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1,900 new COVID-19 cases recorded

The Department of Health reported 1,923 new coronavirus infections, bringing the total number of COVID-19 cases in the country to 365,799. The death toll...

‘Black Nazarene’ parade canceled as pandemic lingers

Manila on Friday canceled an annual procession of a centuries-old black wooden statue of Jesus Christ that draws millions of Roman Catholic devotees as...

Gilead’s remdesivir gets US FDA approval for hospitalized COVID-19 patients

The US Food and Drug Administration on Thursday approved Gilead Sciences Inc.’s antiviral drug remdesivir for treating patients hospitalized with COVID-19, making it the...

Blood of recovered COVID-19 patients shows little benefit as treatment

LONDON — Using blood of recovered COVID-19 patients—or so-called convalescent plasma—as a potential treatment is of little benefit in helping hospitalized patients fight off...

COVID crisis strengthens US dollar’s role in global economy

Philippine and Indonesian companies have each sold more dollar bonds in 2020 than in any past full year. Overseas borrowers have flocked to the dollar...

Here’s what you need to know about the coronavirus right now

South Korean deaths after flu shots prompt vaccine worries Officials refused to suspend South Korea’s seasonal flu inoculation program on Thursday, despite growing calls to...

Coronavirus poses threat to climate-change campaigns — David Attenborough

NEW YORK — British broadcaster and leading naturalist Sir David Attenborough said on Wednesday that the coronavirus pandemic threatens the fight against climate change...

Pope wears mask for first time at public event

ROME — Pope Francis wore a mask for the first time at a public function on Tuesday when he and other religious leaders attended...

Thailand welcomes backs tourists after April virus ban as political protests...

BANGKOK — Thailand received a group of tourists from China on Tuesday, its first such arrivals since a ban on commercial flights was imposed...

Wait, what? Dutch justice minister explains lockdown rules for weed

AMSTERDAM — The Dutch government told parliament on Monday it could sit back and relax as there are no extra rules needed to prevent people having or smoking cannabis in public places during the coronavirus pandemic.

A connected path towards digitization

By Bjorn Biel M. Beltran, Special Features Assistant Editor Never in recent memory has the established paradigms of society changed as quickly as with the...

Healthcare workers, high-risk people will get priority for COVID-19 vaccine in...

NEW YORK — New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said on Sunday that healthcare workers and high-risk populations, including some long-term care residents, would get priority in his state to receive a COVID-19 vaccine when one is approved and available.

China’s economic recovery quickens as consumption returns

BEIJING — China’s economic recovery accelerated in the third quarter as consumers shook off their coronavirus caution, although the weaker-than-expected headline growth suggested persistent risks for one of the few drivers of global demand.

Global coronavirus cases surpass the 40 million milestone

Worldwide coronavirus cases crossed 40 million on Monday, according to a Reuters tally, as the onset of winter in the northern hemisphere fuelled a resurgence in the spread of the disease.

A surge in online retailers

Businesses of different sizes have been digitally present before the lockdown. Yet, since the ongoing pandemic has forced some to stay and work at...

COVID-19 infections nearing 360,000 as death tally hits 6,652

THE DEPARTMENT of Health (DoH) reported 2,379 coronavirus infections on Sunday, bringing the total to 356,618.

Frozen food package polluted by living coronavirus could cause infection, China’s...

BEIJING — China’s disease control authority said on Saturday that contact with frozen food packaging contaminated by living new coronavirus could cause infection.

US Treasury chief urges IMF, World Bank to be prudent fighting...

WASHINGTON — US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Wednesday urged the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank to work judiciously within their existing resources to fight the coronavirus pandemic and urged G20 countries to endorse a proposed debt restructuring framework.

‘Long COVID’ may affect multiple parts of body and mind, doctors...

LONDON — Ongoing illness after infection with COVID-19, sometimes called “long COVID,” may not be one syndrome but possibly up to four causing a...

How walkable is your city? London, Hong Kong put pedestrians first

BANGKOK — Urban planners and local authorities must improve walkability in cities to tackle poor health and social inequality, researchers said on Thursday, after...

Countries turn to rapid antigen tests to contain second wave of...

ZURICH/BERLIN — Countries straining to contain a second wave of COVID-19 (coronavirus disease 2019) are turning to faster, cheaper but less accurate tests to avoid the delays and shortages that have plagued efforts to diagnose and trace those infected quickly.

Eli Lilly pauses trial of antibody drug Trump touted as COVID-19...

Eli Lilly and Co. said on Tuesday that the government-sponsored clinical trial of its COVID-19 antibody treatment similar to one taken by US President Donald J. Trump has been paused because of a safety concern.

Seoul’s angels: South Korea food delivery giants rev up rider race...

