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S.Korea reports biggest rise in coronavirus cases since March

SEOUL — South Korea reported its highest daily rise in novel coronavirus cases since early March on Sunday, as outbreaks continued to spread from a Seoul church and from political demonstrations its members had attended.

WHO says children aged 12 and over should wear masks like...

ZURICH — The World Health Organization (WHO) said children aged 12 and over should wear masks to help tackle the COVID-19 pandemic under the same conditions as adults, while children between six and 11 should wear them on a risk-based approach.

Coronavirus cases top 178,000 with death toll nearing 3,000

THE Department of Health (DoH) reported 4,339 new coronavirus infections on Thursday, bringing the total to 178,022.

China state papers back Wuhan park after viral pool party

SHANGHAI — Chinese state newspapers threw their support behind an amusement park in the central city of Wuhan on Thursday after pictures of a densely packed pool party at the park went viral overseas amid concerns about the spread of COVID-19.

Global travel on ice until mid-2021, Qantas chief says

International travel won’t resume until mid-2021 as coronavirus flareups keep borders closed, Qantas Airways Ltd. Chief Executive Officer Alan Joyce said. Routes to the US...

‘My life is a miracle’: COVID-19 patient recuperates after four-month ordeal

LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles resident Francisco Garcia tested positive for COVID-19 in April and says he doesn’t know how he caught it. Now recuperating,...

Coronavirus forces tourism rethink in world’s most visited city

BANGKOK — Bangkok tourist destination Khao San Road is usually heaving with people on weekends, its cheap beer bars, tattoo parlors, street vendors, hostels,...

COVID-19 infections nearing 174,000 as death toll hits 2,795

THE Department of Health (DoH) reported 4,650 new coronavirus infections on Wednesday, bringing the total to 173,774.

Work-from-home boom is a bust for big office furniture makers

America’s biggest office furniture manufacturers got the rug pulled out from under them by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Mystery grows over virus spread via contaminated food packaging

Evidence shows that food is an unlikely route of transmitting the coronavirus across borders, but contaminated items continue to grab the spotlight, deepening the uncertainty over whether the $220-billion cold chain industry could be implicated in the spread of COVID-19.

Not all priority workers required to undergo swab tests

BUSINESSES are not required to regularly test all workers in government-identified priority industries for the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), according to a new advisory from the Trade and Labor departments.

COVID-19 cases top 169,000; 2,687 dead

THE Department of Health (DoH) reported 4,836 new coronavirus infections on Tuesday, bringing the total to 169,213.

Airlines, airports to push COVID-19 testing as quarantines hurt traffic

MONTREAL/SYDNEY — Airlines and airports will ask a UN-led task force meeting on Tuesday to recommend countries accept a negative COVID-19 (coronavirus disease 2019) test within 48 hours of travel as an alternative to quarantines that have decimated demand for travel, according to a document seen by Reuters.

Disaster risk reduction programs are being updated, taking account of COVID-19

Disaster risk reduction policies and measures are being updated to befit the COVID-19 situation, according to the Office of Civil Defense (OCD).

Airlines, airports to push for COVID testing as quarantines hit traffic

MONTREAL/SYDNEY — Airlines and airports will ask a United Nations-led task force meeting on Tuesday to recommend countries accept a negative COVID-19 test within...

When COVID spells out self-care

THE LETTERS of the dreaded COVID-19 virus spell out fear, but a talk by pharmaceuticals company Sanofi tries to reverse this fear by using the letters to spell out a message for self-care.

Aerospace firms back fiscal incentives for manufacturing sector

THE aerospace sector backed calls for fiscal incentives to prop up manufacturers and the construction industry to help the economy recover from the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.

Establishing healthy boundaries while working from home

By Patricia B. Mirasol Employees who work from home (WFH) tend to work longer hours. According to a study by Harvard Business School, the pandemic...

DTI pushes for looser virus curbs in capital

THE Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) wants looser movement restrictions in the capital region to enable more people to go to work, Trade Secretary Ramon M. Lopez said.

Coronavirus speeds up push for congestion charge in cities

BANGKOK — The coronavirus outbreak gives city authorities an opportunity to implement congestion pricing to curb traffic and pollution, urban experts said, even as...

Looking for a job in a down market

https://open.spotify.com/episode/3t9x11XaZBZgR8GJPqurky The latest official labor data showed that the jobless rate shot up to double-digits, as millions of Filipinos became unemployed. The Philippine Statistics Agency...

Malaysia detects coronavirus strain that’s 10 times more infectious

Malaysia has detected a strain of the new coronavirus that’s been found to be 10 times more infectious. The mutation called D614G was found in...

COVID-19 infections top 161,000 with total deaths nearing 3,000

THE Department of Health (DoH) reported 3,420 new coronavirus infections on Sunday, bringing the total to 161,253.

France plans masks at work as daily COVID-19 cases surpass 3,000

PARIS — France is to propose that masks be worn in shared workspaces as the country grapples with a rebound in coronavirus cases that rose again in the past 24 hours to over 3,000.

