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Total COVID-19 cases in PH top 900K with 11,429 new infections

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 04/15/2021 - 16:08
MANILA, Philippines --- Total COVID-19 cases in the country breached the 900,000-mark on Thursday as the Department of Health (DOH) reported 11,429 additional infections. Data from the DOH showed that there are now 904,285 COVID-19 cases in the country, which include 183,527 active cases. There were also additional 856 recoveries, raising the number of patients who have recovered to 705,164. However, 148 people have died, bringing the death toll to 15,594 cases overall. The DOH said active cases now compose 20.3 percent of the total count, while recoveries and deaths make up 78 and 1.72 percent of the tally, respectively. Of the active cases, 98.8 percent are mild and asy...

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Total COVID-19 cases in PH tops 900K with 11,429 new infections

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 04/15/2021 - 16:08
MANILA, Philippines --- Total COVID-19 cases in the country breached the 900,000-mark on Thursday as the Department of Health (DOH) reported 11,429 additional infections. Data from the DOH showed that there are now 904,285 COVID-19 cases in the country, which include 183,527 active cases. There were also additional 856 recoveries, raising the number of patients who have recovered to 705,164. However, 148 people have died, bringing the death toll to 15,594 cases overall. The DOH said active cases now compose 20.3 percent of the total count, while recoveries and deaths make up 78 and 1.72 percent of the tally, respectively. Of the active cases, 98.8 percent are mild and asy...

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Anniversary highlights Aboriginal deaths in custody crisis

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 04/15/2021 - 16:04
BRISBANE --- Thirty years after sweeping reforms were recommended to end the injustice of Indigenous deaths in Australian custody, a spate of recent fatalities and soaring rates of Aboriginal incarceration have highlighted failures to act. Jailing children as young as 10, persistent racist attitudes and tough law-and-order policies all contribute to what has been called as a "national shame" by Aboriginal leaders. More than 450 Indigenous fatalities have been recorded since the landmark Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody was published in 1991, including five since early March. There is now searing anger over the mounting toll -- and the fact that no polic...

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City hall, hospital in Bago, Negros Occidental still close as 60 city gov’t employees test positive for COVID-19

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 04/15/2021 - 16:00
BACOLOD CITY ---- The Bago City hall and hospital remained closed as more city government employees test positive for COVID-19. Mayor Nicholas Yulo said 60 government employees contracted the virus and were under quarantine. Yulo said when the City Hall was closed down, only 14 employees tested positive for COVID-19, but the number increased after contact tracing was conducted. The mayor said he would hold a Zoom meeting on Friday to decide when the city hall and hospital could be reopened. Bago City has 111 active COVID-19 cases as of Wednesday, April 14. LZB...

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Lawmaker caught naked in virtual legislative meeting, issues apology

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 04/15/2021 - 15:59
A lawmaker in Canada apologized for appearing naked in a virtual legislative meeting yesterday, April 14, claiming he accidentally turned on his camera while changing clothes. Federal parliament member William Amos can be seen naked in a photo obtained by National Post's reporter Christopher Nardi, as seen on Nardi's Twitter page today, April 15. Amos stood behind a desk flanked by the flags of Canada and Quebec and his private parts were covered by what appears to be a cellphone. "For those wondering, the MP who appeared in his simplest attire is in fact Pontiac Liberal MP William Amos," Nardi confirmed as he compared photos from the Zoom meeting and an earlier interview that ...

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Palace to critics: There’s nothing you can do about Duterte’s intentional absence

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 04/15/2021 - 15:54
MANILA, Philippines --- There is nothing the public can do about President Rodrigo Duterte's decision to intentionally stay away from the public eye when he wants to, Malacaang said Thursday. After an almost two-week absence, Duterte admitted he intentionally did it and even likened himself to a child who becomes more petulant when riled up. "Wala po kayong magagawa, 'yun ang paniniwala ng Presidente," presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said in an online briefing when asked to comment on those criticizing Duterte over his remarks. (You can't do anything, that's what the President believes.) "Lalo siyang ginigipit, lalo siyang lalaban. So hayaan na po natin 'yun, estilo...

