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PSC opens sports facilities to help in fight against COVID-19

The Philippine Sports Commission will soon be turned into temporary medical facilities to help decongest hospitals, as the war against COVID-19 rages, with infections breaching the 1000-mark Saturday. PSC Chairman William 'Butch" Ramirez confirmed that the two sports complex of the government in Metro Manila, namely the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex in Manila and the Philsports Complex in Pasig City are both being surveyed by the Department of Public Works and Highways to assess how the different facilities inside may be used in line with the Department of Health’s requirements. Ramirez shared that in light of President Rodrigo Duterte’s Executive Orders in line with the COVID-19 fight, the PSC has volunteered the mentioned government facilities as venue options. “They are government facilities so it we were already anticipating that it might come to that point,” explained the sports chief, adding that he has already discussed this with Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea. Except for around 30 athletes and coaches, medical and admin staff assisting them and security personnel guarding the complexes, national athletes have been asked to go home before the implementation of the enhanced community quarantine. Senior Executive Assistant and National Training Director Marc Velasco assured that the management committee of the PSC is already crafting plans to ensure that remaining athletes and personnel are secured and isolated from the areas to be taken-over.   “Thorough disinfection of the venues will be undertaken regularly and after their use,” assured Velasco. “These times call for unselfish patriotism. These times call for everyone to be heroes, even.  Let us step up to the plate, so to speak.  This is us, the sporting community stepping up to bat,” said Ramirez in a social media post of the agency’s official social media accounts.   The venues being considered for use at the Philsports Complex are the Multi-purpose Arena and the track oval.  Possible venues to be used at the RMSC are the historic Rizal Memorial Coliseum, Ninoy Aquino Stadium and the Rizal Baseball Stadium.  All these venues have been used before as evacuation or warehouse and repacking centers for relief goods......»»

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In rare case, US infant dies from COVID-19

A US infant has died from the COVID-19 illness, officials in the state of Illinois said on Saturday, marking an extremely rare case of juvenile death in the global pandemic......»»

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Rizal Memorial, PhilSports to become COVID-19 facilities

From sports arenas, the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex in Manila and Philsports Arena in Pasig City are now being converted into makeshift medical facilities amid the COVID-19 pandemic crisis......»»

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SSS Temporarily Suspends Confirmation of Pensioners, UMID Applications

The Social Security System (SSS) announced the temporary suspension of its Annual Confirmation of Pensioners Program (ACOP) until the end of April 2020 amid the threat of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). “In this time of crisis, the importance of providing our pensioners with the SSS pension they can rely on and ensuring their health and […].....»»

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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......»»

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PAL cargo flights to continue

MANILA, Philippines — Despite the suspension of its passenger operations due to travel restrictions, flag carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) will continue to mount cargo flights at Ninoy Aquino International Airport, its spokesperson said on Friday. “Philippine carriers have been allowed to operate ‘all-cargo flights’ thus enabling PAL to operate such flights from Manila,” Cielo Villaluna […] The post PAL cargo flights to continue appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

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Cebuano actor remembers veteran actor Menggie Cobarrubias

Cebu City, Philippines — “He was one of the best actors.”  This was how Cebuano actor Andreo Javier described the late actor Domingo “Menggie” Cobarrubias who succumbed to pneumonia last Thursday, March 26, 2029. Read more: Actor Mengie Cobarrubias passes away Both stars worked together in the 2016 film “Ang Hapis at Himagsik ni Hermano […] The post Cebuano actor remembers veteran actor Menggie Cobarrubias appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

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Rosito: Posting names of COVID-19 ‘victims’ was necessary to raise public awareness

CEBU CITY, Philippines — “No regrets at all. Why should I be regretting knowing that that information could actually save lives?” This was the statement of Lawyer Rommel Rosito, who was arrested on Saturday for posting unverified information on seven people whom he claimed tested positive of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Rosito’s online post included […] The post Rosito: Posting names of COVID-19 ‘victims’ was necessary to raise public awareness appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

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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......»»

