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India’s virus cases surpass 600,000, curve rises

Inquirer Breaking News - 6 hours 44 min ago
NEW DELHI --- India's number of coronavirus cases passed 600,000 on Thursday with the nation's infection curve rising and its testing capacity being increased. The 19,148 new cases reported in the past 24 hours raised the national total to 604,641, with nearly 100,000 of them in the past four days. A total of 17,834 people have died so far due to the virus, according to India's Health Ministry. More than 60% of the cases are in the worst-hit Maharashtra state, Tamil Nadu state, and the capital territory of New Delhi. However, the western beach of state of Goa, a popular backpacking destination, opened for tourism on Thursday with the state government allowing 250 hotels to ...

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LOOK: Newly married nurse in wedding gown aids car crash victim after ceremony

Inquirer Breaking News - 6 hours 45 min ago
A newly married nurse still in her bridal gown did not hesitate to help a car crash victim after passing by the accident in Minnesota, USA. Rachel and Calvin Taylor were heading home after their wedding when they spotted Tammy Peterson being dragged off a road on June 21. Peterson had been hit by a car after checking on her son who had also figured in a car accident moments before, as per CBS-affiliate WCCO last Friday, June 26. Following the crash that injured Peterson, Rachel told St. Paul Pioneer Press she could see a gash in the mother's right leg. Rachel then immediately left her car and tended to Peterson on the side of the road. Calvin later posted on Facebook a photo of hi...

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Heat index in Dagupan City reaches ‘extreme danger’ at 60 ºC on Thursday

Inquirer Breaking News - 6 hours 47 min ago
DAGUPAN CITY ---- The maximum humidity or heat index recorded in this city on Thursday reached 60 degrees Celsius at 2 p.m., according to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) station here. The maximum temperature recorded during the day was 34.7 41 C. The Pangasinan Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council described the heat index as "extreme danger" and advised residents to drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration and other diseases. The last time that the heat index reached at least 50C was on May 11. The Pagasa defines heat index as the apparent temperature, or what humans perceive or feel like the tem...

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DepEd, CHED asked to ‘initiate academic freeze’ until virus mass testing is conducted

Inquirer Breaking News - 6 hours 48 min ago
MANILA, Philippines --- A youth group on Thursday called on the Department of Education (DepEd) and Commission on Higher Education (CHED) to introduce an "academic freeze" until mass testing for the coronavirus is carried out. In a statement, the Samahan ng Progresibong Kabataan (Spark) also urged DepEd Secretary Leonor Briones and CHED chairman Prospero de Vera III to cancel planned online classes, saying it is "anti-poor", and continue the compensation of academic and non-academic employees. "We urge these government agencies to fulfill their mandate by siding with students, teachers, and academic and non-academic employees, instead of greedy capitalist-educators," Spark said. ...

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PH stays as lower-middle income country as WB jacks up upper-middle income threshold

Inquirer Breaking News - 7 hours 1 min ago
MANILA, Philippines -- As expected the Philippines did not move up to upper-middle-income status under the latest World Bank classification which took into consideration last year's economic data, marked by slower domestic growth due to delayed budget approval. Had the COVID-19 pandemic not happened, the Philippines was slated to graduate from lower-middle-income economy status this year, Acting Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Karl Kendrick T. Chua told a meeting of the House economic affairs committee on Thursday. Amid uncertainties brought about by COVID-19, Chua said "we might see a delay" in the Philippines' bid to become an upper-middle-income economy. But on July 1, the W...

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Egypt reopens pyramids to tourists after virus closure

Inquirer Breaking News - 7 hours 2 min ago
Egypt reopened its famed Giza pyramids to the public on Wednesday after a three-month closure, seeking to restart a vital tourism industry battered by the novel coronavirus. Dozens of excited tourists snapped selfies as they wandered around Egypt's most iconic ancient site. The pyramids were the country's first tourist attraction to reopen, along with the Egyptian Museum next to Cairo's Tahrir Square, ground zero of the 2011 revolution. Authorities are hoping holidaymakers will brave flying and head to Egypt after international flights resumed on Tuesday under loosening travel restrictions. "We came to the Pyramids today because they opened up after they were closed for a...