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Roque says it took 4 days before he was admitted to PGH

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 04/15/2021 - 15:48
  MANILA, Philippines --- Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque, who is set to be discharged from the hospital this Thursday, said it took four days before he was admitted to the Philippine General Hospital (PGH). In his regular briefing, Roque dispelled the insinuation of former health secretary Janette Garin that he could have used the PGH room reserved for the President. READ: Ex-DOH chief Garin says Roque may have used PGH room reserved for President "Nasa ordinaryong room po ako," Roque said when sought to comment on Garin's statement. (I am in an ordinary room.) "Apat na araw po, it took four days before I could actually enter. Noong nagsimula po akong ma...

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Davao mayor warns of scammers selling properties using her name

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 04/15/2021 - 15:47
DAVAO CITY ---- Mayor Sara Duterte has warned the public against a scam that uses her name in the buy-and-sell of properties. In a statement released by the city information office Thursday, the mayor urged anyone who finds persons and groups involved in fraudulent transactions using her name to report these to the police or the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI). "It has come to my attention that some unscrupulous individuals are using a notarial stamp with my name to run a scam selling properties in Taguig City," the mayor said in a statement showing a sample of a notary document with a signature on top of her name. "The signature there is not mine," she said. "I do not pr...

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‘You degraded the game:’ Players, coaches react to controversial VisMin Cup match

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 04/15/2021 - 15:45
MANILA, Philippines---The travesty surrounding the game between Siquijor and Lapu-Lapu City garnered strong reactions from the basketball community as coaches and players from the PBA and the other leagues condemned the actions of the players involved. PBA stars Raymond Almazan, Paul Lee, Kiefer Ravena, CJ Perez, and Marc Pingris were among those who chimed in on the bizarre match between the Mystics and Heroes that supposedly abruptly ended due to a "power interruption," according to the league. There were many questionable instances in the game including a player changing his shooting hands during free throws, another player blatantly missing an open layup, and the two teams going ...

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Cambodia’s Hun Sen says country on ‘brink of death’ from COVID-19 surge

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 04/15/2021 - 15:39
PHNOM PENH --- Spiraling Covid-19 cases have put Cambodia "on the brink of death", its strongman premier Hun Sen has warned, as the country imposed lockdowns in the capital Phnom Penh and a nearby city. The Southeast Asian kingdom has seen Covid-19 cases surge since February, when an outbreak was first detected among its Chinese expatriate community. Authorities said last week that hospitals in Phnom Penh were running out of beds and that they had transformed schools and wedding party halls into treatment centres, while Hun Sen threatened quarantine-breakers with jail time. Phnom Penh and adjacent city Ta Khmau were Wednesday night placed under lockdown for two weeks to ...

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India’s desert salt farmers feel the heat from climate change

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 04/15/2021 - 15:37
LITTLE RANN OF KUTCH, India --- Roshni Thakor left school to harvest salt from a sun-baked Indian desert, a backbreaking trade practiced by her ancestors for centuries but now threatened by climate change. For eight months every year, farmers toil in scorching heat to pump out briny water from handmade wells in a sparse corner of western Gujarat state. A tonne of the resulting salt crystals fetches the meagre sum of 300 rupees ($4.00), but unpredictable rainfall, rising temperatures and frequent dust storms have slashed yields, and made it harder for Thakor and her family. "It's getting hotter and hotter here. My eyes burn and I often feel dizzy and sick," the 20-year-ol...

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Duterte resignation sought over COVID-19 pandemic response

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 04/15/2021 - 15:35
MANILA, Philippines --- More than 500 individuals from various fields have signed a petition calling for the resignation of President Rodrigo Duterte over the government's pandemic response. Those who signed the petition, posted on change.org, include medical frontliners, members of the academe, artists, and journalists, youth leaders, religious leaders, lawyers, civic leaders, and businessmen. "We deserve and demand better. Our country is on the brink of disaster. At the time the nation needs him most, Duterte is a total failure as a leader. He must step down," the petition read. According to the petition, Duterte's leadership over the past five years has been marred with "...

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DOH lists examples of comorbidities under vaccination priority

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 04/15/2021 - 15:34
  MANILA, Philippines --- The Department of Health (DOH) enumerated on Thursday examples of comorbidities that are included in the government's priority COVID-19 vaccination list. The DOH said Department Memorandum No. 2021-0175 provides further clarifications on the guidelines for vaccination. Examples of comorbid conditions under the A3 priority group, based on priority diseases that put an individual at a higher risk of contracting severe COVID-19: Chronic respiratory disease and infection such as asthma and respiratory allergies, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, interstitial lung diseases, cystic fibrosis, or pulmonary hypertension, pulmonary tuberculosis...

