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Lapu CSWO head admits COVID-19 infection, appeals for understanding

CEBU CITY, Philippines — Annabeth Cuizon, the acting head of the City Social Welfare Office (CSWO) in Lapu-Lapu City, went out on social media this morning, April 25, 2020, to admit that she was among the City Hall employees who tested positive for the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Cuizon said she was forced to come […] The post Lapu CSWO head admits COVID-19 infection, appeals for understanding appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource: inquirer inquirerApr 25th, 2020

Mass testing of 12 Lapu-Lapu brgys starts

LAPU-LAPU CITY, Philippines — The Lapu-Lapu City Health Department has started conducting mass testing to the top 12 barangays in the city with the most number of cases of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Grace Carungay, head of the City Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit, said that the barangays with the most number of cases of […] The post Mass testing of 12 Lapu-Lapu brgys starts appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 10th, 2020

No new COVID case in 13 Lapu barangays for the past week

LAPU-LAPU CITY, Cebu—Thirteen barangays here have not logged any new case of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) for the past week. This was revealed by Nagiel Bañacia, head of the Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (DRRMO) in Lapu-Lapu City. Bañacia said that these barangays are Pusok, Maribago, Suba-basbas, Caubian, Caohagan, Pangan-an, Tingo, Baring, Caw-oy, Talima, […] The post No new COVID case in 13 Lapu barangays for the past week appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 28th, 2020

Mayor Isko: Avoid religious processions in the meantime

Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso on Monday asked Catholics to avoid holding religious processions in the city while the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is still a threat. A devotee himself, Domagoso said he is “saddened” that the Filipino tradition will be set aside because of the pandemic, however, “we need understanding.” “For the meantime, nakikisuyo po ako, wala pong mga para-parada, wala pong prusi-prusisyon, dahil mahirap pigilan ang tao. At ang tao naman mapapahamak, malalagay sa alanganin (For the meantime, I’m asking you not to hold processions because it’s hard to control the people. And they might be at risk),” he said in an interview with reporters. Domagoso hinted there might be no Traslacion or the traditional procession of the Black Nazarene in January if “this situation will remain the same.” “Pero halimbawa… maganda, medyo kayang i-tolerate yung numbers of infection or talagang halos kontrolado na natin yung infection, baka mag-isip kami ng bago (In case the situation improves or the number of infection is already under control, we might change our minds),” he added. Domagoso said, there is a need to issue restrictions on religious processions as he fears a  rise in COVID-19 cases in the country. “Everybody is going to Quiapo… para magsampalataya (for their faith). So in the hundreds thousands of people merging, I just give you conservative number, just one na maimpeksyon, na magdikit dikit, pawis, laway, so baka maulit tayo (only one infected devotee who will join the gathering, with all the sweat, saliva droplets and we might end up with huge cases again),” he cautioned......»»

Category: lifestyleSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 19th, 2020