Seven Argentine meat plants suspend exports to China over COVID-19 worries

BUENOS AIRES — Seven Argentine meat processing plants are temporarily not exporting to China because they have registered cases of COVID-19 (coronavirus disease 2019) among their employees, a source from the Argentine agricultural health agency Senasa said on Thursday.

Nine football players at University of Oklahoma test positive for COVID-19

NINE football student-athletes from the University of Oklahoma tested positive for COVID-19, head coach Lincoln Riley said on Saturday, amid fierce national debate over...

Yale’s COVID-19 saliva test used in NBA gets FDA OK for...

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Saturday granted emergency use authorization to Yale School of Public Health’s saliva test to detect COVID-19,...

Domestic PPE industry seeking tax incentives

CLOTHING manufacturers that have repurposed their facilities to produce personal protective equipment (PPE) for the domestic market are asking the government for tax breaks, and lobbied to have such taxes applied to importers.

Cabinet secretaries deputized to manage COVID-19 response

AN inter-agency task force against the coronavirus has deputized Cabinet officials to oversee the pandemic situation in Metro Manila and nearby provinces.

2 Chinese patients test positive months after virus recovery

TWO PATIENTS in China that recovered from coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) months ago tested positive for the coronavirus again, raising concern of the virus’ ability to linger and reappear in people who it previously infected.

Russia says medics to get anti-COVID shots in 2 weeks, some...

MOSCOW - Russia said on Wednesday the first batch of the world’s first COVID-19 vaccine would be rolled out within two weeks and rejected as “groundless” safety concerns aired by some experts over Moscow’s rapid approval of the drug.

Masters to be held without patrons in 2020 due to COVID-19

THE MASTERS, which brings together the world’s best golfers in one of the sport’s four majors, will be held without patrons in November because of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak, Augusta National Golf Club said on Wednesday.

China says frozen chicken wings from Brazil test positive for virus

Consumers in the Chinese city of Shenzhen have been urged to exercise caution when buying imported frozen food after a surface sample of chicken wings from Brazil tested positive for coronavirus, according to a statement from the local government.

Delay routine dental checkups in areas of COVID spread — WHO

GENEVA — Dental patients and staff need to be protected from any potential infection by aerosol-generating procedures, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on...

Manila malls may become e-commerce storage amid retail slump

Property developers in the Philippines are considering novel alternative uses for shopping malls as people stay home and prefer to buy things online. SM Prime...

Gov’t to pursue clinical trials for Russian COVID-19 vaccine

GOVERNMENT officials were set to meet with the maker of the Russian coronavirus vaccine on Wednesday to discuss how clinical trials can be started in the Philippines, Health authorities said.

COVID-19 infections nearing 144,000, with 2,404 deaths — DoH

THE DEPARTMENT of Health (DoH) reported 4,444 new coronavirus infections on Wednesday, bringing the total to 143,749.

Not even herd immunity can fully protect us

THE QUESTION of herd immunity — specifically, whether some cities and regions are acquiring it sooner than expected and thus have higher than expected protection against COVID-19 (coronavirus disease 2019) — has been attracting more attention lately. Even if this hypothesis is true, however, it still leaves the world with some truly significant challenges and mandates a continuing vigorous fight against the pandemic.

Scientists ask: Without trial data, how can we trust Russia’s COVID...

LONDON — An announcement by Russia on Tuesday that it will approve a COVID-19 vaccine after less than two months of human testing prompted...

20,000 paper birds help fund COVID-19 units at Belgium hospital

BRUSSELS — A flock of 20,000 multicolored origami birds has been installed in a cathedral in Brussels, Belgium, as part of a fundraising artwork that has paid for two COVID-19 (coronavirus disease 2019) units at a local hospital.

Russia becomes first country to approve a COVID-19 vaccine, says Putin

MOSCOW — President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday that Russia had become the first country in the world to grant regulatory approval to a...

Sinovac launches late-stage trial for potential COVID-19 vaccine in Indonesia

JAKARTA/BEIJING — China’s Sinovac Biotech Ltd. launched on Tuesday a late-stage human trial involving as many as 1,620 patients in Indonesia for a COVID-19 (coronavirus disease 2019) vaccine candidate that it is developing with Indonesian state-owned peer Bio Farma.

Global coronavirus cases hit 20 million

GLOBAL coronavirus cases pushed past 20 million on Monday, according to a Reuters tally, with the United States, Brazil and India accounting for more than half of all known infections.

Most Americans unlikely to get coronavirus vaccine until well into 2021

EVEN if the most optimistic projections hold true and a Covid-19 vaccine is cleared for U.S. use in November, the vast majority of Americans won’t be able to get the shots until spring or summer next year at the earliest.

Philippines unlikely to keep lockdown despite surging infections

The Philippines will unlikely keep its capital and nearby areas under strict lockdown despite coronavirus infections rising by another daily record to over 136,000. The...