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Local Roundup: & bull; Virus cases inch closer to 300k & bull; Protocol breach

The number of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases in the Philippines surged to 296,755 on Thursday after the Department of Health (DOH) announced 2,180 new infections, marking the third consecutive day in which less than 3,000 new cases were reported......»»

Category: newsSource: thestandard thestandardSep 25th, 2020

Local Roundup: & bull; ICU data glitch & bull; Saliva test & bull; PhilHealth mess

The Philippines logged on Thursday 1,337 new coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases, bringing the total to 413,430, as 11 laboratories failed to submit their data and an error cited in one of its earlier reports, the Department of Health said......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsNov 19th, 2020

Local Roundup: & bull; State of calamity extension definite & bull; MM cases surge

President Rodrigo Duterte will “definitely” extend the declaration of a state of calamity in the Philippines as the country continues to have rising infections and deaths caused by the coronavirus pandemic – with total lockdown imposed on March 17......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsSep 18th, 2020

Local Roundup: & bull; New cases tally lowest since middle of July & bull; KL clampdown

The Department of Health on Thursday reported 1,987 additional COVID-19 cases, the lowest since July, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 228,403......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsSep 3rd, 2020

World Roundup: & bull; New Zealand virus-free & bull; North Korea doles out aid

New Zealand marked 100 days on Sunday with no recorded cases of the coronavirus in the community but health officials warned there was no room for complacency......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsAug 9th, 2020

World Roundup: & bull; Japan situation: Maximum alert & bull; Russia: 2M cases

Japan is on “maximum alert” after logging a record number of daily coronavirus infections, its prime minister said Thursday, though no immediate restrictions are planned......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsNov 19th, 2020

Local Roundup: PH out of top 20 virus-hit nations; tally still down

The Philippines has dropped out of the top 20 countries with the most number of COVID-19 cases worldwide......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsOct 31st, 2020

Local Roundup: & bull; Vaccine group gears up for tests & bull; Sputnik V update up at House hearing

A sub-technical working group led by the Department of Science and Technology is gearing up for COVID-19 phase 3 clinical trials, which are set to begin in November......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsOct 11th, 2020

Thailand Moves a Step Closer to Welcoming Back Foreign Tourists

Thailand will start issuing special visas to foreign tourists starting October, easing a more than five-month-old ban on visitors to revive the nation’s ailing tourism-reliant economy. Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-Ocha’s cabinet approved a proposal to issue visas to tourists planning to stay between 90 and 280 days in Thailand, according to government spokeswoman Traisuree Taisaranakul. The tourists will undergo a mandatory 14-day state quarantine on arrival at partner hotels or hospitals and follow health and safety regulations, she said. The government expects about 1,200 visitors to avail themselves of these visas each month, generating about 1.2 billion baht ($38.5 million) in revenue. The easing of border restrictions may boost the nation’s pandemic-battered tourism industry and cushion the blow to an economy projected to contract 8.5% this year. The news of cabinet approval for special visas triggered a rally among hotel and travel operators in Bangkok. A measure of Thai tourism and leisure stocks jumped 4.5%, the biggest gainer among the Stock Exchange of Thailand’s 28 industry groups. It was also the index’s largest increase since May 26. While Hotel operators Erawan Group Pcl and Central Plaza Hotel Pcl surged more than 8%, Minor International Pcl advanced 5.5%. Thailand’s tourism and hospitality sectors are counting on the return of international visitors, who contributed to two-thirds of tourism income before the pandemic, to reverse the slump in businesses and save millions of jobs. A government campaign to boost travel by locals through hotel and air travel concessions has failed to make up for the slump in earnings, but the move to allow foreigners in small batches will still be a relief to the industry. “There will not be a huge economic impact from this as it still can’t compensate for the revenue lost, but it will help,” Somprawin Manprasert, chief economist at Bank of Ayudhya Pcl said. “This plan still targets a higher-spending group of foreign visitors which will not benefit tourism industry operators that have lower to mid-price points, who will still suffer.” The move to relax curbs on foreign tourists also follows Thailand’s relative success in containing the coronavirus outbreak. The nation went without a local transmission for 100 days before the virus-free run was ended early this month. Though Thailand was the first country outside China to report the deadly virus, its cumulative cases stand at 3,480 with most patients already discharged from hospitals. The reopening to foreign tourists may be risky, but it is a manageable risk worth taking, Bank of Thailand’s Senior Director Don Nakornthab wrote in an article on the central bank’s website. The country may be headed for a second straight year of contraction in 2021 if it continued to restrict foreign visitor arrivals, Don wrote......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 15th, 2020

Local Roundup: & bull; 89 village chiefs sacked over SAP & bull; 17 more quarantine facilities open

The Office of the Ombudsman has suspended 89 punong barangays or village chiefs across the country for six months over anomalies involving the implementation of the first tranche of the social amelioration program......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsSep 14th, 2020

Local Roundup: & bull; Senate ratifies & lsquo;Bayanihan 2& rsquo;

The Senate on Thursday ratified the reconciled version of the proposed P140 billion Bayanihan to Recover as One Act or the Bayanihan 2 bill, Senator Juan Edgardo Angara, chair of the senate Finance committee, said......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsAug 20th, 2020

World Roundup: & bull; Melbourne sets six-week curfew & bull; Vaccine race

Australia's second-largest city imposed an overnight curfew on Sunday to halt the spread of coronavirus cases, as South Africa's infection count topped more than half a million......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsAug 3rd, 2020

