases in the whole of Central Visayas (Region VII) rose to 7,156 as of June 25, the Regional health office has reported. A Facebook post by the regional health office of the Department of Health late Thursday evening indicates that of ...
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Published Jun 26, 2020 1:27:24 PM Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 26) — The government is now allowing groups of up to 10 people to visit memorial parks and cemeteries, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said Friday. He said this was among the amended guidelines approved by the Inter-Agency Task Force ...
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Published June 26, 2020, 2:07 PM President Duterte will announce the new quarantine protocols applicable to each area in the country on June 29, a day before the current lockdown measures expire. In his Friday presser, Presidential spokesman Harry Roque said the Inter-agency Task Force (IATF) for the Management of ...
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June 26, 2020 - 11:41am MANILA, Philippines — The return of jeepneys on the road next week is anything but certain with transport officials still unable to provide clear plans how Filipinos’ iconic vehicles will carry passengers, and drivers allowed to earn a living, nearly a month under a more ...
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Published June 26, 2020 1:26pm; Updated June 26, 2020 2:07pm The Department of Tourism (DOT) on Friday bared plans to allow foreign tourists from countries with relatively low cases of COVID-19 to visit certain tourist destinations in the country, in a bid to revive the hard-hit tourism sector. “We are ...
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Published Jun 26, 2020 1:15:37 PM Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 26) – The national government should reassess its strategies in battling COVID-19 and stop giving itself a pat on the back as cases continue to surge more than 100 days under quarantine, Vice President Leni Robredo said Friday. Authorities ...
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Posted at Jun 25 2020 07:31 PM MANILA -- A federation of private schools with about 3,000 members has joined calls to postpone the August 24 opening of classes. Eleazardo Kasilag, president of the Federation of Associations of Private Schools and Administrators or FAPSA, warned that the school year may ...
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Posted at Jun 25 2020 05:39 PM MANILA - The Department of Education (DepEd) on Thursday said it was planning to tap retired teachers, education graduates and other volunteers to help in mentoring students without internet access once the blended-learning system begins in August. Under the DepEd's program while physical ...
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JUNE 25, 2020 / 9:39 AM MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - The death toll from the coronavirus in Latin America is expected to skyrocket to 388,300 by October, with Brazil and Mexico seen accounting for two-thirds of fatalities as other nations in the region contain their outbreaks, researchers said on Wednesday ...
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Posted at Jun 25 2020 08:47 AM The coronavirus pandemic has forced Cebu City to shelve preparations for next year's 500th anniversary of the introduction of Christianity there by Spanish colonizers, Mayor Edgardo Labella said Friday. King Felipe VI of Spain was "scheduled to come" to the festivities, while Pope ...
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Posted at Jun 25 2020 02:30 PM MANILA - The Philippines can run over 50,000 tests for the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) per day, the country's testing czar said Thursday as the government sought to ramp up testing to include non-medical frontliners. As of June 19, the country has reached ...
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Updated June 25, 2020, 3:05 PM Malacañang said that traditional passenger jeepneys may be allowed to return to the streets of Metro Manila only if they are roadworthy. Presidential spokesman Harry Roque made the statement after the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) announced on Wednesday that traditional jeepneys, ...
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Published June 25, 2020 6:01pm “Tuob” or steam inhalation is not a cure for the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), the Department of Health (DOH) stressed on Thursday following controversial statements made by Cebu Governor Gwendolyn Garcia. Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire cited the World Health Organization, the United States Centers ...
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Published Jun 25, 2020 6:11:49 PM Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 25) - Citing a recommendation from the World Health Organization (WHO), the Department of Health warned that the use of ultraviolet light is only suitable for disinfecting healthcare facilities. “Ang mga devices na gumagamit ng ultraviolet ay angkop sa ...
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As of 25 June 2020, 04:00 pm, the Department of Health reports 778 new confirmed cases, 8 new deaths and 255 new recoveries. This brings the total to 33,069 confirmed cases, 1,212 deaths and 8,910 recoveries ...
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Published June 25, 2020 12:35pm The Department of Education (DepEd) has yet to train more than half of its 800,000 public school teachers for distance learning, according to Undersecretary Diosdado San Antonio on Thursday. "We hope to be able to provide the training to our fellow teachers this coming July, ...
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Published June 25, 2020 1:45pm Interior Secretary Eduardo Año on Thursday said it is too early to determine if the National Capital Region will be reverted to modified enhanced community quarantine or it will be placed under modified general community quarantine after June 30. "It is too early to say or ...
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MANILA — The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) said Thursday it was developing radio programs that would help teach science to learners in far-flung areas as in-person classes remain suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic. Josette Biyo, director of the DOST's Science Education Institute, said they have been in ...
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Published June 25, 2020 2:44pm Malacañang on Thursday defended the Philippines’ response to the COVID-19 pandemic after Vice President Leni Robredo accused the government of failing to act urgently at the start of the public health crisis in January. Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said the Philippines could have already registered millions ...
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June 25, 2020 - 11:07am MANILA, Philippines — Vice President Leni Robredo on Thursday said the government response was lacking at the onset of the COVID-19 crisis. "We didn't act urgently when the pandemic broke out. That's why we're catching up instead of having the same experience as other countries ...
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June 25, 2020 - 1:16pm MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Education urged private education institutions Thursday to defer increases in tuition and other fees for the coming school year in light of the economic effects of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. “The Department of Education appeals to private educational ...
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Posted at Jun 25 2020 10:18 AM MANILA — Health Secretary Francisco Duque III should stay at the helm of efforts to contain the coronavirus pandemic despite an investigation by the Office of the Ombudsman into his alleged lapses, Vice President Leni Robredo said Thursday. "Mahirap iyong kalaban natin. All ...
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Published June 24, 2020 11:47am The Department of Education (DepEd) on Wednesday remained firm that there will be no face-to-face classes — even in areas with no recorded COVID-19 case — until a vaccine is found and made accessible. “The Department of Education shall comply with the President’s directive to ...
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Published June 24, 2020, 6:52 PM The Department of Health (DOH) on June 24 reported 470 new cases, with the total number of cases nationwide at 32,295, noting that the increase is gradual and “our healthcare system can handle the current trend.” Of the total number of new cases, 357 ...
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Posted at Jun 24 2020 07:08 PM | Updated as of Jun 24 2020 07:32 PM MANILA — The Department of Health has identified Cebu island and parts of Eastern Visayas as new hotspots of the COVID-19 outbreak as cases of the disease continued to rise in these areas. “Ang ...
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Published June 24, 2020, 4:35 PM Groups on Thursday urged the Department of Education (DepEd) to temporarily suspend its order requiring private schools to comply with the readiness assessment checklist for learning delivery modalities in their Learning Continuity Plan (LCP) pending proper consultation with stakeholders. The Coordinating Council of Private ...
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June 24, 2020 - 6:15pm MANILA, Philippines — Malacañang is leaving it to Health Secretary Francisco Duque III to respond to calls for him to go on leave while the ombudsman is probing alleged irregularities in his agency's handling of the coronavirus disease 2019 or COVID-19 pandemic. The Department of ...
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Published June 24, 2020 7:41pm A 12-year-old boy went viral after he was spotted using a pisonet computer to enroll himself in school. In a Facebook post, Peter Salire De Guzman shared his encounter with the child, an incoming Grade 7 student named Jhonel Agner Adaryan. Peter thought Jhonel was ...
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Published June 24, 2020, 6:36 PM Some four million Filipinos will potentially lose their jobs by the end of this year due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said on Wednesday. Bello, in a Senate Committee on Labor and Employment hearing, said the 4 million ...
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Published June 24, 2020 6:01pm The number of Filipinos abroad who have tested positive for the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) rose to 8,351 on Wednesday after the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) reported 27 new infections. Meanwhile, 15 more patients have recovered from the virus, bringing the total to 5,072, ...
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As of 24 June 2020, 04:00 pm, the Department of Health reports 470 new confirmed cases, 18 new deaths and 214 new recoveries. This brings the total to 32,295 confirmed cases, 1,204 deaths and 8,656 recoveries ...
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June 24, 2020 - 12:57pm MANILA, Philippines — Data from the Department of Health showed that Cebu City, Quezon City and the City of Manila are the three areas with the most total number of COVID-19 cases in the country. DOH in their website lists the areas with the top ...
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Published June 24, 2020, 12:00 AM DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — As the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic continues to accelerate, World Health Organization (WHO) director general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said that the greatest threat is not the virus itself, which has now killed over 470,000 people, but “‘the lack of ...
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Published June 24, 2020, 1:12 PM With a very challenging school year ahead, Education Secretary Leonor Briones assured on Wednesday that the Department of Education (DepEd) will exhaust all possible means to ensure that no Filipino learner will be left behind in terms of education as the country continues to ...
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Published June 24, 2020, 2:35 PM The rise in the number of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases is related to increased testing capacity and more people being tested, adult infectious disease expert Dr. Karl Henson said in an interview over CNN on Wednesday (June 24). “There are several reasons. Probably one ...
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Updated June 24, 2020, 2:51 PM Teachers warned the government that all efforts of Department of Education (DepEd) for introducing blended learning and assuring continuity of learning in the so-called “new normal” will be futile if it will not decisively address the glaring need to provide stable Internet connection. “Building ...