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SSI’s Q1 profit down 36%

Inquirer Breaking News - 7 hours 5 min ago
Specialty retailer SSI Group Inc. saw a 36 percent year-on-year drop in first quarter net profit amounting to P110 million due to disruptions arising from the lockdown of Metro Manila and other key regions starting mid-March. Sales revenues during the first quarter declined by 13 percent year-on-year to P4.3 billion, SSI disclosed to the Philippine Stock Exchange. The group started the quarter on a strong footing, with January and February sales increasing by 12 percent year-on-year. However, the temporary closure of substantially all of SSI's brick- and-mortar stores starting March 16 reversed the momentum. "The group faces extraordinary operating conditions as a result of ...

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Reporter sued by Myanmar gov’t for Facebook post about COVID-19

Inquirer Breaking News - 7 hours 7 min ago
NAY PYI TAW --- The Myanmar government has filed a lawsuit against Nay Pyi Taw-based reporter Aung Ko Ko from Eleven Media Group under Section 68 (a) of the Telecommunications Law for writing a post on Covid-19 on his Facebook account. The suit was launched Ottarathiri Township Court in Nay Pyi Taw on July 1. Police Captain Ye Aung from the Central Investigation Department, as the plaintiff, lodged a complaint to the court saying that the reporter's remark on Facebook that the Ministry of Health "underreported and delayed" news releases related to Covid-19 situation in Myanmar and that the reporter spread misinformation with intent to harm the State image. "When our country star...

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Landslide in Myanmar jade mining site kills 62

Inquirer Breaking News - 7 hours 10 min ago
KACHIN ---A devastating landslide at the old jade mining site near Whaykha Village, Hseikmu Village-tract, Hpakant Township, Kachin State, killed at least 62 people this morning.   Thirteen others are still missing at mid morning, according to a local official.   Nearby residents said the landslide occurred after dumped soil fell into an old pit 1,000 feet below, downing those in the vicinity of the pit.   "Now, we have recovered 62 bodies. Thirteen are missing. The number may grow. Rescue work is going on. Aid and rescue groups are arriving," said Village Administrator Kyaw Min.   According to media reports, around a hundred people who were in...

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Cebu City mayor denies private hospitals overwhelmed with COVID-19 patients

Inquirer Breaking News - 7 hours 14 min ago
MANILA, Philippines --- Cebu City Mayor Edgardo Labella denied on Thursday that private hospitals in the area are overwhelmed with coronavirus disease patients. "I share with the thoughts of Sec. Cimatu. Of course our private hospitals are experiencing a surge in COVID-19 cases, but at this point, it's not overwhelmed," Labella said over ABS-CBN News Channel. "We agree that we are experiencing the surge, but I would say that it's not actually overwhelmed at this point," he also said. However, Labella said augmentation from the national government for medical workers "would be very much welcome" and that it would be "better" if more health personnel will be deployed to the city. ...

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Puregold boosts Cosco’s core earnings

Inquirer Breaking News - 7 hours 15 min ago
Retail tycoon Lucio Co-led conglomerate Cosco Capital bucked the local downtrend in first quarter earnings as its flagship grocery business made up for the slack in real estate, office supply and liquor businesses at the onset of the local coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Cosco's core profit attributable to equity holders of parent increased by 7.42 percent to P1.41 billion, Cosco disclosed to the Philippine Stock Exchange. Including non-recurring items, Cosco's first quarter attributable net profit fell by 79.32 percent year-on-year to P1.42 billion. Last year's comparative net profit included P6.13 billion in one-time gains from the sale of the group's equity interest in Liqu...

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BSP vows gradual unwinding of relief measures in post-pandemic PH economy

Inquirer Breaking News - 7 hours 16 min ago
MANILA, Philippines - The central bank's generous support measures to buttress the Philippine economy and stabilize the financial system during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic will stay for as long as they are needed but, this early, regulators are already preparing for the time when its accommodative policies will be rolled back. In a press briefing, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Governor Benjamin Diokno assured his stakeholders that, once the crisis abates, the unwinding of COVID-19 relief measures will be data-driven, done gradually and prudently, and communicated correctly to all stakeholders. "Timing is critical to the exit strategy, and this will be determined by the data that...