SEOUL — In South Korea, some of the world’s biggest food delivery firms are scrambling to surf an estimated $4 billion wave of new orders, contracting thousands of new riders in a boom triggered by the scourge of the global economy—the coronavirus pandemic.

Coronavirus boosts cloud kitchens as foodie Asians order in

BANGKOK — Singapore’s Ebb & Flow Group took an unusual route to creating one of its most popular food items: analyzing more than 200,000 data points to predict customer preference and potential demand.

COVID-19 infections nearing 345,000 as deaths rise to 6,372

THE DEPARTMENT of Health (DoH) reported 1,990 coronavirus infections on Tuesday, bringing the total to 344,713.

More synchronized action needed to tackle economic crisis — IMF

WASHINGTON/LONDON — The international community must do more to tackle the economic fallout of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) crisis, the head of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) said on Monday, publicly calling on the World Bank (WB) to accelerate its lending to hard-hit African countries.

Peru opens Machu Picchu for a single Japanese tourist after almost...

LIMA — Peru opened the ruins of Machu Picchu for a single Japanese tourist after he waited almost seven months to enter the Inca citadel, while trapped in the Andean country during the coronavirus outbreak.

COVID-19 antibodies last at least 3 months; so do symptoms for...

The following is a roundup of some of the latest scientific studies on the novel coronavirus and efforts to find treatments and vaccines for COVID-19, the illness caused by the virus.

Coronavirus infections nearing 343,000 as deaths rise to 6,332

THE DEPARTMENT of Health (DoH) reported 3,564 coronavirus infections on Monday, bringing the total to 342,816.

Calls to mental health hotline have more than doubled

The National Center for Mental Health’s hotline has received an average of 876 calls per month between March to August this year, up from the pre-pandemic average of 350, said Dr. Rodney Boncajes, a psychiatrist at the said hospital, in a recent mental health forum organized by J&J Philippines, Inc. 

Novel coronavirus can last 28 days on glass, currency, Australian study...

MELBOURNE/SYDNEY — The virus that causes COVID-19 can survive on banknotes, glass, and stainless steel for up to 28 days, much longer than the flu virus, Australian researchers said on Monday, highlighting the need for cleaning and handwashing to combat the virus.

COVID-19 cases close to 340,000

ANOTHER 2,502 new coronavirus infections were reported by the Department of Health (DoH) on Sunday, bringing the total to 339,341.

Nurses suffer burnout, psychological distress in COVID fight — association

GENEVA — Many nurses caring for COVID-19 patients are suffering burnout or psychological distress, and many have faced abuse or discrimination outside of work,...

COVID-19 infections nearing 335,000

THE DEPARTMENT of Health (DoH) reported 2,996 coronavirus infections on Friday, bringing the total to 334,770. The death toll rose by 83 to 6,152, while...

IATF-EID to meet to create ‘New Normal’ rules

The Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) will be formulating guidelines for the so-called New Normal as the Philippines...

Another cop dies from COVID-19 as cases in the police force...

ANOTHER POLICEMAN  succumbed to  the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), bringing the death toll in the police force to 19.

Regeneron antibodies in demand after Trump treatment

Patients are asking to join clinical trials of antibody-based COVID-19 drugs after U.S. President Donald Trump was treated last week with an experimental therapy from Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc, and on Wednesday he promised to make it free to Americans while touting its benefits.

COVID-19 infections nearing 330,000, with almost 6,000 deaths

THE DEPARTMENT of Health (DoH) reported 2,825 coronavirus infections on Wednesday, bringing the total to 329,637.

Even mildest COVID-19 risks leaving lingering symptoms months later

CORONAVIRUS DISEASE 2019 (COVID-19) patients who experience even the mildest illness risk suffering symptoms for months, researchers in France found.

Billionaire wealth reaches new high during COVID-19 pandemic — UBS

ZURICH — Billionaire wealth reached record high levels amid the COVID-19 pandemic, a report by UBS and PwC found, as a rally in stock...

COVID-19 vaccine may be ready by year-end, says WHO’s Tedros

GENEVA — A vaccine against COVID-19 may be ready by year-end, the head of the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Tuesday. WHO Director-General Tedros...

Plastic pandemic: COVID-19 trashed the recycling dream

The coronavirus pandemic has sparked a rush for plastic.

CDC revises guidance, says COVID-19 can spread through virus lingering in...

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Monday said COVID-19 can spread through virus lingering in the air, sometimes for hours,...

Breathing with face mask does not alter oxygen level; virus can...

The following is a roundup of some of the latest scientific studies on the novel coronavirus and efforts to find treatments and vaccines for...

COVID-19 infections near 325,000; Avigan trials start this week

THE DEPARTMENT of Health (DoH) reported 2,291 coronavirus disease (COVID-19) infections on Monday, bringing the total to 324,762.