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Another NegOr PUI dies while waiting for swab test results

DUMAGUETE CITY, Negros Oriental-A person under investigation (PUI) for the coronavirus disease 2019 ( COVID-19) died last night, March 28, 2020, while admitted to a private hospital here. The PUI, a 39-year-old male patient, died while awaiting results of his swab test that was sent to the Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center in Cebu City […] The post Another NegOr PUI dies while waiting for swab test results appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

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Virus cases top 1,000 as DOH steps up tests

MANILA, Philippines — The total number of new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases in the country breached the 1,000th mark on Saturday after the Department of Health (DOH) reported that 272 people tested positive for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes the respiratory illness. Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire reiterated in an online press briefing that the […] The post Virus cases top 1,000 as DOH steps up tests appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

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PH ‘missed opportunity’ to find outbreak epicenter, contain virus

MANILA, Philippines —Where exactly is the Philippines’ ground zero for the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and how did it spread from there? Nearly a month since the first local transmission was recorded, it still remains a mystery how Patient 5 contracted the SARS-CoV-2, the virus which causes the severe acute respiratory ailment, given that the […] The post PH ‘missed opportunity’ to find outbreak epicenter, contain virus appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

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Cebuanos told: Don’t discriminate COVID-19 patients, frontliners

CEBU CITY, Philippines – Cebu officials are asking the public to avoid ostracizing individuals who came in close contact with patients infected with the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and even medical practitioners who are attending to their needs. In a press conference on Saturday, March 28, 2020, Cebu Governor Gwendolyn Garcia threatened to take legal […] The post Cebuanos told: Don’t discriminate COVID-19 patients, frontliners appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

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Stories from COVID-19 frontliners

They’re fighting on the front lines of a war against a deadly enemy. Every day they risk their lives in the service of their fellow Filipinos, who cannot afford to take quarantine lightly......»»

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Ara Galang joins jersey auction for coronavirus frontliners

Former DLSU star Ara Galang is joining efforts to raise funds for frontliners combating the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak in our country......»»

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Chinese vs Western governance: The case of Covid-19

By Martin Jacques LONDON: In January the onslaught in the Western media, notably in the United States and the United Kingdom, against the Chinese government’s handling of the coronavirus, then an epidemic, was merciless. The Chinese government stood accused of an inhumane attitude toward its people, secrecy, a cover-up and an overwhelming concern for its […].....»»

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‘Paradise Lost’ and the Lost Horizon

It is undeniable that the coronavirus disease 2019 or Covid-19 is the single dominant news on record, gracing the pages of all media outlets worldwide. No publication or broadcast entity goes without this most “favored” headliner. This phenomenon scratched some historical sensitivities etched in my memory decades ago. One is John Milton’s 17th century epic […].....»»

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Covid ‘zero’ and a second wave of infections

Wuhan, the city in Central China that was the epicenter of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19), reported zero confirmed coronavirus domestic infection cases on March 17. It kept the zero status from that day onward until press time on March 20. The city and the country’s experience are markedly different from the rest of the […].....»»

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Reflection, review timely halfway through lockdown

The approaching halfway mark of the community quarantine has us in a mood for reflection. As hard as it is, things could be worse. Thankfully, the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) is far milder than the severe acute respiratory syndrome, Middle Easr respiratory syndrome and the avian flu. To date, the worst attribute of Covid-19 is […].....»»

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CBCP tumatanggap na ng prayer requests online

Manila, Philippines – Tumatanggap na rin ng prayer request online ang simbahang Katolika sa kalagitnaan ng ipinatutupad na enhanced community quarantine in Luzon dahil sa coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.   Sa isang pahayag nitong Sabado, sinabi ni Monsignor Pedro Quitorio, Media Office director of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP), na bumuo […] The post CBCP tumatanggap na ng prayer requests online appeared first on REMATE ONLINE......»»

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