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India overtakes Brazil as country second-worst hit by COVID-19

BENGALURU — India’s coronavirus infections surged past 4.2 million on Monday as it overtook Brazil to become the country with the second-highest number of cases.

Philippines widens search for COVID vaccine with Australia talks

The Philippines will meet with Australian manufacturers for a COVID-19 vaccine being developed by the University of Queensland as the Southeast Asian nation expands its search for supplies to combat the region’s biggest outbreak.

[B-SIDE Podcast] The government has failed us — students

https://open.spotify.com/episode/3xe3irAKd8RmCZN2nwUkc4 Follow us on Spotify BusinessWorld B-Side The Duterte administration deserves a failing grade for its preparations for the upcoming academic year, says student leader Raoul...

COVID-19 cases top 228,000; death toll at 3,688, DoH says

THE DEPARTMENT of Health (DoH) reported 1,987 coronavirus infections Thursday, bringing the total to 228,403.

Steroids cut death rates among critically ill COVID patients — study

LONDON — Treating critically ill coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) patients with corticosteroid drugs reduces the risk of death by 20%, an analysis of seven international trials found on Wednesday, prompting the World Health Organisation (WHO) to update its advice on treatment.

Wear a mask while having sex, Canada’s top doctor suggests

OTTAWA — Skip kissing and consider wearing a mask when having sex to protect yourself from catching the coronavirus, Canada’s chief medical officer said on Wednesday, adding that going solo remains the lowest risk sexual option in a pandemic.

NG debt swells to P9.2 T

NATIONAL GOVERNMENT (NG) debt rose by 1.2% to P9.16 trillion as of end-July, as it borrowed more to finance its coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) response and offset weak revenues amid the economic slowdown.

Global consortium pieces together the COVID-19 data jigsaw

“It’s like driving a car blindfold—at breakneck speed—with your parents at the back. We don’t have a manual for this,” said Professor John Fraser, Director of University of Queensland’s Critical Care Research Group, as he explained that there is no textbook answer for treating patients with severe COVID-19 symptoms.

Coffee, ketchup and Nike Air Max: it’s the COVID consumer economy

Instant coffee, ketchup, Lululemon yoga pants, and Nike Air Max sneakers are all in. Bottled water, pricey diapers, and Burberry luxury trench coats are...

Facial recognition and bathtime bookings: How China’s universities are reopening

BEIJING — As COVID-19 cases in China sink to new lows, the world’s largest population of university students is heading back to campus in a migration defined by lockdowns, patriotic education and cutting-edge surveillance equipment.

Over 3,000 daily COVID-19 case trend continues

THE DEPARTMENT of Health (DoH) logged another 3,483 new coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) infections on September 1, bringing the total cases to 224,264.

Scientists see downsides to top COVID-19 vaccines from Russia, China

TORONTO/CHICAGO — High-profile coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccines developed in Russia and China share a potential shortcoming: They are based on a common cold virus that many people have been exposed to, potentially limiting their effectiveness, some experts say.

Global trade seen recovering faster now than after Lehman crisis

Global trade is on course to recover more quickly from the coronavirus pandemic than after the 2008 financial crisis, according to Germany’s Kiel Institute...

AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine candidate begins late-stage US study

AstraZeneca Plc said on Monday it has begun enrolling adults for a US-funded, 30,000-subject late-stage study of its high profile COVID-19 vaccine candidate. Trial participants...

Opening up without control of COVID-19 is recipe for disaster, says...

GENEVA — Countries with significant active spread of coronavirus must prevent amplifying events, as opening up without the virus being under control would be...

PHL slips in global outsourcing ranking; Davao out of top 100...

THE PHILIPPINES slipped in this year’s list of outsourcing destinations by global strategic firm Tholons, Inc. as the economy is among those hardest hit by the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.

India becomes world’s new virus epicenter

INDIA is fast becoming the world’s new virus epicenter, setting a record for the biggest single-day rise in cases as experts predict that it’ll soon pass Brazil — and ultimately the US — as the worst outbreak globally.

Global coronavirus cases surpass 25 million

GLOBAL CORONAVIRUS cases surged past 25 million on Sunday, according to a Reuters tally, as India marked a worldwide record for daily new cases in the COVID-19 (coronavirus disease 2019) pandemic.

72 deceased OFWs brought home from Saudi Arabia

THE remains of 72 overseas Filipino workers from Saudi Arabia were repatriated to the Philippines on Friday, the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) reported. “They...

DoH reports 3,999 new COVID cases, 91 fatalities

The Department of Health (DoH) reported 3,999 new positive cases of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) on Friday, bringing the total number of cases...

The hybrid work model is here to stay, study says

By Patricia B. Mirasol The hybrid work model is here to stay, found a study by digital research and advisory platform Ecosystm. Companies must rethink...

