‘Zambo’ resumes Sunday lockdowns

ZAMBOANGA CITY — The local government here on Saturday disclosed that it will impose anew the Sunday lockdowns with modifications starting 1 August due to the persistent threat of the more transmissible Delta variant of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19). In a social media post, Zamboanga City Mayor Maria Isabelle Climaco-Salazar said that the Sunday […] The post ‘Zambo’ resumes Sunday lockdowns appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource: tribune tribuneAug 1st, 2021

PopCom hopes more pantries will hand out contraceptives to avoid unplanned pregnancies

MANILA, Philippines — The Commission on Population and Development (PopCom) hopes that more community pantries will give away contraceptives to help the government’s reproductive health programs and to avoid unintended pregnancies. PopCom pointed out in a statement issued on Sunday that strict lockdowns imposed due to the COVID-19 pandemic had hampered the rollout of family […] The post PopCom hopes more pantries will hand out contraceptives to avoid unplanned pregnancies appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMay 5th, 2021

Sinovac to arrive in Zambo this week, vaccination to begin ASAP - DOH

ZAMBOANGA CITY, Mar 2 (PIA) - The first batch of Sinovac COVID-19 vaccines are expected to arrive Sunday (March 7) and mass immunization among frontline health workers will immediately begin afterw.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsMar 2nd, 2021

Europe surges past 250,000 virus deaths

Europe passed the milestone of 250,000 deaths from Covid-19 on Sunday as Israel and Australia’s second-largest city of Melbourne began to gradually ease their strict lockdowns. European nations have ratcheted up restrictions on daily life to tackle soaring infections, with a 44 percent increase in cases this week. Nighttime curfews on millions came into force […] The post Europe surges past 250,000 virus deaths appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsOct 19th, 2020

First Sunday Mass

Parishioners attend the first Sunday mass at the Redemptorist Church in Davao City on August 9, 2020, after five months under COVID-19 lockdowns.  Masses resumed on July 1 when the city was placed under Modified General Community Quarantine, except on Sundays, when travel passes are not allowed. Starting August 3, however, passes were no longer […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsAug 13th, 2020

Robredo cites gov’t data showing COVID-19 response is not working

Vice President and opposition leader Leni Robredo on Sunday pointed at government data to prove her claim that it’s doing something wrong in its response to the coronavirus pandemic. Vice-President Leni Robredo (OVP / Facebook / FILE PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN) “Iyong datos—at ang datos galing sa pamahalaan—iyong datos ang ating basehan kung bakit natin sinasabi na kung ano iyong ginagawa natin ngayon, hindi siya nagwo-work,” she said on her radio show. Robredo reiterated her call on the administration to reassess its policies and improve in areas where lapses have been committed following the request of frontline health workers to revive strict lockdowns in Metro Manila and its adjacent regions. The vice president said the medical community’s appeal for comprehensive strategy against COVID-19 is a valid request that should be seriously considered. “Iyong lahat na punto nila, halimbawa na lang sinasabi nila na ‘iyong ginagawa natin ngayon is not working.’ Iyon din iyong punto ko, eh. Na hindi working iyong ginagawa natin ngayon kasi pataas nga nang pataas iyong bilang,” she said. As of August 1, the Department of Health (DOH) reported 4,963 additional COVID-19 cases, bringing the total number of coronavirus infections in the country to 98,232. “Ito nga 98,000, validated lang dahil iyong for validation pa, kung hindi ako nagkakamali, nasa mga 37,000, 38,000 pa. Ito iyong discrepancy. So kapag dinagdag mo pa iyon, talagang unimaginable na iyong numbers natin,” she said. Robredo also cited the data from tracing czar Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong that showed only four of over 600 local government units have contract tracing capability. For each positive COVID-19 case, only eight persons are being traced on the average instead of the standard of 37, she said.“Iyong ina-announce na so much number of contact tracers, na 52,000 yata—52,000 na iyong na-hire, pero ang sabi ng WHO, dapat ang ideal para sa atin 132,000 iyong ma-hire na contact tracers,” Robredo added.She said the Philippines is now conducting 30,000 tests for coronavirus per day, but she noted it took the government two months to meet its target daily testing capacity in May.The vice president said she was surprised with the “mass recovery adjustment” after the DOH reported a record-high in recoveries of COVID-19 patients at 38,075.Robredo asserted the DOH must inform the public before changing its data system. “Kung magpapalit ng definition, kung magpapalit ng protocols, baka mas maganda na ina-announce iyon sa tao bago makita iyong numero kasi talagang nagulat lahat. Tapos ang pinaka-mahirap, pagkatapos noong one-time-big-time na isang araw, the following day balik sa dati,” she said......»»

