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RITM urges utmost diligence in setting up coronavirus testing centers

MANILA, Philippines – The Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM) on Thursday, March 26, urged local government units and private laboratories to "exercise utmost diligence" in setting up coronavirus testing centers. In a statement sent to media, RITM Director Celia Carlos said that they "appreciate all parties who expressed ........»»

Category: newsSource: rappler rapplerMar 26th, 2020

Manny Pacquiao issues statement on self-quarantine mandate

Eight-division boxing world champion and incumbent Philippine senator Manny "Pacman" Pacquiao has issued a statement regarding the village-issued mandate for himself and his family to undergo self-quarantine after interacting with a person who has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus.  Viral photos of Pacquiao and Senate President Aquilino "Koko" Pimentel III surfaced after it was reported that Pimentel had tested postive for the highly-contagious virus that is spreading all over the world.  As a result, Pacquiao and the rest of his family are now considered persons under monitoring, and were instructed to undergo self-quarantine by their village of residence.  In response, Pacquiao said that he has been in self-quarantine even days before the letter was issued.  "Mga kababayan, nais ko pong linawin na bago ko pa man natanggap ang sulat mula kay Barangay Captain Rosanna Hwang, nakapagdesisyon na po akong mag-home quarantine," Pacquiao said in an official statement. "Pagkatapos po ng Special Session sa Senado noong Lunes, March 23, ay hindi na po ako lumabas ng aming bahay." Pacquiao also expressed disappointment that he would not be able to turn over the 57,600 COVID-19 test kits donated by Chinese businessman Jack Ma through the Manny Pacquiao Foundation.  "Excited pa naman sana ako sa turn-over ng 57,600 Test Kits mula sa aking kaibigan na si Jack Ma para sa Manny Pacquiao Foundation ngunit minabuti kong manatili sa bahay."  (READ ALSO: Manny Pacquiao urges Pinoys to stay strong and pray amid COVID-19 pandemic) Pacquiao also stated that because he has come into contact with a number of colleagues who have tested positive for COVID-19, he understands that he is considered a Person Under Monitoring.  "Nalulungkot po ako na may mga kasamahan ako sa Senado na positibo sa Covid-19. Dahil nakasalamuha ko sila, alam ko na ako ay considered as Person Under Monitoring o PUM." "Huwag po kayong mag-alala. May natanggap po akong Rapid Testing Kits mula sa aking mga kaibigan sa South Korea. Gamit ang rapid test kit na approved sa Korea, ako po ay nag-negatibo. Hindi pa approved ng FDA dito pero yon po ang ginagamit sa Korea," Pacquiao added.  The Filipino boxing legend also said that while he has been invited to be tested at the RITM, he did not feel the need to do so, as he is asymptomatic. Should that change, Pacquiao said that he is more than willing to undergo the necessary testing.  "Matagal na po akong hinihikayat na magpa-test sa RITM ngunit nais ko pong ipaalam na wala po akong nararamdaman na anumang sintomas. Ibang usapan na po kung meron akong kakaibang nararamdaman sa aking katawan. Once I experience symptoms, I am willing to undergo the swab testing for the sake of my family and my country, but I will go through the regular procedure. Naniniwala po kasi ako na marami tayong Persons Under Investigation o PUI na dapat unahin pagdating sa testing." Pacquiao maintains that even under self-quarantine, he will continue to find ways to work and help in the fight against COVID-19.  "Kahit naka-home quarantine, patuloy po akong maghahanap ng paraan upang makatulong sa ating mga kababayan, lalo na sa ating mga magigiting na frontliners. Marami pa pong test kits at medical supplies na darating na magagamit ng ating mga health workers sa buong bansa. Magkakaroon din po ng allocation ang DOH Regional Centers sa Visayas at Mindanao." "Hinihikayat ko ang lahat na makipagtulungan sa ating pamahalaan. Gawin po natin ang nararapat. Patuloy din po tayong magdasal at manalig sa Panginoon. Sa kanya po tayo humugot ng lakas at pag-asa. Malalampasan natin itong pagsubok, mga kababayan. Tiwala lang," Pacquiao concluded. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated News21 hr. 34 min. ago

Pacquiao negative for COVID-19 after being tested twice

Sen. Manny Pacquiao said he has tested negative for the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) twice but added that once he experiences symptoms of the deadly virus he will undergo swab testing with the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM)......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated News12 hr. 47 min. ago

Mindanao needs more Covid-19 testing centers

GENERAL SANTOS CITY: The local government units of General Santos City South Cotabato and Saranggani have appealed to the national government and the Department of Health (DoH) to designate a coronavirus disease (Covid-19) testing facility exclusively for the Mindanao region. General Santos City City Mayor Ronnel Rivera, South Cotabato First District Rep. Shirlyn Bañas-Nograles, South […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsMar 26th, 2020

U.N. urges prisoner releases to avoid coronavirus contagion

GENEVA, Switzerland – Countries must protect people held in overcrowded prisons and other enclosed facilities from the new coronavirus pandemic by releasing vulnerable detainees, the UN rights chief said on Wednesday, March 25. "COVID-19 has begun to strike prisons, jails, and immigration detention centers, as well as residential care homes and psychiatric hospitals, ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsMar 26th, 2020

