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This is not a drill : WHO urges world to take virus more seriously

BEIJING, China – World health officials have warned that countries are not taking the coronavirus crisis seriously enough, as outbreaks surged across Europe and in the United States where medical workers sounded warnings over a "disturbing" lack of hospital preparedness. Global markets tumbled again over concerns about the impact on the ........»»

Category: newsSource: rappler rapplerMar 6th, 2020

WHO urges Russia to follow guidelines on virus vaccine

The World Health Organization on Tuesday urged Russia to follow the established guidelines for producing safe and effective vaccines after Moscow announced plans to start swiftly producing COVID-19 jabs. Russia said Monday it aims to launch mass production of a coronavirus vaccine in September and turn out “several million” doses per month by next year. […] The post WHO urges Russia to follow guidelines on virus vaccine appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsAug 4th, 2020

Coe urges kids to take up sport to battle virus

World Athletics chief Sebastian Coe called on children to take up sports to combat “shocks” like the coronavirus as his sport was bracing for a restart at a Czech event next week. On Monday, “Back on Track” will bring together professional athletes, including two-time Olympic javelin champion and world record holder Barbora Spotakova, alongside kids […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tempoRelated NewsMay 30th, 2020

Warriors coach urges players to be smart on virus rules

New Zealand Warriors coach Stephen Kearney warned players Monday not to squander the chance for Australia's National Rugby League to become one of the first sports in the world to restart from coronavirus shutdown......»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsMay 4th, 2020

Manny Pacquiao issues statement on self-quarantine mandate

Eight-division boxing world champion and incumbent Philippine senator Manny "Pacman" Pacquiao has issued a statement regarding the village-issued mandate for himself and his family to undergo self-quarantine after interacting with a person who has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus.  Viral photos of Pacquiao and Senate President Aquilino "Koko" Pimentel III surfaced after it was reported that Pimentel had tested postive for the highly-contagious virus that is spreading all over the world.  As a result, Pacquiao and the rest of his family are now considered persons under monitoring, and were instructed to undergo self-quarantine by their village of residence.  In response, Pacquiao said that he has been in self-quarantine even days before the letter was issued.  "Mga kababayan, nais ko pong linawin na bago ko pa man natanggap ang sulat mula kay Barangay Captain Rosanna Hwang, nakapagdesisyon na po akong mag-home quarantine," Pacquiao said in an official statement. "Pagkatapos po ng Special Session sa Senado noong Lunes, March 23, ay hindi na po ako lumabas ng aming bahay." Pacquiao also expressed disappointment that he would not be able to turn over the 57,600 COVID-19 test kits donated by Chinese businessman Jack Ma through the Manny Pacquiao Foundation.  "Excited pa naman sana ako sa turn-over ng 57,600 Test Kits mula sa aking kaibigan na si Jack Ma para sa Manny Pacquiao Foundation ngunit minabuti kong manatili sa bahay."  (READ ALSO: Manny Pacquiao urges Pinoys to stay strong and pray amid COVID-19 pandemic) Pacquiao also stated that because he has come into contact with a number of colleagues who have tested positive for COVID-19, he understands that he is considered a Person Under Monitoring.  "Nalulungkot po ako na may mga kasamahan ako sa Senado na positibo sa Covid-19. Dahil nakasalamuha ko sila, alam ko na ako ay considered as Person Under Monitoring o PUM." "Huwag po kayong mag-alala. May natanggap po akong Rapid Testing Kits mula sa aking mga kaibigan sa South Korea. Gamit ang rapid test kit na approved sa Korea, ako po ay nag-negatibo. Hindi pa approved ng FDA dito pero yon po ang ginagamit sa Korea," Pacquiao added.  The Filipino boxing legend also said that while he has been invited to be tested at the RITM, he did not feel the need to do so, as he is asymptomatic. Should that change, Pacquiao said that he is more than willing to undergo the necessary testing.  "Matagal na po akong hinihikayat na magpa-test sa RITM ngunit nais ko pong ipaalam na wala po akong nararamdaman na anumang sintomas. Ibang usapan na po kung meron akong kakaibang nararamdaman sa aking katawan. Once I experience symptoms, I am willing to undergo the swab testing for the sake of my family and my country, but I will go through the regular procedure. Naniniwala po kasi ako na marami tayong Persons Under Investigation o PUI na dapat unahin pagdating sa testing." Pacquiao maintains that even under self-quarantine, he will continue to find ways to work and help in the fight against COVID-19.  "Kahit naka-home quarantine, patuloy po akong maghahanap ng paraan upang makatulong sa ating mga kababayan, lalo na sa ating mga magigiting na frontliners. Marami pa pong test kits at medical supplies na darating na magagamit ng ating mga health workers sa buong bansa. Magkakaroon din po ng allocation ang DOH Regional Centers sa Visayas at Mindanao." "Hinihikayat ko ang lahat na makipagtulungan sa ating pamahalaan. Gawin po natin ang nararapat. Patuloy din po tayong magdasal at manalig sa Panginoon. Sa kanya po tayo humugot ng lakas at pag-asa. Malalampasan natin itong pagsubok, mga kababayan. Tiwala lang," Pacquiao concluded. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 28th, 2020