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Joyce Pring prepares for maternity leave amid busy work schedule

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 04/15/2021 - 15:34
Actress and TV host Joyce Pring is already poised to take her maternity leave although she is still loaded with work. Pring, who is due to give birth to her and actor-husband Juancho Trivio's first baby, is enjoying her "morning walks" as part of her maternity preparations, as shown in her Instagram post today, April 15. But before her leave, Pring is kept busy by her hosting job for a show. "We basically have to prepare 60 episodes of all the shows I'm currently hosting so I've been shooting, recording, going live, and doing everything else so I can hopefully take 12 weeks off (or at least 12 weeks with a MUCH lighter schedule)," she said.   Tin...

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5 councilors, 6 staff members test positive for COVID-19 in Cauayan, Negros Occidental

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 04/15/2021 - 15:31
BACOLOD CITY ---- Five Cauayan town councilors and six of their staff members have tested positive for coronavirus disease (COVID-19). All have no symptoms, said Cauayan Mayor John Rey Tabujara. The Cauayan Municipal Hall will be closed this week for disinfection, and employees will work from home. On Tuesday, the town had 127 COVID-19 cases. Tabujara said the surge in cases occurred after a Cauayan resident, who attended a cockfight, tested positive for COVID-19. This led to contact tracing and massive testing for the virus. Two sitios were also locked down to prevent the spread of the virus in Cauayan. At least 115 families in Sitio Tuod, Barangay Isio, and 70 fami...

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Cryo-robots could help prevent catastrophic losses of IVF eggs and embryos

CNN Top Stories - Thu, 04/15/2021 - 15:24
In vitro fertilization (IVF) has transformed millions of people's lives by helping them to have children. But leaving frozen eggs and embryos in the care of a fertility clinic involves risks — and disasters have occurred.
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'The Short Game': Netflix documentary female stars are helping to change golf

CNN Top Stories - Thu, 04/15/2021 - 15:23
"How you like me now?" say eight sassy golf whiz kids into the camera, accompanied by the catchy tune of the same name in the Netflix documentary, "The Short Game."
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Elderly dies of COVID-19 in Olongapo; death toll now at 55

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 04/15/2021 - 15:22
SAN ANTONIO, Zambales ---- The number of fatalities related to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Olongapo City has reached 55 after another infected patient died, officials said Thursday, April 15. In a statement, Mayor Rolen Paulino Jr. said the latest fatality, an 88-year old woman, died on Tuesday due to acute respiratory failure, septic shock, and critical pneumonia. Her swab test result later confirmed that she had COVID-19. The city also recorded six new COVID-19 patients aged 19 to 45. In the previous days, it has been logging five to 15 new cases daily. The city's latest health data shows that 1,260 people had tested positive for COVID-19 since last year, and 1,0...

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Biden, Suga to send signal to assertive China at US-Japan summit

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 04/15/2021 - 15:21
TOKYO --- Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga and U.S. President Joe Biden will highlight Tokyo's central role in Washington's strategy to counter the challenge of an increasingly assertive China at a summit on Friday. While that emphasis of Japan's key status will be welcome in Tokyo, where some politicians are pushing for a tougher stance towards Beijing, it also raises questions about how far Tokyo can go to meet demands on regional defense and human rights. "This will be the precursor to a series of meetings among like-minded countries to send the right signal to Beijing," Kunihiko Miyake, an adviser to Suga, told Reuters. Suga took over as premier last September, inh...

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PNP records 162 new COVID-19 cases among cops

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 04/15/2021 - 15:13
MANILA, Philippines --- The Philippine National Police on Thursday said it has recorded 162 new COVID-19 cases among its ranks. This brings the total number of active coronavirus cases to 2,472 as of Wednesday. Overall, total COVID-19 cases among policemen has reached 18,073, said the PNP. The national police also recorded 171 new recoveries. Since March 24, new cases in the PNP have averaged 200 daily. The highest number of new cases was recorded on March 26 at 316.       EDV...

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