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Tuburan adopts stricter measures to curb COVID -19 spread

MANDAUE CITY, Cebu – More health and safety guidelines will be implemented in the municipality of Tuburan until the end of the month to curb the rise in coronavirus disease cases in this midwestern Cebu town. As agreed during a meeting which Mayor Danny Diamante called on Monday, November 16, the gathering of more than […] The post Tuburan adopts stricter measures to curb COVID -19 spread appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource: inquirer inquirerNov 17th, 2020

Economic recovery takes ‘one step back’

The Philippine economic recovery is taking a step back to curb the surging coronavirus outbreak and fix the fragile health system waging a “losing battle” against the pandemic. Finance Secretary Carlos G. Dominguez III said yesterday that the return of Metro Manila and nearly provinces to a stricter lockdown may take a toll on the drivers of economic rebound in the near-term. But Dominguez said that if the reimposed stricter modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) is correctly implemented, it will have a favorable impact on the nation’s long-term economic prospects. “In the short run, the return to MECQ may negatively affect livelihoods, consumer demand and production. However, if the time is used to boost all our medical resources and prevent further spread of the virus, then the MECQ will be positive for the long haul,” Dominguez said. As this is a new virus, Dominguez explained that nations, including the Philippines, continuously learn to adapt to the challenges posed by the new and uncertain environment induced by coronavirus. “The whole world is learning how to dance with this virus: two steps forward and one step back,” Dominguez said.Earlier, the DOF chief pushed for a shift of Metro Manila and Calabarzon—accounting for about 70 percent of the country’s gross domestic product (GDP)—“as quickly as possible” to the most lenient quarantine status to kickstart the economy. However, President Duterte ordered Metro Manila, Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna, and Rizal back under the MECQ from August 4 to 18 following a surge of COVID-19 cases and the appeal of healthcare workers. The two week shift to MECQ for Metro Manila and its adjacent provinces starting today ceased some businesses and public transport, while work and quarantine passes are also reinforced to restrict non-essential movements. Reverting to MECQ is an unwelcome develop for the economic managers as it could derail hopes for a recovery in the third quarter of the year. Acting Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Karl Kendrick T. Chua earlier said the economic impact of the quarantine measures in country was “more severe than expected.”  Days before Metro Maila reverted to MECQ, Dominguez said the local economy had already hit bottom and started to recover from the coronavirus-induced crisis, noting business activities have begun to pick up. The government had gradually eased the tough virus lockdown measures after the economy shrank by 0.2 percent in the first quarter......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 3rd, 2020

Palace: Govt adopts stricter screening, surveillance in ports amid pandemic

THE government adopted stricter screening and surveillance activities in the country’s ports of entry to help curb the spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19), Malacañang said on Friday. In a statement, Palace spokesman Harry Roque Jr. said the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Infectious Diseases (IATF) approved the recommendations of National Task Force […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsJul 10th, 2020

Santander town loses COVID-free status

MANDAUE CITY, Cebu – Starting on Monday, January 25, the municipality of Santander will implement stricter health measures in order to prevent a spread of the coronavirus disease in their locality. In an advisory that was released on Saturday afternoon, Jan. 23, the municipal government said that returning Locally Stranded Individuals (LSIs) will be asked […] The post Santander town loses COVID-free status appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 24th, 2021

Samboan officials order ‘stricter’ security measures to prevent COVID-19 spread

MANDAUE CITY, Cebu–Following the discovery of new cases of the coronavirus disease in the town and the rise in cases in Metro Cebu and the rest of Cebu province, the municipal government of Samboan said that it will again impose strict regulations among those who will be coming home or visiting their locality from January […] The post Samboan officials order ‘stricter’ security measures to prevent COVID-19 spread appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 17th, 2021

PNP eyes stricter health protocols

The Philippine National Police yesterday beefed up police visibility in public places in Metro Manila following the recent spike in COVID-19 cases as the police prepare for strictermeasures to curb the spread of the virus......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsDec 20th, 2020

NFL bumps up COVID-19 protocols for remainder of the season

The National Football League has stepped up its pandemic protocols with tougher restrictions going into effect on Saturday to try and mitigate the spread of coronavirus on the same day the Las Vegas Raiders found themselves in the midst of another outbreak. The stricter measures, which will last until the end of the season, include […] The post NFL bumps up COVID-19 protocols for remainder of the season appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsNov 19th, 2020

