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Lockdown in August to help buy time for vaccination, says Palace adviser

An early circuit-breaker lockdown, such as the one President Duterte just approved, will prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease among the unvaccinated......»»

Category: newsSource: philstar philstarJul 30th, 2021

Palace: No one has the right to sell vaccination slots

MANILA, Philippines — Nobody has the right to sell COVID-19 vaccination slots, Malacañang said Monday as it warned jail time for individuals caught doing such illegal acts. “‘Yun namang nagbebenta ng slot e yan po ay ipinagbabawal rin natin. Pupuwede rin po tayong maprosecute para po doon sa paglilinlang na krimen,” presidential spokesperson Harry Roque […] The post Palace: No one has the right to sell vaccination slots appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMay 24th, 2021

England’s children back in school

LONDON, United Kingdom (AFP) — Children return to school in England on Monday for the first time since January, as the government begins to ease tough restrictions thanks to a mass vaccination drive against the coronavirus. Throughout the latest lockdown since the start of the new year, schools have remained open to children of key […] The post England’s children back in school appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsMar 9th, 2021

Time to vacation, Palace says, encouraging Filipinos to visit newly-reopened Boracay island

"The President's message is, we must live despite COVID-19 ... It is time for us to take a vacation after a very long lockdown, especially in Metro Manila," Roque said in Filipino as he held a virtual briefing from the top tourist destination. .....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 5th, 2020

Go to Palace: Postpone class opening; wag natin isugal buhay ng mga bata

Senator and chair of the Senate Committee on Health and Demography Christopher “Bong” Go on Thursday pushed for the postponement of class opening on 24 August to give the students and teachers more time to prepare. Go proposed that classes be opened instead in October 2020, so not only the students and teachers but also […] The post Go to Palace: Postpone class opening; wag natin isugal buhay ng mga bata appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsAug 13th, 2020

Economic recovery takes ‘one step back’

The Philippine economic recovery is taking a step back to curb the surging coronavirus outbreak and fix the fragile health system waging a “losing battle” against the pandemic. Finance Secretary Carlos G. Dominguez III said yesterday that the return of Metro Manila and nearly provinces to a stricter lockdown may take a toll on the drivers of economic rebound in the near-term. But Dominguez said that if the reimposed stricter modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) is correctly implemented, it will have a favorable impact on the nation’s long-term economic prospects. “In the short run, the return to MECQ may negatively affect livelihoods, consumer demand and production. However, if the time is used to boost all our medical resources and prevent further spread of the virus, then the MECQ will be positive for the long haul,” Dominguez said. As this is a new virus, Dominguez explained that nations, including the Philippines, continuously learn to adapt to the challenges posed by the new and uncertain environment induced by coronavirus. “The whole world is learning how to dance with this virus: two steps forward and one step back,” Dominguez said.Earlier, the DOF chief pushed for a shift of Metro Manila and Calabarzon—accounting for about 70 percent of the country’s gross domestic product (GDP)—“as quickly as possible” to the most lenient quarantine status to kickstart the economy. However, President Duterte ordered Metro Manila, Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna, and Rizal back under the MECQ from August 4 to 18 following a surge of COVID-19 cases and the appeal of healthcare workers. The two week shift to MECQ for Metro Manila and its adjacent provinces starting today ceased some businesses and public transport, while work and quarantine passes are also reinforced to restrict non-essential movements. Reverting to MECQ is an unwelcome develop for the economic managers as it could derail hopes for a recovery in the third quarter of the year. Acting Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Karl Kendrick T. Chua earlier said the economic impact of the quarantine measures in country was “more severe than expected.”  Days before Metro Maila reverted to MECQ, Dominguez said the local economy had already hit bottom and started to recover from the coronavirus-induced crisis, noting business activities have begun to pick up. The government had gradually eased the tough virus lockdown measures after the economy shrank by 0.2 percent in the first quarter......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 3rd, 2020