Category: newsSource: NewsAug 2nd, 2020

Roque silent on new record of COVID-19 infections

Malacañang has steered clear of the latest nationwide tally of coronavirus cases which breached the 100,000 mark. Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque (RESIDENTIAL PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN) Presidential spokesman Harry Roque declined to comment and instead passed the buck to the Department of Health (DOH) to discuss the increase in the number of infections in the country.   “Defer to DOH,” Roque said in a short message to reporters when asked about the rapid rise in coronavirus cases. The health department has reported 5,032 fresh cases of coronavirus Sunday, bringing the total number 103,185. It is considered the largest single-day jump on record in the country. The country’s death toll climbed to 2,059 while the recoveries reached 65,557. President Duterte has called for a meeting with Cabinet members Sunday to address the concerns of the medical community that the country was supposedly losing the fight against the disease. The medical frontliners have appealed to the revive the strict lockdown in Metro Manila for the next two weeks, saying the timeout is needed to prevent the collapse of the health care system.  They have called for a comprehensive and effective measures to contain the outbreak as the healthcare system is already overwhelmed. The appeal from the medical community came a day after the President has extended the general community quarantine (GCQ) status of Metro Manila and 12 other areas until mid-August.  The rest of the country is under the most relaxed modified general community quarantine (MGCQ). Even as the lockdowns have been gradually eased to promote livelihood, the government has promised to ramp up testing, tracing and treatment efforts to protect public health and limit the spread of the disease......»»

Category: newsSource: NewsAug 2nd, 2020

DILG: NCR ECQ proposal to be discussed in meeting

The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) on Sunday assured that calls for Metro Manila to be reverted back to the stricter enhanced community quarantine will be tackled during the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) meeting on Aug. 3. DILG Undersecretary and spokesperson Jonathan Malaya issued the clarification after some medical workers requested that the National Capital Region (NCR) be under the more restricted quarantine rules due to the surging coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19) cases. DILG Undersecretary and spokesperson Jonathan Malaya (PCOO / FILE PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN) On Aug. 1, Philippine Medical Association (PMA) president Dr. Jose Santiago in an online press conference headed by the Philippine College of Physicians (PCP) noted that the health workers are overwhelmed by the upsurge of COVID-19 cases they are handling. He relayed that the concerned health workers had urged the government to give them at least two weeks of “breathing space by shifting Mega Manila back to a strict lockdown.’’ “We’re waging a losing battle against COVID-19 and we need to draw up a consolidated, definitive plan of action,” the letter read by Santiago said. With President Duterte on the brink of placing Metro Manila under the modified general communits quarantine (MGCQ) in middle of July, DILG Secretary Eduardo Año and the other Cabinet members convinced the President that the move is not feasible citing the need to open businesses to reinvigorate the economy. Año insisted that the way to curb the spread of the disease starts in every individual who should follow the minimum health standards of wearing masks, observing physical distancing, and practicing proper hygiene. He emphasized that no country can claim they have won their fight against COVID-19 since there is no available vaccine for the virus yet. But on the bright note, Duterte in a meeting on Friday said that the COVID-19 vaccine will be available in the country this December. Año noted that the country has to live with the virus momentarily until the vaccine is found. He added that the local government units (LGUs) have the power to impose localized lockdowns on parts of the barangays, streets, and buildings which they have identified as high-risk areas......»»

