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Raul Jara: ‘Doktor ng bayan’
A good doctor, a good Filipino and a good man. This was how friends and colleagues remembered Dr. Raul D. Jara, the cardiologist from the Philippine Heart Center who died due to COVID-19 March 24. He was a nationalist who believed that medicine should be placed in the service of the Filipino people, said one of his colleagues in the Medical Action Group (MAG), the health and human rights NGO that Jara chaired from 1989 to 1991. The colleague, who asked not to be named, said she was not surprised that despite his advanced age, which put him at greater risk of infection, Jara chose to serve at the front lines where he was needed. As mentor, Jara was good at motivating those he ...Keep on reading: Raul Jara: ‘Doktor ng bayan’
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50 ways people are making a difference during the pandemic
One of the most beautiful things about Filipinos is they always, always step up in the midst of a crisis. Despite the quarantine, people have been finding ways to help their fellow citizens. This outbreak has proven that no virus is strong enough to kill our spirit of bayanihan. Elsewhere in the world, acts of generosity abound as well, like beacons of light during this time of darkness. Here are 50 things people are doing here and abroad to make a difference during the COVID-19 pandemic. And you can make a difference, too. They're laying their lives on the line. Health workers are the soldiers in this war against COVID-19. It hasn't been easy for them, with the lack of publi...Keep on reading: 50 ways people are making a difference during the pandemic
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Several more tournaments wiped out by pandemic
More international football tournaments, including a regional competition, which the Philippines is hosting in May, have been postponed by the Asean Football Federation (AFF) due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. The AFF announced that it was postponing competitions in the next four months, the biggest of which is the AFF Women's Championship that was slated from May to June in the Philippines. The Philippine Football Federation (PFF) said it was also supposed to field teams in the AFF U18 Women's Championship (June 2020), AFF U16 Boys' Championship (July 2020), and AFF U19 Boys Championship (August 2020). These tournaments have now been moved to later dates, the ...Keep on reading: Several more tournaments wiped out by pandemic
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Threat of hunger as serious as COVID, Agri secretary warns
Agriculture Secretary William Dar emphasized that the threat of hunger is just as real as the threat of COVID-19 Rice exporting countries have placed their stocks on hold in order to ensure their people’s food [Read More]
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Locked up: No masks, sanitizer as virus spreads behind bars
Something was wrong. The chow hall line at New York's Rikers Island jail had halted. For three hours, the men stood and waited, without food, until a correctional officer quietly delivered the news: A civilian chef was among those who tested positive for the coronavirus. "We was like, 'What? The cook?'" said Corey Young, who spoke to The Associated Press last week by phone from Rikers. He and others wondered if the chef had sneezed on trays or into the food. Some men later floated the idea of a hunger strike to protest. "I don't want to eat nothing that comes from the state," Young said. "They are not going to take care of us properly here." Health experts say prisons and ja...Keep on reading: Locked up: No masks, sanitizer as virus spreads behind bars
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Reflection, review timely halfway through lockdown
The approaching halfway mark of the community quarantine has us in a mood for reflection. As hard as it is, things could be worse. Thankfully, the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) is far milder than the severe acute respiratory syndrome, Middle Easr respiratory syndrome and the avian flu. To date, the worst attribute of Covid-19 is […]
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A time for the Great Repurposing
Today’s leaders who look at history for guides on how to deal with the current coronavirus-induced crisis can seek instructions from the decisive actions taken by the Roosevelt administration during the Great Depression in the 1930s. The context maybe different — the Great Depression’s economic collapse versus today’s thriving economies suddenly shell-shocked by a fast-spreading, […]
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‘To kill with sword and famine and pestilence’
When he opened the fourth seal … I saw, and behold, a pale horse, and its rider’s name was Death, and Hades followed him; and they were given power over a fourth of the earth, to kill with sword and with famine and with pestilence and by wild beasts. — The Book of Revelation, 6:7-8 […]
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Challenges of the coronavirus
We are facing an immense challenge around the world. Everyone has to realize the danger and stay at home and practice strict hygiene. Thousands are dying — friends and relatives. And, many die alone. We are people with rational intelligence. Everyone is important and equal in dignity and rights, and we have to respect all […]
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US hotspots grow as virus cases surpass 620,000 globally
DETROIT --- As confirmed coronavirus cases in the United States led the world --- with more than 105,000 infections --- cities such as Detroit, Chicago and New Orleans grew as hotspots Saturday, while the virus continued to pummel New York City and also made its way into rural America. In parts of Africa, meanwhile, virus prevention measures took a violent turn as countries imposed lockdowns and curfews or sealed off major cities, with police in Kenya firing tear gas and officers elsewhere captured on video hitting people with batons. Russia said its borders would be fully closed as of Monday. The number of worldwide infections surpassed 620,000 with more than 28,000 deaths as ...Keep on reading: US hotspots grow as virus cases surpass 620,000 globally
