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DOH in Bicol fears delay in COVID-19 testing in absence of kits

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 03/24/2020 - 21:31
LEGAZPI CITY---The Department of Health (DOH) in Bicol on Tuesday (March 24) disclosed that a severe shortage of kits could delay tests to confirm suspected carriers of COVID-19 in two government hospitals here which had been designated for COVID-19 cases.   Dr. Ernie Vera, DOH chief in Bicol and also regional Interagency Task Force (IATF) chair, said the department was still waiting for the arrival of COVID-19 test kits expected to be delivered this week.   He, however, said that in the absence of the test kits, the agency continued to take respiratory samples, or droplets, from suspected COVID-19 carriers.   The samples are being delivered to the Resear...

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Country music stars crash Facebook live with concert

CNN Top Stories - Tue, 03/24/2020 - 21:24
Country music stars Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood hosted a Facebook live concert that garnered so many viewers it crashed the site, multiple times. CNN's Melissa Knowles reports.
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Bong Go calls for better protection of frontliners through passage of ‘Bayanihan to Heal as One’ bill

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 03/24/2020 - 21:24
MANILA, Philippines - Senator Christopher Lawrence "Bong" Go said on Monday that more government funds should be utilized for increased protection of the frontliners, particularly nurses, doctors, health workers as well as uniformed personnel, like the police and the military who continue to fulfill their duties despite the risks brought by the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). "Gamitin po natin ang pondong meron tayo para mabigyan ng proteksyon at alaga ang ating mga health workers, doctors, nurses at iba pang frontliners, tulad ng pulis at military," Go appealed to his fellow Senators in his co-sponsorship speech at the special session of the Senate on Senate Bill (SB) No. 14...

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Delayed Olympics will still be called ‘Tokyo 2020’— governor

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 03/24/2020 - 21:17
The postponed Olympics will retain the name "Tokyo 2020" despite being held next year, the city's governor said Tuesday. "The name will remain Tokyo 2020," Yuriko Koike told reporters after Japan's prime minister said he agreed a year's delay with the head of the International Olympic Committee because of the coronavirus pandemic. "First, no cancellation has been confirmed. It's clear. And a goal -- by summer in 2021 -- has become concrete. It's also a very concrete guide for athletes as well. I think it's a big thing." Koike said. The Games were scheduled for July 24-August 9, but after telephone discussions between IOC president Thomas Bach and Shinzo Abe, a historic joint...

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Storage fire in Balintawak now under control

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 03/24/2020 - 21:16
MANILA, Philippines --- The fire that destroyed a storage facility in Balintawak, Quezon City has been declared under control by city firemen on Tuesday evening. Officers from the Masambong Fire Sub-station in Quezon City told INQUIRER.net in a phone interview that the fire started at 4:44 p.m. and reached Task Force Bravo alarm at 5:00 p.m. The blaze was under control an hour after. The storage area, located along Kaingin Road near Magsalin Street in Barangay Apolonio Samson, reportedly houses general merchandise items. Arson investigators are still on-site as of this posting to determine the cause of the fire.   KGA...

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Experts advise how seniors, those with medical conditions can stay healthy amid COVID-19 crisis

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 03/24/2020 - 21:07
While most of us know that COVID-19 can affect seniors more seriously, it can also cause more serious complications for other vulnerable people in the population, such as those with other underlying health conditions. To help people in these higher risk categories stay informed and protect themselves, infectious disease specialist Dr. Alan Taege from Cleveland Clinic, Dr. Mary Tinetti chief of geriatrics at Yale and international expert in care for the geriatric population, and Dr. Richard Marottoli medical director of the Dorothy Adler Geriatric Assessment Center at Yale New Haven Hospital, have released their advice and answers to some common questions and concerns. Seniors o...

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'Asterix and Obelix' co-creator Albert Uderzo dies aged 92

CNN Top Stories - Tue, 03/24/2020 - 21:06
Albert Uderzo, co-creator and illustrator of the "The Adventures of Asterix the Gaul" series, has died at the age of 92, a spokesman for his publisher Editions Albert Rene said.
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Bicol still free of COVID-19 but number of persons without symptoms being watched zooms past 100,000

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 03/24/2020 - 21:02
LEGAZPI CITY---The Bicol region continued to have a clean slate as far as confirmed COVID-19 cases are concerned and even if at least 13 persons under investigation (PUI), or those with symptoms, had been admitted to hospitals for quarantine, according to the Department of Health (DOH) on Tuesday (March 24).   The additional PUI brought the count of persons manifesting COVID-19 symptoms to 49 in the region.   The DOH said 21 tested negative for COVID-19, while 28 were awaiting test results from the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM).   In a5 p.m.update, the DOH said the number of persons under monitoring (PUM), or those without symptoms but w...

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Hontiveros tells Cayetano: Bayanihan bill scrutinized to avoid another P50-M ‘kaldero’

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 03/24/2020 - 21:02
MANILA, Philippines -- Senator Risa Hontiveros has explained to Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano that Filipinos want to scrutinize the Bayanihan Bill of 2020 to avoid another incident where the government pays for a P50 million "kaldero". Hontiveros noted on Tuesday that there is nothing wrong if people would want to ensure that the proposed measure, which will grant President Rodrigo Duterte special powers amid the COVID-19 outbreak, is safe from corruption. "Alan, there's nothing deceitful about wanting the people to get the protections they deserve and making sure funds are being spent on what they really need," she said in a Facebook post. "People don't want another P50M kaldero,...

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