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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.

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).