PH reports milestone 103,185 mark in COVID-19 cases

The COVID-19 health crisis in the country hit a milestone on Sunday, August 2, as more than 100,000 people were confirmed to have been infected by the deadly disease since the first case was detected last January. The Department of Health (DOH) reported 5,032 new infections, raising the total number of cases to 103,185. The country’s new cases hit fresh highs  in terms of daily reported infections for four straight days already—beating the 4,963 cases recorded on Saturday, August 1.  The active cases stood at 35,569, the DOH said.  The number of recoveries is now at 65,557 with 301 new patients who have recuperated. The death toll jumped to 2,059 as 20 more patients succumbed to the respiratory illness.  This scenario was way ahead of the projection of experts from the University of the Philippines (UP) last July 7— saying that the country could surpass 100,000 cases by the end of August. It can be noted that the Philippines only had a total of 38,511 confirmed cases on July 1. The daily tallies since then ranged between 290 to 5,000 cases. The Philippines ranked 26th with the most number of cases worldwide, based on the World Health Organization’s (WHO) COVID-19 dashboard.Among the 10 members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), the Philippines placed second in terms of case total.  As of Saturday, August 1, the Philippines has tested a total of  1,433,544 people or 1.35 percent of its 106 million population. The total number of tests conducted is at 1,534,319. Moreover, there are 97 COVID-19 licensed laboratories with an overall daily testing capacity of around 28,000. Majority of the infections in the country are found in the National Capital Region (NCR), which is the epicenter of COVID-19 in the country. To date, the number of cases in NCR reached 53,135 with active cases at 17,613, based on the DOH COVID-19 tracker.  Early in July, WHO Country Representative to the Philippines Dr. Rabindra Abeyasinghe underscored the importance of releasing the test result in a fast manner with an ideal turnaround time of  “less than 24 hours,” as well as to strengthen the contact tracing initiatives. He then also expressed concern over the spike of COVID-19 cases being detected outside the NCR, describing it as a “worrying phenomena.” DOH Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said that they are already expecting that the number of cases will shoot up due to the easing of quarantine restrictions. Authorities continuously urged the public to remain vigilant and follow the precautionary measures at all times.  The government relaxed quarantine restrictions in many areas of the country in June, while some reverted or remained under strict measures. The NCR was downgraded to general community quarantine (GCQ) starting June 1 from the much stricter lockdown of modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ). At that time, experts from UP said that it  “might be premature to relax the MECQ to GCQ” as the rate of transmission in NCR remains high. Several medical associations on Saturday called on the government to place NCR under the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) as healthcare workers are already exhausted and in order to slow down the increase of infections......»»

Category: newsSource:  mb.com.phRelated NewsAug 2nd, 2020

ALBUM REVIEW: ‘Folklore’ is signature Swift but minimalist

Taylor Swift Taylor Swift dropped a bomb recently with the announcement and release of album “Folklore” on the same day. The set is a collection of 16 tracks penned by the 30-year old singer-songwriter and produced with long-time collaborator Jack Antonoff and Aaron Dessner (of The National) in the first few months of lockdown. Critics have hailed it one of her best albums. Well, Swift has always been about the lyrics, and here and there an interesting line pops up and conjures an image and corresponding emotion. “I’m doing good/I’m on some new s**t” she sings on opener “The 1.” A simple piano motif shape the first few stanzas and I could almost swear that first chord is same as Bruce Springsteen’s ‘Thunder Road.” Less is more as Swift conveys how life goes on after the one that got away, but there’s definitely a hint of regret there as she sings “But it would’ve been fun if it could’ve been me.” “Cardigan” is a sentimental, lo-fi sounding flashback about a loveable but two-timing rascal. “A friend to all is a friend to none /Chase two girls, lose the one,” she sings. ‘Folklore’ album art “The Last Great American Dynasty” is signature Swift. It’s a potent mix of country-tinged pop and drum machines as TS sings about 20th century American socialite Rebeka Harkness, and draws parallels to her own life put under a microscope. Easy fave “Exile” features Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon in a piano-decked ballad. Vernon sings in that low, Nick Cave-drone that is sweet contrast to Swift’s honeyed tones. Swift and Vernon sing from the perspective of two lovers who have realized that it won’t work. They take turns singing the regretful line, “I think I’ve seen this film before/And I didn’t like the ending.” “Mirrorball” glimmers with Swift’s radiant melodies as she intones “Hush, when no one is around my dear/You’ll find me on my tallest tiptoes/Spinning in my highest heels love/Shining just for you.” And there’s more: “August” (“Lost in the memory/August slipped away into a moment in time/‘Cause it was never mine”’), melancholy folk song “Seven” (“Your braid’s like a pattern/Love you to the Moon and to Saturn”), and a bit of hilarity in “Invisible String” (“Cold was the steel of my axe to grind for the boys who broke my heart/Now I send their babies presents”). Closing song “Hoax” sees Swift on piano with a spare string section just barely in the background. She sings, “Don’t want no other shade of blue but you/No other sadness in the world would do.” Compared to previous albums, “Folklore” is noticeably minimalist. The spotlight is on the singer and the songs. At this point in her career, Swift has become a master of weaving songs into little stories that resonate with our psyche and touch the soul. That might seem overly generous compliment to a legit mega celebrity who’s already received accolades to last her a lifetime. But that’s the thing: huge as she is, at her core, Swift is a songwriter who serves the song. And that dedication to her craft, her desire to be the best at it, not only for herself but for those who listen to her—you gotta respect her for that!.....»»

