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Singapore plans more than $14 billion to super-charge innovation

Singapore is positioning itself for a post-COVID world with massive investment in innovation, over and above the immediate support it’s giving to help the economy rebound from possibly its worst downturn on record.

661 new COVID-19 cases brings total to 28,459 says DoH

The Department of Health (DoH) reported an additional 661 new coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases on Friday, bringing the tally of positive cases to...

Despite calls to leave, Duque to stay on in DoH

The Department of Health (DoH) said Secretary Francisco T. Duque III will continue to lead the agency’s efforts against the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19),...

COVID-19 cases near 28,000; palace denies hiding real case data

THE presidential palace on Thursday denied there was a government attempt to lie about the extent of coronavirus infections in the country, as cases neared 28,000.

Infrastructure spending up in April

STATE SPENDING on infrastructure surged in April as the government ramped up construction of quarantine facilities and purchases of medical equipment in response to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.

COVID-19 cases top 27,000; 1,108 dead

THE DEPARTMENT of Health (DoH) reported 457 new coronavirus infections on Wednesday, bringing the total to 27,238.

Is Trump trying to spread COVID-19?

WHEN the full record of the coronavirus in America is written, historians may argue that President Donald Trump’s biggest mistake was not what he failed to do in early 2020, when the right strategy for combating the virus was widely debated, unproven and hard. No, they will point to what Mr. Trump failed to do in June 2020, when the right strategy was clear, proven and relatively easy.

Coronavirus disrupts worship in Asia’s most Christian nation

CRISTINA G. TAPAO, 61, went to the Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Parish — just a tricycle ride away from her house in a small rural village near the Philippine capital — everyday.

DoH reports 490 new COVID-19 infections

THE Department of Health (DoH) reported 490 new coronavirus infections on Monday, bringing the total to 26,420.

Coronavirus clouds financial outlook

THE SPREAD of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in the first quarter has put a damper on the performance of financial markets for the rest of the year.

Fewer Filipinos die of COVID-19 as local infections near 26,000

FEWER FILIPINOS infected with the novel coronavirus are dying compared with the rest of the world, an academic health expert said on Sunday.

Second coronavirus wave emerges in US

TEXAS on Wednesday reported 2,504 new coronavirus cases, the highest one-day total since the pandemic emerged.

Lilly COVID-19 treatment could be authorized for use as soon as...

ELI LILLY and Co. could have a drug specifically designed to treat COVID-19 (coronavirus disease 2019) authorized for use as early as September if all goes well with either of two antibody therapies it is testing, its chief scientist told Reuters on Wednesday.

COVID-19 infections may reach 40,000 this month — UP team

CORONAVIRUS infections may reach 40,000 by the end of June based on the rate of transmissions, according to a team of researchers from the University of the Philippines Diliman.

10 million students enroll online amid COVID-19 pandemic

ABOUT 10 million students have registered for the school year scheduled to start in August, according to the Department of Education.

How COVID-19 gave cover for a subtle power grab

IS THE PANDEMIC a boon to autocracy? In Malaysia, efforts to constrain the coronavirus have chipped away at the very democratic principles that for decades made the country a natural US. ally and bastion of stability in a volatile region.

Athletes highlight teamwork in fight against COVID-19

HIGHLIGHTING utmost teamwork derived from doing sports, local athletes continue to do their share in helping in the fight against the far-reaching effects of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.

Philippines’ war chest vs COVID-19 hits $6.5B

THE Philippine government has so far raised over $6.508 billion from loans and grants to fund its efforts to control the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak and programs to address the economic fallout.

More migrant workers displaced by COVID-19 crisis return home

MORE THAN 1,300 Filipino workers from overseas came home at the weekend amid a coronavirus pandemic that has sickened seven million and killed more than 400,000 people worldwide, according to the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA).

COVID-19 insurance payouts reach P327M

INSURANCE PAYOUTS related to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) have reached P326.95 million as of May 8, a survey conducted by the Insurance Commission (IC) showed.

COVID-19 response improves but loss of other patients hurting local hospitals

THE health care sector’s ability to deal with the pandemic has grown based on metrics like testing capacity, but hospitals are under pressure due to rising costs as well as a sharp decline in non-coronavirus patients, health officials and industry representatives said.

Public urged to report clandestine COVID-19 clinics

THE Department of Health (DoH) on Sunday urged the public to report unlicensed clinics that treat foreigners infected with the novel coronavirus.

