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Govt may not need to sell assets for COVID-19 response – Sotto

Inquirer Breaking News - 3 hours 40 min ago
        MANILA, Philippines --- Senate President Vicente Sotto III believes the country's battle with the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) will not come to a point where the government would have to sell its assets to fund its response to the pandemic.   "I do not think it will get to that point considering the serious ways we are undertaking to address the disease," Sotto said in a message to reporters on Thursday.   During President Rodrigo Duterte's televised addressed late Wednesday night, he raised the possibility of selling assets of the government as a last resort should funds for the COVID-19 response run out. &nbs...

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Koko Pimentel to DOH: Have a ‘game plan’ for COVID-positive mothers-to-be

Inquirer Breaking News - 3 hours 42 min ago
MANILA, Philippines --- Senator Aquilino "Koko" Pimentel III on Thursday urged the Department of Health (DOH) to come up with a "game plan" for COVID-19 positive mothers-to-be. "DOH should be reminded to come up with protocols on 'childbirth in the (COVID-19) era' just in case they haven't yet," Pimentel told reporters in a Viber message. "Pregnant women are one of the most vulnerable at this time. They worry about (COVID-19) and they worry about their pregnancy," he added. "Hence professional competent attention to this matter must now be given by our experts. A game plan should be put in place for (COVID-positive) mothers-to-be," he further said. Pimentel said a venue for t...

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‘Possible COVID-19 infection’ could have led to detainee’s death — BJMP

Inquirer Breaking News - 3 hours 49 min ago
MANILA, Philippines --- The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) could have caused the death last month of a male person deprived of liberty (PDL) or inmate of the Quezon City Jail, prompting the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) to create an isolation center for inmates. The detainee had died of a heart ailment, acute myocardial infarction, and hypertension, the BJMP said Thursday, but it added that the death certificate indicated that "possible COVID-19 infection" could have contributed to his death "Taking the attending physician's point of view, citing possible COVID-19 as contributing condition is a piece of information that we cannot take lightly," said BJMP spokes...

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Google report shows how Filipinos practiced social distancing measures

Inquirer Breaking News - 3 hours 51 min ago
MANILA, Philippines --- With the entire Luzon placed under quarantine to contain the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), Google has released a report showing how Filipinos responded to the social distancing guidelines issued by the government. Google said it prepared its COVID-19 Community Mobility Report to help the public as well as health officials "understand responses to social distancing guidance related to COVID-19." The company, however, stressed that its report should not be used for medical diagnostic, prognostic, or treatment purposes. According to Google's report, Filipinos have reduced their trips to places like restaurants, cafes, shopping centers, theme ...

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Pensioners, 4Ps beneficiaries covered by govt cash aid, IATF clarifies

Inquirer Breaking News - 4 hours 19 min ago
  MANILA, Philippines--- The Inter-agency Task Force (IATF) for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases has clarified that pensioners and Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) beneficiaries are eligible to receive the government's emergency cash subsidy.   IATF spokesperson and Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles said pensioners and 4Ps beneficiaries are no longer required to fill up the social amelioration cards (SAC) distributed by local government units (LGUs) and the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).   "Ang ibig ko pong sabihin, excluded sila sa Social Amelioration Card or SAC, hindi na po sila kailangang mag-fill-u...

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Dr. Gupta explains concerns over medicines touted by Trump

CNN Top Stories - 4 hours 20 min ago
The prospect of using hydroxychloroquine to treat Covid-19 amid the novel coronavirus pandemic has sparked rancor and disagreement among politicians and scientists. CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta tells Chris Cuomo the dangers of recommending treatments without having a strong read of the data.
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COVID-19 frontliners honored on ‘Araw ng Kagitingan’ in Bataan

Inquirer Breaking News - 4 hours 24 min ago
CITY OF BALANGA ---- Bataan Gov. Albert Garcia paid tribute to Filipino frontliners battling the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) as the country commemorated "Araw ng Kagitingan (Day of Valor) on Thursday. Garcia said doctors, nurses, and other medical workers are just like "our [World War 2] soldiers who put up a blocking force to delay the arrival of enemies." The commemoration rites for the 78th Araw ng Kagitingan at Mt. Samat National Shrine here had been canceled due to COVID-19 threats. "The war is won not only by soldiers but the people themselves, which is happening now in our fight against the killer virus," Garcia said in a statement. He urged Filipinos to help the ne...

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Angel Locsin defends Sharon Cuneta on issue of ‘donation’ raised by critic

Inquirer Breaking News - 4 hours 30 min ago
MANILA, Philippines --- Angel Locsin revealed Sharon Cuneta's generous contributions in the fight against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, especially to Locsin's own advocacy to provide for the needs of hospitals and frontliners. "BTW, Ms. Sharon donated a whopping 3 MILLION PESOS para makatulong kahit paano sa overcrowded hospital situation ngayon," said Locsin in an Instagram comment on Tuesday, April 7. "Binigay nya ito ng KUSA at AYAW IPAALAM." (BTW, Ms. Sharon donated a whopping 3 MILLION PESOS to help somewhat with the current overcrowded hospital situation. She gave this voluntarily and did not want others to know.)   https://www.instagram.com/p/B-...

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Facebook Philippines to reduce bit rates for videos during Luzon ECQ — DICT

Inquirer Breaking News - 4 hours 30 min ago
MANILA, Philippines --- Facebook Philippines will reduce its bit rates for videos on Facebook and Instagram during the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) in Luzon, the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) announced Thursday. This came in the wake of the DICT's call to ensure that internet access is stable in the country during the fight against the coronavirus pandemic. DICT Secretary Gregorio B. Honasan II said that the quarantine has led to a "significant surge" in the use of digital services and streaming platforms which has strained the country's internet infrastructure. "Along with food, water, and medicine, connectivity is vital for the people ri...