‘Hot money’ flees PHL for 5th month

FOREIGN PORTFOLIO investments (FPI) fled the Philippines for the fifth straight month as investor confidence remained weak amid uncertainties brought by the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) crisis.

Business group pushes for public transport reforms

PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION should not be suspended whenever the government implements lockdown or quarantine measures to curb the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), a business group said.

Coke posts worst sales during height of lockdown

COCA-COLA Beverages Philippines, Inc. posted its worst sales in the country after losing demand from restaurant and convenience store clients, which account for at least half of its revenue, amid a coronavirus lockdown.

UK will pay low-income residents to self-isolate because of COVID-19

LONDON — Britain will pay low-income residents to self-isolate if they have confirmed or suspected coronavirus as the government steps up measures to keep the virus under control.

Women-led companies find growth amid COVID-19

 In March, employees at Lighthouse Indonesia held management meetings almost every day. The result was a surge of innovation, with the chain of weight management clinics producing 10 new products and services in five months.

Moderna COVID-19 vaccine appears to work as well in older adults...

Moderna Inc. said on Wednesday its experimental COVID-19 vaccine induced immune responses in older adults similar to those in younger participants, offering hope that it will be effective in people considered to be at high risk for severe complications from the coronavirus.

COVID-19 re-infections raise immunity concern

AMSTERDAM/BRUSSELS — Two European patients are confirmed to have been re-infected with COVID-19 (coronavirus disease 2019), raising concerns about people’s immunity to the coronavirus as the world struggles to tame the pandemic.

Three-decade economic boom comes to a sudden halt in Vietnam

For the past three decades, Vietnam has known only good—or great—economic news. The nation’s consistent growth as an exporter, propelled by Communist leaders who...

Need a visa to visit the US? Expect much longer wait...

The US agency in charge of processing immigration applications said on Tuesday that it had avoided a planned furlough of 70% of its staff...

South Korea orders striking doctors back to work amid surge in...

SEOUL — South Korea ordered doctors in the Seoul area to return to work on Wednesday as they began a three-day strike in protest...

Pharma rivals are fighting COVID together. Why stop there?

PANDEMICS make for strange bedfellows and behavior in the pharmaceutical industry.

Beach holidays for some in China, belt tightening for others

The recovery in China’s consumption is moving in two different directions, with the wealthier shopping for luxury goods and taking holidays to the beach, while poorer households continue to cut back.

Seven-day virus killer is cleared for American Airlines planes

The Trump administration on Monday gave American Airlines Group Inc. emergency approval to deploy a new weapon against COVID-19: a surface coating that kills coronaviruses for as many as seven days.

Starbucks cafe’s COVID outbreak spared employees who wore masks

After a woman with the coronavirus visited a Starbucks cafe north of Seoul this month, more than two dozen patrons tested positive days later....

Hong Kong man has first documented COVID-19 reinfection

A 33-year-old man who had recovered from a severe case of COVID-19 in April was infected again four months later in the first documented...

Brazil’s Bolsonaro says journalist ‘wimps’ more likely to die of COVID-19

BRASILIA — Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro continued his attack on journalists during a public event on Monday, describing reporters as “wimps” and saying they...

FDA head walks back claim of dramatic benefit from COVID therapy

The head of the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) walked back his claim that an experimental therapy had provided a dramatic benefit to...

COVID-19 cases top 194,000; 3,010 dead

THE Department of Health (DoH) reported 4,686 new coronavirus infections on Monday, bringing the total to 194,252.

Philippines in talks with 16 vaccine makers to secure supplies

The Philippines is negotiating with 16 manufacturers of potential COVID-19 vaccines to procure supplies needed to battle Southeast Asia’s largest outbreak. The country will join...

US agency authorizes use of blood plasma to treat coronavirus

WASHINGTON — The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Sunday said it authorized the use of blood plasma from patients who have recovered...

[B-SIDE Podcast] Moving on, moving forward: Logistics and supply chain management...

Follow us on Spotify BusinessWorld B-Side After several months, the coronavirus pandemic is still wreaking havoc on supply chains. Rosemarie P. Rafael, chair and president...

Is the CPI still ‘representative’ amid a pandemic?

DESPITE the change in consumption patterns brought by the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, the need to tweak the theoretical basket of consumer goods and services used to measure inflation still remains in question.

How big gatherings spread COVID-19: German scientists stage concert experiment

LEIPZIG, Germany — Around 1,500 volunteers equipped with face masks, hand disinfectant and tracking gadgets attended an indoor concert in Germany on Saturday as part of a study to simulate how the novel coronavirus spreads in large gatherings.

COVID-19 cases near 190,000; 2,998 dead

THE Department of Health reported 2,378 new coronavirus infections on Sunday, bringing the total to 189,601.