ONE Heavyweight Champion Brandon Vera urges people to stay at home during COVID-19 crisis

With the whole world suffering the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, people are strongly being urged to stay at home, avoid going out unless extremely necessary, and to practice social distancing when in a public place.  That's exactly what ONE Heavyweight World Champion Brandon "the Truth" Vera is reminding everyone to do.  On his official Facebook page, Vera shared his thoughts on the COVID-19 virus and how seriously people should treat it.  “The virus isn’t very scary, not for healthy people, but what’s scaring me more than the virus is people not listening or paying attention to social distancing and not going out.” Vera added that if things get worse all over the world, an even more severe lockdown or quarantine may be imposed to combat the spread of the virus.  “My biggest fear, if we’re not listening, we’re not paying attention, using the guidelines, we’re going to end up in a world state of Martial Law," he said.  "So please, before we get to that point, listen, pay attention, keep the crowd small, go home and self-quarantine," Vera concluded.  The reigning ONE Heavyweight World Champion is expected to defend his title against top contender Arjan "Singh" Bhullar this coming May 29th at the Mall of Asia Arena in Manila. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 24th, 2020

WHO declares virus crisis a pandemic, urges world to fight

Updated @ 1:20 a.m., March 12, 2020 ROME — Expressing alarm both about mounting infections and inadequate government responses, the World Health Organization declared Wednesday that the global coronavirus crisis is now a pandemic but added that it’s not too late for countries to act. By reversing course and using the charged word “pandemic” that […] The post WHO declares virus crisis a pandemic, urges world to fight appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMar 12th, 2020

Trump urges calm after US death, rise in China cases

China reported a fresh spike in coronavirus infections on Sunday, as President Donald Trump urged calm after the first death on US soil and Australia registered its first fatality. The virus has spread to more than 60 countries around the globe, prompting the World Health Organization to raise its risk assessment to its highest level. […] The post Trump urges calm after US death, rise in China cases appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsMar 1st, 2020

New virus strain in 6O countries & mdash; WHO

The UK coronavirus strain has spread to at least 60 countries, the World Health Organization reported Wednesday, after US President-elect Joe Biden led a moving tribute to American victims......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJan 20th, 2021

WHO: 100K patay sa virus kada linggo possible

Nagbabala ang isang mataas na opisyal ng World Health Organization (WHO) na mas magiging mataas pa ang bilang ng mga nasasawi dahil sa COVID-19 kasunod ng paglobo pa ng mga nahahawa nito. The post WHO: 100K patay sa virus kada linggo possible first appeared on Abante......»»

Category: newsSource:  abanteRelated NewsJan 19th, 2021

Word to the artistic

From national artists to award-winning actors and drag queens, inspirational words of advice from our local creatives Last year brought us to our knees, yet here we are standing tall with courage, facing 2021 with hope and a positive perspective. To give us more inspiration to create and explore new things this year, the Manila Bulletin has compiled some quotes from creative individuals, from national artists to award-winning actress. May their words of wisdom bring out the creative urges in all of us, as we make this world a better, more colorful, more meaningful place to live in. Kidlat Tahimik, national artist for film We are all adjusting to the new normal—new rules and new protocols. I’m sure that most artists are taking this time to take art deeper into their hearts. After all, you have nothing to do but just to be productive. *** Ian Inoy, biromantic pansexual artist Every move I made with my art before had this follow up question in my head, asking if it would look gay or not. Now that I’ve fully accepted myself, nothing like that matters anymore. I no longer have the fear of hearing people perceiving my art as “too gay or girly.” *** Heart Evangelista/Love Marie Ongpauco Escudero, actor, painter Express yourself in art. See how art can move you or distract you from distress or how art can bring the best out of you. I notice that my paintings have been a bit muted these days. I feel it’s a bit because of the drama that’s going on around us. In a weird way, I find beauty in sorrow and the way my colors have been coming out, I like what’s happening. I’ve always been like this anyway. I find something beautiful about my emotions, no matter how dark they are, and I translate all that into art. *** Whatsoever you do, if you do it joyfully, if you do it lovingly, if your act of doing is not purely economic, then it is creative.—Osho, Creativity unleashing the forces within *** Kate Adajar, blogger artist The uncertainty Covid-19 brings has triggered confusion, anxiety, and mixed emotions in me. But the lockdown has also given me time to focus on and practice my art. Being in quarantine has allowed me to look at my craft not only as a creative outlet but also as a form of stress release. It has suddenly become therapeutic and meditative. *** F. Sionil Jose, national artist for literature Photo by Noel Pabalate Artistry is something that is created not just by intellect but by passion. And you stop being a craftsman. That is when you become an artist. You cannot be an artist without being a craftsman first. *** Miz Kiki Krunch, drag queen I am more creative as a gay person. My drag persona brings out the best and most authentic part of me. I can express myself better, I can perform better when I channel my weirdness, my “freak,” my truth. *** Cherie Gil, actor Everything can be learned as long as one sets one’s mind and heart to it. There is also no age limit to learning anything. Acting—what is it really but reliving lives and telling their stories. But this requires a lot of work to excavate the instrument to be able to truthfully do just that. It’s not easy. It takes a lot of balls to share one’s personal inner sanctum. *** Iana Cris Forbes, owner of art shop Quiversmiths Pursue what you want. At first, it was hard for me because I wanted to be a painter, I wanted to be a sculptor, I wanted to be a graphic artist, I wanted to be a wedding colorist, I wanted to stitch, I wanted to make bags and shoes and jewelry. But I haven’t seen a person doing all of those!. Before, I could not see any future in them but here they are now. I’m doing everything all at once and I’m fine. I’m happy living multiple lives. It’s like connecting the dots. My hobbies are now my sources of living and I couldn’t be more thankful. *** BenCab, national artist for visual arts This pandemic gives artists more time for their art. It’s usually better for an artist to be locked-in because you work on your own. *** Natasha Aliño, jewelry artist It’s been said many times and my mother always says this whenever I feel frustrated, which most people would feel when they’re starting something new—“trust the process.” This is more of a reminder when you’re in that headspace. Another thing is when you are learning a certain skill, do it so with purpose and authenticity. Then you can confidently say after some time that you can indeed trust the process. Never stop learning and inspiring others on your journey. Photos from the artists’ respective social media accounts and websites.....»»