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

Nueva Vizcaya town seeks MECQ extension

Stressing the need to continue to implement stricter measures to contain the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019, the local inter-agency task force on COVID-19 sought the extension of modified enhanced community quarantine or MECQ in Solano, Nueva Vizcaya until Sept. 30......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 10th, 2020

DILG: NCR ECQ proposal to be discussed in meeting

The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) on Sunday assured that calls for Metro Manila to be reverted back to the stricter enhanced community quarantine will be tackled during the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) meeting on Aug. 3. DILG Undersecretary and spokesperson Jonathan Malaya issued the clarification after some medical workers requested that the National Capital Region (NCR) be under the more restricted quarantine rules due to the surging coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19) cases. DILG Undersecretary and spokesperson Jonathan Malaya (PCOO / FILE PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN) On Aug. 1, Philippine Medical Association (PMA) president Dr. Jose Santiago in an online press conference headed by the Philippine College of Physicians (PCP) noted that the health workers are overwhelmed by the upsurge of COVID-19 cases they are handling. He relayed that the concerned health workers had urged the government to give them at least two weeks of “breathing space by shifting Mega Manila back to a strict lockdown.’’ “We’re waging a losing battle against COVID-19 and we need to draw up a consolidated, definitive plan of action,” the letter read by Santiago said. With President Duterte on the brink of placing Metro Manila under the modified general communits quarantine (MGCQ) in middle of July, DILG Secretary Eduardo Año and the other Cabinet members convinced the President that the move is not feasible citing the need to open businesses to reinvigorate the economy. Año insisted that the way to curb the spread of the disease starts in every individual who should follow the minimum health standards of wearing masks, observing physical distancing, and practicing proper hygiene. He emphasized that no country can claim they have won their fight against COVID-19 since there is no available vaccine for the virus yet. But on the bright note, Duterte in a meeting on Friday said that the COVID-19 vaccine will be available in the country this December. Año noted that the country has to live with the virus momentarily until the vaccine is found. He added that the local government units (LGUs) have the power to impose localized lockdowns on parts of the barangays, streets, and buildings which they have identified as high-risk areas......»»

Category: newsSource:  mb.com.phRelated NewsAug 2nd, 2020

Año defends use of law enforcers in COVID efforts

The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) has defended the use of law enforcers in government measures to curb the spread of the coronavirus. DILG Secretary Eduardo Año on Thursday slammed lawmakers who criticize government efforts to isolate COVID-19 patients. Republic Act (RA) 11332 or “An Act Providing Policies and Prescribing Procedures on Surveillance […] The post Año defends use of law enforcers in COVID efforts appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsJul 18th, 2020

Muntinlupa to implement selected ‘pocket lockdowns’

IN a bid to contain the further spread of Covid-19 in Muntinlupa, the local government is considering to implement “pocket lockdowns” in areas with high concentration of confirmed, suspect and probable cases of Covid-19. Mayor Jaime Fresnedi said the local government will begin implementing stricter measures, following the sustained rise of confirmed Covid-19 cases in […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsApr 27th, 2020

Poland extends border closure, mandates face coverings

Poland’s government on Thursday extended lockdown measures to curb the COVID-19 pandemic, keeping borders closed to foreigners and making face coverings mandatory in public spaces from next week. “The evolution of the pandemic has been milder in Poland than in Italy or France… we have an opportunity to bring the spread of coronavirus under control,” […] The post Poland extends border closure, mandates face coverings appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsApr 9th, 2020

PRO-7 activates Regional Task Force-7 Shield

CEBU CITY, Philippines — The Police Regional Office in Central Visayas (PRO-7) has activated this afternoon the Regional Task Force-7 (RTF-7) Shield, which will assist with the enforcement of measures to help curb the spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Police Brigadier General Albert Ignatius Ferro, PRO-7 director, said that the main purpose of the […] The post PRO-7 activates Regional Task Force-7 Shield appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMar 23rd, 2020

