The return of the lab-leak theory

Randy David - @inquirerdotnet 06/06/2021

When the World Health Organization team tasked to investigate the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic reported its findings in March this year, one of its aims appeared to be to dismiss all speculation that the virus had…

Cebu City records lowest positivity rate as downtrend continues

Morexette Marie B. Erram 05/02/2021

CEBU CITY, Philippines – Cebu City recorded its lowest positivity rate so far for this year as it continues to enjoy a downtrend in the number of new COVID-19 cases. The city’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC) reported…

COVID-hit Roque slams ‘un-Christian’ query on how fast he secured hospital bed

Daphne Galvez - Reporter / @DYGalvezINQ 04/12/2021

MANILA, Philippines — “Un-Christian” was how presidential spokesman Harry Roque on Monday merely dismissed – and did not answer – a question about how he was able to quickly obtain a hospital room for his COVID-19 treatment when ordinary…

COVID-19 may become ‘seasonal’, UN says

03/18/2021

GENEVA, Switzerland  – COVID-19 appears likely to develop into a seasonal disease, the United Nations said Thursday,March 18, 2021, cautioning though against relaxing pandemic-related measures simply based on meteorological factors. More than a year after the novel…

Gwen remains COVID-free

Morexette Marie B. Erram 03/17/2021

CEBU CITY, Philippines – Cebu Governor Gwendolyn Garcia tested negative of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), the Capitol announced. Sugbo News, the provincial government’s media arm, posted on Wednesday, March 17, that Garcia’s real-time polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR)…

PH’s COVID-19 active cases top 50,000 anew; per day infections hit another record high at 4,578

Cathrine Gonzales - Reporter / @cgonzalesINQ 03/12/2021

MANILA, Philippines — Active COVID-19 cases in the country have again breached the 50,000-mark on Friday as the Philippines likewise logged another record high of 4,578 new infections in a day. The Department of Health (DOH) reported…

SARS-CoV2 mutations in Cebu? Call it variant of concern, not PH variant, for now — DOH

Neil Arwin Mercado - Reporter / @NAMercadoINQ 02/19/2021

MANILA, Philippines — The two unknown mutations of the SARS-CoV-2 detected in Cebu should be referred to as “variant of concern” instead of “PH COVID-19 variant”, an official of the Department of Health (DOH) said Friday. Dr.…

2 unknown mutations of SARS-CoV-2 found in Cebu

Morexette Marie B. Erram 02/18/2021

CEBU CITY, Philippines – Scientists in the country have discovered the presence of at least two mutations of SARS-CoV-2, which could explain the continued increase of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases in Cebu.  Dr. Mary Jean…

COVID math: All the virus in the world would fit in a coke can

Reuters 02/11/2021

LONDON — All the COVID-causing virus circulating in the world right now could easily fit inside a single cola can, according to a calculation by a British mathematician whose sum exposes just how much devastation is caused…

6 close contacts of Filipino patient with UK Covid-19 variant who are from C. Visayas test negative

Morexette Marie B. Erram 01/21/2021

CEBU CITY, Philippines–All six passengers from Central Visayas, who happened to be close contacts of the first Filipino patient confirmed to have the mutated variant of the new coronavirus, tested negative of the infection, the regional health…

COVID-19 timeline in Cebu City 

Morexette Marie B. Erram 12/31/2020

First of two parts CEBU CITY, Philippines – Cebu City ended the last week of 2020 with a development better than what it went through during the first half of this year–there are less than 200 active…

Labella wants ‘granular lockdowns’ in Cebu City in case of surge of new COVID-19 variant

Morexette Marie B. Erram 12/28/2020

CEBU CITY, Philippines – Cebu City Mayor Edgardo Labella plans to reimpose granular lockdowns, not a city-wide lockdown, in the event of a surge of the new variant of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) here. “If ever…

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