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Pandemic cut traffic congestion in most countries last year — report

NEW YORK/LONDON — Coronavirus-induced lockdowns caused annual traffic congestion to fall in most countries for the first time in at least 10 years, disrupting long-held traffic patterns like the dreaded morning commute to work, a report released on Tuesday showed.

Philippine couples have more free time to make babies amid lockdown

RENALEE M. CANILAO-FLORES, 27, got pregnant at the height of the coronavirus pandemic in June.

UK gov’t imposes harsher lockdown on London

LONDON — Prime Minister Boris Johnson imposed an effective lockdown on over 16 million people in England and reversed plans to ease curbs over Christmas, saying Britain was dealing with a new coronavirus strain up to 70% more transmissible than the original.

Coronavirus fears affected cancer patient care in PHL

CONSULTATIONS and treatment of cancer patients declined during the lockdown due to fears of coronavirus infection, according to doctors. 

Intellectual property infringement complaints spike during lockdown

THE Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL) said it received 135 intellectual property violation reports in the first nine months, which include the lockdown period, exceeding the total compiled during the four years to 2019 by 4%.

Lockdowns should be ‘last resort,’ says Chua

THE government’s move to ease lockdown restrictions and further reopen the economy will likely boost growth this quarter, Acting Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Karl Kendrick T. Chua said.

AboitizLand reservation sales surge amid lockdown

ABOITIZLAND, INC. reported its average monthly sales have exceeded pre-pandemic levels, despite the ongoing quarantine restrictions.

[B-SIDE Podcast] Are you okay? Treating the workforce as human beings,...

https://open.spotify.com/episode/4euaqNlS9zoBEj1PPgI6tw Follow us on Spotify BusinessWorld B-Side The eight-month lockdown, one of the longest in the world, has kept much of the country’s workforce at home....

England enters second lockdown

LONDON — Prime Minister Boris Johnson ordered England back into a national lockdown after the United Kingdom passed the milestone of one million coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases and a second wave of infections threatened to overwhelm the health service.

Metro mayors seek general lockdown until end-December

METRO Manila’s 17 mayors want the government to keep the region under a general lockdown until year-end to prevent a fresh surge in coronavirus infections.

Melbourne opens up dining, shopping as lockdown lifted

MELBOURNE — Melbourne’s shops, restaurants and hotels opened for business on Wednesday after a four month coronavirus lockdown, with happy customers enjoying alfresco eating in the spring sunshine and shopkeepers hoping for big sales to make up for lost revenue.

Economic contraction seen to be in single digits in 3rd quarter

THE COUNTRY’S economic contraction is seen to be in the single digits in the third quarter, as more sectors reopened with the easing of lockdown restrictions around the country, First Metro Investment Corp. (FMIC) and University of Asia and the Pacific (UA&P) said.

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.

Consumer complaints to DTI surge during height of lockdown

CONSUMER COMPLAINTS received in the year to date have surged past 45,000, with complaints rising across-the-board for both online and offline transactions, many of them logged during the lockdown, according to the Trade department.

Industries launch drive to raise consumer confidence

THE private sector has launched a promotional campaign to raise consumer confidence, in order to add momentum to the reopening of economic activity after the lockdown.

‘Lockdown Lite’ is the new strategy for fighting COVID-19

Fresh off a summer of relative freedom after harsh lockdowns at the beginning of the pandemic, Europe is trying a new strategy to halt the coronavirus’s next surge: Lockdown Lite.

NZ prime minister extends Auckland lockdown

NEW ZEALAND Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said largest city Auckland will stay in lockdown four days longer than initially planned to ensure a community outbreak of coronavirus disease 2010 (COVID-19) is under control.

‘Lockdown generation’: Over 1 million youths face job losses

MORE THAN a million young Filipino workers may lose their jobs this year, pushing the youth unemployment rate to nearly 20% as the coronavirus takes its toll on the labor market, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the International Labour Organization (ILO) said.

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.

Power demand falls after return to strict lockdown

PEAK electricity demand “drastically” declined in the first week of August after Metro Manila and adjacent provinces returned to a stricter form of lockdown, known as modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ), due to mounting coronavirus infections.

Return to strict lockdown may ravage economy

PHILIPPINE economic output would probably get pulled down further by the return of Metro Manila and nearby provinces to a strict lockdown amid a fresh surge in coronavirus infections, according to the presidential palace.

Philippine factory activity falls for 5th straight month

FACTORY ACTIVITY dropped for a fifth straight month in July, as manufacturing firms reported weaker production and demand despite relaxed lockdown restrictions.

