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NCR hospitals & lsquo;at critical level& rsquo; even as infection rate declines

The Department of Health said Tuesday that intensive care unit (ICU) beds in 14 out of 21 hospitals in Metro Manila was at a "critical" level or "almost 100 percent.”.....»»

Category: newsSource: thestandard thestandardApr 7th, 2021

& lsquo;Hospitals near full capacity& rsquo;

All areas in Metro Manila are now classified as either high-risk or critical risk for COVID-19, the Department of Health said Friday as the disease continued to spread and hospital beds filled up, and the country hit a four-month high in both the number of new infections and active cases......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsAug 14th, 2021

& lsquo;NCR cases on flat trend but ICUs in Davao, Iloilo at risk& rsquo;

The COVID-19 infection rate in the Philippines is already “generally” on a flat trend, the OCTA Research Group has said, but warned intensive care units in Davao and Iloilo are currently at risk of being overloaded......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJul 5th, 2021

& lsquo;Infection rate quickening& rsquo;

Active COVID-19 infections in Mindanao have surpassed those in Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon, the Department of Health (DOH) said Thursday......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJun 4th, 2021

Quezon City adopts aggressive approach vs COVID-19

The Quezon City government will implement a more aggressive approach to curb the spread of COVID-19 cases as the occupancy rate in public and private hospitals in the city for patients infected with the virus reached critical level, Mayor Joy Belmonte announced yesterday......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMar 18th, 2021

Millions more face English virus restrictions as cases spiral

Millions more people in northern England face stricter coronavirus rules next week, officials said Friday, as reports suggested the government is considering a nationwide lockdown. A digital display shows NHS health advice on the coronavirus in Leeds on October 30, 2020. – West Yorkshire is to be placed under tier three Covid restrictions from November 2, 2020, the strictest level of rules. (Photo by Lindsey Parnaby / AFP) From Monday, nearly 2.4 million residents in five districts of West Yorkshire, including in the city of Leeds, will be barred from socialising with other households indoors. Pubs and bars not serving “substantial meals” must close, alongside casinos and betting shops, while people have also been told to avoid unnecessary travel. The Department of Health said the measures were needed as infection rates in West Yorkshire were among the highest in the country and rising rapidly. The Times reported Friday that Prime Minister Boris Johnson was considering a return to a national lockdown to battle the surge. Johnson was expected to hold a press conference on Monday to announce new restrictions, which would close everything except “essential shops”, schools and universities, the paper said, quoting a government source. In its weekly study of Covid-19 prevalence, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said the number of people with the virus had increased to around one in 100 nationwide. “There has been growth in all age groups over the past two weeks; older teenagers and young adults continue to have the highest current rates while rates appear to be steeply increasing among secondary school children,” it said. The country’s official science advisory panel warned in a report published Friday that the virus was spreading “significantly” faster and that hospitalisations were rising at a higher rate through England than its predicted “worst-case” scenario drawn up in July. The report said that in mid-October, shortly before new local rules were introduced, around four times as many people were catching Covid than anticipated in the July report. That study warned that 85,000 more people could die during the winter wave. West Yorkshire’s imminent restrictions are the latest step in the UK government’s localised response to the surging transmission, which has come under increasing scrutiny in recent weeks. More than 11 million people — about a fifth of England’s population — will be under the tightest measures from next week. Most of the areas in the “very high” category of the government’s three-tier Covid alert system are in northern and central parts of the country. Nottingham became the latest city to enter the highest tier Friday. On Thursday night, young people took to the streets in fancy dress and drank in large groups before a ban on alcohol sales in shops came into force at 2100 GMT. – ‘Targeted’ – The pandemic has hit Britain harder than any other country in Europe, with more than 45,000 people having died within 28 days of testing positive. Case rates are spiralling again after a lull, tracking the situation elsewhere on the continent. England is seeing nearly 52,000 new cases daily, a 47 percent weekly rise, according to the ONS, which conducts its analysis of households with the help of several universities and health bodies, and excludes people in hospitals and care homes.  Britain’s European neighbours and the devolved governments in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have reimposed partial lockdowns to try to cut infection rates. Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said Friday the government would continue its “targeted and focused” strategy of local restrictions in virus hotspots. “The arbitrariness of a blanket approach would be far worse than the effects of trying to be as targeted as possible,” he said. Meanwhile, a new study reported Friday that a Covid-19 variant originating in Spanish farm workers has spread rapidly throughout Europe in recent months and now accounts for most cases in Britain. The variant — called 20A.EU1 — is thought to have been spread from northeastern Spain by people returning from holidays there, according to the study, which is awaiting peer review in a medical journal. There is currently no evidence that the strain spreads faster or impacts illness severity and immunity......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 31st, 2020

Nat’l athletes, coaches get 20% discount on goods, services

National athletes and coaches can now avail of 20 percent discount on goods and services. The Philippine Sports Commission in a board meeting on Friday announced that the 20 percent discount for athletes and coaches, a provision in RA 10699, will finally be implemented as BIR issued Revenue Regulation 13-2020, dated May 27. “We have been looking forward to this and we are thankful that our athletes and coaches will finally enjoy the privilege they deserve,” said PSC chairman William ‘Butch’ Ramirez. The PSC has been working on the implementation of this privilege for a long time and have made headway with the help of the BIR last year. Effectivity of the privilege will be 15 days after publication in the official gazette or any two nationally-circulated newspapers. National athletes and coaches will also receive booklets aside from identification cards in order for beneficiaries to avail the said discounts, much like the booklet and ID being issued to senior citizens.  PSC is now having the booklets prepared. Members of the national team have already been issued their IDs. Discounts shall be applied to food, medicine, recreation centers, hotels, and lodging establishments and sports equipment purchases. BUDGET CUT While the discount privilege is welcome news, the Board also tackled belt-tightening measures with much of the government’s finances diverted to address the current coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The board and senior officers of the agency decided to implement a 50% reduction on allowances of athletes and coaches starting June 1 (to be remitted in July). The decision came following the diminished finances from the National Sports Development Fund (NSDF), from which the allowances are taken, because of the health crisis. The board said that this action was taken in order to sustain the granting of allowances until December 2020. “This is a hard decision to make, but one that needed to be done so we can continue caring for our athletes longer,” said Ramirez, who assured that the allowances will be restored to the present rate once the NSDF reaches a comfortable level. Last month the country’s sport department in order to cut back on expenses and reserve the remaining resources to continue its commitment to providing the allowances of athletes and coaches, discontinued contracts of sports coordinators, consultants, and JO staff......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 30th, 2020