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Published Jun 24, 2020 11:42:41 AM Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 24) – Shoppers can now buy canned goods, disinfectants, and face masks in bigger quantities. Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez said Wednesday that purchase limits for essential items have been lifted after more than three months as inventories normalize. "Now, ...
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JUNE 24, 2020 / 8:22 AM MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Latin America’s death toll from the coronavirus pandemic surpassed 100,000 on Tuesday, according to a Reuters tally, with few signs of the outbreak easing in a region marked by crowded cities and high poverty levels. Latin America has seen an ...
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Posted at Jun 24 2020 09:08 AM MANILA - The Philippines lacked a "sense of urgency" in buying protective equipment for its healthcare workers during its initial lockdown against COVID-19 in March, a former special adviser to government's task force on the pandemic said Wednesday. Public health expert Tony Leachon ...
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Posted at Jun 24 2020 12:47 PM UV Express vans "stand a better chance" at resuming operations compared to traditional jeepneys, Malacañang said Wednesday. This as some jeepney drivers have been forced to beg for alms as they remained barred from roads even with relaxed coronavirus quarantines. They have been ...
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Published June 24, 2020, 11:58 AM The Department of Science and Technology – Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (DOST-PCHRD), together with the University of the Philippines – Philippine General Hospital (UP-PGH), will be conducting a project on convalescent plasma transfusion as possible therapy to prevent disease progression among ...
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Posted at Jun 24 2020 12:25 PM MANILA — The Philippines is "in good shape" on the eve of the expiration of a law that gave President Rodrigo Duterte additional powers to respond to the coronavirus pandemic, his spokesperson said Wednesday. The Bayanihan to Heal as One Act, set to ...
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Posted at Jun 24 2020 10:01 AM | Updated as of Jun 24 2020 10:27 AM MANILA — Malacañang denied Wednesday that its pandemic protocols prioritized private transportation over public vehicles as quarantines eased to restart the economy. Regulators allowed the resumption of trains, buses, taxis and ride-sharing services in ...
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Posted at Jun 23 2020 07:02 PM MANILA -- On March 15, the Philippines started what would become the longest community quarantine in the world, in an effort to contain a COVID-19 outbreak that was still in its early stages. The hope was the lockdown would prevent newly discovered cases ...
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Updated June 23, 2020, 6:07 PM The government has temporarily removed the “new normal” in the community quarantine phases as the country remained largely under relaxed lockdown to curb the spread of the coronavirus disease. The Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Infectious Diseases (IATF) has approved the “recalibration” ...
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Published Jun 23, 2020 5:27:04 PM Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 23) — The Commission on Higher Education said it is coming up with guidelines on how to conduct face-to-face classes in universities, which they will try out next month, amid the coronavirus pandemic. CHED Chairman Prospero De Vera said ...
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Published June 23, 2020, 6:47 PM A teachers group on Tuesday urged the Department of Education (DepEd) to issue a “clearer directive” on physical reporting in schools amid the COVID-19 situation in the country. The Teachers’ Dignity Coalition (TDC) reiterates that health and safety of teachers is the obligation of ...
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Published June 23, 2020 4:55pm Education Secretary Leonor Briones on Tuesday said teachers preferred more to work in school facilities than from their own homes amid the COVID-19 threat. Briones said teachers want a conducive environment to work. Due to this, she said they are also preparing their facilities on ...
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Posted at Jun 23 2020 05:11 PM MANILA - The government of Canada on Tuesday said it would provide an additional CAD$1.9 million or about P70.2 million in aid for the Philippines' fight against the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). This is on top of the CAD$1.18 million (P44.5 million) aid ...
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Posted at Jun 23 2020 01:10 PM MANILA — The Department of Health on Tuesday said the utilization of critical care facilities like hospital beds in Cebu province have reached a “warning zone” following the recent spike of cases in the area. “In Cebu as of June 21 when we ...
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Published June 23, 2020 5:46pm The Department of Education (DepEd) is looking over several offers of broadcast and communications services as it plans to implement distance learning, Secretary Leonor Briones said on Tuesday. In a public briefing, Briones said DepEd is looking for the most appropriate services for specific areas ...
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Posted at Jun 23 2020 07:01 PM MANILA — The Department of Health on Tuesday said it is already studying the use of pooled samples for COVID-19 tests to help increase the country’s testing capacity. The DOH said this after former Health Secretary and now Iloilo Representative Janette Garin said ...
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Published June 23, 2020 5:55pm Twenty-three more Filipinos abroad have tested positive for the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), bringing the total to 8,324, according to the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA). The DFA also announced that total recoveries rose to 5,057 with two new ones, while two more fatalities brought ...
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As of 23 June 2020, 04:00 pm, the Department of Health reports 1,150 new confirmed cases, 9 new deaths and 299 new recoveries. This brings the total to 31,825 confirmed cases, 1,186 deaths and 8,442 recoveries ...
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Published Jun 23, 2020 1:36:00 PM Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 23) — A "record high" number of Filipinos expect their lives to worsen in the next 12 months, a survey by pollster Social Weather Stations showed. In a report released Tuesday, the SWS said 43 percent of working-age Filipinos ...
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Published Jun 23, 2020 1:23:59 PM Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 23) — The Department of Health admitted on Tuesday ‘weaknesses’ in its handling of the coronavirus response, but assured the public it is working on improving its processes and systems. “Maraming marami (a lot)” was Health spokesperson Maria Rosario ...
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Published Jun 23, 2020 1:22:54 PM Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 23) — The Department of Education (DepEd) has warned the public against the distribution of unauthorized and outdated learning materials amid the government's effort to promote blended learning under the COVID-19 pandemic. Speaking at the Laging Handa virtual briefing ...
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Published Jun 23, 2020 2:14:23 PM Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 23) — The Department of Education (DepEd) has urged private schools to impose "reasonable" school fees amid the COVID-19 pandemic. DepEd Undersecretary for Curriculum and Instruction Diosdado San Antonio said on Tuesday that the agency has received reports from ...
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Posted at Jun 23 2020 01:58 PM MANILA -- The Philippines will keep virus quarantines in place "for now" after the country's pandemic task force temporarily removed the "new normal" classification. The Southeast Asian nation of 100 million people observes a 4-step quarantine system, before the "new normal" with just ...
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Published June 23, 2020, 1:51 PM Over 85,000 students from preschool to senior high school in Makati City’s public schools will each get a learner’s package and free five- hour internet load daily for school year 2020-2021, Mayor Abigail “Abby” Binay said on Tuesday. The learner’s package contains an On-The-Go ...
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Posted at Jun 23 2020 02:15 PM MANILA — Riding a jeepney puts a person at higher risk for contracting COVID-19 because of the vehicle’s layout, the Department of Health warned Tuesday, adding the risk could be lowered if minimum health standards are implemented. “Alam naman natin napakalaki kasi ng ...
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Published Jun 23, 2020 1:47:36 PM Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 23) — The Department of Health on Tuesday is eyeing to test the Japanese anti-flu drug Avigan next month to determine its effectiveness in treating COVID-19 patients. Health spokesperson Maria Rosario Vergeire told a media forum that the conduct ...
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Published June 22, 2020 11:35pm President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday night took to task Cebuanos for being too slow in complying with the national government's measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19. "Kayong mga Cebuano, huwag sana kayo magalit sa akin. Prangka lang tayo. Mas mabuti na prangka tayo. Pupunta ...
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June 23, 2020 - 8:24am MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte once again came to the defense of Health Secretary Francisco Duque III, who is facing an investigation for alleged irregularities and anomalies over the agency’s handling of the country's coronavirus response. In an address aired late Monday, Duterte said ...
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June 23, 2020 - 12:00am MANILA, Philippines — Despite the continuing rise in the number of coronavirus disease 2019 cases in the country, government response to the COVID-19 crisis has saved “thousands” of lives, presidential spokesman Harry Roque Jr. said yesterday. “We are improving when it comes to the battle ...
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Posted at Jun 23 2020 02:23 PM DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - Global coronavirus infections topped 9 million as the World Health Organization (WHO) warned the pandemic was accelerating and Saudi Arabia announced it would scale back the hajj Islamic pilgrimage next month. Europe has steadily eased its travel lockdowns ...
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Published June 22, 2020, 5:51 PM The opening of classes will push through as scheduled on August 24, 2020 unless Congress passes a measure moving the date, according to a Palace official. “As far as the actual date of classes, may batas po iyan (there is a law on that),” ...
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Published June 22, 2020 5:15pm Vice President Leni Robredo has expressed support on delaying the opening of School Year 2020-2021 beyond August 24 and the possibility of allowing face-to-face classes in areas free from coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). On her weekly radio show, Robredo said she spoke with several teachers ...
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Published June 21, 2020, 11:12 AM With limited public transportation under general community quarantine (GCQ), many are now making the shift to bike commute to get to work. But what if you don’t know how to ride a bike? Alex Bodoso, a 35-year-old messenger, didn’t let his lack of cycling ...
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Published June 22, 2020 4:26pm The lack of test kits, not the government’s Balik Probinsya program and other efforts to bring home locally stranded individuals and Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs), is what resulted in increased COVID-19 cases in the provinces, presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said Monday. Roque was referring to ...
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Published Jun 22, 2020 5:23:59 PM Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 22) — The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) said over a million beneficiaries have already received the second wave of the government's social amelioration program (SAP). Speaking to CNN Philippines on Monday, DSWD Spokesperson Irene Dumlao said ...