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DENR-CAR employees donate PPEs, other relief items to frontliners

Inquirer Breaking News - 7 hours 24 min ago
MANILA, Philippines -- Employees of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources -- Cordillera Administrative Region (DENR-CAR) have donated a total of P1.4M worth in personal protective equipment (PPE) and other relief goods to support the fight against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). In a statement on Thursday, DENR-CAR said it was able to collect from its employees 6,383 pieces of PPEs valued at P241, 063; hygiene and sanitation supplies worth P155, 175; and food items worth P644, 062.49. The PPEs and the items donated by the employees from its employees will be given to medical and essential frontliners in areas hit by the pandemic. DENR-CAR employees and the DENR-CA...

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Djokovic donates 40,000 euros to Serbian town hit hard by virus

Inquirer Breaking News - 7 hours 24 min ago
Tennis world number one Novak Djokovic, who last week tested positive for coronavirus, donated more than 40,000 euros ($45,000) to a Serbian town badly affected by the pandemic, local media reported Wednesday. The 33-year-old Djokovic donated the money to Novi Pazar, in Serbia's southwest, to help it fight a growing outbreak of the disease, the SportKlub TV sports channel reported. The town declared a state of emergency in late June due to the spread of the respiratory disease. After restricting the first outbreak of COVID-19 in early May, Serbia is now reporting a fresh surge, logging more than 200 cases daily recently compared to around 50 a month ago. The Balkan nation...

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Sudan’s bid to ban genital mutilation sparks hope, caution

Inquirer Breaking News - 7 hours 29 min ago
CAIRO --- It's been more than 60 years. But the scene is seared still into Kawthar Ali's mind. Women pinned her down on a bed. She was maybe 5 1/2 or 6 years old. Holding her knees, they spread her legs open, her genitals exposed. At the time, she didn't fully understand what followed. But that day Ali joined the many Sudanese girls who had undergone female genital mutilation (FGM), a practice that involves partial or total removal of the external female genitalia for non-medical reasons. "It's the one incident that has affected my life the most," said Ali. "It feels shameful for people to expose your body and do this to you, like a rape." The anguish unleashed that day led ...

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CNN speaks to only Hong Konger on committee that drafted controversial law

CNN Top Stories - 7 hours 44 min ago
China's National People's Congress standing committee is the elite legislative body that drafted, reviewed and fast-tracked the Hong Kong national security law behind closed doors. There's only one delegate from Hong Kong on the committee. CNN's Will Ripley speaks to Tam Yiu-chung.
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New security law sparks protests in Hong Kong

CNN Top Stories - 7 hours 47 min ago
For a second summer in a row, political unrest has returned to the streets of Hong Kong.
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COVID-19 infections among health workers reach 3,422

Inquirer Breaking News - 7 hours 52 min ago
MANILA, Philippines --- The total number of health workers who were infected with the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has reached 3,422 as of Thursday, the Department of Health (DOH) reported. This was 32 cases higher from DOH's last report as indicated in its daily COVID-19 situationer released Wednesday evening. Currently, there is only one medical frontliner in severe condition. The DOH did not release more data on COVID-19 infection among healthcare professionals such as the total number of recoveries and deaths. But the latest available data showed there were34 health workers who succumbed to the respiratory disease. Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire sa...

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Five states reported a record number of new cases yesterday

CNN Top Stories - 7 hours 54 min ago
The US set another record for new coronavirus cases days before the July Fourth weekend -- with at least 23 states pausing reopening plans to combat the spreading infections.
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Weak contact tracing, psychological stigma among challenges faced by Cebu City — Galvez

Inquirer Breaking News - 7 hours 56 min ago
MANILA, Philippines --- While Cebu City is now "improving," the chief implementer of the government's COVID-19 efforts said several challenges were observed as to why the city became a COVID-19 hotspot. "Nakikita po natin nag-i-improve ang Cebu because of the cooperation of the public and LGUs (We are seeing Cebu's improvement because of the public and LGU's cooperation)," said Secretary Carlito Galvezin an online Palace briefing. Galvez, however, pointed to the "mistake" of allowing COVID-19 patients to undergo home quarantine and the city's "weak" contact tracing as the reasons why it became a COVID-19 hotspot. "Pagka meron tayong home quarantine, hindi po natin ma-control o t...

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