Category: newsSource: NewsAug 2nd, 2020

Sumo resumes in front of fans despite rise in Japan virus infections

Sumo began a new tournament in front of a live audience Sunday, despite a steady rise in coronavirus infections, with fans voicing both joy and caution about watching the Japanese spectacle during the pandemic......»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJul 19th, 2020

& rsquo;No to home quarantine& rsquo;

The government is discouraging home-based quarantine for those who test positive for COVID-19 and will push for swift and longer localized lockdowns in communities that have been hit, Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles said Sunday......»»

Category: lifestyleSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 12th, 2020

CebuPac resumes Dubai flights

Cebu Pacific Air (CEB) has announced the resumption of its flight operations to and from Dubai beginning today (Sunday)......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJul 11th, 2020

Grizzlies Morant apologizes for anti-police Instagram post

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Memphis Grizzlies rookie guard Ja Morant tweeted and deleted an Instagram post suggesting he’d replace his name with an expletive on his number 12 jersey in a protest against police. The post has since been deleted and Morant apologized Sunday night, saying the message didn't “accurately convey” what he wanted to share and that he knows “there are good cops ‘12’ out there.” “My post was intended to focus on bad cops who get away with the murder of unarmed Black men and women and those who continue to harass peaceful BLACK LIVES MATTER protestors," Morant said. Morant also asked for “justice” in the death of Breonna Taylor, a Black woman shot and killed by Louisville Metro Police officers who were performing a no-knock warrant. Morant's post came as the NBA, the National Basketball Players Association and Nike were reportedly working on a deal to allow players to replace their names with social justice statements when the NBA season resumes on July 30......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 30th, 2020

Social justice messages may be allowed on NBA jerseys

Los Angeles—NBA players could be allowed to wear jerseys bearing slogans supporting social justice causes or charities instead of their names when the league resumes next month, ESPN reported Sunday......»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJun 30th, 2020

NBA players may be allowed to have social justice messages on jerseys

LOS ANGELES (AFP) – NBA players could be allowed to wear jerseys bearing slogans supporting social justice causes or charities instead of their names when the league resumes next month, ESPN reported Sunday. Oklahoma City Thunder guard Chris Paul, president of the National Basketball Players Association, told ESPN’s The Undefeated website that players were in […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tempoRelated NewsJun 29th, 2020

Iran makes masks compulsory

TEHRAN, Iran (AFP) — Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani said on Sunday that mask-wearing will be mandatory in certain areas as of next week and gave virus-hit provinces the green light to reimpose restrictive measures. The Islamic republic has refrained from enforcing full lockdowns to stop the spread of the COVID-19 disease, and the use of […] The post Iran makes masks compulsory appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsJun 29th, 2020

Iceland president wins landslide election: partial results

Iceland's President Gudni Johannesson won a landslide election on Sunday, according to partial results, after the European country became the second to hold polls since coronavirus lockdowns were lifted......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJun 28th, 2020

Oil production finally resumes in key Libya field& mdash;NOC

Tripoli, Libya—The Libyan National Oil Corp. said Sunday production had resumed at Al-Sharara oil field, the country’s largest, which had been shut months ago by the forces of strongman Khalifa Haftar......»»

Category: financeSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJun 8th, 2020

PNP-PDEA misencounter probe report out soon

Department of Justice (DoJ) Secretary Menardo Guevarra announced on Sunday that the results of the investigation on the “misencounter” between the operatives of the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) in an illegal drugs operation in Quezon City last February will be turned over to the agency this month. The […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsAug 22nd, 2021

Return to growth depends on tax reforms, lifting curbs

The economy will return to pre-pandemic activity only in 2025 at the earliest, unless the remaining tax reforms are legislated and lockdowns are lifted, the Department of Finance said......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 22nd, 2021

Banks extend relief to borrowers

Philippine banks continued to provide financial relief to borrowers severely affected by the pandemic and at the same time ensured continued access to essential financial services amid the lockdowns, according to the Bangko Sentral ng PIlipinas......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 22nd, 2021

Members of Philippine Paralympic delegation positive for COVID-19

In a statement released Sunday, the PPC said that "some officials, coaches, and a para-athlete" from the Philippine delegation caught the malady and are now in isolation......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 22nd, 2021