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Published June 22, 2020 6:59pm SARABURI, Thailand — Thai scientists administered a second dose of an experimental COVID-19 vaccine to monkeys on Monday, looking for another positive response to enable clinical trials in humans as early as October. The Thai vaccine is one of at least 100 being worked on ...
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Posted at Jun 22 2020 06:36 PM | Updated as of Jun 22 2020 06:48 PM MANILA - The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Monday said 2,160 more Filipinos abroad has contracted coronavirus disease (COVID-19), raising the total of overseas infections among Filipino citizens to 8,301. DFA attributed the ...
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Posted at Jun 22 2020 05:02 PM SEOUL - Health authorities in South Korea said for the first time on Monday it is in the midst of a "second wave" of novel coronavirus infections focused around its densely populated capital, stemming from a holiday in May. The Korea Centers for ...
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Published Jun 22, 2020 4:04:48 PM Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 22) – The Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases is now considering the possibility of allowing the entry of foreign nationals looking to return to the Philippines for work or as permanent residents, Presidential Spokesperson ...
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Published Jun 22, 2020 3:25:03 PM Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 22) — Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque on Monday defended precautions taken by the national government in sending returning overseas Filipinos to their hometowns through "Hatid Probinsya," the program which has been cited as the source of the rising number ...
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As of 22 June 2020, 04:00 pm, the Department of Health reports 630 new confirmed cases, 8 new deaths and 250 new recoveries. This brings the total to 30,682 confirmed cases, 1,177 deaths and 8,143 recoveries ...
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Posted at Jun 22 2020 09:33 AM | Updated as of Jun 22 2020 09:40 AM MANILA -- Cebu City could be the next "hotspot" for the COVID-19 pandemic while rising cases in neighboring Eastern Visayas is "alarming," an adviser to the government's pandemic response task force said Monday. Cebu ...
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Jun 21 2020 Data as of June 21, 2020, 8 P.M. With 653 cases today (415 fresh and 238 late) the fresh cases predominate in the National Capital Region with 219 new confirmed cases while among the late cases, Region VII hauls in 177 cases. Overall total cases (fresh or ...
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Published June 22, 2020, 2:39 PM Malacañang assured the public that the distribution of the second tranche of the social amelioration program (SAP2) will be faster once the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) finishes the deduplication of beneficiaries. Presidential spokesman Harry Roque made the explanation after it was ...
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Published June 22, 2020 7:39am; Updated June 22, 2020 7:57am Though supplies of testing kits are now sufficient, the limited number of other laboratory supplies continues to pose a challenge to the Department of Health (DOH) in addressing the COVID-19 problem in the country. Interviewed on Unang Balita on Monday, ...
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Published Jun 22, 2020 2:31:19 PM Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 22) — At least 353 remains of overseas Filipino workers who died of various causes in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia are up for disposition, Philippine Ambassador Adnan Alonto bared Monday. Alonto said of this number, 107 have died ...
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Published June 22, 2020 12:03pm Some drivers of traditional jeepneys in Mandaluyong City have resorted to begging due to lack of income, according to Super Radyo dzBB’s Mark Makalalad on Monday. In his report on Dobol B sa News TV, Makalalad said the jeepney drivers, who were not able to ...
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JUNE 22, 2020 / 6:39 AM (Reuters) - The World Health Organization reported a record increase in global coronavirus cases on Sunday, with the total rising by 183,020 in a 24-hour period. The biggest increase was from North and South America with over 116,000 new cases, according to a daily ...
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Published June 22, 2020, 12:52 PM Metro Manila is not about to be reverted to the more restrictive Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) status for as long as strict health protocols are followed. In an exclusive interview, DILG Undersecretary and spokesperson Jonathan Malaya said his assessment is based on the case ...
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Published Jun 22, 2020 6:27:57 AM (CNN) — White House trade adviser Peter Navarro said Sunday that the Trump administration is preparing for the possibility that a second wave of COVID-19 could hit the United States in the fall. "We are filling the stockpile in anticipation of a possible problem ...
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Posted at Jun 22 2020 01:17 PM MANILA — Health workers infected with COVID-19 in the Philippines increased by 253 cases from last week, according to the Department of Health. Meanwhile newly recovered health workers were at 396 from June 14 to 20. COVID-related deaths remained at 33. It has ...
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Published Jun 22, 2020 8:44:33 AM Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 22) — Some 300 modern jeepneys will ply 15 routes in Metro Manila starting Monday as the region enters its 22nd day under a relaxed general community quarantine. At least 318 modern jeepney units deemed compliant have been allowed ...
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Published Jun 22, 2020 12:31:06 PM Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 22)— Health experts have yet to see a recent significant decrease in the coronavirus’ infectivity rate in the country, a special adviser to the COVID-19 task force said Monday. Dr. Ted Herbosa urged Filipinos to continue practicing strict health ...
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Published June 21, 2020, 8:42 PM Parents also need to be taught how to handle “distance learning” for their kids this coming school year. This is according to Rizal 2nd district Rep. Fidel Nograles as the Department of Education (DepEd) gears up for the opening of school year 2020-21 on Aug ...
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Published June 21, 2020 7:48pm VATICAN CITY - The drastic reduction in pollution during coronavirus lockdowns around the world should lead to greater concern for the environment as restrictions are lifted, Pope Francis said on Sunday. At his Sunday address in St. Peter's Square, Francis said the pandemic made many people ...
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Published June 21, 2020 2:00pm Albay Representative Joey Salceda on Sunday proposed to study the possibility of conducting face-to-face classes in areas with zero cases of COVID-19. "Tignan natin yung mga lugar na walang kaso at ipatupad na lang natin ang isang sistema na kung sakaling may mangyari, ay handa kaagad ...
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Published June 21, 2020 7:11pm Senator Francis "Kiko" Pangilinan on Sunday, Father's Day, called on the government to provide jobs for unemployed Filipinos, especially fathers, amid the coronavirus pandemic. In an emailed statement, Pangilinan cited the supposed lack of plans to address the health crisis, and said that the basic ...
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Published Jun 21, 2020 7:38:39 PM Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 21) — The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board has approved over 30 routes for modern jeepneys in the capital region starting next week, 15 of which will be rolled out on Monday. The gradual opening of these routes ...
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07:12 PM June 21, 2020 LEGAZPI CITY—The Bicol region towns of Tiwi in Albay and Bagamanoc in Catanduanes have recorded their first coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases over the weekend, the Department of Health here reported Sunday. The two patients were returnees to the Bicol region and were not showing ...
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Published June 21, 2020, 6:57 PM A House leader is pursuing the activation of mental health desks in all barangays under Republic Act (RA) 11036 or the Mental Health Act, as she expressed concern over the deteriorating mental health situation in the country amid the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. “The ...
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Published June 21, 2020 4:31pm Health Secretary Francisco Duque III still has the trust of President Rodrigo Duterte even as he is a subject of an Ombudsman investigation over issues related to the Department of Health's response to the COVID-19 crisis, Senator Bong Go said Sunday. In a statement, Go said ...
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Published June 21, 2020, 7:17 PM Vice President Leni Robredo on Sunday, June 21, agreed with Ombudsman Samuel Martires decision to investigate the Department of Health (DOH) for alleged anomalies in handling the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. Speaking on her weekly radio show, Robredo noted Martires’ decision to conduct a ...
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Posted at Jun 21 2020 05:27 PM MANILA - The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Sunday said 1 more Filipino abroad has gotten sick with COVID-19, raising the total of overseas infections among Filipino citizens to 6,141. The disease also killed one more overseas Filipino, bringing the death toll to ...
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As of 21 June 2020, 04:00 pm, the Department of Health reports 653 new confirmed cases, 19 new deaths and 243 new recoveries. This brings the total to 30,052 confirmed cases, 1,169 deaths and 7,893 recoveries ...
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June 21, 2020 - 3:58pm MANILA, Philippines — Malacañang is optimistic that transportation woes will be over starting Monday with the resumption of the operations of buses, modern jeepneys, and UV Express. Presidential spokesman Harry Roque said no fewer than 3,600 buses and 1,500 other vehicles are expected to ply ...
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Posted at Jun 21 2020 11:23 AM | Updated as of Jun 21 2020 03:19 PM Three children of a woman in Lapulapu City in Cebu province who tested positive for the novel coronavirus moved local officials to tears after writing them letters of gratitude and encouragement on Saturday. "I ...
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Published June 21, 2020, 12:39 PM Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Eduardo Año on Sunday asserted that the country will be COVID-19 free only when the government decides to impose the “new normal’’ protocols. He issued the statement to dispel the inaccurate and false beliefs that localities ...
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Published June 21, 2020, 2:15 PM Basic education pupils are not required to purchase gadgets and laptops as the Department of Education (DepEd) stressed that blended and distance learning are not limited to online means as there are other ways to teach them. This was according to Curriculum and Instruction ...
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Published Jun 21, 2020 8:24:41 AM (CNN)— Pope Francis has warned the world against returning to the "illusion of individualism" after the coronavirus pandemic ends. Francis made a statement from the Vatican on Sunday, praising healthcare workers in Italy's Lombardy region who stood by their patients during the pandemic's "troubled ...
