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Cordillera COVID-19 cases soar to 18 but recoveries are high

Inquirer Breaking News - 8 hours 1 min ago
  BAGUIO CITY, Philippines --- The number of patients afflicted with the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Cordillera has soared to 18 this week, but doctors also highlighted the recovery of many of these patients including a 6-year-old girl in Benguet's capital town of La Trinidad.   Benguet has two other cases: a 34-year-old woman who recently flew abroad and a 40-year-old man who traveled recently to Central Luzon.   Baguio City has 13 COVID cases on record, but as of April 3, four of the patients have recovered --- a married couple in their 50s who are now in Metro Manila, a 61-year-old woman, and a 70-year-old woman.   Five of the city's...

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Jared Kushner's spine-chilling new role

CNN Top Stories - 8 hours 29 min ago
President Donald Trump's son-in-law and adviser, Jared Kushner, seldom speaks to the public. Now we know why. When he stood at the White House podium on Thursday, what Americans heard was a spine-chilling performance from a believer in small government, delivered at a time when only big government can save the day.
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US urges masks as dramatic steps to combat virus roll out

Inquirer Breaking News - 8 hours 43 min ago
NEW YORK --- The Trump administration urged Americans to cover their faces in public and limited exports of medical supplies Friday as New York's governor took his own dramatic step to fight the coronavirus --- vowing to seize unused ventilators from private hospitals and companies. President Donald Trump announced new guidelines that call for everyone to wear makeshift face coverings such as T-shirts and bandannas when leaving the house, especially in areas hit hard by the pandemic, like New York. But the president said he had no intention of following the advice from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "It's a recommendation, they recommend it," Trump said. "I jus...

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Diokno to Duterte: OK to make fun of buck tooth, but focus on people’s needs first

Inquirer Breaking News - 8 hours 50 min ago
MANILA, Philippines --- Human rights lawyer Chel Diokno on Saturday said that while it is okay for him to be the subject of President Rodrigo Duterte's insults, the Chief Executive should also focus on the needs of the people as well. "Okay lang na pag-initan n'yo ako, pero tutukan n'yo rin ang pangangailangan ng mga tao," Diokno said in his retort to Duterte on Twitter. (It's okay that you'll criticize me, but you should focus on the needs of the people as well.)   During his unannounced late-night address on Friday, Duterte accused Diokno and member...

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Doctors say India must prepare for an 'onslaught'

CNN Top Stories - 8 hours 54 min ago
One of Asia's biggest slums has confirmed its first coronavirus death as top Indian doctors warn that the country must prepare to face an "onslaught" of cases that could cripple the health system to levels far beyond what Europe and the United States are experiencing.
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2 nabbed in Naga City drug bust

Inquirer Breaking News - 9 hours 14 min ago
LEGAZPI CITY, Philippines --- Two suspected drug pushers were arrested in a buy-bust operation in Naga City in Camarines Sur on Friday night. Master Sergeant Tobias Bongon, spokesperson of the Naga City police, said in a report that Karl Jeff Macalla, 34, and Princess Mae Mirasol, 22, were arrested at around 8:40 p.m. in Sabang village. Authorities recovered 10 grams of suspected shabu (crystal meth) worth P68,000 from the arrested suspects. Bongon said Macalla had been arrested three times in the past for alleged drug peddling. Ma. April Mier-Manjares, @MaAprilMierINQ, Inquirer Southern Luzon ...

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4 drug pushers fall in Lucena bust

Inquirer Breaking News - 9 hours 19 min ago
LUCENA CITY, Philippines -- Police arrested four alleged shabu (crystal meth) dealers in two separate buy-bust operations in this city on Friday. Lucena police chief Lieutenant Colonel Romulo Albacea identified the arrested suspects as Joey de Chavez, Ronandrew Peras, John Joseph Dalumpines, and Daven Aranas. Report said Peras, Dalumpines and Aranas were nabbed by anti-illegal drug operatives after they sold shabu to an undercover police officer in a transaction in Barangay (village) Cotta around 2 p.m. Authorities seized 13 plastic sachets of shabu worth P32,640 in the streets. Earlier, policemen also busted De Chaves in Dalahican village. He yielded P9,000 worth of shabu in...

