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& lsquo;Highest alert& rsquo; spreads to 41 areas& mdash;DOH

Forty-one areas---including nine cities and a municipality in Metro Manila---have been put under the highest COVID-19 alert classification as new infections hit a four-month high at 12,021 Wednesday......»»

Category: newsSource: thestandard thestandardAug 12th, 2021

TS & lsquo;Bising& rsquo; hard to track & mdash;PAGASA; red alert up

Disaster officials went on red alert over the potential impact of Typhoon “Bising,” as the storm moved closer to the Bicol region......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsApr 18th, 2021

Millions more face English virus restrictions as cases spiral

Millions more people in northern England face stricter coronavirus rules next week, officials said Friday, as reports suggested the government is considering a nationwide lockdown. A digital display shows NHS health advice on the coronavirus in Leeds on October 30, 2020. – West Yorkshire is to be placed under tier three Covid restrictions from November 2, 2020, the strictest level of rules. (Photo by Lindsey Parnaby / AFP) From Monday, nearly 2.4 million residents in five districts of West Yorkshire, including in the city of Leeds, will be barred from socialising with other households indoors. Pubs and bars not serving “substantial meals” must close, alongside casinos and betting shops, while people have also been told to avoid unnecessary travel. The Department of Health said the measures were needed as infection rates in West Yorkshire were among the highest in the country and rising rapidly. The Times reported Friday that Prime Minister Boris Johnson was considering a return to a national lockdown to battle the surge. Johnson was expected to hold a press conference on Monday to announce new restrictions, which would close everything except “essential shops”, schools and universities, the paper said, quoting a government source. In its weekly study of Covid-19 prevalence, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said the number of people with the virus had increased to around one in 100 nationwide. “There has been growth in all age groups over the past two weeks; older teenagers and young adults continue to have the highest current rates while rates appear to be steeply increasing among secondary school children,” it said. The country’s official science advisory panel warned in a report published Friday that the virus was spreading “significantly” faster and that hospitalisations were rising at a higher rate through England than its predicted “worst-case” scenario drawn up in July. The report said that in mid-October, shortly before new local rules were introduced, around four times as many people were catching Covid than anticipated in the July report. That study warned that 85,000 more people could die during the winter wave. West Yorkshire’s imminent restrictions are the latest step in the UK government’s localised response to the surging transmission, which has come under increasing scrutiny in recent weeks. More than 11 million people — about a fifth of England’s population — will be under the tightest measures from next week. Most of the areas in the “very high” category of the government’s three-tier Covid alert system are in northern and central parts of the country. Nottingham became the latest city to enter the highest tier Friday. On Thursday night, young people took to the streets in fancy dress and drank in large groups before a ban on alcohol sales in shops came into force at 2100 GMT. – ‘Targeted’ – The pandemic has hit Britain harder than any other country in Europe, with more than 45,000 people having died within 28 days of testing positive. Case rates are spiralling again after a lull, tracking the situation elsewhere on the continent. England is seeing nearly 52,000 new cases daily, a 47 percent weekly rise, according to the ONS, which conducts its analysis of households with the help of several universities and health bodies, and excludes people in hospitals and care homes.  Britain’s European neighbours and the devolved governments in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have reimposed partial lockdowns to try to cut infection rates. Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said Friday the government would continue its “targeted and focused” strategy of local restrictions in virus hotspots. “The arbitrariness of a blanket approach would be far worse than the effects of trying to be as targeted as possible,” he said. Meanwhile, a new study reported Friday that a Covid-19 variant originating in Spanish farm workers has spread rapidly throughout Europe in recent months and now accounts for most cases in Britain. The variant — called 20A.EU1 — is thought to have been spread from northeastern Spain by people returning from holidays there, according to the study, which is awaiting peer review in a medical journal. There is currently no evidence that the strain spreads faster or impacts illness severity and immunity......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 31st, 2020

LPGA returns with Kang posting 66 at Inverness for the lead

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Danielle Kang went more than six months without competing and looked as though she had never been away, playing bogey-free at Inverness Club for a 6-under 66 and a one-shot lead in the LPGA Drive On Championship. The LPGA Tour’s much-awaited return from the COVID-19 pandemic brought an immediate sense of its new world. Kang had no idea where she stood after a closing birde. “There aren’t any leaderboards on the golf course,” Kang said. Inverness, where Paul Azinger beat Greg Norman in a playoff at the 1993 PGA Championship, is hosting the Solheim Cup next year and offered to stage the first event back for the LPGA Tour since the Women’s Australian Open on Feb. 16. The LPGA Tour remains in northeast Ohio next week before heading to Scotland. Jodi Ewart Shadoff of England also played bogey-free for a 67. Celine Boutier of France and Lee-Anne Pace of South Africa also were at 5 under until both made bogey on the closing hole. They settled for a 68. The foremost global tour in golf attracted 130 players from some 30 countries, though it was missing the leading stars from powerhouse South Korea. Jin Young Ko, the No. 1 player in the world, and Sung Hyun Park have stayed home and are playing on the Korean LPGA. Neither is expected to travel to Scotland for the Women’s British Open in three weeks. The lone Korean among the top 10 -- a rarity given the country’s strength in women’s golf -- was Hee Young Park at 70. Kang, a former Women’s PGA champion, paid particular attention to the speed of the greens at Inverness, making six birdies and a number of key par putts to keep her round going. “Even if you hit a good shot, it’s not an easy putt,” Kang said. “I almost three-putted from 9 feet. Definitely had a really good attitude, and it was really fun to be back.” The LPGA Tour is not allowing spectators, though that wasn’t a problem for Kang. She was more concerned about her etiquette with two other players, different from a more casual attitude at home. Kang played only twice at the start of the year in the Florida events, including a third-place finish Jan. 23 at the Gainbridge LPGA at Boca Rio. The field attracted four of the top 10 from the world ranking, and Kang (No. 4) Minjee Lee of Australia (No. 8) were the only ones to break par. Lee shot 69. Nelly Korda, the highest-ranked player at No. 2 in the world, opened with two birdies in three holes and closed with another birdie. It was the part in between that cost her, and she had a 76. Lexi Thompson, who has slipped to No. 9, opened with a 73. For most of them, it was simply good to be back. Lydia Ko made a long birdie to close out her round of 69, joining Lee and Amy Olson. “I saw some of the girls and I was like, ‘Man, it’s nice to not see you through a virtual app or on social media,’” Ko said......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 1st, 2020

