Philippines morning news for April 10

Philippines morning news for April 10

Doctors See High Mortality in Virus Fight in Philippines, Indonesia Doctors are accounting for a large proportion of deaths from Covid-19 in the Philippines and Indonesia, two of the most medically under-served nations in Southeast Asia. — Bloomberg (video) COVID-19 infects 19 incumbent, former Philippine gov’t execs, kills 2 of them At least 19 incumbent […]

Philippines morning news for April 9

Philippines morning news for April 9

Medical expert urges use of rapid antibody testing in PH A medical expert urged the Department of Health (DOH) to consider the use of rapid antibody testing to expedite the monitoring of novel coronavirus cases in the Philippines. — Rappler PAL, Cebu Pacific, 2Go cancel trips until April 30 Flag carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL), budget […]

Philippines morning news for April 8

Philippines morning news for April 8

‘Catastrophic’ situation in jails feared if ‘low-risk’ prisoners not released Human rights groups said they fear it’s just a matter of time before the novel coronavirus affects jails in the Philippines – if it hasn’t yet afflicted prisoners. — Rappler Philippines extends COVID-19 lockdown, home quarantine to end-April Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday approved […]

Philippines morning news for April 7

Philippines morning news for April 7

Duterte ‘inclined’ to extend Luzon-wide quarantine until April 30 The Duterte administration is inclined to extend the Luzon-wide enhanced community quarantine until April 30 as the government continues to grapple with the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, President Rodrigo Duterte said in a televised address on Monday. — Inquirer.net DOH says coronavirus tracker ‘suffering issues’ after […]

Philippines morning news for April 6

Philippines morning news for April 6

DOH targets 10,000 tests per day by end of April The Department of Health (DOH) said on Saturday, April 4, that it was targeting to conduct 10,000 coronavirus tests a day by end of April. — Rappler Duterte to donate a month’s salary to COVID-19 response President Rodrigo Duterte would donate a month’s salary to […]

Philippines morning news for April 3

Philippines morning news for April 3

Philippines eyes mass testing of suspected COVID-19 cases starting on April 14 The government is looking to start mass testing persons suspected of having COVID-19 on April 14, the chief implementer of the national action plan against the disease said on Thursday. — GMA Network Davao City goes under enhanced community quarantine starting April 3 […]

Asean governments jump on dodgy COVID-19 instant test kits (video)

Asean governments jump on dodgy COVID-19 instant test kits (video)

Governments across Asean have raised alarm over the sudden emergence of unregistered COVID-19 instant test kits being sold online and in markets, warning the public not to fall victim to the unproven devices. Although accurate testing is critical to fast-track diagnosis and reporting of COVID-19, testing in some countries is tightly controlled, a shortage of […]

Philippines morning news for April 2

Philippines morning news for April 2

‘Shoot them dead’: Duterte orders troops to kill quarantine violators Facing unrest from Filipinos running out of resources, President Rodrigo Duterte ordered police and soldiers to shoot residents causing trouble during the government’s lockdown put in place to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus. — Rappler Philippines’ COVID-19 death toll up to 96, cases […]

Philippines morning news for April 1

Philippines morning news for April 1

Philippines Coronavirus Testing to Be Stepped Up Soon: WHO Coronavirus testing is expected to increase substantially in coming days in the Philippines, where the high number of deaths relative to confirmed cases reflects lower testing so far, a World Health Organisation official said on Tuesday. — The New York Times Duterte draws flak after saying […]

Philippines morning news for March 31

Philippines morning news for March 31

FDA warns against use of Prodex-B drug to cure COVID-19 The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has warned against the use of Prodex-B, a drug combination that has recently been making the rounds in social media as a possible cure for COVID-19. — Eagle News President Duterte unveils P200-billion assistance plan for low-income families President […]

Philippines morning news for March 30

Philippines morning news for March 30

Plane explosion in Philippines kills eight, including two foreigners A medical evacuation plane exploded during take-off in the Philippine capital on Sunday, killing all eight passengers and crew, including an American and a Canadian, officials said. — Reuters Cayetano urges house to house aid distribution for COVID-hit households Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano suggested that national […]