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Posted at Jun 21 2020 07:31 AM RIO DE JANEIRO - Nearly 50,000 people have died from the coronavirus in Brazil, the world No. 2 hotspot, with 1,022 fatalities in the last 24 hours, the Health Ministry said on Saturday. A total of 49,976 people have officially died from COVID-19 ...
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Posted at Jun 21 2020 10:18 AM MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay - Latin America and the Caribbean on Saturday surpassed two million coronavirus cases, with Brazil home to more than half of the infections, according to an AFP tally based on official figures. The virus is accelerating its spread in the region, ...
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June 21, 2020 - 10:24am Part 2 of a two-part feature. MANILA, Philippines — The government started relaxing guidelines after an 11-week long lockdown in the Philippine capital, hoping to strike a balance between reopening the economy and maintaining health protocols to deter the spread of a still very present ...
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June 21, 2020 - 10:15am Part 1 of a two-part feature. MANILA, Philippines — The COVID-19 pandemic caught the whole world by surprise and governments are still scrambling and struggling to address the virus as scientists look for a vaccine and cure. According to a sociologist, the government's response in ...
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Published Jun 20, 2020 7:48:53 PM Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 20) — Passengers will be asked to bring their own helmets as part of safety measures once motorcycle taxis receive the go signal to ply the roads again. Since the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) is studying the resumption of ...
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Published Jun 21, 2020 1:27:15 PM Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 21) — Vice President Maria Leonor 'Leni' Robredo denied that she was interested to apply as head of Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF), saying even without an appointed post she had been helping ...
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Posted at Jun 21 2020 12:45 PM MANILA — A teachers' group has called on the Department of Education to extend the work-from-home setup for educators, fearing that physically reporting to offices under new work arrangements would expose them to the risk of contracting of the new coronavirus. "We are ...
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Published Jun 20, 2020 8:01:03 PM Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 20) — The country broke its record anew for a single-day increase in "fresh" COVID-19 cases with 578 infections detected in the past three days, the Department of Health said on Saturday. Along with 365 new cases from the ...
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08:52 PM June 20, 2020 MANILA, Philippines — Senator Sherwin Gatchalian has called on the Department of Education (DepEd) to set up water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) facilities as part of preparations for possible physical classes once a vaccine for COVID-19 becomes available. According to Gatchalian, chairman of the Senate ...
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Published June 20, 2020, 8:23 PM After three weeks of conducting remote enrollment, the Department of Education (DepEd) has recorded over 13 million enrollees in public and private schools nationwide as of June 20. DepEd national enrollment data showed that the total number of enrollees for School Year (SY) 2020-2021 ...
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JUNE 20, 2020 / 7:26 PM VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis on Saturday held his first audience for a group of people since Italy lifted its coronavirus lockdown, granting it to health workers from the Italian region most affected by the pandemic. “You were one of the supporting pillars ...
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INQUIRER.net / 10:13 AM June 20, 2020 MANILA, Philippines — Mathematics teacher Efren Cabotage feels strongly about helping school children who are less fortunate than him.Making things possible: No gadgets and signal, no problemby Ricadel S. CerenoEfren Cabotage, a Mathematics teacher of… Cabotage, who teaches at the Narvacan National Central ...
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Posted at Jun 20 2020 02:38 AM MANILA—People living in the country’s rural areas continue to face insufficient medical attention due to the lack of medical professionals attending to their needs, an official of the Department of Health said Friday. Health Undersecretary Roger Tong-an said doctors, including new graduates, refuse ...
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Published June 20, 2020, 6:26 PM As the demand for online learning increases, the Department of Education (DepEd) underscored the need for various sectors to work together in providing Internet services and connectivity to teachers who are the education sector’s very own “frontliners” amid the COVID-19 pandemic. DepEd Undersecretary for ...
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Published June 20, 2020 4:56pm The Department of Health (DOH) on Saturday reminded the public to properly wear face masks while outside their homes as COVID-19 was still a threat. “Wear your mask, hindi po nasa baba dapat natatakpan po ang ilong at bibig,” Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said ...
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Posted at Jun 20 2020 05:31 PM MANILA - The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said Saturday 12 more Filipinos abroad caught COVID-19, raising the total tally of overseas infections among Filipino nationals to 6,140. The respiratory illness also killed 12 more overseas Filipinos, bringing the death toll to 495, ...
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June 20, 2020 - 2:50pm BAGUIO CITY, Philippines — The 2020 Global Rights Index by the International Trade Union Confederation named the Philippines as among the top 10 dangerous places for workers. Other countries included in the list are Bangladesh, Brazil, Colombia, Egypt, Honduras, India, Kazakhstan, Turkey and Zimbabwe. The ...
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Published June 19, 2020 9:55pm A newly married couple decided to ditch the traditional reception and instead opted to donate personal protective equipment at a hospital right after their wedding ceremony. According Oscar Oida's report for "24 Oras," Wilbert and Harlene Silverio were supposed to marry on April 24 but ...
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Posted at Jun 20 2020 01:20 PM MANILA - Colleges and universities in areas under modified general community quarantine are now allowed to hold mass gatherings at a limited capacity, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said Saturday. In a press briefing aired on state television, Roque said the Inter-Agency Task Force ...
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Published June 20, 2020 12:34pm The government may soon allow back-riding in motorcycles as concerned agencies are working on safety protocols to lessen the possibility of transmitting COVID-19 in this mode of transportation. “Ang DOTr (Department of Transportation), kasama ang DOST (Department of Science and Technolgy), DOH (Department of Health), ...
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Published June 20, 2020, 12:17 PM The Department Science and Technology (DOST) is optimistic that the country is not far from reaching its goal of having 500 patients enrolled in the World Health Organization (WHO) Solidarity Trials. In the latest update, Department of Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said that ...
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Published Jun 20, 2020 10:52:30 AM Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 20) — Public utility buses, modern public vehicles and UV Express will be allowed to operate at limited capacity in areas under general community quarantine starting next week, according to the transport agency. Department of Transportation road sector consultant ...
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Posted at Jun 19 2020 11:32 PM | Updated as of Jun 20 2020 02:07 AM MANILA — Data from the Department of Health showed that a third of COVID-19 cases in Cebu City announced in the last 2 weeks came from just 10 barangays (villages). The table shared by ...
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Posted at Jun 20 2020 09:03 AM RIO DE JANEIRO - Brazil passed 1 million coronavirus cases on Friday and approached 50,000 deaths, a new nadir for the world's second worst-hit country as it struggles with a tense political climate and worsening economic outlook. Second only to the United States ...
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Posted at Jun 20 2020 01:09 AM The World Health Organization warned Friday of a "new and dangerous phase" of the coronavirus pandemic with people tiring of lockdowns despite the disease's accelerating spread. The warning came as it emerged the virus was present in Italy in December, months before its ...
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Published June 20, 2020 9:48am The Philippine health care system’s current critical care utilization rate (CCUR) is not yet fully exhausted, meaning the system still has enough capacity to care for those in need of critical care during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Department of Health (DOH) said Saturday. “‘Yung critical ...
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Published Jun 19, 2020 11:41:45 PM Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 19) — Amid calls for help from various education stakeholders, senators find ways to help fund the new normal in education. During the joint Senate Local Government and Basic Education Committee hearing on Friday, senators pushed to expand the ...
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Published Jun 19, 2020 11:02:20 PM Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 19) — The country will be getting thousands of COVID-19 test kits "soon," enough to test almost ten million people, a National Task Force on COVID-19 official said Friday. Task force chief implementer Carlito Galvez, Jr. said they are ...
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June 19, 2020 THERE is no need to appoint Vice President Maria Leonor “Leni” Robredo to the government’s inter-agency task force leading the country’s response to the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic as she has been “helping in her own ways,” Malacañang said on Friday. Palace spokesman Harry Roque Jr ...
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Published Jun 19, 2020 2:44:58 PM Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 19) – The Department of Health's decision to snub locally-developed test kits for COVID-19 and buy thousands of supply from abroad triggered the Ombudsman investigation into the agency. Ombudsman Samuel Martires revealed Friday that he found the DOH's decision ...
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Published Jun 19, 2020 3:33:10 PM Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 19) — The Department of Health on Friday raised the possibility that it may again revise its guidance on who should be prioritized for COVID-19 testing. “Kung saka sakaling magkaroon ng ebidensiya na sinasabing itong may Blood Type A ...
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Published June 19, 2020 5:46pm The Department of Education (DepEd) should consider pushing back the start of classes to November, according to League of Provinces of the Philippines President and Marinduque Governor Presbitero Velasco Jr. "We're not sure if the use of the TV or the radio will really work ...
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June 19, 2020 - 5:57pm MANILA, Philippines — Vice President Leni Robredo asked those working in the media industry to help her office produce instructional videos for teachers and parents as the country moves away from traditional face-to-face interactions and shifts to distant learning modes. In a post on her ...
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Posted at Jun 19 2020 03:14 PM MANILA - The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) on Friday reminded local government units planning to donate gadgets to public schools to comply with minimum technical specifications set by the Department of Education (DepEd). The DILG has issued a memorandum ...
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Published June 19, 2020 3:19pm; Updated June 19, 2020 5:21pm The Philippines has expressed interest in the COVID-19 vaccine being developed by Oxford University in the United Kingdom, Manila’s Ambassador to London Antonio Lagdameo said Friday. “Nagpaabot na ng kanilang interes ang ating pamahalaan na baka bumili ng mga vaccine ...
