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DOH says over 120-K test kits arriving from abroad

Updated March 21, 2020, 8:44 PM By Analou De Vera The Department of Health (DOH) said more testing kits coming from different countries are expected to arrive in the Philippines as the number of confirmed cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) continues to rise.  Department of Health (MANILA BULLETIN) The DOH said it is anticipating…
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Joy Belmonte suggests converting city hospital into coronavirus treatment facility

Updated March 21, 2020, 8:33 PM By Chito Chavez Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte raised on Saturday the strong possibility of converting one of the city’s hospitals into a treatment facility exclusive for coronavirus patients. Belmonte said the Rosario Maclang Bautista Hospital in Barangay Batasan Hills may be transformed into such a facility, and pointed…
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Brgy chair charged for detaining curfew violators inside a dog cage

Published March 21, 2020, 8:27 PM By Danny Estacio CAMP P. RIZAL, Sta. Cruz, Laguna – The Laguna Police Provincial Office (LPPO) has charged the chairman of Barangay Gatid in Sta. Cruz town for grave threat and grave coercion after he reportedly maltreated curfew violators on Monday, March 16, by forcing and keeping them inside…
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Another suspected COVID-19 carrier in Quezon dies

  LUCENA CITY — Another suspected carrier of coronavirus disease or COVID-19, classified as “patient under investigation” in Quezon province, has died pending the result of the laboratory test, health authorities revealed. The Integrated Provincial Health Office (IPHO) recorded as of 5 p.m. Saturday (March 21) that the patient died from severe pneumonia. The IPHO…
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Malacañang thanks frontliners fighting COVID-19

By Argyll Cyrus Geducos Malacañang has commended the heroism of the frontliners of the country’s battle against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), assuring them that the Palace will give them the assistance they need to perform their duties. Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo(OPS / MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO)   In a statement Saturday evening, Presidential Spokesperson Salvador…
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NCRPO chief says checkpoint police have enough PPEs, food

By Dhel Nazario The National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) said that Metro Manila police officers deployed in checkpoints have enough supplies of personal protective equipment (PPEs) such as masks, helmets, alcohol, and disinfectants. Brig. Gen. Debold Sinas(NCRPO PIO / MANILA BULLETIN) NCRPO Chief Brig. Gen. Debold Sinas said this in a command conference at…
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Angola confirms first two cases of COVID-19 – Health Minister

Published March 21, 2020, 8:17 PM By Reuters Angola’s health ministry on Saturday confirmed its first two cases of coronavirus. “Today we received results confirming two cases of patients infected with COVID-19,” health minister Silvia Lutucuta said at a briefing on national broadcaster TPA. Tags: ncov Related Posts Read More Angola confirms first two cases…
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Naga warns legal action vs netizens sharing names in COVID-19 contact tracing

  GUINOBATAN, Albay — Anyone found to be sharing names of individuals being watched after having contact with a person who tested positive for coronavirus disease (COVID-19) will face fines or jail time, Naga City officials in Camarines Sur warned Saturday. “Sharing names of individuals in connection with investigations and contract tracing is a clear…
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Mauritius says reports first death from coronavirus

Updated March 21, 2020, 8:13 PM By Reuters Mauritius has confirmed its first death from the coronavirus, while the number of confirmed cases have risen, a health ministry official said on Saturday. “Mauritius has registered its first death linked to COVID-19. Actually some 13 patients have been tested COVID-19 positive. Their state of health is…
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Body of man with stab wounds found inside sack in Manila

      MANILA, Philippines — Police officers retrieved a body of a man bearing stab wounds stuffed inside a blue rice sack in Tondo, Manila on Friday night.   A report from Moriones police station on Saturday showed that a port worker was walking along North Harbor in Barangay 20 Zone 2 District 1…
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Georgian PM has asked president to declare one-month emergency

Published March 21, 2020, 8:09 PM By Reuters Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Gakharia said on Saturday he had asked the country’s president to declare an emergency situation due to the coronavirus outbreak. Gakharia said the measure, which is due to be approved by parliament after the president’s approval, would be introduced for one month. Georgia…
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South Korea advises facilities suspension, experts warn of ‘long battle’ against coronavirus

Published March 21, 2020, 8:06 PM By Reuters South Korea on Saturday advised its public to close facilities and forgo socializing for 15 days, keeping to its policy of voluntary social distancing but warning of consequences if the rules are not followed to slow the coronavirus outbreak. The country reported 147 new coronavirus infections on…
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Senate, House to hold special session to pass bill drafted by executive branch

Published March 21, 2020, 8:04 PM By Mario Casayuran The Senate and the House of Representatives will hold a special session Monday morning (March 23) to pass a bill that will enable the government to better deal with the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) threat. enator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go (FACEBOOK /MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO) This was…
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‘Good Samaritan’ donates much-needed PPEs to OVP for distribution to frontliners

Published March 21, 2020, 8:02 PM By Raymund Antonio The coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic has crippled Metro Manila, but amid the public fear and health crisis, the Luzon-wide enhanced community quarantine has had some uplifting consequences: it has brought out the best in Filipinos. (Photo via Raymund Antonio/MANILA BULLETIN) True enough, a good samaritan walked…
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Gin to disinfectant: Belgian distillery joins fight against coronavirus