Covid-19 reinfection casts doubt on virus immunity: study

Covid-19 patients may experience more severe symptoms the second time they are infected, according to research released Tuesday confirming it is possible to catch the potentially deadly disease more than once. A study published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases journal charts the first confirmed case of Covid-19 reinfection in the United States — the country worst hit by the pandemic — and indicates that exposure to the virus may not guarantee future immunity. The patient, a 25-year-old Nevada man, was infected with two distinct variants of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid-19, within a 48-day time frame. The second infection was more severe than the first, resulting in the patient being hospitalised with oxygen support. The paper noted four other cases of reinfection confirmed globally, with one patient each in Belgium, the Netherlands, Hong Kong and Ecuador. Experts said the prospect of reinfection could have a profound impact on how the world battles through the pandemic. In particular, it could influence the hunt for a vaccine — the currently Holy Grail of pharmaceutical research. “The possibility of reinfections could have significant implications for our understanding of Covid-19 immunity, especially in the absence of an effective vaccine,” said Mark Pandori, for the Nevada State Public Health Laboratory and lead study author. “We need more research to understand how long immunity may last for people exposed to SARS-CoV-2 and why some of these second infections, while rare, are presenting as more severe.” Waning immunity?Vaccines work by triggering the body’s natural immune response to a certain pathogen, arming it with antibodies it to fight off future waves of infection. But it is not at all clear how long Covid-19 antibodies last. For some diseases, such as measles, infection confers lifelong immunity. For other pathogens, immunity may be fleeting at best. The authors said the US patient could have been exposed to a very high dose of the virus the second time around, triggering a more acute reaction. Alternatively, it may have been a more virulent strain of the virus. Another hypothesis is a mechanism known as antibody dependent enhancement — that is, when antibodies actually make subsequent infections worse, such as with dengue fever. The researchers pointed out that reinfection of any kind remains rare, with only a handful of confirmed cases out of tens of millions of Covid-19 infections globally. However, since many cases are asymptomatic and therefore unlikely to have tested positive initially, it may be impossible to know if a given Covid-19 case is the first or second infection. In a linked comment to The Lancet paper, Akiko Iwasaka, a professor of Immunobiology and Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology at Yale University, said the findings could impact public health measures. “As more cases of reinfection surface, the scientific community will have the opportunity to understand better the correlates of protection and how frequently natural infections with SARS-CoV-2 induce that level of immunity,” she said. “This information is key to understanding which vaccines are capable of crossing that threshold to confer individual and herd immunity,” added Iwasaka, who was not involved in the study......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 13th, 2020

No new cases in Lapu-Lapu City on Oct. 10

LAPU-LAPU CITY, Cebu–A good news for Oponganons. Lapu-Lapu City did not log any new cases of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) on Saturday, October 10. Grace Carungay, the City Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit head, told CDN Digital that of the 600 samples that they’ve submitted to the CTRL molecular laboratory of the Department of Health […] The post No new cases in Lapu-Lapu City on Oct. 10 appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 11th, 2020

Five tricycle drivers in Lapu-Lapu positive for COVID-19

LAPU-LAPU CITY, Philippines  — The Lapu-lapu City government has already recorded five tricycle drivers, who tested positive for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). This was confirmed by Grace Carungay, City Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit head, in a text message. Read: 600 Lapu-Lapu tricycle drivers undergo COVID-19 swab tests Carungay said that a total of 3,058 tricycle […] The post Five tricycle drivers in Lapu-Lapu positive for COVID-19 appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 10th, 2020

One more Lapu tricycle driver tests positive for COVID-19

LAPU-LAPU CITY, Cebu—One more tricycle driver here tested positive for the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). Grace Carungay, the head of the Lapu-Lapu City Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit, told CDN Digital that out of the 303 swab samples they collected from free swab tests conducted on Monday and Tuesday at the Hoops Dome, one came out […] The post One more Lapu tricycle driver tests positive for COVID-19 appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 8th, 2020

Out of 682 tricycle, PUV drivers in Lapu-Lapu, only one tests positive for COVID-19

LAPU-LAPU CITY, Cebu—Only one of the  682 tricycles and Public Utility Vehicle (PUV) drivers who underwent swab testing here last week tested positive for the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). This was divulged by Grace Carungay, City Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit head. The testing was done in the hopes of bringing back the trust of passengers […] The post Out of 682 tricycle, PUV drivers in Lapu-Lapu, only one tests positive for COVID-19 appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 5th, 2020

Lapu tricycle, PUV drivers undergo swab testing

LAPU-LAPU CITY, Cebu- Tricycle and public utility vehicle (PUV) drivers here flocked to the Hoops Dome in barangay Gun-ob on Wednesday morning, September 30, 2020, to take part in the swab testing for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). According to Grace Carungay, Lapu-Lapu City Epidemiological and Surveillance Unit head, the testing was done in the hopes […] The post Lapu tricycle, PUV drivers undergo swab testing appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsSep 30th, 2020