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Published Jun 19, 2020 5:20:17 PM Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 19) — Netizens have been expressing empathy on social media platforms amid the coronavirus pandemic, while optimism has been on a down low, a research revealed. University of the Philippines Vice President for Public Affairs Elena Pernia, together with ...
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Published June 19, 2020, 3:30 PM The Manila city government will hire sewers who can work from home using their own sewing machines to make face masks for the city’s residents. Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso said they thought of this after being contacted by several residents saying that ...
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Published June 19, 2020 6:12pm Thirty-seven more Filipinos abroad on Friday have tested positive for the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), bringing the total tally to 6,128, according to the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA). The DFA also announced that total recoveries rose to 2,849 with six new recoveries while 11 ...
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As of 19 June 2020, 04:00 pm, the Department of Health reports 661 new confirmed cases, 14 new deaths and 288 new recoveries. This brings the total to 28,459 confirmed cases, 1,130 deaths and 7,378 recoveries ...
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Published June 19, 2020 11:33am Malacañang on Friday asked Filipinos to emulate the principles of Dr. Jose Rizal, one of the heroes of the Philippine revolution against the Spanish colonial rule. In a statement, presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said Rizal’s life was a “testament of how a single person’s deep ...
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Published Jun 19, 2020 8:36:24 AM Latvia is honoring the doctors, nurses, and medical workers on the front lines in the fight against COVID-19 with a giant statue in the nation's capital. Artist Aigars Bikše unveiled the statue on Tuesday at a ceremony outside the Latvian National Museum of Art ...
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Published June 19, 2020, 2:40 PM The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) on Friday launched its OneStore City app which will allow locally produced products of small to medium businesses to be made available online. The DOST said the app is intended to help both businesses and consumers due ...
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Published Jun 19, 2020 1:31:55 PM Until last week, Beijing seemed to have all but moved on from the coronavirus pandemic. For 55 days, the Chinese capital had not reported any locally transmitted infections and life had been returning to normal. Businesses and schools reopened, people went back to work, ...
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Updated June 19, 2020, 1:48 PM A teachers’ group on Friday appealed to the Department of Education (DepEd) to extend the work-from-home (WFH) arrangement for teachers and other DepEd personnel whose tasks are not essential to skeleton work and cannot hinder the operation of schools or offices. The Teachers’ Dignity ...
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Published June 19, 2020 10:24am; Updated June 19, 2020 3:07pm The Department of Health (DOH) sees no need for Health Secretary Francisco Duque III to resign or take a leave of absence amid the Ombudsman's investigation on the alleged irregularities in department's COVID-19 response efforts. "Wala pa kaming nakikitang pangangailangan ...
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JUNE 18, 2020 / 9:08 PM GENEVA (Reuters) - The World Health Organization hopes hundreds of millions of doses of coronavirus vaccine can be produced this year and 2 billion doses by the end of 2021, chief scientist Soumya Swaminathan said on Thursday. The WHO is drawing up plans to ...
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Posted at Jun 19 2020 08:38 AM Some 343,000 overseas Filipino workers lost their jobs due to the coronavirus pandemic, but over half of them do not want to go home to the Philippines, Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello said Friday. Around 190,000 jobless OFWs refused to go home because they ...
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Published Jun 19, 2020 1:02:36 PM Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 19) – The Office of the Ombudsman said it is looking into probing cash aid releases under the government's Social Amelioration Program. Ombudsman Samuel Martires said Friday that the anti-graft agency has received about 30 complaints regarding the subsidy, ...
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Published Jun 19, 2020 8:04:57 AM Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 19) — Students are not required to buy gadgets or attend online classes as the country shifts to a "blended" form of learning amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The Department of Education reiterated this reminder on Friday after a student ...
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Published Jun 19, 2020 9:39:16 AM; Updated Jun 19, 2020 4:13:00 PM Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 19) – The Office of the Ombudsman is summoning documents from the secretaries of the Department of Budget and Management and the Department of Health to find out where the funds for the ...
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Published Jun 19, 2020 10:26:52 AM Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 19) — Former Senator Antonio Trillanes IV on Friday challenged Malacañang to appoint Vice President Leni Robredo as the head of the government's COVID-19 task force following the comments of Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque. Roque was quoted in a ...
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Posted at Jun 18 2020 02:11 AM VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis paid tribute on Wednesday to hundreds of thousands of seafarers stuck on ships due to the coronavirus pandemic, a situation the United Nations has said poses a risk to the safe operation of the world's merchant fleet. In a ...
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Published Jun 18, 2020 11:33:44 AM Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 18) — Life for a majority of Filipinos took a turn for the worse in the past year, according to a Social Weather Stations poll released Thursday. Results of the special SWS survey conducted during the Luzon-wide lockdown (May ...
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June 18, 2020 - 5:52pm MANILA, Philippines — The Palace on Thursday said it is not surprised by a Social Weather Stations survey that recorded an "all-time low" in Filipinos' quality of life in the last 12 months. SWS said 83% of respondents said they are worse off compared to last ...
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June 18, 2020 - 11:31am MANILA, Philippines — A former adviser to the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases on Thursday lauded the Office of the Ombudsman's decision to investigate Health Secretary Francisco Duque III and other officials for their response to the COVID-19 crisis. "If it's one of ...
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Published Jun 18, 2020 1:35:58 PM Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 18)— The Department of Health will clear backlogs on COVID-19 testing and data transmission before reverting back to its old system of reporting cases, its spokesperson said Thursday. “In the next few weeks, if we will see that the ...
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Published Jun 18, 2020 3:35:35 PM Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 18)— The Department of Health (DOH) on Thursday admitted the Office of the Ombudsman’s investigation on the agency’s COVID-19 response may pose negative impact on its daily operations as well as on the morale of its employees. Health Spokesperson ...
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Posted at Jun 18 2020 07:15 PM MANILA - The Department of Education will unveil its TV-Radio education modules on July 15, a month before students begin classes through audio-visual platforms, Senate Basic Education Committee chair Sherwin Gatchalian said Thursday. The TV and radio education modules will be a "stopgap" measure ...
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Posted at Jun 18 2020 02:24 PM GENEVA — Nearly 80 million people worldwide, or 1 percent of humanity, were uprooted at the end of 2019 after fleeing wars or persecution, a record figure capping a "tumultuous" decade of displacement, the United Nations said on Thursday. The figure rose by some ...
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Published June 18, 2020 6:06pm Dexamethasone is not yet the “miracle pill” that will curb the spread of COVID-19, Malacañang said Thursday, even as it welcomed studies that showed the steroid can help save critically ill patients. Palace spokesperson Harry Roque Jr. said the steroid, which is used to reduce inflammation, ...
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Published June 18, 2020 6:24pm GENEVA, June 18 (Reuters) - The World Health Organization is drawing up plans to help decide who should be prioritized for a vaccine against COVID-19 once an inoculation has been approved, its chief scientist Soumya Swaminathan said on Thursday. The framework to ensure "fair and equitable ...
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As of 18 June 2020, 04:00 pm, the Department of Health reports 562 new confirmed cases, 9 new deaths and 270 new recoveries. This brings the total to 27,799 confirmed cases, 1,116 deaths and 7,090 recoveries ...
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Posted at Jun 17 2020 03:12 PM | Updated as of Jun 17 2020 05:34 PM MANILA (UPDATE) - The Office of the Ombudsman has expanded its investigation on alleged "lapses" in the health department's COVID-19 response to include Health Secretary Francisco Duque III and other health officials. In a ...
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Published Jun 17, 2020 2:49:40 PM; Updated Jun 17, 2020 5:28:00 PM Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 17) — Dr. Tony Leachon announced on Wednesday he is no longer a Special Adviser to the National Task Force on COVID-19,​ saying he was forced to vacate the post after two Cabinet ...
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Posted at Jun 17 2020 04:10 PM | Updated as of Jun 17 2020 05:55 PM MANILA (UPDATE) - Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) personnel held a "despedida party" in Boracay last week, Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat said Wednesday, after one of the bureau's staff tested positive for the coronavirus ...
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Posted at Jun 17 2020 07:50 PM MANILA — Pasig Mayor Vico Sotto said Wednesday the local government has raised P1.2 billion to provide the needs of public schools as the city shifts to distance learning due to the coronavirus pandemic. The money will be used to buy laptops, tablets ...
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Published June 17, 2020, 5:14 PM Health workers toiling on the frontline across Africa say they are facing rising infections, shortages of protective equipment and growing strains as they battle the coronavirus. Here is a look at the key countries: – South Africa – South Africa’s health ministry says more ...
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Published June 17, 2020, 6:39 PM A total of 288 coronavirus disease (COVID-19) patients in the country are currently participating in the World Health Organization’s Solidarity Trial that aims to find an effective treatment for the dreaded illness. “As of June 14, 288 ang currently enrolled patients sa loob ng ...
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June 15, 2020 Manolito Palacio drives 12 kilometers from Caloocan to Quezon City to get to the dialysis center where his wife, Marilou undergoes treatment twice a week. There have been many stories about the plight of people who had to find ways to cope with the lack of public ...
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Posted at Jun 17 2020 01:44 AM MANILA - In order to help raise funds for scholar schoolmates who have no access to online learning this summer and the upcoming school year because they neither have gadgets nor internet connection, 12-year-old Luis Ignacio Gatchalian, who has special needs, held a ...