NCAA 95: Cancellation of season in Policy Board’s hands -- Cayco

The decision to cancel the remainder of the NCAA Season 95 is now in the hands of the Policy Board according to Management Committee chairman Peter Cayco of host Arellano University. In an interview on DZMM’s Fastbreak on Saturday, Cayco said that the league’s management committee had already proposed to terminate the season in light of the coronavirus (COVID-19) global pandemic to the Policy Board composed of presidents of member universities and colleges. “Actually, we proposed to the Policy Board, the Management Committee proposed, to cancel na the rest of the season,” said Cayco. “We are still awaiting approval.” On Monday, the NCAA announced that all NCAA activities are suspended until further notice. This declaration came almost a month after the NCAA halted all sporting events last February 14. On Thursday, President Rodrigo Duterte put the National Capital Region under community quarantine beginning on Sunday until April 14 as part of the measures to curb the spread of the virus that triggered a global pandemic. “But in the meantime, we were overtaken by the declaration of a lockdown. So we still have enough time to contemplate what to do,” said Cayco. The Arellano U official, who is also a board member of the Larong Volleyball sa Pilipinas, Inc., pointed out that pushing through with the season might affect the schedule of Season 96. The NCAA usually opens June with its centerpiece basketball tournament.    “But for us in the Management Committee, we have decided to recommend the cancellation for the rest of the season because it will eat up to Season 96,” he said. “The Policy Board will have to approve it,” added Cayco. The stoppage of activities affected the ongoing volleyball and football tournaments and the yet to start athletics, beach volleyball and cheerleading competitions.          --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 14th, 2020

UAAP Season 82: High school events cancelled, alternative formats for college being considered

The UAAP released a statement on Saturday terminating the remainder of all high school events whether pending or yet to commence for Season 82 while alternative formats are being discussed for college sporting events amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. According to the memo, all high school events are cancelled and that University of Sto. Tomas and Adamson are declared co-champions in girls’ basketball. Both teams had a win in their best-of-three Finals series.     Further, the regular formats for different sporting events in the college division are likewise cancelled and that the UAAP will work towards alternative formats for competition to begin no earlier than May 1. The UAAP Board last Tuesday unanimously decided to extend the suspension of all UAAP events until March 17, 2020. This announcement came hours after initially declaring a halt on all events until March 14. On Thursday, President Rodrigo Duterter put the National Capital Region under community quarantine beginning Sunday until April 14 as part of the measures to curb the spread of the virus.   Last month, the UAAP suspended all second semester events before resuming March 3.  The last time UAAP halted its season was back in 1941 during the outbreak of World War 2. No competition was held during the Japanese occupation. The UAAP resumed competition in 1947 hosted by University of Sto. Tomas.    .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 14th, 2020

PSC closes facilities with NCR under community quarantine

In light of the outbreak of the coronavirus (COVID-19), the Philippine Sports Commission is closing all of its facilities starting Friday, March 13. The PSC released a memo about the closure of its sports facilities in accordance to the pronouncements made by President Rodrigo Duterte regarding the measures to curb the spread of the virus that triggered a global pandemic. “Following the pronouncements of President Rodrigo R. Duterte on the government's measures to contain the spread of COVID-19, all facilities of the PSC will be closed from today (Friday) until the lifting of the community quarantine,” said statement. On Thursday, Duterte put the National Capital Region under community quarantine beginning on Sunday until April 14. Access to the facility is limited to the skeletal force assigned by the agency. “No training is allowed inside the premises. The agency leaves it to the discretion of the national sports associations to decide if they will continue to train,” the memo stated. “The PSC, however, advises them to proceed with utmost caution and to observe stringent safety protocols.”.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 13th, 2020

Davao City initiates measures vs. COVID-19

DAVAO CITY (PIA) - The City Government of Davao has initiated stricter measures to protect the city against the spread of the Corona Virus-2019 or Covid-19.City Mayor Sara Z. Duterte has rel.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsMar 10th, 2020

Davao City initiates measures vs. COVID-19

DAVAO CITY (PIA) - The City Government of Davao has initiated stricter measures to protect the city against the spread of the Corona Virus-2019 or Covid-19.City Mayor Sara Z. Duterte has rel.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsMar 10th, 2020

Uighur activists say coronavirus measures causing hunger

WASHINGTON, USA – Draconian measures by China to curb the coronavirus have caused widespread hunger in the tightly controlled Muslim-majority region of Xinjiang, ethnic Uighur activists charged Wednesday, February 26. The Uighur Human Rights Project, a Washington-based advocacy group, also voiced concern that the COVID-19 could spread in internationally ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsFeb 27th, 2020

Local Roundup: Senator slams double standard in COVID-19 control measures

Senator Imee Marcos warned that the special treatment of government employees by the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) will make it more difficult for local governments to control the spread of COVID-19 and discourage the cooperation of the general public......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsFeb 7th, 2021