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Duterte mulls closing Phl borders over Delta threat

President Rodrigo Duterte is mulling over the possibility of closing the country’s borders amid the threat of the deadly and highly contagious COVID-19 Delta variant. Duterte told CNN Philippines’ Triciah Terada in a five-minute phone interview Thursday night that he would convene the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases and medical experts on Saturday […] The post Duterte mulls closing Phl borders over Delta threat appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource: tribune tribuneJul 23rd, 2021

Duterte mulls closing borders due to Delta threat

Duterte mulls closing borders due to Delta threat.....»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  pepRelated NewsJul 23rd, 2021

South Cotabato tightens border control amid COVID-19 Delta variant threat

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 02 August) – The provincial government of South Cotabato has intensified control measures in its borders in the wake of the threats posed by the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) Delta variant. South Cotabato Gov. Reynaldo Tamayo, Jr. directed the move on Monday through Executive Order (EO) No. […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsAug 6th, 2021

Pandemic task force told to ‘level up’ its ‘reactive’ approach to Delta variant threat

President Rodrigo Duterte also scheduled what he called an "emergency" meeting for Saturday night, two days after local transmission of the variant driving a surge in cases in neighboring countries was confirmed......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 23rd, 2021

North Korea to defy coronavirus with huge parade

Nuclear-armed North Korea is expected to parade its latest and most advanced weapons through the streets of Pyongyang on Saturday, as the coronavirus-barricaded country celebrates the 75th anniversary of leader Kim Jong Un’s ruling party. Saturday is expected to see thousands of goose-stepping soldiers packed into Pyongyang’s Kim Il Sung Square, named for North Korea’s founder, under the gaze of his grandson Kim Jong Un ED JONES AFP/ MANILA BULLETIN South Korea’s unification minister told parliament on Thursday that a “large-scale parade” was anticipated, and satellite imagery on the respected 38North website has also suggested the cavalcade could be huge. The anniversary comes during a difficult year for North Korea as the coronavirus pandemic and recent storms add pressure to the heavily sanctioned country.  Pyongyang closed its borders eight months ago to try to protect itself from the virus — which first emerged in neighbouring China — and has still to confirm a single case of infection. Last month, troops from the North shot dead a South Korean fisheries official who had drifted into its waters, apparently as a precaution against the disease, prompting fury in Seoul and a rare apology from Kim. Nevertheless, Saturday is expected to see thousands of goose-stepping soldiers packed into Pyongyang’s Kim Il Sung Square, named for North Korea’s founder, under the gaze of his grandson, the third member of the family to rule the country. A procession of progressively larger armoured vehicles and tanks is likely to follow, culminating with whatever missiles Pyongyang wants to put on show. The North is widely believed to have continued to develop its arsenal — which it says it needs to protect itself from a US invasion — throughout nuclear negotiations with Washington, deadlocked since the collapse of a summit in Hanoi in February last year. Now analysts expect a new submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) or an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) capable of reaching the US mainland to appear — maybe even one with multiple re-entry vehicle capabilities that could allow it to evade US defence systems. The anniversary of the Workers’ Party means North Korea “has a political and strategic need to do something bigger”, said Sung-yoon Lee, a Korean studies professor at Tufts University in the United States. Showcasing its most advanced weapons “will signal a big step forward in Pyongyang’s credible threat capabilities”, he said. But unlike on many previous occasions, no international media have been allowed in to watch the parade, and with many foreign embassies in Pyongyang closing their doors in the face of coronavirus restrictions, few outside observers will be present. It is not clear whether state broadcaster KCTV will air the event live — some past parades have not appeared on television until the following day. But the South’s government has detected signs that Kim is to give a speech at the parade, Yonhap News Agency reported Friday citing unnamed sources.  – Masks and missiles? –  At the end of December, Kim threatened to demonstrate a “new strategic weapon”, but analysts say Pyongyang will still tread carefully to avoid jeopardising its chances with Washington ahead of next month’s presidential elections. Showing off its strategic weapons in a military parade “would be consistent with what Kim Jong Un promised”, while “not provoking the US as much as a test-launch of a strategic weapon”, said former US government North Korea analyst Rachel Lee. The messaging of the parade “will be heavily domestic — on party accomplishments, unity around the leader, and improving the economy before the Eighth Party Congress”, she added, referring to a meeting of the Workers’ Party due to take place in January. But Harry Kazianis of the Center for the National Interest warned that with thousands of people involved, it could turn into a “deadly superspreader-like event” unless “extreme precautions” were used. The impoverished nation’s crumbling health system would struggle to cope with a major virus outbreak, and he added that such protective measures seemed “pretty unlikely”. “Clearly masks and missiles don’t mix.”.....»»

