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Duterte asks recovered COVID-19 patients to donate blood

Krissy Aguilar - INQUIRER.net 04/09/2020

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte has joined the call for survivors of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) to donate blood which may likely be the key to finding a cue for the viral respiratory illness. The President…

PH has ‘low’ number of COVID-19 cases despite limited testing – Duque

Daphne Galvez - Inquirer.net 04/09/2020

MANILA, Philippines — The number of confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in the Philippines, despite limited testing, is relatively “low” compared to other countries, Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said on Thursday in a briefing led by…

COVID-19 crisis could last up to two years, says Duterte

Krissy Aguilar - INQUIRER.net 04/09/2020

MANILA, Philippines— President Rodrigo Duterte called on the public to not rush in solving the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) crisis, saying it could last for two years. “Kapag hindi naayos itong COVID-19, mapurnada talaga tayong lahat. Huwag ninyong…

Duterte warns landlords: Don’t pressure tenants, defer collection of rent

Darryl John Esguerra - INQUIRER.net 04/09/2020

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte warns lessors against pressuring tenants into paying their rent during the extended Luzon lockdown, saying that he will even “go against the law” to protect these tenants. “Huwag mo muna hingiin…

RITM eyes 10,000 tests a day; prepares distribution of 900k test kits

Krissy Aguilar 04/08/2020

MANILA, Philippines — The Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM) is eyeing at processing about 10,000 coronavirus disease (COVID-19) tests a day for the next three months as it prepares to distribute 900,000 test kits in accredited…

DOH: 252 healthcare workers have COVID-19

Daphne Galvez 04/08/2020

MANILA, Philippines — A total of 252 healthcare workers has been confirmed to have the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), the Department of Health (DOH) revealed Wednesday. Of the number, 152 or 65 percent are doctors while 63…

Duterte suspends processing of admin cases during ECQ

Krissy Aguilar 04/08/2020

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte has suspended the filing of cases, appeals, petitions for review, and other pleadings before the Office of the President, except “urgent” ones, while the Luzon-wide enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) is in place.…

LGUs ordered to establish isolation facilities as COVID-19 cases seen to rise

Krissy Aguilar 04/08/2020

MANILA, Philippines— Local government units (LGUs) have been ordered to immediately set up their own isolation facilities in preparation for the spike of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) patients. The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Undersecretary…

Trump threatens to cut WHO funding, China lifts Wuhan travel ban

Agence France Presse 04/08/2020

  WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump threatened on Tuesday to cut US funding to the World Health Organization, accusing it of bias toward China, where the authorities lifted a two-and-a-half-month travel ban on Wuhan, the city that…

DICT warns on use of video, teleconferencing apps citing security issues

Catherine Gonzales - Inquirer.net 04/07/2020

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) on Tuesday advised the public to be more cautious in using video and teleconferencing software, which are now being used by some companies amid the enhanced…

Luzon-wide quarantine extended until April 30

Krissy Aguilar 04/07/2020

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte has approved the extension of the Luzon-wide enhanced community quarantine until April 30, the interagency task force on COVID-19 announced on Tuesday. “Yung enhanced community quarantine is until April 30, 11:59…

DOLE to give cash aid to 350,000 workers affected by ECQ by April 14

Daphne Galvez 04/06/2020

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) is aiming to give cash assistance to about 350,000 formal and informal workers who were not able to go to work due to the enhanced community quarantine…

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