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Chinese experts arrive to help Philippines fight coronavirus

TEN MEDICAL experts from China arrived in the Philippines on Sunday to help the government come up with policies to contain the coronavirus disease...

COVID-19 patients told to disclose illness

THE INTEGRATED Bar of the Philippines (IBP) and other medical organizations want coronavirus patients to waive the confidentiality of their medical condition. In a joint...

Duterte orders police to shoot troublemakers

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte on Wednesday night ordered police to shoot troublemakers amid a Luzon-wide lockdown meant to contain the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic.

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PRESIDENTIAL Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC) Commissioner Greco B. Belgica said they will not investigate Vice President Maria Leonor G. Robredo over initiatives in helping respond to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak, contrary to a statement by another PACC commissioner.

SC approves new rules on liquidation of banks

THE SUPREME COURT (SC) approved new rules on the liquidation of closed banks which will take effect on April 16.

Duterte told to extend lockdown as cases reach more than 2,300

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte should extend the month-long lockdown of the entire Luzon island by another month to contain coronavirus disease 2019 that has infected more than 2,300 people, a congressman said on Wednesday.

NBI summons Pasig mayor for breaking lockdown rules

GOVERNMENT agents have summoned the mayor of Pasig City for allegedly violating a Luzon-wide lockdown when he allowed tricycles drivers to operate.

Duterte considers floating quarantine hospitals

THE government is looking at using “floating quarantine hospitals” on ships in different parts of the country to house persons under monitoring for the novel coronavirus and help unburden hospitals already at their full capacities, the presidential palace said in a March 30 report to Congress.

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THE VALIDATION result of the test kit developed by the University of the Philippines National Institutes for Health (UP NHI) will be submitted by Wednesday, Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Director General Rolando Enrique D. Domingo said.

Manila seeks Chinese help in fight versus novel coronavirus

THE Philippines has sought China’s help in battling a coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak that has sickened more than 1,500 people and killed 78 mostly in Manila, the capital.

FDA approves 5 COVID-19 rapid test kits

THE PHILIPPINE Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Monday said it had approved five rapid test kits for the coronavirus disease 2019 to be used by health professionals.

Philippines asked to join drug trials vs COVID-19 virus

THE World Health Organization (WHO) wants the Philippines to participate in drug trials to test treatments for the coronavirus disease 2019, according to the Department of Health (DoH).

COVID-19 cases rise to 803; death toll at 54

THE Department of Health (DoH) on Friday reported yet again the biggest daily increase in novel coronavirus infections with 96 new cases, bringing the total to 803.

Local governments told to allow foreigners to leave

THE Bureau of Immigration will allow foreigners to leave the country even without their alien certificate of registration ID, the agency said in a statement on Friday.

Three more lawmakers infected with novel coronavirus disease

THREE more lawmakers — one senator and two congressmen — tested positive for the coronavirus disease 2019, adding to the rising number of infections that the Health department said had reached 707 as of Thursday.

COVID-19 cases top 700; death toll now at 45 — DoH

SEVENTY-ONE more people have tested positive for the coronavirus disease 2019, bringing the total infections to 707, according to the Department of Health.

Top pediatrician dies after being infected with new coronavirus

THE president of the Philippine Pediatric Society died after contracting the coronavirus disease 2019, Health Secretary Francisco T. Duque III said yesterday.

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THE Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases has approved the food resiliency protocol endorsed by the Department of Agriculture (DA) for faster movement of major food commodities to Metro Manila and other parts of Luzon.

Senators want to turn military hospitals into COVID-19 centers

SENATORS on Wednesday proposed that military hospitals and other state-owned facilities be converted into health centers to treat patients infected with the novel coronavirus.

NBI arrests 2 for selling overpriced thermal scanners

NATIONAL Bureau of Investigation (NBI) agents have arrested two people for selling overpriced medical supplies worth P1.42 million, it said in a statement yesterday.

Novel coronavirus infections top 500

HEALTH authorities reported 90 new COVID-19 infections on Tuesday — a record daily increase — bringing the total to 552.

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THE FOUR persons arrested for selling overpriced thermal scanners and medical masks were presented for inquest Monday, an official of the Department of Justice said.

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THE WORLD Health Organization’s (WHO) Philippine representative has called on the private sector to help in the procurement of personal protective equipment (PPE) for health care workers, citing a global shortage problem as the new coronavirus disease, known as COVID-19, continues to spread around the world.