Category: newsSource:  mb.com.phRelated NewsOct 9th, 2020

S& P lowers growth outlook on Philippines as lockdowns stunt rebound

Debt watcher S&P Global Ratings downgraded its growth outlook on the Philippines, as new lockdowns and the highly contagious Delta variant bring a new threat to the economy......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 19th, 2021

Vehicle sales up 4.7% in July

Local car and truck assemblers registered higher sales last month but expect a slowdown this month amid the stricter quarantine measures imposed due to the threat of the COVID Delta variant......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 18th, 2021

Police still haven’t caught a Delta virus

Policemen and barangay tanods deployed in the streets to stop COVID-19 infection have not captured a single Delta variant, much less slapped the veerus as President Duterte once threatened to do, and here comes another variant, the Lambda, to add to the scary scenario......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 17th, 2021

More ECQ ‘unwise’

The Metro-wide containment measures to prevent the rapid surge of the more virulent Covid-19 Delta variant have significantly impacted the domestic economy, with the business sector urging the Duterte administration to look for alternative action in fighting the virus. Ed Lacson, acting president and vice president of the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI), […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsAug 17th, 2021

Travel ban on 10 countries extended

President Duterte has extended until the end of the month the travel ban for inbound travelers from 10 countries as part of border control measures against the more contagious Delta variant of COVID-19......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 13th, 2021

Unbeaten Magnolia, TNT upbeat on carrying momentum when PBA resumes

Magnolia, TNT and the 10 other squads have been settling on individual workouts online since the PBA suspended play due to the COVID-19 Delta variant threat and enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) in Metro Manila last week......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 12th, 2021

Duterte wants to go out to meet with mayors

His doctor is advising him against it but President Rodrigo Duterte wants to go out to meet with mayors despite the risks posed by the more transmissible COVID-19 Delta variant......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 10th, 2021

17th Cinemalaya filmfest kicks off amid pandemic lockdown

Amid the continuing threat of the COVID-19 Delta variant and the imposition of the Enhanced Community Quarantine in Metro Manila anew, the annual Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival has been formally opened on Friday......»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 9th, 2021

U.S. eyes reopening to fully vaccinated foreigners

WASHINGTON (AFP) — The United States, which closed its borders to much of the world as the pandemic took hold, said Wednesday it plans eventually to begin allowing fully vaccinated foreigners back in, while China tightened overseas travel curbs amid surging infection numbers. The two countries’ travel-related moves come as the fast-spreading Delta variant cuts […] The post U.S. eyes reopening to fully vaccinated foreigners appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsAug 6th, 2021

Philippines gets 1 million Sinovac doses anew

The Philippines on Thursday received another one million doses of Sinovac as authorities seek to improve vaccinations amid the threat of the more infectious Delta variant......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 5th, 2021

Concepcion eyes ECQ as last one

An adviser of President Duterte underscored yesterday that while this month’s two-week lockdown in the National Capital Region is necessary to stop the spread of the Delta variant of COVID-19, it should be the last one......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 5th, 2021

PNP, NBI, DTI to probe Cebu oxygen hoarding

Philippine National Police chief Gen. Guillermo Eleazar ordered yesterday an investigation into alleged hoarding of oxygen tanks and other medical supplies amid the threat posed by the highly infectious Delta variant of COVID-19......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 5th, 2021

NBI to help PNP, DTI probe into possible hoarding of oxygen tanks, medical supplies

The National Bureau of Investigation will help in government probe into possible hoarding of oxygen tanks and medical supplies amid the threat of rising COVID-19 cases and the Delta variant of the coronavirus......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 4th, 2021

No choice

Metro Manila is back to ECQ and that is a good thing given the serious threat of the Delta variant of the COVID virus......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 4th, 2021

Delta COVID& rsquo;s threat

How serious a threat is the so-called Delta COVID-19 variant, also known as the Indian variant?.....»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsAug 3rd, 2021

PhilHealth told: Pay hospitals, health workers

Sen. Grace Poe has urged the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. and the Department of Budget and Management to expedite payments to hospitals and health workers as the country faces the threat of the COVID Delta variant......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 3rd, 2021