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Posted at Jun 17 2020 05:30 PM MANILA - The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Wednesday said 56 more Filipinos abroad have gotten sick with COVID-19, raising the total of overseas infections among Filipino citizens to 6,074. The highly contagious diseases also killed 24 more overseas Filipinos, bringing the ...
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As of 17 June 2020, 04:00 pm, the Department of Health reports 457 new confirmed cases, 5 new deaths and 268 new recoveries. This brings the total to 27,238 confirmed cases, 1,108 deaths and 6,820 recoveries ...
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MANILA, Philippines _ The World Health Organization (WHO) on Tuesday urged governments to conduct “exhaustive investigations” into disease clusters and not just rely on numbers and projections to better understand how the new coronavirus is spreading in communities and so that they could properly respond. Mike Ryan, executive director of ...
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Posted at Jun 17 2020 01:12 PM MANILA — The Department of Health on Wednesday reminded Filipinos that the steroid treatment dexamethasone is not yet approved as a COVID-19 treatment and should not be used outside of the hospital. This, following promising clinical trials in the United Kingdom which showed the ...
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Published June 17, 2020 6:52am GENEVA, Switzerland - The World Health Organization (WHO) on Tuesday hailed as a "lifesaving scientific breakthrough" the British use of a basic steroid to treat severely ill COVID-19 patients, saving about a third of them. "This is great news and I congratulate the Government of the ...
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June 17, 2020 - 11:58am MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Education on Wednesday said that blended learning, including some face-to-face classes, in private schools with small class sizes is up to the approval of the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases. The institutions being referred to specifically were ...
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Published June 17, 2020 8:34am The League of Provinces of the Philippines (LPP) on Wednesday appealed to President Rodrigo Duterte to include barangay captains and councilors as beneficiaries for the Social Amelioration Program (SAP). Interviewed on Dobol B sa News TV, Marinduque Governor Presbitero Velasco Jr., the league's president, said ...
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June 17, 2020 - 2:21pm MANILA, Philippines — The Office of the Ombudsman will look into liability of Health Secretary Francisco Duque III and other DOH officials over the government's response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The STAR reported that Ombudsman Samuel Martires ordered the probe into possible inefficiency or irregularities ...
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Posted at Jun 16 2020 04:57 PM MANILA — Active COVID-19 cases in six Philippine provinces doubled or grew more than double from June 7 to June 14, according to Department of Health data analyzed by the ABS-CBN Investigative and Research Group (IRG). These are: Leyte: from 9 active cases ...
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Published Jun 16, 2020 5:51:58 PM Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 16)— The Cebu City government will appeal for a reclassification of the COVID-19 quarantine measure imposed in the area, its mayor said Tuesday. In a press conference, Mayor Edgar Labella said he believes Cebu City— which was reverted to ...
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Published June 16, 2020 2:00pm The distribution of cash assistance under the second tranche of the Social Amelioration Program will start on Wednesday, June 17, the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) said on Tuesday. In a public briefing, DILG Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya said the pilot payout of ...
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Published June 16, 2020, 4:50 PM The Pasig City government on Tuesday (June 16) started the house-to-house distribution of assistance to senior citizens under the city’s hospice program. In a post on his official Facebook page, Mayor Vico Sotto said around 200 elderly beneficiaries received medicines, milk, and diapers from ...
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06:12 AM June 16, 2020 MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte on late Monday night said parents who allow their children to go out despite the danger of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) should not blame the government if their kids end up getting the infectious respiratory illness. In a ...
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Posted at Jun 16 2020 06:22 PM MARIKINA CITY — Twenty-nine workers at the Marikina City Public Market had tested positive for the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), Mayor Marcelino Teodoro said Tuesday, prompting the local government to implement strict measures there to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus. The ...
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Published June 16, 2020, 3:13 PM With hospitals already severely stretched, coronavirus-hit India is now bracing for the monsoon and its deadly annual onslaught of mosquito-borne illnesses, with an overwhelmed army of public health workers the only defence. Every year illnesses such as dengue fever and malaria infect more than ...
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Published June 16, 2020, 4:53 PM The Manila city government is planning to purchase 2,000 modern pedicabs that can be safely used during the “new normal” brought about by the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. The new pedicabs, made by Italian motor vehicle manufacturer Piaggio, are equipped with dividers and run ...
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JUNE 16, 2020 / 4:41 PM SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Singapore scientists testing a COVID-19 vaccine from U.S. firm Arcturus Therapeutics (ARCT.O) plan to start human trials in August after promising initial responses in mice. More than 100 vaccines are being developed globally, including several already in human trials from the ...
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Posted at Jun 16 2020 06:04 PM MANILA--The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Tuesday said 455 more Filipinos abroad have gotten sick with COVID-19, raising the total of overseas infections among Filipino citizens to 6,021. The highly contagious diseases also killed 16 more overseas Filipinos, bringing the death toll ...
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As of 16 June 2020, 04:00 pm, the Department of Health reports 364 new confirmed cases, 5 new deaths and 301 new recoveries. This brings the total to 26,781 confirmed cases, 1,103 deaths and 6,552 recoveries ...
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Published June 16, 2020 2:46pm Population density is making the fight against COVID-19 more challenging, presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said Tuesday. Roque made the a day after President Rodrigo Duterte decided to place maintain Metro Manila on general community quarantine until June 30 and placing Cebu City and Talisay City ...
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Published June 16, 2020, 2:56 PM In an effort to ensure a smooth opening of classes this coming school year amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the Department of Education (DepEd) has tapped the support of local government units (LGUs) in its learning continuity initiatives. After the televised address of President Duterte ...
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JUNE 16, 2020 / 6:39 AM (Reuters) - Global cases of the novel coronavirus reached over 8 million on Monday, as infections surge in Latin America and the United States and China grapple with fresh outbreaks. The United States still leads the world with the highest number of infections, about ...
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Posted at Jun 16 2020 11:51 AM | Updated as of Jun 16 2020 11:58 AM Tens of thousands of teachers lack gadgets and internet connection needed for online classes during the coronavirus pandemic, the Department of Education said Tuesday. Out of almost 700,000 teachers nationwide who answered a recent ...
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Posted at Jun 16 2020 12:00 PM Private schools may have to spend more in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic due to a ban on face-to-face classes until a vaccine is available, the Department of Education said Tuesday. "We have experienced na hindi dahil distance learning ay mababa ang ...
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Posted at Jun 16 2020 11:41 AM MANILA — The Department of Education has set alternative work arrangements for its personnel, including public school teachers, as the country continues to grapple with the coronavirus crisis. In a department order issued Monday, Education Secretary Leonor Briones directed the agency’s undersecretaries, assistant ...
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JUNE 16, 2020 / 11:45 AM RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Brazil’s death toll from the novel coronavirus pandemic rose to nearly 44,000 on Monday, according to Health Ministry data, as the country continued easing restrictions on circulation despite the world’s second-worst outbreak after the United States. Brazil registered 627 ...
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JUNE 16, 2020 / 9:30 AM WELLINGTON (Reuters) - New Zealand said on Tuesday that it has two new cases of the coronavirus, both related to recent travel from the UK, ending a 24-day streak of no new infections in the country. The new infections are a set back to ...
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Published June 16, 2020 1:10am Education Secretary Leonor Briones appealed to President Rodrigo Duterte to allow the Department of Education (DepEd) to continue its preparation for the new school year based on their road map. In a briefing on late Monday night, Briones said the DepEd’s target opening of classes ...
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Published June 16, 2020, 1:50 AM President Duterte has vowed to purchase the “miracle pill” for the new coronavirus disease and supervise its distribution to the people once it becomes available in the market. In his public address Monday night, the President voiced optimism about the potential remedy to the ...
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Published June 16, 2020 8:10am Malacañang is hoping that by keeping Metro Manila under general community quarantine for two more weeks, the country will not reach the 40,000 total number of COVID-19 cases by June 30 as projected by experts from the University of the Philippines (UP) based on their ...
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Published Jun 16, 2020 1:48:58 AM Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 16) - The government is eyeing to buy radios for poor communities, especially those without internet connection, as the Department of Education is gearing for an alternative learning scheme amid the pandemic. “Ang radyo is hindi naman mahal. Kung ...
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Published Jun 16, 2020 12:00:00 AM Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 16) — The general community quarantine in Metro Manila will be extended, while restrictions will be tightened in Cebu City as it is placed under enhanced community quarantine from June 16 to 30, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said on ...
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Published Jun 15, 2020 4:51:43 PM Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 15) – The Department of Health said Monday it has yet to clear a backlog of about 2,200 COVID-19 tests this week, citing operational issues faced by laboratories. Health Spokesperson Maria Rosario Vergeire said the agency still needs to ...
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Published June 15, 2020 3:33pm The Department of Health (DOH) hopes that 1.5% of the 110 million Filipino population would be covered by the COVID-19 test by the end of July, according to Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire on Monday. During a Malacanang briefing, Vergeire explained the Philippines has a ...
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Published June 15, 2020 6:40pm The number of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases in the Philippines increased slightly after the government relaxed community quarantines in parts of the country, experts from the University of the Philippines said on Monday. Epidemiologist Dr. Emmanuel Baja said the new cases included those from the ...