DoH reports biggest daily rise in COVID-19 infections to 462

THE Department of Health (DoH) on Monday reported the biggest daily increase of 82 novel coronavirus cases on Monday, bringing the total infections to 462, while the death tally rose by eight to 33.

DoH says there’s no VIP treatment for politicians

HEALTH authorities on Monday denied allegations that they had given preferential treatment to local politicians in testing them for the virus.

DoH confirms 73 more cases; 6 more COVID-19 patients die

THE Department of Health (DoH) reported 73 more novel coronavirus cases on Sunday, bringing the total to 380 infections with 25 deaths.

Country headed for complete collapse if quarantine ignored

THE Philippine healthcare system could collapse unless Filipinos strictly comply with President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s order for a Luzon-wide lockdown and similar quarantines imposed by other provinces, according to a political consultancy firm.

Local scientists looking at virus patterns; 15 more test positive

PHILIPPINE researchers are looking at the local transmission patterns of COVID-19 to help policymakers respond better to the pandemic that has killed at least 17 people and sickened 200 more locally.

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THE APPLICATION for food passes has been streamlined to ensure continuous movement of food, agri-fishery products and inputs in Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon, according to Agriculture Secretary William D. Dar.

Electronic prescriptions authorized for patients vulnerable to COVID-19

THE Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will allow doctors to issue electronic prescriptions to individuals deemed vulnerable to COVID-19 (coronavirus disease 2019).

Pfizer, BioNTech to develop potential vaccine for novel coronavirus disease

PHARMACEUTICAL giant Pfizer, Inc. said it was working on a potential COVID-19 vaccine with BioNTech SE, a German company working on new kinds of immunotherapy treatments.

Two QC villages locked down

THE Quezon City government has placed under “heightened enhanced community quarantine” two villages where half-a-dozen COVID-19 cases came from.

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THE INTEGRATED Bar of the Philippines (IBP) will release early half of the 13th month pay and salaries of its national office employees located in the National Capital Region while Luzon is under enhanced community quarantine due to the novel coronavirus disease.

DoH says 45 more got infected; one more patient has recovered

THE Department of Health on Tuesday reported 45 new infections from the novel coronavirus, bringing the total to 187.

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THE DEPARTMENT of Foreign Affairs (DFA) will temporarily suspend operations in its consular offices in Luzon beginning Tuesday and will operate with a skeletal workforce in its Visayas and Mindanao offices amid national and local government measures to mitigate the spread of the new coronavirus.

Local governments a step ahead with community quarantine declarations

SEVERAL LOCAL governments around the country — mostly major cities, provinces, and even some municipalities — have declared a community quarantine to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, the new coronavirus that has infected 140 Filipinos as of March 15.

Manila City orders nine-hour curfew

THE city of Manila will enforce a nine-hour curfew from 8 p.m. in line with a metro-wide lockdown ordered by President Rodrigo R. Duterte last week. The lockdown has since been expanded to the entire island of Luzon.

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A BILL seeking to provide compensation and benefits package as well as security of tenure and free education for barangay health workers (BHWs) has been filed by the Makabayan bloc in Congress.

Tax court denies JG Summit move on P1.3-B assessment

THE Court of Tax Appeals (CTA) denied for lack of jurisdiction the petition of JG Summit Holdings, Inc. to cancel the P1.3 billion tax liabilities assessed by the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR).

1,600 cops deployed to enforce metro lockdown

MANILA police deployed 1,600 cops and set up 56 checkpoints in the capital and nearby cities to monitor the movement of people after President Rodrigo R. Duterte ordered a lockdown to contain a novel coronavirus outbreak in the metro.

DoH confirms 12 more coronavirus cases; 3 more die

THREE MORE novel coronavirus patients have died, bringing the total deaths to five, according to the Department of Health (DoH).

Courts ordered to keep skeletal workforce

THE Supreme Court (SC) has ordered courts in Metro Manila to operate using skeletal staff from March 15 to April 12 after President Rodrigo R. Duterte declared a lockdown in the capital and nearby cities.

‘Never before seen’:PHL braces for pandemic

A 48-YEAR-OLD Filipino worker at the Philippine office of accounting firm Deloitte was confirmed to have been infected with a novel coronavirus on March 5 after traveling to Japan in the previous month. He was the fourth case in the Philippines.

Duterte bans domestic travel to and from Metro Manila

President Rodrigo R. Duterte yesterday ordered a one-month halt to land, domestic air and sea travels to and from Metro Manila as part of government efforts to contain a novel coronavirus outbreak that has infected at least 52 people in the Philippines.

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THE SUPREME Court has ordered the suspension of hearings nationwide on March 13-18.