Category: newsSource:  mb.com.phRelated NewsAug 2nd, 2020

Solons to gov’t: Heed the plea of medical workers

Lawmakers expressed all-out support on Sunday (August 2) to the appeal made by Philippine College of Physicians and the Philippine Medical Associationto shift Mega Manila back to a 15-day enhanced community quarantine (ECQ), even as they sought a change in leadership in the Department of Health (DOH) and other agencies handling the country’s response against COVID-19. (JANSEN ROMERO / FILE PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN) Albay 1st District Rep. Edcel Lagman, Anakalusugan partylist Rep. Michael Defensor, Bayan Muna partylist Rep.  Carlos Isagani Zarate, and Quezon City  2nd District Rep. Precious Hipolito Castelo called on the government to heed the plea of the medical experts and frontliners for more stringent health protocols in critical areas. “While both the health and economic crisis wrought by  the still ravaging COVID-19 pandemic must be both effectively addressed, the relief and recovery of the people’s health must be prioritized. Lives lost are forfeited forever but businesses lost can be redeemed,” Lagman said in a statement.“We must learn from the bitter lesson experienced by other countries like Japan which prematurely reopened economic, leisure and domestic travel activities only to be besieged later by a resurgence of the viral contagion,” he stressed.  Defensor, chairperson of the House Committee on Public Accounts, said, “If our leading doctors are prescribing it, then as good patients, we are all for Mega Manila’s brief return to an ECQ.” “Our sense is, our public health system is on the verge of collapse, and the momentary return to an ECQ will buy everybody more time to gird for a longer battle against the coronavirus disease,” he said. He said once the government gives in to the appeal, the COVID-19 National Task Force should take that opportunity to fix the lack of hospital staff due to doctors, nurses and other personnel getting infected and still recovering, or undergoing routine seclusion after possible exposure; expand the bed capacities of makeshift hospitals and quarantine facilities; and improve case-finding and the isolation of suspected cases. Defensor said the government should also step up contact-tracing and quarantining; upgrade public transportation options and safety; strengthen workplace protection; build up enforcement of and public compliance with self-protective measures such as the wearing of face masks and face shields, handwashing as well as social and physical distancing; and increase financial and livelihood support to distressed households. Zarate said they are one with our frontliners in demanding a reprieve from the overwhelming cases of COVID-19, particularly in the National Capital Region. “Reverting back to ECQ or whatever level of lockdown is useless or will be for naught if the primary recommendation of frontliners like free mass testing, pro-active contact tracing, isolation and treatment will not be seriously implemented by the government,” he said in a statement. For her part, Castelo said, “Let us listen to them. They are the ones on the frontline. Indeed, after five months of fighting this pandemic, they are exhausted physically, emotionally and mentally.” She laments that several doctors and nurses have died and many others have fallen sick while battling COVID-19. “Our medical workers are asking for a short time to recuperate. Let us give it to them,” she said. In a radio interview, Surigao del Norte 2nd district Rep. Robert Ace Barbers said the government should strike a balance between the economy and health of the Filipinos, but it should be tilted somehow, in favor of health amid the appeal made by physicians to shift Mega Manila back to a 15-day ECQ. He asked the DOH to come up with “a system, a policy, or even perhaps a strategy” to reinforce the country’s health system by augmenting the medical force.  In a separate statement, Assistant Minority Leader and ACT Teachers Representative France Castro said the Inter Agency Task Force for COVID-19 should be headed by medical experts instead of generals who have done nothing but to impose military solutions to combat a public health crisis.  “Our frontliners are already pleading to the Duterte administration to implement a comprehensive medical plan to address the COVID-19 pandemic in the country. The government needs to listen and take concrete actions with the demands of our healthcare workers,” she said.   “It is high time that medical experts lead in the fight against COVID-19 instead of military generals. Medical experts who will not twist data and try to sanitize the numbers. We need medical experts who use science and not allow an entire population to be used as guinea pigs in a failed response and inadequate policies for public health safety.”.....»»