World Roundup: & bull; HK closes all schools in wake of sharp rise in virus infections

Hong Kong will close all schools after the territory reported a spike in locally transmitted coronavirus infections, the city’s education minister said Friday......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJul 11th, 2020

World Roundup: & bull; US exits WHO; critics outraged & bull; WHO sees proof virus is airborne

Washington—US President Donald Trump on Tuesday formally started the withdrawal of the United States from the World Health Organization (WHO), making good on threats to deprive the United Nations body of its top funding source over its response to the coronavirus......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJul 9th, 2020

Trump mum on virus at Mt. Rushmore rant

Keystone―US President Donald Trump bemoaned protests demanding racial justice as “violent mayhem” Friday, but said little about an alarming resurgence of coronavirus cases as he attended a crowded, fireworks-studded Independence Day celebration beneath majestic Mount Rushmore......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJul 4th, 2020

World Roundup: & bull; New contagion in China market & bull; Lab monkeys in short supply

China has released genome data for the coronavirus found in a new outbreak in Beijing, which state experts suggest share similarities to European strains, as the number of cases neared 200 on Friday......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 20th, 2020

World Roundup: & bull; Australia eases virus restrictions & bull; Tourism bubbles in Thailand up

Crowds of up 10,000 people will be allowed into Australian sports stadiums from next month, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said Friday, as COVID-19 restrictions are further relaxed......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJun 13th, 2020

Local Roundup: & bull; Tax on sellers online bucked & bull; Go after scam artists & ndash; solon

An official appealed to the Bureau of Internal Revenue on Friday to delay the implementation of its memo ordering online sellers to register their businesses and settle their taxes not later than July 31......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJun 13th, 2020

World Roundup: Virus cases breach 5 million& nbsp;mark

The number of novel coronavirus cases declared worldwide broke through five million on Thursday in an AFP tally of officially recorded infections at 0730 GMT......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsMay 21st, 2020

Coffin stored in break room as Los Angeles funeral home overwhelmed

A corpse in the break room. Embalmed bodies in the garage.  During AFP’s visit, a casket topped with a small wreath of flowers occupied the funeral home employee break room beyond the front desk Boyd Funeral Home, a small family business in Los Angeles, is so overflowing with Covid-19 victims it has begun turning away customers for the first time in its history. “The weekend before I turned down 16 families that I couldn’t do services for,” said owner Candy Boyd.  “It’s sad. But that’s pretty much how it is now.” In the past two weeks, as coronavirus has slammed Los Angeles, some 80 percent of the deceased passing through her doors died from Covid. One-in-10 residents of the nation’s second largest city has been infected since the pandemic began, with nearly 300 people dying daily last week as the virus surges. At Boyd’s reception desk, the phones keep ringing, mostly going unanswered as her overwhelmed staff have abandoned setting appointments and now tell customers to just show up and get in line. She is even receiving calls from desperate families in other counties more than an hour’s drive away.  Many hospital morgues are also full, with local coroners using refrigerated trucks to accommodate the victim load and some cemeteries warning of two week waiting lists. “Things are getting more and more out of control,” said Boyd. During AFP’s visit this week, a casket topped with a small wreath of flowers occupied the employee break room beyond the front desk. It had been there for a week. “This room is our lunch area, however, we are having to use this room for space for caskets,” said the owner. “We’ve done the services but the cemetery is so backed up… we have to hold them here until they have time to do the burial.” – Bodies in the garage – Like much of surrounding South Los Angeles, the Westmont neighborhood is mainly inhabited by Black and Latino working class communities living in densely populated homes. These demographics have been hit particularly hard by Covid, with mortality rates two or three times higher than nearby affluent communities. Boyd’s funeral home cold storage room has been consistently full. Two weeks ago, Boyd brought in craftsmen to erect two large wooden structures in the company’s garage to store embalmed bodies. “He hasn’t even gotten a chance to really finish because we needed (to store) these,” she said, pointing to corpses wrapped in body bags lying on the rough shelves. “I would never imagined having to build that in my wildest dreams.” Some funeral homes have reported a shortage of coffins due to lack of wood, though Boyd’s supplier has kept up with orders so long as they are placed early enough. – ‘Nightmares’ – Worried about her five staff catching the virus at the start of the pandemic, Boyd initially refused to accept Covid victims. “I was having nightmares. I couldn’t eat, I couldn’t sleep,” she recalled.  Boyd has since created safety protocols and now feels comfortable dealing with the influx, although she insists it is “not about the money.” “It’s about helping families and helping them get through this crisis,” she said. “It takes a toll on me every day, I’m dealing with this,” Boyd added. “And I have to keep a stolid face because I have to be there for the family.”  Sometimes, customers are people she has long known personally. Other times, Boyd encounters families who still refuse to wear masks or respect physical distance, even as they make arrangements to bury their loved ones.  “The numbers don’t lie. It’s true. It’s real,” said Boyd of the disease. Cases in California have more than doubled since early December to 2.8 million. “If you don’t take it serious,” she warned an AFP journalist, “you could be one of the people that are in my back row back there, you know!”.....»»

Category: newsSource:  mb.com.phRelated NewsJan 17th, 2021

World Roundup: Virus hotspot& nbsp;in Australia

Austalian officials declared Sydney’s northern beaches a coronavirus hotspot Friday as a cluster of cases grew to 28 and triggered a return of domestic travel restrictions......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsDec 18th, 2020