Economic recovery threatened as NCR reverts to strict lockdown

THE imposition of a stricter lockdown in Metro Manila and key cities for the next two weeks will likely delay the country’s economic recovery, as many businesses face operational disruptions once again due to the lack of public transportation and other restrictions.

Retailers caught off guard by Duterte’s lockdown directive

FOOD STOCKS in supermarkets are expected to decline in the coming days due to increased demand after Metro Manila was placed again under a strict lockdown.

Duterte to discuss call to put metro back on strict lockdown

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte was set to meet with Cabinet officials later on Sunday to discuss the appeal of health workers to put Metro Manila back under a strict lockdown as coronavirus infections topped 100,000.

Business group seeks further lockdown easing in ‘main economic centers’

THE Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) should further ease quarantine restrictions “in all main economic centers” in the country to drive recovery, the Federation of Philippine Industries (FPI) said.

Internet analyst sees permanent tailwind from lengthy lockdowns

Internet companies are likely to be long-term winners from the pandemic as lockdown measures have now lasted long enough for changes in consumer behavior to become permanent, according to Credit Suisse.

Metro Manila risks reverting to strict lockdown as cases surge

THE presidential palace on Thursday threatened to put Manila and nearby cities back under a stricter lockdown if cases of the coronavirus that has sickened more than 61,000 and killed about 1,600 people in the Philippines continue to surge.

Party planners pause as coronavirus spoils fun, forces virtual events

PAM O. FERRER, 34, and her fiancé postponed their April 28 wedding after most parts of the Philippines were locked down in mid-March to contain a coronavirus pandemic.

Hotspots face strict lockdown as COVID-19 cases top 57,000

SOME AREAS of the country might revert to a stricter lockdown this week after coronavirus infections topped 57,000 on Monday, while Manila and nearby cities would probably remain under a general lockdown, the government said on Monday.

Fearful and frugal: coronavirus wreaks havoc on America’s psyche

As the US reopens, Americans aren’t much interested in going out and spending.

DTI explains guidelines for getting refunds for events canceled because of...

by Mariel Alison L. Aguinaldo Parties who made payments for events that were canceled or scaled down prior to community quarantine have the right to...

Philippine finance chief seeks to further reopen the economy

Finance Secretary Carlos G. Dominguez III seeks to further loosen movement curbs in the capital region to reignite an economy facing its deepest slump...

How we work from home

The COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting global lockdown has forced people to work from home (WFH) more often. Already, experts are saying that telecommuting is...

Live births may rise by 13% on lockdown

THE PHILIPPINES expects almost two million live births next year — 13% or 214,000 more than usual — as people mostly stayed home amid a coronavirus pandemic.

Remote work is here to stay

Resisting work-from-home arrangements for employees could render companies obsolete, according to a co-working-space executive.

Investors are favoring firms that let people work from home

Some fund managers are increasingly basing investment decisions in part on how considerate companies are to their employees and clients during the coronavirus pandemic.

Time is money: the armchair traders of lockdown

STOCKHOLM — At 7 a.m. on Friday morning, Dean d’Arco, 31, a phone shop manager from Belfast, Northern Ireland, logged on for his last...

13,000 Filipinos still stranded in Luzon

MORE THAN 13,000 Filipinos remained stranded on the main Philippine island of Luzon, where various levels of lockdowns have been imposed to contain a coronavirus pandemic, according to the government.

Car sales plunge during lockdown

AUTOMOTIVE sales plunged to just over a hundred units in April, before recovering in May as lockdown restrictions began easing around the country.

Unsafe at home during the lockdown

WHILE the recent lockdown restrictions were necessary to slow the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic in the country and were meant to keep people safe within their homes, many people found themselves unsafe as they were locked in with their abusers with little recourse.

Virus rush to push metro back to strict lockdown

MANILA and nearby cities, where coronavirus cases are mostly concentrated, could revert to a stricter lockdown after June 15 if cases continue to surge, the presidential palace said on Tuesday.

Doing Good: stepping up during a lockdown

The Philippines has eased lockdown restrictions in Metro Manila and several other provinces as the country tries to restart and salvage an economy flattened by the pandemic. But the pandemic is still a clear and ever-present danger to the populace. Here are a few more stories of people protecting our frontliners and other Filipinos.

Government details guidelines on travel after eased lockdown

THE PRESIDENTIAL palace on Monday detailed the rules on local travel under a relaxed lockdown for much of the country, saying people’s movements would remain restricted to contain a coronavirus pandemic.