& lsquo;Makulay ang Buhay& rsquo; returns on air

Join ‘Mom C’ Camille Prats—with lovable puppets Benjie and his best friend dog Penpen—in a fun and colorful morning as edu-tainment program Makulay ang Buhay returns on air every Saturday and Tuesday beginning tomorrow, Aug. 21 on GMA......»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  thestandardRelated NewsAug 20th, 2021

& lsquo;Booster shots& rsquo; on hold until nation& rsquo;s protected & mdash; Palace

Malacañang  has urged those getting COVID-19 “booster shots” to wait for the country to achieve population protection first before receiving more than the required number of doses......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsAug 16th, 2021

& lsquo;Breakthrough infection& rsquo; sickens only a few& mdash;FDA

Fewer than 1 percent of more than 9.1 million people who had been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by the start of August have experienced a “breakthrough” infection, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said Friday......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsAug 14th, 2021

Funds & lsquo;not lost to corruption& rsquo; but DOH has to do paper work& mdash;COA

The Commission on Audit clarified on Friday it did not find “deficiencies” linked to corruption in its report on the P67.3 billion COVID-19 response funds of the Department of Health......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsAug 14th, 2021

& lsquo;Hospitals near full capacity& rsquo;

All areas in Metro Manila are now classified as either high-risk or critical risk for COVID-19, the Department of Health said Friday as the disease continued to spread and hospital beds filled up, and the country hit a four-month high in both the number of new infections and active cases......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsAug 14th, 2021

Yankees face White Sox on cinematic & lsquo;Field of Dreams& rsquo;

New York—Major League Baseball reality meets cinematic magic on Thursday when the New York Yankees and Chicago White Sox play on the “Field of Dreams” at Dyersville, Iowa......»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsAug 13th, 2021

Highest alert up over 8 MM cities

Eight areas in Metro Manila and 20 others in several regions have been put under Alert Level 4 due to the high number of COVID-19 cases and their high hospital occupancy rate......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 7th, 2021

37 areas in PH under highest COVID alert

37 areas in PH under highest COVID alert.....»»

Category: newsSource:  cnnphilippinesRelated NewsAug 6th, 2021

SB19, & lsquo;Gameboys& rsquo; set record on KTX

Online streaming site KTX Philippines has announced the record-breaking feats achieved on the platform by boy love movie Gameboys tallying the highest record of sold tickets during its opening weekend, and P-Pop group SB19 setting the record as the highest-earning concert......»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  thestandardRelated NewsAug 5th, 2021

China credit agency affirms & lsquo;AAA& rsquo; long-term issuer rating on PH

China Lianhe Credit Rating Co. Ltd. affirmed the “AAA” long-term issuer rating of the Philippines, bestowing the highest level of confidence in the country’s ability to service financial obligations despite the toll caused by the pandemic......»»

Category: financeSource:  thestandardRelated NewsAug 4th, 2021

Sara still top choice among possible bets in & lsquo;22 & mdash; OCTA

With 28 percent nationwide preference, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte remained the top choice among 15 names of possible candidates for president in next year’s election,  a latest survey by OCTA Research revealed......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsAug 3rd, 2021

French boxer stages ringside sit-in protest after & lsquo;injustice& rsquo;

Tokyo—A French super-heavyweight boxer lashed out at an “injustice” and sat in protest on the side of the ring after he was disqualified for headbutting in the Tokyo Olympics quarter-finals Sunday......»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsAug 2nd, 2021

VFA & lsquo;in full force& rsquo; again & mdash;DND chief

President Rodrigo Duterte has walked back on a decision to end the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) with the United States, Defense Secretary Delfin Lornezana said Friday during a visit by Pentagon chief Lloyd Austin......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJul 31st, 2021

& lsquo;Unprecedented& rsquo; Afghan civilian deaths

Kabul---The United Nations warned Monday that Afghanistan could see the highest number of civilian deaths in more than a decade if the Taliban’s offensives across the country are not halted......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJul 26th, 2021

Beijing urges US to halt & lsquo;demonizing& rsquo; China

Beijing---Beijing urged Washington to stop “demonizing” China on Monday as rancor marked the start of talks with the highest-level US envoy to visit under President Joe Biden’s administration......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJul 26th, 2021

Olympics chief admits & lsquo;sleepless nights& rsquo; over troubled games

Tokyo—Olympics chief Thomas Bach revealed “doubts” and “sleepless nights” over the postponed Tokyo Games on Tuesday as the opening ceremony nears after a year’s delay and coronavirus chaos that has made them deeply unpopular with the Japanese public......»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJul 20th, 2021

& lsquo;Perfect storm& rsquo; brewing more woes& mdash;UN

The UN warned Thursday that a “perfect storm” was brewing, with a raging pandemic disrupting access to routine vaccinations, leaving millions of children at risk from measles and other deadly diseases......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJul 15th, 2021