Published March 21, 2020, 8:02 PM By Reuters A Belgian distillery has switched from producing gin to disinfectants after medical authorities sought additional supplies to cope with coronavirus spreading in the country. The Belgian government said on Friday it would provide 1 billion euros ($1.1 billion) urgently to help hospitals face the crisis, with 2,257…
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Transport company lends electric buses to Pasig City

MANILA, Philippines — Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto proves that he and his local government unit are always a step ahead in the country’s fight against COVID-19. As per Top Gear Philippines, the city government of Pasig partnered with Global Electric Transport (GET) and received two COMET electric vehicles that will transport health frontliners and…
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Pasig gov’t procures e-vehicles to transport health frontliners

MANILA, Philippines — Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto proves that he and his local government unit are always a step ahead in the country’s fight against COVID-19. As per Top Gear Philippines, the city government of Pasig partnered with Global Electronic Transport (GET) and procured two COMET electric vehicles that will transport health frontliners and…
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Palace throws support to essential workers

  MANILA, Philippines — Malacaang on Saturday threw its support to essential workers who are helping the government in curbing the spread of the coronavirus disease.   “The Office of the President supports these frontliners and commits itself to throw the resources of its office to ensure that these frontliners will continue to get the…
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Spain’s coronavirus deaths surpass 1,300, close to 25,000 cases: Health Ministry

Published March 21, 2020, 7:59 PM Spain’s death toll from the coronavirus epidemic soared on Saturday to 1,326 from 1,002 on Friday, according to the country’s Health Ministry latest data. A Military Emergency Unit member disinfects Nuevos Ministerios metro station during a partial lockdown as part of a 15-day state of emergency to combat the…
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Hong Kong says rise in imported coronavirus cases could trigger community outbreak

Published March 21, 2020, 7:55 PM By Reuters Hong Kong said on Saturday a surge in imported cases of coronavirus would likely lead to a community outbreak and pile pressure on the city’s already stretched healthcare system. The government also said it would postpone university entrance exams until April 24. The Chinese-ruled territory, with 273…
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Ample supply of goods assured amid quarantine

AMPLE FOOD SUPPLY. Food manufacturers San Miguel Corp. and Century Pacific Food Inc. assure Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez that there is an adequate supply of goods in the market during the enhanced community quarantine in Luzon. Lopez says there is no shortage of food products in the market. (Photos from DTI Secretary Ramon Lopez) MANILA…
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PH tests 1K Covid-19 PUIs daily: DOH

MANILA – The Philippine government is testing an average of 950 to 1,000 persons under investigation (PUIs) for coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) a day, a health official said on Saturday. “Kapag ini-total po natin lahat ng nagagawa natin for one day, ang average po ay 950 to 1,000 tests per day (If we total the…
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Surigao City gov't to observe 4-day work week

FIGHTING COVID-19. Surigao City Mayor Ernesto U. Matugas Jr. addresses the public on Friday (March 20) to inform residents of the measures being undertaken to prevent the spread of Coronavirus disease. The mayor also appeals to the residents to reject disinformation and fake news and instead cooperate with the local government. (Photo courtesy of Mary…
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Palace prays for frontliners’ safety amid Covid-19 outbreak

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo MANILA – Malacañang on Saturday prayed that all persons who are on the frontline to combat the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) will remain safe and healthy. In a press statement, Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said the Palace appreciates the gallantry and dedication of those who are helping the government in its…
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Zambo City readies food aid amid Covid-19 threat

ENSURING FOOD SUPPLY. Personnel of the city government ready food packs to be distributed to families of daily wage earners, drivers, and indigents who are affected by the month-long enhanced community quarantine that took effect 1 a.m. Friday (March 20, 2020). The quarantine aims to prevent the entry of the 2019 coronavirus disease to Zamboanga…
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Jeepney drivers in Makati get P2,000 financial aid

MANILA, Philippines — Almost 2,000 jeepney drivers who are residents of Makati will receive P2,000 worth of financial aid following the suspension of mass transport services during the enhanced community quarantine placed over the entire Luzon. Makati Mayor Abby Binay ordered the release of financial assistance to 1,826 registered members of Makati Jeepney Operators and…
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PH Red Cross puts up medical tent at NKTI amid COVID-19 outbreak

Published March 21, 2020, 7:48 PM By Jel Santos A medical field tent, which will serve as an isolation ward, was set up by the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) at the National Kidney and Transplant Institute (NKTI) in Quezon City on Saturday to augment the hospital’s capability to care for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) patients.…
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Iran ‘frees French researcher’ in apparent prisoner swap

Published March 21, 2020, 7:42 PM By Agence France-Presse President Emmanuel Macron announced Saturday that Iran has freed a French researcher imprisoned in the Islamic republic after France released an Iranian threatened with extradition to the US. French anthropologist Fariba Adelkhah is accused by Iran of plotting against national security (Sciences Po/AFP/File / Thomas ARRIVE…
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DOLE Region 1 bares aid for COVID-19 affected workers, companies

Published March 21, 2020, 7:40 PM By Freddie Lazaro SAN FERNANDO CITY, La Union – Employers and workers affected by the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) lockdown may avail of assistance from the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) and other government agencies to cushion them against the adverse impacts of the pandemic, according the DOLE…
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