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Covid ‘zero’ and a second wave of infections
Wuhan, the city in Central China that was the epicenter of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19), reported zero confirmed coronavirus domestic infection cases on March 17. It kept the zero status from that day onward until press time on March 20. The city and the country’s experience are markedly different from the rest of the […]
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‘Paradise Lost’ and the Lost Horizon
It is undeniable that the coronavirus disease 2019 or Covid-19 is the single dominant news on record, gracing the pages of all media outlets worldwide. No publication or broadcast entity goes without this most “favored” headliner. This phenomenon scratched some historical sensitivities etched in my memory decades ago. One is John Milton’s 17th century epic […]
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Chinese vs Western governance: The case of Covid-19
By Martin Jacques LONDON: In January the onslaught in the Western media, notably in the United States and the United Kingdom, against the Chinese government’s handling of the coronavirus, then an epidemic, was merciless. The Chinese government stood accused of an inhumane attitude toward its people, secrecy, a cover-up and an overwhelming concern for its […]
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Coronavirus worsens Yemen’s long tale of woe
By Abdul Mohammed SANA’A, Yemen: In every room in Yemen’s Al-Saba’een hospital, patients in critical condition waited on chairs, and still others laid on the bare ground. I saw women and girls sharing beds in pairs, and children laying close together being treated. This is Sana’a, Yemen’s best-supplied and capital city, on what has become an […]
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Leveling up
“I walked out of the venue and sat on a bench alone and cried, as I had to let go of competing…there had to be more in esports, aside from just bringing the pride of one nation. It would have to involve developing the industry for the whole region.” Last year proved to be a […]
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John Turturro on his ‘Plot Against America’ and ‘The Batman’
  LOS ANGELES---A president who is fascistic and divisive, whose rhetoric incites a wave of right-wing nationalism and false narratives ("fake news," if you will). Sounds familiar? HBO's "The Plot Against America," starring John Turturro, is based on the late Philip Roth's eerily prescient novel of the same name. Published in 2004, Philip imagined an alternative history in which a celebrity demagogue, aviator hero Charles Lindbergh---who was known as anti-Semitic---defeats Franklin D. Roosevelt and becomes the US President in 1940. It's worth pointing out that US President Donald Trump also invoked Lindbergh's slogan, "America First," in his inaugural address. The no...Keep on reading: John Turturro on his ‘Plot Against America’ and ‘The Batman’
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Theater actor charges ‘close encounter with predator’ to experience
It turns out that Abhorrent Bloke (AB) wasn't always the well-respected show biz personality that we know him today. There was a time when he was younger when he would lie and take advantage of young men who would seek his help to further their show biz careers. In fact, Theater Actor (TA) claimed that AB promised to find film and TV projects for him in exchange for sexual favor. AB eventually got what he wanted from the poor newbie, whose calls he stopped answering shortly after he had shared a bed with him. As for TA, he has learned the hard way to be more discerning and not to be too trusting of people around him, especially those involved in the business of show. Appearances...Keep on reading: Theater actor charges ‘close encounter with predator’ to experience
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McCoy bares devastating effect of failed romance with Elisse
  For actor McCoy de Leon, a successful career in show biz doesn't necessarily equate with a failed love life. McCoy also refused to say whether or not he now prefers to have a girlfriend who isn't from show biz over someone with a celebrity status, because a relationship with the former is always more private and easier to manage. "But, you can't force your heart to choose one person over the other just because you've set specific qualifications on whom to date," McCoy told Inquirer Entertainment. He added, though, that while he is single at the moment, he is "very happy... I have no problem being alone." McCoy admitted that what happened to his most recent relation...Keep on reading: McCoy bares devastating effect of failed romance with Elisse
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John Legend’s upcoming album is for making ‘corona-babies’
  With several countries and cities now under quarantine, some people have been joking that we will probably see a baby boom in nine months' time. And John Legend is coming up with a studio album that could well end up as a baby-making soundtrack. "It's actually probably my sexiest album to date ... which could work if you're stuck at home and wanna make some corona-babies," the R&B star said, laughing, in a video chat with Jimmy Fallon, who has been doing "The Tonight Show" from his home. "So, I feel like if you're spending a lot of time with your partner and you need a soundtrack for that, this could be it," John added. He then proceeded to perform his new song...Keep on reading: John Legend’s upcoming album is for making ‘corona-babies’
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3D LOTTO RESULT March 29, 2020
3D LOTTO RESULT March 29, 2020 – The 3D Lotto draws are held today by the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) at 11AM, 4PM, and 9PM and here are the results: 11am: Draw Suspended  4pm: Draw Suspended  9pm: Draw Suspended  See UPDATED results for the following draws: EZ2 RESULT March 28, 2020 (updated every 11am, […] The post 3D LOTTO RESULT March 29, 2020 appeared first on Philippine News.