VSMMC identified as COVID-19 testing center for Visayas

CEBU CITY, Philippines- Scientists from the University of the Philippines (UP) have identified the Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center (VSMMC) as one of the testing centers for the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in the Visayas. Dr. Raul Destura of the UP Manila National Institute of Health (UP -NIH) and UP Philippine Genome Center, announced this […] The post VSMMC identified as COVID-19 testing center for Visayas appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMar 12th, 2020

RITM urges public: Stop hoarding face masks

The public has been urged not to hoard face masks to ensure adequate supply for health workers attending to patients who exhibit symptoms of the novel coronavirus acute respiratory disease......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsFeb 3rd, 2020

Philippines now capable of testing samples for novel coronavirus — DOH

The Japanese counterpart of the RITM provided the RNA primer that would allow the Philippines to conduct confirmatory testing......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 29th, 2020

Dr. Dejaño: Exercise to boost your immune system

CEBU CITY, Philippines — For the majority of the Cebuanos, staying at home is of the utmost importance as our government officials, health workers and other frontliners fight to contain the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).   While staying at home will keep you safe from the COVID-19, it also makes you prone to a sedentary […] The post Dr. Dejaño: Exercise to boost your immune system appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated News8 min. ago

Some COVID-19 test kits from China yield inaccurate results, DOH admits

MANILA, Philippines — Some coronavirus disease (COVID-19) testing kits donated by China were not used because of the lack of its accuracy, the Department of Health (DOH) said. DOH Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said the testing kits only showed 40 percent accuracy compared to the testing kits from the World Health Organization (WHO). “Sa kaso […] The post Some COVID-19 test kits from China yield inaccurate results, DOH admits appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated News8 min. ago

Palace to LGUs: Identify possible isolation centers

Malacañang has directed all local government units, including the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, to identify government facilities that may be converted into isolation and quarantine facilities, as the number of coronavirus disease 2019 cases in the country is expected to rise......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated News3 hr. 34 min. ago

30 laboratories offer COVID testing services

Thirty more private and public laboratories across the country have expressed interest to do testing for coronavirus disease 2019, an official of the Department of Health said yesterday......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated News3 hr. 34 min. ago

Of 19 new coronavirus cases in Central Visayas, 16 from Cebu City

CEBU CITY, Philippines – The Department of Health Central Visayas said Saturday, March 28, that there were 19 new confirmed cases of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the region, with 16 from Cebu City. This brings the total number of coronavirus infections in the region to 22 since testing of persons ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated News13 hr. 21 min. ago

DOH: 4 hospitals ready for full-scale virus testing, 30 labs to follow

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Health (DOH) said on Saturday, March 28, that the 4 sub-national laboratories have been given the go-ahead signal and are now ready to do full-scale testing of coronavirus. The 4 labs are: San Lazaro Hospital in Manila ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated News13 hr. 21 min. ago

Lacson urges COVID-19 positives to disclose identities

Senator Panfilo Lacson on Saturday appealed to those who tested positive for the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) to voluntarily disclose their identities to the public to stop the spread of the virus. In a statement, Lacson said that if the identities of those who got infected are made public through barangay bulletins, homeowners’ associations or […] The post Lacson urges COVID-19 positives to disclose identities appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated News18 hr. 47 min. ago

Pampanga COVID-19 patient dies

An elderly woman who traveled from the United States died on Thursday night after testing positive for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). According to Mayor Jun Tetangco, the 68-year-old woman passed away at the Angeles University Foundation Medical Center (AUFMC). She was the first confirmed COVID-19 case in Apalit. “The municipality of Apalit is informing its […] The post Pampanga COVID-19 patient dies appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated News18 hr. 47 min. ago

Pistons& rsquo; Wood cleared from coronavirus

Washington--Detroit Pistons forward Christian Wood has become the first publicly known NBA player to be cleared after testing positive for coronavirus, according to multiple media reports Thursday......»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsMar 27th, 2020

UK prime minister coronavirus positive

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced on Friday that he is self-isolating after testing positive for COVID-19......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsMar 27th, 2020

Rapid test kit hinarang ng FDA

Hindi umano aprubado ng Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) ang anumang rapid testing kits para sa coronavirus disease......»»

Category: newsSource:  abanteRelated NewsMar 27th, 2020

Rep. Eric Go Yap negative for COVID-19; RITM apologizes for mistake

Party-list Rep. Eric Go Yap (ACT-CIS party-list) is negative for the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19), RITM said on Friday, admitting its mistake of earlier declaring him positive......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMar 27th, 2020

Wow mali: Cong.Yap negative sa COVID-19; clerical error sinisi ng RITM

HUMINGI ng paumanhin ang Research Institute for Tropical Medicine kay ACT-CIS Rep. Eric Go Yap matapos umanong magkaroon ng clerical error sa resulta ng kanyang coronavirus disease 2019 test. “We wish to publicly apologize to Cong. Eric Go Yap of ACT-CIS Partylist for forwarding a report of his COVID-19 results that displayed a clerical oversight.” […] The post Wow mali: Cong.Yap negative sa COVID-19; clerical error sinisi ng RITM appeared first on Bandera......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMar 27th, 2020