Boatmen, island hopping operators in Lapu test positive for COVID-19

Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu—A total of 22 individuals composed of boatmen and island hopping operators from Lapu-Lapu City tested positive for the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). This was confirmed by Grace Carungay, head of the City Epidemiological and Surveillance Unit on Tuesday, September 22, 2020. Among the 22, 19 are from Olango while three are from […] The post Boatmen, island hopping operators in Lapu test positive for COVID-19 appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsSep 22nd, 2020

Manila’s iconic clock tower’s lights shut off as city mourns passing of former mayor Lim

The Manila City Hall complex went dark on Saturday night (Aug. 8) as the lights of the building’s iconic clock tower were switched off to mourn the passing of former Manila mayor Alfredo “Fred” Lim. (Isko Moreno FB page/ MANILA BULLETIN) It was a tribute of the Manila city government to the former mayor “in its own little way” while the country still battles the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, current Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso said. Domagoso, who served as Lim’s vice mayor during the latter’s mayoral term from 2007 to 2013, announced the death of his former partner via Facebook Live. “Nais ko pong ipabatid sa inyo ang isang malungkot na balita sa atin bilang taga-lungsod, bilang batang Maynila. Si dating Mayor Alfredo Lim ay sumakabilang buhay na po, dala nang pagkaka-infection nya sa COVID-19 (I’d like to inform you of some sad news, as residents of Manila, that former mayor Alredo Lim has passed away due to COVID-19 infection),” he said. “Ilang araw na po ang nakakaraan ngunit di na po kinaya ng kanyang katawan (He had been ill for some days but could not longer continue fighting),” he added. Lim was 90. Moreno said there “are a lot of things” to give and words to say to Lim. But the city can only show its respect to him for now by turning the lights off of the clock tower as “the proper time is yet to come.” “Kanina po, bilang tanda ng ating pakikiramay sa maliit nating kaparaanan ay…pinapatay po natin ang ilaw ng clock tower, na sagisag ng pag-asa ng Maynila (Earlier, as a sign of our sympathies in our own little way, we turned off the lights of the clock tower, which symbolizes the hope of Manila),” Domagoso said. The iconic clock tower, which was completed in the 1930s, is the largest clock tower in the Philippines, reaching close to 100 feet in height. It is illuminated every evening. “Ngunit di naman ibig sabihin na wala na tayong pag-asa. Ito ay isa lamang tanda ng ating paggalang sa maliit nating kaparaanan, habang kinakaharap natin ang pandemyang ito, ang isang taong naglingkod, mabigyan man lang nating ng kaunting pagpapahalaga (But this doesn’t mean that we don’t have hope. This is just a sign, in our own little way while we face this pandemic, of our respect for a person who served, that we give him a simple acknowledgement),” he added. The current local chief executive cited Lim’s contributions in the city of Manila, including his hospital projects that still benefit residents. “Hindi natin makakalimutan ang paglilingkod niya sa ating lungsod, sapagkat hanggang sa ngayon ay patuloy na pinakikibangan ng mga batang Maynila ang mga programa at proyekto ng minamahal nating mayor. Ilan diyan ay patuloy na nakikita ninyo — Sta. Ana Hospital, Gat Andres Bonifacio, Sampaloc (We will not forget his service to our city, because up to now the people of Manila stil benefit from the programs and projects of our beloved mayor. Some of those you still see — Sta. Ana, Gat Andres Bonifacio, and Sampaloc [hospitals]),” Domagoso said. “Ang isa sa pinakamalaki na di makakalimutan na program ng ating dating mayor ay ang Unibersidad de Manila, na ito’y nagbibigay ng libreng tertiary education na hanggang ngayon ay nagagamit ng mahihirap nating kababayan na nagnanais na magkamit ng edukasyon (One of the biggest and most unforgettable programs of our former mayor was the Unibersidad de Manila, that gives free tertiary education that up to now may be availed of by our poor countrymen who wish to obtain an education),” he added.  Domagoso also said Lim “had been an effective” public servant as he gave the public safety and security whenever they went to Manila. Aside from being mayor from 1992 to 1998 and from 2007 to 2013, he said, Lim also became the city’s chief of police and the head of the National Bureau of Investigation, dedicating 50 years of his life to serving the public. “Noong ako po’y manalong mayor, siya po ay aking pinuntahan agad para po humingi ng mga payo kung paano susugpuin ang kriminalidad sa ating lipunan at paano patitinuin ang mga bahagi ng gobyerno sa ating pamahalaang lungsod (When I won as mayor, I immediately went to him to ask for advice on how to crack down on criminality in our society and how to reform some areas of our city government),” he said. Domagoso encouraged the public to emulate Lim, noting that like the latter, Filipinos can also serve the country well and with honesty. The current mayor called on his constituents to include Lim in their prayers......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 8th, 2020

