Philippines morning news for April 17

Philippines morning news for April 17

Gov’t threatens total lockdown as cases soar THE government on Thursday threatened to impose a total lockdown if people continue to violate protocols against the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic. — BusinessWorld Philippines now conducts over 4,000 COVID-19 tests daily, says task force The Philippines now conducts over 4,000 tests for the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) […]

Philippines morning news for April 16

Philippines morning news for April 16

PH ready for trial of Japan flu drug for coronavirus treatment The Philippines is ready to participate in the clinical trial of Japanese anti-flu drug Avigan as possible treatment for coronavirus, Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles said on Wednesday, April 15. — Rappler Philippines COVID-19 recoveries overtake deaths as cases leap to 5,453 The number of […]

Philippines morning news for April 15

Philippines morning news for April 15

Government appeals for patience as outbreak aid gets entangled in red tape Nearly a month into the Luzon’s lockdown, aid is nowhere to be found for majority of the government’s intended beneficiaries. — Philstar Rice, pork, other goods now under coronavirus price freeze The Department of Agriculture (DA) expanded goods covered by the price freeze […]

Philippines morning news for April 14

Philippines morning news for April 14

Manila starts targeted COVID-19 mass testing Six district hospitals and the Delpan quarantine facility can conduct 232 swab tests each day or 1,624 tests per week, the city’s public information office said Monday. — Philstar Worst case scenario? Pandemic may last until 2021 if no intervention – DOH Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire on Monday, […]

Philippines morning news for April 13

Philippines morning news for April 13

$5 mln ADB ‘Bayan Bayanihan’ project to help feed 55K ‘at risk’ Luzon residents The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has launched a $5 million project to help the Philippine government deliver food supplies to up to 55,000 vulnerable households in Metro Manila and neighbouring areas, which are under enhanced community quarantine to contain the spread […]

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 […]

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