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Ruby mourns 9th fallen COVID-19 front-liner—doctor sister
  "Be at peace. Don't worry about us anymore. Have fun in heaven! Love you so much!" Thus said television host-comedian Ruby Rodriguez in her tribute to her elder sister, Philippine Pediatric Society president Sally Gatchalian, who died on March 26 after battling COVID-19. In an Instagram post, Rodriguez posted a family photo from Christmas last year, and reminisced about happy moments with the fallen frontliner, who also served as the assistant director at the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine. "We will only remember you with happy memories: Laughing and sleeping; your Johnson outfits and all;how you loved bling-bling; your coiffed hair every day, your K-dr...Keep on reading: Ruby mourns 9th fallen COVID-19 front-liner—doctor sister
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LOTTO RESULT March 29, 2020
LOTTO RESULT March 29, 2020 – Draws for 6/58 Ultra Lotto, 6/49 Super Lotto LOTTO RESULT March 29, 2020 – Here is the official result of the 6/58 Ultra Lotto and 6/49 Super Lotto draw for today, Sunday, March 29, 2020. Due to the declaration of President Rodrigo Duterte of the Enhanced Community Quarantine PCSO […] The post LOTTO RESULT March 29, 2020 appeared first on Philippine News.
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‘COVID you are just contravida Ang DIOS CO VIDA!’
Nung quarantine sa ikatlong araw pa lang nya, Waring hati na ang isip ko sa dalawa — Ang isa’y patuloy pa rin na umaasa…
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Botong Francisco’s Stations of the Cross
In a small church inside the Don Bosco school in Mandaluyong City hang the 14 Stations of the Cross by Carlos ‘Botong’ V. Francisco.
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The durable Jose Mari Chan
Can you spell “durability” with 12 letters? Easy does it: Jose Mari Chan.
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Closer to God
My husband had a small wound on his shin. “Where did you get that?” I asked.
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Stories from COVID-19 frontliners
They’re fighting on the front lines of a war against a deadly enemy. Every day they risk their lives in the service of their fellow Filipinos, who cannot afford to take quarantine lightly.
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Philippines vehicle sales among hardest hit by COVID in Southeast Asia
The Philippines is among the countries in Southeast Asia to be affected the most by the coronavirus disease 2019 or COVID-19 in terms of vehicle sales, a unit of Fitch Group said.
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PLDT enables business continuity amid lockdown
Telecommunications and digital services provider PLDT is enabling business continuity amid the ongoing enhanced community quarantine through business-grade collaboration tools that support companies’ work-from-home arrangements.
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Villar pushes community-based waste management, recycling projects
Despite the enhanced community quarantine being imposed in Luzon and other parts in the country, Sen. Cynthia Villar said proper handling of waste products can still be done to maintain cleanliness and help prevent the spread of hd disease.
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Better humans
Why did it have to take a pandemic like COVID 19 for people to rediscover humanity and what it means to be human?
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The paradox of borders
I envy this kind of lifestyle. Going roadside cafes, eating leisurely lunch or sipping espresso watching the people go by admiring their fashion sense.