LMP head appeals for support, cooperation vs. COVID-19

ILOILO CITY, Aug. 5 (PIA) - - League of Municipalities of the Philippines - Iloilo Chapter president and San Enrique mayor Rosario Mediatrix "Trixie" Fernandez appealed to the public to continue su.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsAug 6th, 2020

ONE Championship: Team Lakay s Honorio Banario and Mark Sangiao share their closed-door event experience

ONE Championship Chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodtong recently announced nine more events following ONE: NO SURRENDER, which is set for 31 July in Bangkok, Thailand.  Sityodtong marked the 14th, 21st, and 28th of August; the 11th, 18th, and 25th of September; and the 9th, 16th, and 30th of October as the event days.  Those shows will take place behind closed doors as a safety measure for the COVID-19 pandemic.  But what is it like competing in a closed-door environment when ONE athletes are used to sold-out arenas and interactive fans? Honorio “The Rock” Banario, who competed at ONE’s first closed door event, ONE: KING OF THE JUNGLE, said that he had to make a few minor adjustments.  “I had a good experience about it actually,” Banario said. “It’s like we’re just sparring, the instructions are clear because you can hear your coach clearly. There isn't any pressure and I believe it turned out good for me.”  His head coach, Mark Sangiao, echoed Banario’s sentiments, though he admits that he found it odd at first, having coached in front of the liveliest crowds all over Asia.  “Because we’re all so used to having a crowd, it was weird at first. You can hear a pin drop there because it was so silent,” Sangiao said.  “But it turned out to be good. There’s less pressure on the athlete, and we were able to communicate well, but other than that nothing’s really changed.” ONE Flyweight Muay Thai World Champion Rodtang “The Iron Man” Jitmuangnon and his challenger Petchdam “The Baby Shark” Petchyindee Academy will get to experience headlining a closed-door event, though Rodtang promises to deliver a show for the fans watching from afar on the 31st.  The ONE Featherweight Muay Thai World Title will likewise be at stake as Petchmorakot Petchyindee Academy defends his strap against “The Boxing Computer” Yodsanklai IWE Fairtex. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 26th, 2020

Lapu-Lapu City logs 37 more COVID cases on the last day of June

CEBU CITY, Philippines— Thirty-seven new cases of the coronavirus disease were added to Lapu-Lapu City’s list of cases of the infection on the last day of June. In all, the city now has 604 COVID-19 cases, 129 recoveries, and 20 deaths. “Subo pamalandungon nga aduna kitay natala nga 37 ka bag-ong kaso sa COVID-19 sa […] The post Lapu-Lapu City logs 37 more COVID cases on the last day of June appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 30th, 2020

Lapu-Lapu City’s COVID cases breach 500-mark

MANDAUE CITY, Cebu – Lapu-Lapu City breached the 500-mark for its cases of the coronavirus disease after it logged 99 new cases of the infection this Monday, June 29, 2020. Mayor Junard Chan broke the “sad” news in a Facebook post at 8 a.m. today. “Subo pamalandungon nga adunay napuno nga 99 ka bag-ong kaso […] The post Lapu-Lapu City’s COVID cases breach 500-mark appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 29th, 2020