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

Global COVID-19 death toll passes two million

PARIS, France – The global death toll from COVID-19 passed two million on Friday, with the World Health Organization (WHO) urging mass vaccinations as the pandemic progresses at a record rate. As of 1825 GMT on Friday, at least 2,000,066 people worldwide had been confirmed dead of the virus that first emerged in Wuhan, central […] The post Global COVID-19 death toll passes two million appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 16th, 2021

Get poorest children back to school for $370, charity urges

Save the Children on Tuesday called for urgent action to help kids in the world's poorest countries to return to schools closed as part of coronavirus restrictions......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJan 12th, 2021

Year on from first Covid-19 death, Wuhan basks in recovery

One year ago, China announced the first death from a new virus in Wuhan -- 12 months later, Covid-19 has claimed 1.9 million lives in an unrelenting march across the world......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJan 11th, 2021

World Bank warns recovery could erode if virus worsens

Washington---The World Bank on Tuesday downgraded its outlook for the global economy, and warned the situation could deteriorate if COVID-19 infections accelerate or the vaccine rollout is delayed......»»

Category: financeSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJan 7th, 2021

Novak, Rafa headline virus-hit ATP Cup

Melbourne---World number one Novak Djokovic and second-ranked Rafael Nadal will headline a slimmed-down field at the coronavirus-hit ATP Cup, organisers said with the tournament cut in half to 12 teams......»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJan 6th, 2021

Providing the world with hope

2021 is underway and a lot of people are wishing each other a better year than the last – kicking 2020 out of the way with a flourish; but the virus catching like a fire around the world has no concept of time or space. It burns through calendars and borders......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 2nd, 2021

In Photos (Part 2): A glimpse of Cebu amid the pandemic

MANDAUE CITY, Philippines — The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has forced most countries to adapt to changes to protect each one’s well-being from an infectious virus that has ravaged and infected millions in the world. In Cebu Island — Cebu, Mandaue and Lapu-Lapu cities and Cebu province — Cebuanos have also adapted to the […] The post In Photos (Part 2): A glimpse of Cebu amid the pandemic appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 1st, 2021

New virus strain spreads to US

The United States will be added to the list of countries on which the Philippines will enforce a temporary travel ban once the US officially declares to a World Health Organization body that the new strain of the coronavirus has entered its borders, the Department of Health said Wednesday......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsDec 31st, 2020

US death toll from virus highest-ever

The US logged its highest ever daily death toll from the coronavirus Wednesday as the world prepares to turn the page on a grim year defined by the pandemic, with much of the globe united in one hope for 2021: that a slew of new vaccines will stamp out Covid-19......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsDec 31st, 2020

EU begins vaccine rollout as new virus strain spreads

PARIS, France — Some European countries started rolling out their first coronavirus vaccines on Saturday, even as a reputedly more contagious variant spread around the world, and the WHO warned that the current pandemic would not be the last. In a video message ahead of the first International Day of Epidemic Preparedness on Sunday, World Health Organization […] The post EU begins vaccine rollout as new virus strain spreads appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsDec 27th, 2020