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Barcelona donates 30,000 masks to help fight coronavirus
BARCELONA, Spain --- Barcelona has delivered 30,000 masks to the Catalonia government to help fight the coronavirus pandemic, the club said Saturday. The masks were made in China and donated by insurance company Taiping, a regional partner of the club. Barcelona said the "daily use" masks will be distributed to nursing homes. The club added it is working through its foundation "to do as much as possible to help with this crisis, both locally and internationally." "The club has put itself at the service of the health authorities to help to fulfill and enforce all its instructions, recommendations and orders to combat contagion of the virus and alleviate its effects as much...Keep on reading: Barcelona donates 30,000 masks to help fight coronavirus
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Belingon eyes May 29 return vs Lineker in Manila
MANILA, Philippines---Raring to get back inside the cage, Kevin Belingon already has a potential opponent in mind for his next fight. Belingon, the former ONE world bantamweight champion has set his sights on a dangerous foe in Brazil's John Lineker. The 32-year-0ld Belingon (20-7) was once atop the bantamweight division when he beat Bibiano Fernandes to become the undisputed champion in November 2018 but his trilogy against the mighty Brazilian ended in two straight losses. The Team Lakay stalwart, though, wants to make a splash in his return and a match against Lineker (32-9) is a solid prospect for him. "It will be exciting if they give me John Lineker. It will be a ve...Keep on reading: Belingon eyes May 29 return vs Lineker in Manila
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Sangiao fits bill as contestant in The Apprentice: ONE edition
MANILA, Philippines---The Apprentice: ONE Championship edition is set to air in the second half of 2020 though, there's no official lineup of contestants yet. There is, however, at least one person who appears to be a perfect candidate for it and he's more than willing to welcome the opportunity when it comes knocking. "More than a hundred percent I would say yes if given the chance. I would do anything that would be good for me, my family, my athletes, Team Lakay, and future warriors. An opportunity like that would be hard to say no to," said Team Lakay head coach Sangiao on the thought of him joining the hit reality TV series. Sangiao has already proven to have a strong gr...Keep on reading: Sangiao fits bill as contestant in The Apprentice: ONE edition
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Tootsy Angara bares neighbor wanted them out of village
  MANILA, Philippines --- A couple of days after Sen. Sonny Angara tested positive for COVID-19, one of the more disheartening news came to his household. Elvira "Tootsy" Angara, Sonny's wife, said on her Instagram post that one of their neighbors wanted her family to be out of their neighborhood after news of the lawmaker's health situation was made public. "As soon as the news came out, some have refused to deliver essentials to our home, a neighbor wished to have us out of our neighborhood, and I don't blame them," wrote Tootsy on her Instagram profile Saturday. Nevertheless, there were still those who helped the Angara household. "To our neighbors who showed us ac...Keep on reading: Tootsy Angara bares neighbor wanted them out of village
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Bicol records 4th COVID-19 positive case
  CITY -- A 60-year-old female from Albay province was the fourth person who tested positive for coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Bicol just a day after three persons were confirmed to have the viral disease by the Department of Health (DOH) in the region. Dr. Ernie Vera, DOH Bicol chief and chair of Bicol Interagency Task Force (IATF), in a press statement said on Saturday that the COVID-19 patient arrived in Albay from Manila on March 10. Ten days after her arrival, she submitted herself for a check-up due to cough at the Bicol Regional Training and Teaching Hospital (BRTTH) in this city. The COVID-19 Bicol tracker indicated that as of March 28, of the four reported C...Keep on reading: Bicol records 4th COVID-19 positive case
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Iza Calzado Update About Health After She Tested Positive For COVID-19
Here’s an update about Iza Calzado after she tested positive for coronavirus disease. IZA CALZADO – Kapamilya actress Iza Calzado has tested positive for Coronavirus Disease 2019 and here is an update about her condition. In a previous report, the ABS-CBN actress Iza Calzado was confined in the hospital due to pneumonia. This is amid […] The post Iza Calzado Update About Health After She Tested Positive For COVID-19 appeared first on Philippine News.
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Atletico joins Espanyol in requesting player, staff paycuts
Atletico Madrid became on Friday the latest La Liga club to request labour authorities to allow them to cut player and staff salaries while football is suspended in Spain due to the coronavirus pandemic. In a statement, club CEO Miguel Angel Gil said that they were "obliged" to propose a partial unemployment plan "for the employees who, due to the state of emergency in our country, can no longer carry their work". Atleti are among a raft of clubs set to take a huge financial hit due to the indefinite suspension of football in Spain, one of the countries worst hit by COVID-19. Gil did not outline by how much salaries would be cut, but confirmed that the measure concerned both...Keep on reading: Atletico joins Espanyol in requesting player, staff paycuts
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Nurse who assisted patient ‘PH744’ in Nueva Vizcaya tests positive for COVID-19