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Published Jun 15, 2020 4:17:17 PM Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 15) — Over 10 million public school students have enrolled as of Monday, June 15, the Department of Education said. Data from the DepEd showed the most number of enrollees are from Region IV-A (CALABARZON) at 1,758,074 across all ...
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Posted at Jun 15 2020 05:24 PM | Updated as of Jun 15 2020 05:25 PM MANILA – The Department of Education said Monday parents may enroll their children in public schools through drop boxes available in barangay halls and educational institutions starting Tuesday, June 16. “We will continue to ...
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Published Jun 15, 2020 8:04:53 PM Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 15) — The Department of Health said dengue cases in the country have declined by 46% compared to the same period last year. DOH Spokesperson Maria Rosario Vergeire said at a Monday briefing that the decline can be attributed ...
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Published June 15, 2020, 8:02 AM ADDIS ABABA, June 14 (Xinhua) — The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases across the African continent surpassed 232,815 as of Sunday morning, the Africa Center for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) said. The Africa CDC in its latest update said that the number ...
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Published Jun 15, 2020 7:34:33 PM Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 15) — Senator Ping Lacson said there seems to be no solution and end in sight in the COVID-19 health crisis due to the Health Department's incompetence. In a text message, Lacson expressed his concerns after the number of ...
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Posted at Jun 15 2020 06:52 PM MANILA – The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Monday said 25 Filipinos abroad recently caught the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), bringing the total number of overseas cases among Filipino nationals to 5,566. At least 2,497 overseas have however recovered from the illness, ...
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As of 15 June 2020, 04:00 pm, the Department of Health reports 490 new confirmed cases, 10 new deaths and 298 new recoveries. This brings the total to 26,420 confirmed cases, 1,098 deaths and 6,252 recoveries ...
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Published June 15, 2020 1:09pm The Philippines' official contact tracing application against COVID-19, StaySafe.ph, targets to enroll 50% of the country's population into its platform for maximum effectivity, but two issues are pulling it back from achieving this. According to MultiSys Technologies Corp., out of the 107 million population of ...
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Published June 15, 2020 12:18am The Department of Health (DOH) on Sunday apologized for the mistakes in its daily situationer reports that made the rounds on social media after some netizens noticed an erroneous bar graph. “Thank you to all who pointed this out. Rest assured that we, at the ...
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Published June 15, 2020 3:02pm Nineteen more policemen were recorded to have contracted COVID-19, bringing the number of affected policemen in the Philippine National Police (PNP) from 395 to 414. Of the 414, seven had died while 240 had recovered, according to the PNP, citing figures as of Sunday. “As ...
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June 15, 2020 Yellow police tape " a familiar sight across Italy since the coronavirus began sweeping the country in March " reappeared over the weekend outside a Rome squat where around 15 new cases have emerged. Health workers insist the outbreak among squatters including a Peruvian family is under ...
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JUNE 15, 2020 / 6:09 AM SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Brazil has registered 867,624 confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus, with 17,110 new cases since yesterday, the Health Ministry said on Sunday. The total COVID-19 death toll rose to 43,332, with 612 new deaths since yesterday. SOURCE: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-brazil/brazil-registers-867624-confirmed-cases-of-new-coronavirus-43332-deaths-idUSKBN23L0UZ ...
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JUNE 15, 2020 / 1:48 AM (Reuters) - The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Sunday reported 2,063,812 cases of the new coronavirus, an increase of 25,468 cases from its previous count, and said that the number of deaths had risen by 646 to 115,271. The CDC ...
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June 15, 2020 - 12:24pm MANILA, Philippines — An unemployed Filipina living in Dubai that has been giving 200 free meals every day to the city's jobless migrants during the novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic was given a grant to cook 10,000 more meals for her Good Samaritan initiative ...
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Updated June 15, 2020, 12:49 PM An official of the Department of Education (DepEd) on Monday confirmed that “physical retrieval and submission” of enrollment and survey forms will be allowed in public schools starting this week. As the registration period continues in its third week, DepEd Undersecretary and spokesman Atty ...
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Updated June 15, 2020, 3:10 PM The Department of Education (DepEd) on Monday announced that the guidelines for its streamlined K to 12 curriculum may now be downloaded for free from its official online platform. DepEd Undersecretary for Administration Alain Pascua said DepEd’s Most Essential Learning Competencies (MELCs) may now ...
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June 15, 2020 - 12:00am But rise in Central Visayas MANILA, Philippines — Fewer people are getting infected with coronavirus disease 2019 or COVID-19 in Metro Manila, but the deadly virus is now spreading faster in Central Visayas. The “COVID-19 Philippine Situationer” issued by the Department of Health (DOH) yesterday ...
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Posted at Jun 15 2020 08:40 AM | Updated as of Jun 15 2020 01:23 PM Some LGUs appeal IATF recommendations ahead of decision MANILA (UPDATE)-- President Rodrigo Duterte will decide on the Philippines' virus restrictions, as current restrictions that allow limited economic activity are set to expire on Monday ...
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Posted at Jun 15 2020 01:43 PM MANILA - Several local government units appealed the recommended community quarantine classification of their respective jurisdictions ahead of President Rodrigo Duterte's decision on restrictions to curb COVID-19 spread, Malacañang said Monday. Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque said Cebu City has appealed to be placed ...
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June 14, 2020 - 4:55pm MANILA, Philippines — President Duterte is expected to announce on Monday his decision on the fate of Metro Manila, a product of what Malacañang called a "gamble" that required him to contain the coronavirus while promoting economic activity. Lockdown restrictions have been eased nationwide since ...
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Published June 14, 2020, 8:14 PM The Department of Health (DOH) on Sunday (June 14) said the country’s coronavirus disease (COVID-19) fatality rate is on a downward trend, allaying public concerns over the spike of reported deaths lately. Health Undersecretary Dr. Maria Rosario Vergeire said the country’s fatality rate is ...
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Published June 14, 2020 9:07am An official of the San Lazaro Hospital on Sunday belied claims that the coronavirus causing COVID-19 is losing its potency. In an interview on Dobol B sa News TV, San Lazaro Hospital’s Adult Infectious Diseases and Tropical Medicine Section chair Dr. Rontgene Solante added that ...
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Published June 14, 2020 7:59pm A group of nurses on Sunday urged the government to provide a P100,000 sickness benefit for all healthcare workers infected with the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and not just those who are considered severe cases. Interviewed on Super Radyo dzBB, Filipino Nurses United President Maristela ...
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Published June 14, 2020, 3:17 PM Ashwani Jain succumbed to the coronavirus in an ambulance as his family pleaded with several hospitals to take him in, the latest victim of the pandemic sweeping through the Indian capital and exposing a deadly shortage of hospital beds. “They don’t care whether we ...
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Published June 14, 2020, 6:45 PM Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Eduardo Año on Sunday welcomed the proposal of Bohol Governor Arthur Yap to install a hard plastic shield between the motorcycle driver and the passenger that makes back riding legal even during the quarantine period ...
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Published June 14, 2020, 3:46 PM LUCBAN, Quezon – A 22- year-old female, who was recently confirmed positive for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), has drawn flak on social media after she allegedly exposed her family and friends to the virus. The patient, who works in the food industry in Manila, ...
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Published June 14, 2020, 6:59 PM Since churches have resorted to saying masses online during the community quarantine due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a Catholic prelate said this has deprived the faithful from physically receiving Holy Communion. “Yes, we have these online masses but these are not the Sacrament of ...
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Published Jun 14, 2020 4:29:00 PM Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 14) — The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) is expected to complete more living facilities for health care frontliners in Quezon City by the end of June. In a statement released Sunday, the DPWH said the construction ...
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Posted at Jun 14 2020 05:54 PM MANILA – The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Sunday said another 22 Filipinos abroad caught the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), bringing the total tally of overseas cases among Filipino nationals to 5,541. The agency said a total of 2,491 overseas have recovered ...
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As of 14 June 2020, 04:00 pm, the Department of Health reports 539 new confirmed cases, 14 new deaths and 248 new recoveries. This brings the total to 25,930 confirmed cases, 1,088 deaths and 5,954 recoveries ...
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June 14, 2020 - 12:00am MANILA, Philippines — As the government struggles to revive the economy, President Duterte is faced with the decision to extend for another two weeks the general community quarantine (GCQ) or elevate it to modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) in Metro Manila and other areas. Duterte ...
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05:42 AM June 14, 2020 Extending the general community quarantine (GCQ) in Metro Manila and Cebu City or placing these cities on modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) are among the options that President Duterte is considering before he makes an announcement on the matter on Monday, his spokesperson said. “The ...
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Published Jun 14, 2020 1:55:19 PM Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 14) — With bicycles becoming more and more popular amid the COVID-19 pandemic, a lawmaker is pushing for incentives for Filipinos biking to work. "Providing incentives for people who bike to work is a small price to pay for ...
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Published Jun 14, 2020 12:51:02 PM Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 14) — The Department of Social Welfare and Development will start rolling out the first and second tranche of the government's social amelioration program (SAP) to the five million waitlisted families nationwide this week, the agency's spokesperson said Sunday ...
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Posted at Jun 14 2020 12:26 PM | Updated as of Jun 14 2020 12:33 PM MANILA - An infectious disease expert on Sunday warned the public against diseases common during the rainy season even as the country continues to battle the COVID-19 pandemic. The diseases dubbed as WILD, or ...