Lapu-Lapu breaches 300-mark in COVID-19 cases

CEBU CITY, Philippines– Lapu-Lapu City recorded 42 new cases of COVID-19, the highest number of new cases recorded in the city in just one day. Nagiel Bañacia, Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (DRRMO) head, posted on his Facebook account on Tuesday, morning, June 23, 2020, that these new cases were recorded on Monday, June […] The post Lapu-Lapu breaches 300-mark in COVID-19 cases appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 23rd, 2020

Lapu-Lapu residents told: Clean surroundings to avoid common diseases

  CEBU CITY, Philippines — As we fight and prevent the spread of COVI-19 the COVID response team of Lapu-Lapu City is also reminding their residents to regularly keep their surroundings clean to avoid the spread of common diseases like dengue, colds, and measles. Nagiel Bañacia, Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (DRRMO) head, said […] The post Lapu-Lapu residents told: Clean surroundings to avoid common diseases appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 21st, 2020

16 new COVID-19 cases in Lapu-Lapu

  CEBU CITY, Philippines— Lapu-Lapu City has 16 new positive cases of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)  as reported by the Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (DRRMO) on Tuesday evening, June 9, 2020. DRRMO head Nagiel Bañacia, in a Facebook post, said that 14 of the new cases are close contacts of an earlier […] The post 16 new COVID-19 cases in Lapu-Lapu appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 9th, 2020

ONE champ Joshua Pacio now lives in the Team Lakay gym…literally

For the last couple of months, athletes like reigning ONE Strawweight World Champion Joshua “The Passion” Pacio of Team Lakay have been left with little to no alternative but to work out from home, thanks to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the quarantines, lockdowns, and restrictions that it brought upon.  Pacio and his Team Lakay teammates have been doing a good job of keeping themselves fit even during home quarantine, but at some point, elite athletes will need to log in some gym time.  While Baguio and Benguet have already transitioned to General Community Quarantine, there remains no word as to when fitness establishments, like Team Lakay’s gym in La Trinidad, will be allowed to open up again.  (READ ALSO: Team Lakay mentor Mark Sangiao looking forward to re-opening gym once lockdown is lifted) Because of this, Pacio has decided to move into the gym for the time being in order to be able to train properly.  “If you’re an athlete you can always train at home but it’s different from the gym,” Pacio shared with ONE Championship. “When I train, I always want to improve by one percent every day. I decided to live in the gym because I know we have athletes there who can work with me.” Joining Pacio in the gym are teammates Jhanlo Sangiao, Edilberto Coquia Jr., Carlo Von Bumina-ang, and Renato Hepolito Jr.  According to Team Lakay head coach Mark Sangiao, former champs Eduard Folayang and Kevin Belingon also drop by the gym, but only when they absolutely need to.  “We have two rooms where we can stay, with beds,” Pacio said. “I’m just lucky to get a pass that’s why I have access to this gym,” said Pacio.  The 24-year old Pacio is on arguably the best stretch of his young career, regaining the ONE Strawweight World Championship against Yosuke Saruta back in mid-2019 and successfully defending it against Rene Catalan and former champion Alex Silva since.  The young champion, who can already be considered the promotion’s best strawweight ever, is always on a mission of self-improvement, and finding a way to get gym time in - even if it means living in it - is a testament to his hard work and dedication.  “Even though I am already at the top, I know that I have a lot of quality opponents waiting for me,” Pacio said. “Even though we’re in this situation, I have to find ways to improve.” Pacio admits that the quarantine took a toll on his fitness, but believes that he can get back on track in no time.  “Now I know I am still far from my desired shape, especially with my weight,” Pacio said. “But if they give me a date, I know I can quickly catch up. I am ready to return any time this year,” he concluded......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 3rd, 2020

Lapu-Lapu logs 11 new COVID-19 recoveries

CEBU CITY, Philippines— Lapu-Lapu City welcomed 11 new coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) survivors on Saturday afternoon, May 23, 2020. Nagiel Bañacia, head of the city’s Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (DRRMO), posted on his Facebook account the welcoming ceremony they did for the 11 COVID survivors whom they called COVID “heroes.” Read more: Chan assures […] The post Lapu-Lapu logs 11 new COVID-19 recoveries appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMay 23rd, 2020