  BAYOMBONG, Nueva Vizcaya -- A female nurse who assisted a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) patient in this province was also tested positive for the disease, local health officials said. Dr. Napoleon Obana, chief of the Region 2 Trauma and Medical Center, said the nurse is the province's second COVID-19 case. Obana said the patient was asymptomatic when her swab samples were submitted for test. She was immediately isolated at the hospital. The woman could have contracted the virus from patient PH774, a 65-year-old man from Solano town who died on March 22. The nurse had no travel history outside Nueva Vizcaya but had attended to patient PH774, the province's first COV...Keep on reading: Nurse who assisted patient ‘PH744’ in Nueva Vizcaya tests positive for COVID-19
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UEFA chief says season can still be saved
The head of UEFA said European football leagues were still looking at all options and not ruling out finishing this season -- if the coronavirus pandemic subsides. "We could start again in mid-May, in June or even late June," Aleksander Ceferin told Italy's La Repubblica daily. Any time after that and "the season will probably be lost," he said. The idea of the entire season simply being cancelled stirs panic in fans of clubs such as Liverpool -- on the cusp of lifting their first title in 30 years. Ceferin did not say when UEFA will issue a final ruling and stressed that consultations with the main leagues and clubs were still underway. "There is also a proposal to en...Keep on reading: UEFA chief says season can still be saved
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Confirmed COVID-19 cases in Quezon reach 6
  LUCENA CITY -- Health authorities in Quezon province recorded two more confirmed cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), bringing the number of cases to six. The Integrated Provincial Health Office (IPHO) said in a 6 p.m. report Saturday (March 28) that the latest confirmed virus carriers were a 68-year-old man from this city and a 35-year-old man from Tayabas City. Elder patient is confined in an undisclosed hospital and in stable condition, while the patient from Tayabas is stable, asymptomatic and under house quarantine. Previously, the IPHO reported four confirmed COVID-19 cases in the province -- two from this city and one each from Sariaya and Sampaloc towns...Keep on reading: Confirmed COVID-19 cases in Quezon reach 6
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Nueva Ecija prepares 3 facilities to treat suspected COVID-19 patients
    CABANATUAN CITY -- Three facilities, including a private university, in Nueva Ecija province were tapped to accommodate patients under investigation (PUIs) for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), local authorities said. Benjamin Turgano, president of the Wesleyan University-Philippines (WUP) in this city, had allowed local health officials to use the university as a facility to monitor and treat cases of PUIs, according to the Cabanatuan City Information and Tourism Office. The Provincial Board on Tuesday also granted Dr. Huberto Lapuz, director of the Paulino J. Garcia Memorial Research and Medical Center, the authority to make a facility in Nueva Ecija Dru...Keep on reading: Nueva Ecija prepares 3 facilities to treat suspected COVID-19 patients
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JUST IN: Bacolod City Confirmed Their 5th Case Of Coronavirus Disease
Here’s a coronavirus disease in Bacolod City and entire of Western Visayas. CORONAVIRUS DISEASE – Bacolod City recorded 1 new case of COVID-19 bringing a total of 5 in the city and total of 16 in entire Western Visayas. The rising of confirmed cases of coronavirus disease in the country caused fear to a lot […] The post JUST IN: Bacolod City Confirmed Their 5th Case Of Coronavirus Disease appeared first on Philippine News.
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DOH issues protocols for quarantine facilities with PUIs
  MANILA, Philippines --- The Department of Health (DOH) has reminded the local government units (LGUs) to be mindful of health protocol when setting up quarantine facilities that would treat persons under investigation (PUIs) and persons under monitoring (PUMs) while hospitals are in full capacity for caring of COVID-19 patients.   In a DOH press briefing on Saturday, Health Undersecretary Dr. Rosette Vergeire released guidelines for quarantine facilities to reduce the risk of transmission of the coronavirus disease.   Quarantine facility should have adequate space but must have proper ventilation, the health official said.   If isolati...Keep on reading: DOH issues protocols for quarantine facilities with PUIs
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Sam Milby, Gina Alajar React To COVID-19 Positive Allegations
Here are Sam Milby and Gina Alajar’s reactions to the COVID-19 positive allegations Singer-actor Sam Milby and veteran actress/director Gina Alajar reacted to the allegations that they tested positive for COVID-19. Previously, two celebrities in the Philippines tested positive for the new coronavirus, Christopher de Leon who is already recovering and Iza Calzado whose manager […] The post Sam Milby, Gina Alajar React To COVID-19 Positive Allegations appeared first on Philippine News.
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Lucena market to close temporarily for disinfection
  LUCENA CITY -- The city public market here will be closed temporarily starting Sunday (March 29) as part of the local government enhanced community quarantine measures to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Arnel Avila, city public information officer, citing the order of Mayor Roderick Alcala, said the closure aims to conduct thorough disinfection as another safeguard measure to protect the public against the dreaded virus. "It will be temporarily closed until further notice," Avila said on his Facebook post Saturday. Avila assured city residents that Alcala will dispatch several "rolling stores" around the city to address the temporary...Keep on reading: Lucena market to close temporarily for disinfection
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