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Calabarzon COVID-19 cases climb to 403

Inquirer Breaking News - 4 hours 33 min ago
SAN PEDRO CITY ---- The number of people infected with the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, and Quezon provinces (Calabarzon) has reached 403, the Department of Health (DOH) said on Thursday. The region has also recorded 55 deaths, while 15 reportedly recovered from the viral disease. Rizal province has 148 cases, as of April 8, traced to Antipolo City, Angono, Baras, Binangonan, Cainta, Cardona, Jalajala, Morong, Rodriguez, San Mateo, Tanay, Taytay, and Teresa. Twenty people from the province had died. In Laguna, 95 residents contracted the disease, out of which nine had died. The towns and cities with confirmed cases are Alaminos, Bay, Bina...

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Duterte asks recovered COVID-19 patients to donate blood

Inquirer Breaking News - 4 hours 37 min ago
  MANILA, Philippines --- President Rodrigo Duterte has joined the call for survivors of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) to donate blood which may likely be the key to finding a cue for the viral respiratory illness.   The President made the call after the Philippine General Hospital (PGH) asked patients who have recovered from COVID-19 to make blood donations for its study on the virus' cure.   "Mag mabuting-loob kayo. And I think kung ako, I should volunteer. That is the way of thanking God that you have survived," Duterte said in a meeting with members of the Inter-agency Task Force (IATF) for the Management of Emerging Infe...

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DICT to provide free Wi-Fi to over 30 COVID-19 facilities

Inquirer Breaking News - 4 hours 42 min ago
MANILA, Philippines --- The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) is set to provide free Wi-Fi connection to over 30 COVID-19 monitoring and control centers, including designated quarantine areas and lodging for frontliners, and emergency operations centers. Through the Free Wi-Fi For All Program, the move aims to enable swift data gathering and exchange in these facilities, as well as give frontliners and patients the opportunity "to communicate with their loved ones to let them know of their situation," the DICT said in a release on Thursday. Among these free Wi-Fi-enabled facilities are the Ninoy Aquino Stadium (RMSC) in Malate, Manila; Leyte Provincial ...

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As China lifts restrictions, here's where its people want to travel

CNN Top Stories - 5 hours 23 min ago
As China slowly eases lockdown restrictions and life returns to somewhat normal conditions, residents have once again started traveling.
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LIST: Amid COVID-19, Metro churches hold online Masses for Holy Week 2020

Inquirer Breaking News - 5 hours 28 min ago
MANILA, Philippines --- Amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) crisis, some churches will still celebrate Masses, to be broadcasted via Facebook live or Youtube, in observance of Holy Week. Below are the schedules of online Masses to be celebrated at the following churches: Quiapo Church https://www.facebook.com/quiapochurch/posts/3545218062172819 April 9, Maundy Thursday --- 5 p.m. April 10, Good Friday --- 7 a.m.; 12 p.m. (Huling Pitong Wika or Seven Last Words); 3 p.m. April 11, Black Saturday --- 8 a.m. (Panalangin sa umaga); 7 p.m. (Bihilya ng Muling Pagkabuhay or Easter Saturday Vigil) April 12, Easter Sunday --- 5 a.m., 6 p.m., 12 p.m., 3 p.m., 4 p.m. Mani...

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‘Fallen COVID-19 health frontliners deserve Libingan ng mga Bayani resting place’

Inquirer Breaking News - 5 hours 29 min ago
    MANILA, Philippines --- Filipino health frontliners who died while fighting the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) menace deserve to be laid to rest at the Libingan ng mga Bayani, a lawmaker proposed Thursday.   AKO BICOL party-list Rep. Alfredo Garbin made the call as more frontliners---such as health workers---succumbto the disease which has infected over 3,800 people in the country.   "Every Filipino frontliner who dies in this COVID-19 war deserves to be laid to rest at theLibingan ng Mga Bayanibecause of their supreme sacrifice for love of country, loyalty to the people, and devotion to their profession," Garbin said in a statem...

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World’s richest not immune to COVID-19 fallout

Inquirer Breaking News - 5 hours 55 min ago
The global market turbulence caused by the COVID-19 pandemic has trimmed the tribe of people on the planet with fortune reaching least $1 billion, but 15 of them - led by the "brown taipan" Manuel Villar - are left standing in the Philippines in this challenging year. Forbes Magazine, which has been listing billionaires for the last 34 years, counted 2,095 billionaires out of 7.8 billion people on Earth this 2020. This is 58 fewer than its listing last year and 226 less than in early March, before various governments locked down key cities to contain the COVID-19 pandemic. In the Philippines, the roster of billionaires is led for the second straight year by Villar, with an e...

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Let’s set differences aside, learn from COVID-9 crisis, says Gatchalian, Pangilinan

Inquirer Breaking News - 6 hours 20 min ago
    MANILA, Philippines --- With the observance of Holy Week, two senators reflected on the challenges posed by the outbreak of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).   In his Holy Week message, Senator Sherwin Gatchalian has called on fellow politicians to "rise above political differences" as the country grapples crisis brought about by COVID-19.   "This is an opportune time for everyone to reflect on what has been happening around the globe. The COVID-19 pandemic has left many people with dread and fear, especially the poor communities who have not much to feed their families and those who grieve because they lost their lov...

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US coronavirus predictions are shifting. Here's why

CNN Top Stories - 6 hours 38 min ago
Things are still getting worse. The US death toll crossed 14,000 on Wednesday, with a record 1,858 deaths reported just on Tuesday. Since the outbreak started, about 425,000 cases have been diagnosed in the US. And researchers say the peak has yet to come.
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