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Published June 14, 2020, 12:55 PM The United States expressed willingness to share to the Philippines a vaccine on coronavirus disease (COVID-19) that it is developing once it is finished and available for distribution. This was the assurance made by US Secretary of Defense Mark Esper in a conference call ...
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02:54 PM June 14, 2020 MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Health (DOH) recorded a 4.24 percent case fatality rate for coronavirus infections in June, which is lower than the case fatality rate reported in May this year. “Mula sa case fatality rate na 5.52 percent, nung May 31, bumaba ...
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Posted at Jun 14 2020 01:22 PM MANILA - More than 1,000 scholars of the Department of Science and Technology have volunteered in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, the agency said Sunday. As of June 5, there are 1,081 previous and current scholars of the DOST who have joined ...
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Posted at Jun 14 2020 12:24 PM | Updated as of Jun 14 2020 03:01 PM MANILA (UPDATE) – A teachers’ group on Saturday raised concerns over the low enrollment figure in private schools, saying it may lead to the closure of small educational institutions and layoff of workers. As ...
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Published June 14, 2020 2:49pm The Department of Tourism on Sunday said hotel restaurants in areas under the general community quarantine are allowed to operate at 30 percent seating capacity for dine-in customers starting Monday, June 15. According to a report on “24 Oras News Alert,” the partial dine-in operations ...
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June 14, 2020 - 9:47am MANILA, Philippines — Construction on protected bike lanes along Epifanio delos Santos Avenue — Metro Manila's main highway — is expected to be completed in a matter of days to allow cyclists safe travel amid the general community quarantine, the Department of Transportation said Saturday ...
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Published Jun 14, 2020 12:20:00 AM Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 13) — Dr. Tony Leachon, Special Adviser to the National Task Force on COVID-19, expressed disappointment at the Department of Health on Saturday, as it continues to present delayed data on the country's cases. "Forgive me, I think the ...
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Published Jun 13, 2020 2:57:45 PM Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 13) — Around 4.1 million of working-age Filipinos got stranded due to community quarantines implemented across the country, a Social Weather Stations survey revealed on Saturday. The special SWS COVID-19 Mobile Phone survey noted that this represents 5.4% of ...
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Published June 13, 2020 8:47pm It was a good move for the Philippines to participate in the global clinical trials for a COVID-19 cure as this will increase the country's chance of securing a vaccine, Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Director-General Eric Domingo said on Saturday. "Ang isa rin po kasing ...
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Published June 13, 2020 8:12pm A general community quarantine (GCQ) should remain in Metro Manila and several other areas after June 15 amid the continuing threat of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). That is if Senate President Vicente Sotto III and Senator Sonny Angara were to be asked. The senators' pronouncements ...
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07:46 PM June 13, 2020 SAO PAULO — Brazil’s biggest metropolis has an unorthodox plan to free up space at its graveyards during the coronavirus pandemic: digging up the bones of people buried in the past and storing their bagged remains in large metal containers. Sao Paulo’s municipal funeral service ...
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04:40 AM June 13, 2020 Since June 1, around 400 overseas Filipino workers (OFW) and locally stranded individuals (LSIs) have been forced to camp out in front of Ninoy Aquino International Airport (Naia) and under the airport’s elevated expressway while waiting for their flights to their respective destinations. The government’s ...
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Posted at Jun 13 2020 04:35 PM Manila City Hall employees arrange sewing machines at the Universidad de Manila on Saturday for the production of face masks under a livelihood program. A total of 100 tailors and seamstresses are set to start production of face masks and personal protective equipment on ...
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08:59 AM June 13, 2020 GENEVA — The head of the World Health Organization said Friday he is “truly concerned” about divisions the coronavirus has created globally and within individual countries, calling it an “invisible but a very small virus causing havoc.” “The world has never seen anything like this ...
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Published June 13, 2020 3:48pm Lockdowns were imposed in parts of Beijing on Saturday to try and prevent the spread of a new coronavirus cluster, highlighting the challenges that lie ahead even for places where outbreaks are under control. It came as Brazil claimed the unenviable position of having the second-highest ...
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Posted at Jun 13 2020 04:54 PM BEIJING, China - China has mobilized its army and fast-tracked tests in the global race to find a coronavirus vaccine, but its labs also have an image tarnished by past health scandals to overcome. Six months after the first cases emerged in the city ...
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Published June 13, 2020 6:33pm A total of 116 more Filipinos abroad have recovered from the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), bringing the total recoveries to 2,485, according to the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA). "This one spike in reported recoveries brings the total number of Filipino nationals who have recovered from ...
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As of 13 June 2020, 04:00 pm, the Department of Health reports 607 new confirmed cases, 22 new deaths and 252 new recoveries. This brings the total to 25,392 confirmed cases, 1,074 deaths and 5,706 recoveries ...
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11:26 AM June 13, 2020 MANILA, Philippines — Malacañang on Saturday said the country’s COVID-19 (coronavirus disease) task force has recommended that President Rodrigo Duterte should be the one to decide on changes in the quarantine measures now being enforced in the country. “Eh meron na pong rekomendasyon, ang rekomendasyon, ...
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Published June 13, 2020 3:16pm The following is a brief roundup of some of the latest scientific studies on the novel coronavirus and efforts to find treatments and vaccines for COVID-19, the illness caused by the virus. Coronavirus has more than one gateway into cells Two teams of European researchers, ...
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Posted at Jun 13 2020 03:25 PM MANILA - An official of the Department of Health (DOH) on Saturday said information coming out on the quarantine status for Metro Manila come June 15 remain baseless as the Inter-Agency Task Force on the COVID-19 response has yet to issue its decision ...
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Published Jun 13, 2020 3:11:24 AM (CNN) - Dr. Mike Ryan, executive director of the World Health Organization’s Health Emergencies Program, said they are "concerned that some countries are having difficulties in exiting the so-called lockdowns as they're seeing increases of cases again." “First and foremost, most of the world ...
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Published June 13, 2020 1:02pm Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez said Saturday that senior citizens, or those 60 years and above, can eat at dine-in establishments, although they are encouraged to stay home. In an interview on Dobol B sa News TV, Lopez said that while the elderly are encouraged to ...
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Published June 13, 2020, 10:32 AM The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) is looking forward to being able produce vaccines locally together with international partners should its clinical trials turn out to be successful. This was after the sub-technical working group on vaccine trials spearheaded by the DOST created ...
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Published June 12, 2020, 7:07 AM A woman in her 20s has become the first person in the United States to receive a double-lung transplant for COVID-19, offering hope for other critically-ill coronavirus patients, her doctor said Thursday. She had spent six weeks in the intensive care unit of Northwestern Memorial ...
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Published June 13, 2020 1:20pm The Burj Khalifa in Dubai lit up in the colors of the Philippine flag as a tribute to the country’s 122nd Independence Day. Considered the tallest building in the world, Burj Khalifa took pride in shining three stars and the sun on Friday, June 12. In ...
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Published June 13, 2020, 10:42 AM The coronavirus pandemic has killed 425,000 people since it emerged in China late last year, according to an AFP tally of official sources at 0130 GMT on Saturday. A total of 425,282 deaths have now been recorded from 7,632,517 cases. Europe has registered 186,843 deaths ...
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 June 13, 2020 - 11:46am MANILA, Philippines — A large majority of Filipinos have been found to be dealing with significant stress amid the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, according to the results of a Social Weather Stations survey released Friday. Based on a mobile phone survey conducted between May ...
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June 13, 2020 - 2:07pm The Alliance of Concerned Teachers Philippines urges to protect the private school teachers amid low enrollment turnout. “If enrolment will continue at this rate, we may have less than a million learners in private schools for this school year, which may mean thousands of school ...
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Published Jun 13, 2020 12:16:45 PM Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 13) — The Philippines has yet to join the roster of countries who have lent their support to a UN-backed call to end an "infodemic" in the middle of the COVID-19 crisis. The Latvian mission to the United Nations ...
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Published June 12, 2020, 7:47 PM The Philippines set another record-high in the number of recoveries from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) recorded in a single day. The Department of Health (DOH) announced Friday that 289 more patients have recovered from COVID-19, bringing the total number of survivors to 5,454. It ...
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JUNE 12, 2020 / 4:50 PM LONDON (Reuters) - Fears of a second wave of COVID-19 infections grew on Friday with a record daily increase in India, warnings against complacency in Europe and word from half a dozen U.S. states that their hospital beds were filling up fast. Health officials ...
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Posted at Jun 12 2020 08:11 PM MANILA—The Department of Science and Technology on Friday said that it will help fund the prototypes for a robot that will help reduce direct contact between COVID-19 patients and health workers. During a DOST Report streamed on social media, Secretary Fortunate de la Peña ...
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Posted at Jun 12 2020 06:22 PM | Updated as of Jun 12 2020 09:20 PM MANILA — The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) has allocated P9.8 million in funds to back clinical trials for the use of sleep-regulating hormone melatonin as a supplementary treatment for COVID-19 patients. DOST Secretary Fortunato de ...
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Published June 12, 2020, 4:10 PM The government has officially included asymptomatic individuals, or those who have no symptoms of coronavirus disease, in its expanded targeted testing, an official of the National Action Plan (NAP) on COVID-19 disclosed on June 12, Friday. Vivencio “Vince” Dizon, NAP COVID-19 deputy chief implementer and ...
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