PhilHealth probes & lsquo;upcasing& rsquo; practice of hospitals, providers

State insurer Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) said Thursday it was looking into instances of “upcasing” committed by hospitals and healthcare providers amid the COVID-19 pandemic......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsAug 20th, 2021

& lsquo;Breakthrough infection& rsquo; sickens only a few& mdash;FDA

Fewer than 1 percent of more than 9.1 million people who had been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by the start of August have experienced a “breakthrough” infection, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said Friday......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsAug 14th, 2021

China credit agency affirms & lsquo;AAA& rsquo; long-term issuer rating on PH

China Lianhe Credit Rating Co. Ltd. affirmed the “AAA” long-term issuer rating of the Philippines, bestowing the highest level of confidence in the country’s ability to service financial obligations despite the toll caused by the pandemic......»»

Category: financeSource:  thestandardRelated NewsAug 4th, 2021

Beijing urges US to halt & lsquo;demonizing& rsquo; China

Beijing---Beijing urged Washington to stop “demonizing” China on Monday as rancor marked the start of talks with the highest-level US envoy to visit under President Joe Biden’s administration......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJul 26th, 2021

G7 strikes & lsquo;historic& rsquo; corporate tax deal

Finance ministers from wealthy G7 nations on Saturday endorsed a global minimum corporate tax rate of at least 15 percent, rallying behind a US-backed plan targeting tech giants and other multinationals accused of not paying enough......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJun 6th, 2021

Duque at house hearing: ‘Hospital capacity still critical; vaccine efficacy uncertain

The bed capacity in hospitals in the National Capital Region remains at a critical level as the surge in COVID-19 cases continues, the Department of Health (DOH) reported to Congress yesterday......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsApr 17th, 2021

Nurses & lsquo;tired, losing hope& rsquo; amid coronavirus surge, call on DOH& rsquo;s Duque to resign

Filipino nurses are tired and losing hope as they face a fresh coronavirus infection surge that had exceeded single-day case reports from last year’s peak, their group said Saturday, even as they didn’t rule out the possibility of asking for a timeout if COVID-19 cases continue to increase......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsMar 21st, 2021

LIST: 29 NCR hospitals under critical level

LIST: 29 NCR hospitals under critical level.....»»

Category: newsSource:  cnnphilippinesRelated NewsMar 20th, 2021

23 sa 150 NCR hospitals, critical level na — DOH

Manila, Philippines — Isinailalim na sa critical level ang 23 sa 150 ospital sa Metro Manila sa usapin sa kalagayan ng bed capacity para sa COVID-19 patients habang 23 naman ang high-risk status, batay sa datos ng Department of Health (DOH) nitong Marso 17. Pumalo naman sa 100 percent bed occupancy ang mga sumusunod: Bernardino […] The post 23 sa 150 NCR hospitals, critical level na — DOH appeared first on REMATE ONLINE......»»

Category: newsSource:  remateRelated NewsMar 19th, 2021

& lsquo;PH suffers major setback& rsquo;

A former Health secretary said the surge in coronavirus cases has set the country “10 steps back from square one,” as some Metro Manila hospitals have filled up 80 to 85 percent of their COVID-19 bed capacity, putting them in the “high risk” category......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsMar 19th, 2021

After Gerald Anderson exclusive, Boy Abunda returns in & lsquo;The Best Talk& rsquo;

A few weeks after his trending exclusive interview with Gerald Anderson, King of Talk Boy Abunda is poised to take conversations to the next level as his showbiz-oriented online show, FYE Channel’s The Best Talk, is back on Pinoy livestreaming app kumu for its second season......»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  thestandardRelated NewsMar 18th, 2021

Private hospitals hit critical level

Twenty hospitals in the National Capital Region are now at “critical level” while 23 others are at the “higher risk level” due to the increasing occupancy rates of their COVID-19 wards, the Private Hospitals Association of the Philippines Inc. said......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMar 17th, 2021

Mild symptomatics and asymptomatics told: Choose isolation centers over hospitals

CEBU CITY, Philippines —  The continuous rise in the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases in the city is alarming the Cebu City Emergency Operations Center (EOC) not because there has been a rise in critical cases, but because there has been a rise in hospital occupancy. The occupancy rate is now almost 50 percent in […] The post Mild symptomatics and asymptomatics told: Choose isolation centers over hospitals appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsFeb 24th, 2021

More asymptomatic patients in hospitals prompt DOH-7’s call for more ‘hotel-isolation’ rooms

  CEBU CITY, Philippines — The Department of Health in Central Visayas (DOH-7) is pushing for more hotels here to house asymptomatic patients if it means preventing the hospitals from being overwhelmed by patients. DOH-7 on Monday, February 22, announced they registered a slight increase in the critical care utilization rate of public and private […] The post More asymptomatic patients in hospitals prompt DOH-7’s call for more ‘hotel-isolation’ rooms appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsFeb 22nd, 2021