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In 1918 flu pandemic, not wearing a mask was illegal in some parts of US. What changed?

CNN Top Stories - 9 hours 26 min ago
When the novel coronavirus pandemic hit Asia, people across the region were quick to wear masks, with some places like Taiwan and the Philippines even making them mandatory in certain scenarios.
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People living in vans and RVs are getting squeezed during pandemic

CNN Top Stories - 9 hours 34 min ago
A family with two young kids, a young woman who'd escaped a tiny expensive flat in Barcelona, and a group of young friends who adored traveling. After weeks of bouncing around, this group of nomads had finally managed to find a place to live.
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Fears a coronavirus crisis looms in Tokyo

CNN Top Stories - 9 hours 36 min ago
Each day seems to bring more bad news for Tokyo.
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What California is doing right

CNN Top Stories - 10 hours 26 min ago
The Grand Princess cruise ship floated for days off the coast of San Francisco in early March like an omen to a coming disaster.
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Passengers from virus-hit ships start leaving Florida

Inquirer Breaking News - 10 hours 44 min ago
      FORT LAUDERDALE, United States -- Passengers from a virus-hit cruise ship and its sister vessel, also struck with a handful of cases, started heading home Friday from Florida, after being stranded at sea for days. The Zaandam, operated by Holland America Line, began its stranger-than-fiction journey on March 7 in Buenos Aires -- before international restrictions to curb the spread of the coronavirus were in full force. It was meant to dock two weeks later in Chile, but when passengers aboard fell ill, several countries refused to let the ship dock. The Rotterdam came to its aid at sea, and the two vessels finally docked at Port Everglades in For...

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CNN reporter presses Trump: Who dropped the ball?

CNN Top Stories - 10 hours 58 min ago
CNN's Jim Acosta asks President Donald Trump who in his administration dropped the ball on preparing for a possible pandemic, citing the lack of masks and other medical equipment.
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UN predicts ‘deep recession’ in Latin America due to virus

Inquirer Breaking News - 11 hours 1 min ago
    SANTIAGO, Chile -- Latin America is heading into "a deep recession" in 2020, with an expected drop in the region's GDP of 1.8 to 4.0 percent due to the coronavirus pandemic, the UN economic commission for the region said Friday. "We are at the beginning of a profound recession. We're faced with the largest fall in growth that the region has had," said Alicia Barcena, executive secretary of the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (CEPAL). Latin America was already struggling economically, with feeble growth of just 0.1 percent in 2019. As with other parts of the world, the region's main stock markets have suffered drastic losses as t...

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This long-lost voice is getting me through the crisis.

CNN Top Stories - 11 hours 9 min ago
Not so long ago, I believed social media was my nemesis.
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Face masks recommended, though Trump says he won’t wear one

Inquirer Breaking News - 11 hours 10 min ago
    WASHINGTON --- President Donald Trump says his administration is encouraging many Americans to wear face masks in public, though he stresses that the recommendation is optional and is conceding that he will not be complying with it.   The Trump administration's expected new guidance that many people in the United States should start wearing face coverings when out in public is raising concern that it could cause a sudden run on masks.   Though some people already have begun acquiring or creating face masks on their own, the administration's new guidance could test the market's ability to accommodate a surge in demand. It was expected to be li...

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Trump recommends Americans wear masks, but adds: 'I don't think I'm going to be doing it'

CNN Top Stories - 11 hours 19 min ago
After weeks of insisting Americans should not wear face masks to prevent the spread of coronavirus -- and even suggesting their use could increase the chance of infection -- administration officials this week have engaged in a heated internal debate over reversing course, according to people familiar with the matter.
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Governor to seize ventilators for NYC’s overtaxed hospitals

Inquirer Breaking News - 11 hours 57 min ago
    NEW YORK --- With coronavirus deaths surging in New York, the governor announced Friday that he will use his authority to seize ventilators and protective gear from private hospitals and companies that aren't using them --- one of the most aggressive steps yet in the U.S. to relieve severe shortages of equipment needed to fight the scourge. "If they want to sue me for borrowing their excess ventilators to save lives, let them sue me," Gov. Andrew Cuomo said. He characterized it as a "sharing of resources" and promised to eventually return the equipment or compensate the owners. The executive order that he said he would sign is aimed at the kind of shortages ...

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