Quarantines relaxed nationwide on June 1

THE country will be transitioning into more relaxed lockdowns starting June 1, with fewer restrictions on people’s movement and more outdoor activities and physical reporting to work allowed.

DoH to change how it reports COVID-19 cases

THE Department of Health (DoH) said that it will be changing the way coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases are reported to the public, saying that it will identify those that are “fresh” and those that came from “delayed reporting.”

DoLE promises all stranded OFWs will be brought home before Duterte’s...

THE Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE) said it will be able to make sure all stranded overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) make it home before the deadline President Rodrigo R. Duterte set, with 19,000 out of 24,000 already brought home.

Country should not rely on private sector for COVID-19 tests —...

THE Philippines should not rely on the private sector to cover mass testing and vaccines for the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), House Senior Deputy Minority Leader and former Health Secretary Janette Garin said.

Courts in full operation starting June 1

ALL judicial courts will be in “full operation” starting June 1, following the easing of lockdown restrictions in most parts of the country.

Sanofi says will have COVID-19 vaccine in 18-24 months

PHARMACEUTICAL firm Sanofi Pasteur, Inc. said that developing a vaccine against the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) could take 18 to 24 months.

COVID-19 test machine distributor denies allegations of overpricing, monopoly

OMNIBUS Bio-Medical Systems Inc. has denied allegations that it has hoarded and sold overpriced coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) testing equipment and kits to the national government.

Duterte calls for staggered tuition payments

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte is calling on schools to accept staggered tuition payments to address difficulties of parents in paying for their child’s education amid the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) crisis.

PHL to open up economy as lockdown eases

THE Philippines will allow nearly all economic sectors to resume operations, as the country relaxes one of the world’s longest and strictest lockdown restrictions on June 1.

PHL gets $1.25-billion worth of loans for coronavirus response

THE Philippine government secured two loans worth a total of $1.25 billion (P63.28 billion) from the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) and World Bank to help in its fight against the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.

Employers cite health support, job protection as key COVID-19 tasks

EMPLOYERS said they deem reassuring workers about their jobs and keeping workplaces safe to be critical tasks during the pandemic as Metro Manila transitions to a more relaxed form of quarantine next month.

DOST submits proposal for virology institute

The Department of Science and Technology has submitted a proposal for the establishment of a virology institute, envisioned to be the natuon’s premier research facility encompassing all areas in viruses and viral diseases in humans, plants, and animals.

5 tips for keeping sane while working at home during this...

THE COVID-19 (coronavirus disease 2019) pandemic has up-ended schedules of work, sleep, meals, and everything else you thought was normal.

COVID-19 infections rose to 14,669 — DoH

THE Department of Health (DoH) reported 350 new coronavirus infections on Tuesday, bringing the total to 14,669.

Farmers and fisherfolk share Covid-19 stories from the field

Food security is becoming a problem as the country passes its 60-day lockdown mark. Farmers and fisherfolk share their stories in a Greenpeace-organized webinar as stakeholders look for possible solutions.

Gov’t seeks rapid response as infections rise

THE government may classify areas affected by the coronavirus into zones as it adopts a “granular approach” to contain the pandemic that has killed more than 13,000 in the Philippines, the chief enforcer of the nation’s anti-COVID-19 measures said on Friday.

Duterte seeks probe of overpriced supplies

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte wants the alleged overpricing of medical supplies and equipment for the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) investigated, his office said on Friday.

Conflicting gov’t claims on coronavirus state slammed

SENATORS on Thursday hit conflicting government information about the coronavirus situation in the country, which he said would erode state credibility to contain the pandemic.

Gov’t threatens to close malls under new lockdown

THE GOVERNMENT on Monday threatened to close malls under a new lockdown for failing to enforce physical distancing measures meant to contain a coronavirus pandemic.

COVID-19 cases breach 12,000; death toll at 806

THE Department of Health (DoH) reported 215 more people infected with the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) on Friday, bringing the total number of cases to 12,091.

COVID-19 economic toll could hit $253 billion without interventions

GOVERNMENT INTERVENTIONS and policy measures by Southeast Asian countries reduced potential economic losses of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) by as much as 34%, according to a research by the Asian Development Bank (ADB).

FDCP launches surveys to see effect of COVID-19 on audio-visual industry

THE Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) is asking audio-visual workers, their companies, and distribution companies to answer several online surveys for the council to be able to assess the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and quarantine measures on the audio-visual (AV) industry.

How Bunch is bringing gamers together during COVID-19

Bunch on bringing people together through games during the pandemic