Category: newsSource:  mb.com.phRelated NewsAug 2nd, 2020

Steady spike in virus cases very alarming, ex-Palace adviser says

A former adviser to the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) said the sustained rise in COVID-19 cases in Metro Manila was “very alarming” and had recommended to the President that he reimpose a strict lockdown for two weeks to slow down the infections......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJul 18th, 2020

Disney delays Mulan release again as virus cases surge

Disney has delayed the release of "Mulan" again, this time until mid-August, as the coronavirus pandemic continues to threaten blockbusters that Hollywood hoped would bring audiences back to theaters after months of lockdown......»»

Category: lifestyleSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 28th, 2020

Boxing experts, coaches to Manny: It’s time to retire 

CEBU CITY, Philippines —In light of the stunning defeat of boxing’s only eight-division world champion Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao in the hands of Cuban Yordenis “45 Milagros” Ugas, Cebuano boxing experts shared their thoughts on the outcome of the fight that many believed was already in the bag for the “People’s Champ”. On Sunday, August 21 […] The post Boxing experts, coaches to Manny: It’s time to retire  appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsAug 22nd, 2021

Pacquiao-Ugas fight provides temporary relief to families during quarantine

CEBU CITY, Philippines –The Pacquiao-Ugas fight that happened today, August 22, provided temporary relief to people, who have been under quarantine as they stayed in their homes and spent their time with their families. However, as to how the fight between Manny Pacquiao and Yordenis Ugas has ended, netizens have different reactions to it. Some […] The post Pacquiao-Ugas fight provides temporary relief to families during quarantine appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsAug 22nd, 2021

It& rsquo;s August 21 once again

It’s August 21 tomorrow, that time of the year when the media revisit the assassination of Senator Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr. at the airport that now bears his name.  That was 38 years ago, in 1983......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsAug 20th, 2021

All set for Duno vs Esperanza bout in Florida

CEBU CITY, Philippines—Romero “Ruthless” Duno continues his journey to redemption as fights Ramon Elizer Esperanza of Paraguay in a non-title showdown on August 20 (August 21 Manila Time) at the Airport Hilton Hotel in Miami, Florida. Duno, one of the top prospects of the SanMan Boxing Gym, weighed in at 136.6 pounds while Esperanza tipped the […] The post All set for Duno vs Esperanza bout in Florida appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsAug 20th, 2021

Mexican slugger vows to send Magsayo to sleep

CEBU CITY, Philippines — Hard-hitting Mexican Julio “Pollito” Ceja is confident that he will knockout Boholano boxing sensation Mark “Magnifico” Magsayo in their much-awaited world title eliminator showdown in the undercard of Pacquiao-Ugas world title bout on Saturday, August 21 (Sunday, August 22 Manila Time) at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. In their […] The post Mexican slugger vows to send Magsayo to sleep appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsAug 20th, 2021

Vaccination of bus drivers eyed for NCR bubble

Presidential adviser for entrepreneurship and Go Negosyo founder Joey Concepcion and Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade are exploring the possibility of having the country’s public utility bus drivers vaccinated, as part of plans to deploy buses for fully vaccinated passengers in the National Capital Region......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 19th, 2021

Metro Manila, Laguna, Bataan revert to MECQ

Metro Manila and the provinces of Laguna and Bataan would be downgraded to modified enhanced community quarantine in the second half of August, Malacañang announced Thursday. The capital region and Laguna would shift from ECQ to the less restrictive lockdown status starting Friday, while Bataan would return to such quarantine classification beginning Monday. “These latest […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsAug 19th, 2021

Palace: Digital vaccination certificates out next month

The lack of uniform standards for authenticating vaccine certificates has stalled the processing of the employment documents of migrant workers......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 18th, 2021

PH gov’t reports 550K Daily Average Vaccination in August

Vaccination rollout of the Philippines against COVID-19 has been ramped up as the national government reports that the country has reached the 550,000 mark in average daily vaccinations in the first 12 days of August 2021. National Task Force Against Covid-19 (NTF) deputy chief implementer Vivencio Dizon made the announcement, adding that the 550,000 daily […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  metrocebuRelated NewsAug 18th, 2021

‘Make establishments open only to the fully vaccinated’

With the recent surge in COVID cases in Metro Manila, Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship and Go Negosyo founder Joey Concepcion said it is time for both the government and the private sector to consider implementing stronger measures to effectively mitigate the spread of the virus in the National Capital Region......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 18th, 2021