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Global COVID-19 cases soon surpassing 30M

09/18/2020

MANILA, Philippines — Global coronavirus cases were expected to pass 30 million on Thursday, according to a Reuters tally, with the pandemic showing no signs of slowing. India was firmly in focus as the latest epicenter, although…

US unveils broad vaccine plan — but no quick rollout

09/17/2020

WASHINGTON — The government outlined a sweeping plan Wednesday to make vaccines for COVID-19 available for free to all Americans when proven safe and effective, though a top public health official made clear that widespread vaccination of…

Asia Today: India adds 96K virus cases, orders some retests

09/11/2020

NEW DELHI — India edged closer to recording nearly 100,000 coronavirus cases in 24 hours as it ordered retesting of many people whose first results were from the less reliable rapid antigen tests being widely used. According…

In a year of restrictions, virus changes Sept. 11, too

09/11/2020

NEW YORK  — In a year when the coronavirus pandemic has reshaped countless American rituals, even the commemoration of 9/11 could not escape unchanged. The 19th anniversary of the terror attacks will be marked by dueling ceremonies…

Filipino missing, another compatriot injured in fire on oil tanker near Sri Lanka

Associated Press 09/04/2020

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — A fire broke out on a large oil tanker off the eastern coast of Sri Lanka on Thursday, September 3, 2020, leaving one of its 23 crew members missing and another injured, a…

38 Filipino seafarers lost at sea

Dona Z. Pazzibugan 09/04/2020

Thirty-eight Filipino seafarers remained missing in chilly waters off southwestern Japan a day after their cargo ship capsized on Wednesday, September 2, 2020, as Typhoon “Maysak” smashed into the Korean peninsula. The Panamanian-flagged Gulf Livestock 1 had…

Canada’s top doctor urges mask wearing during sex, no kissing

Associated Press 09/03/2020

OTTAWA, Canada  – Canada’s chief public health officer on Wednesday, September 2, 2020, urged couples to wear masks during sex to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus. “Sex can be complicated in the time of Covid-19,…

Studies show masks with valves and face shields allow spread of virus

Agence France Presse 09/03/2020

WASHINGTON — People wearing plastic face shields or masks fitted with a valve can spray invisible droplets over a very wide area when they sneeze or cough, making the devices ineffective at preventing the spread of coronavirus…

Chinese bus offers new evidence of airborne coronavirus spread—study

Agence France Presse 09/02/2020

A person on a poorly ventilated Chinese bus infected nearly two dozen other passengers with coronavirus even though many weren’t sitting close by, according to research published on Tuesday that offers fresh evidence the disease can spread…

Biden picks Kamala Harris as running mate, first Black woman

08/12/2020

WILMINGTON, Delaware  — Joe Biden named California Senator Kamala Harris as his running mate on Tuesday, making history by selecting the first Black woman to compete on a major party’s presidential ticket and acknowledging the vital role…

Taiwan’s visa-free entry for Filipinos extended until July 2021

Gabriel Pabico Lalu - INQUIRER.net 07/23/2020

MANILA, Philippines — Filipinos can continue to enjoy traveling to Taiwan without a visa—at least after the pandemic subsides—as its Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) extended the visa-free entry for selected nations until July 2021. According to…

Resumption of South China Sea Code of Conduct negotiations to be determined soon—Vietnamese diplomat

06/24/2020

HANOI — The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) and China are expecting to set the time and date for resumption of delayed negotiations on the highly anticipated Code of Conduct (COC) for the South China Sea…

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