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Osaka disappointed but supports Olympic delay

Mar 29, 2020 - 11:56 AM

'Sport will eventually unite us again and be there for us always, but that time is not now,' says former world No. 1 Naomi Osaka

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 02: Naomi Osaka of Japan returns a shot during her Women's Singles fourth round match against Belinda Bencic of Switzerland on day eight of the 2019 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 02, 2019 in Queens borough of New York City. Clive Brunskill/Getty Images/AFP

Angeles mayor orders hospital closure for admitting COVID-19 patient from QC

Mar 29, 2020 - 11:54 AM

'Pinalusutan nila tayo ng positive patient na hindi taga rito,' says the mayor

Photo from PRI Medical Center/Facebook

WATCH: Maine Mendoza jams with Gracenote in 'Parang Kailan Lang' music video

Mar 29, 2020 - 11:46 AM

'Parang Kailan Lang' is her debut single

Aklan provincial hospital eyed as dedicated facility for coronavirus patients

Mar 29, 2020 - 11:18 AM

Provincial Health Officer I Dr. Cornelio Cuachon, Jr. says that the government-run provincial hospital will be designated to receive, screen and treat coronavirus patients with severe conditions

The Dr. Rafael S. Tumbokon Memorial Hospital (DRSTMH) is being eyed for exclusive use of coronavirus patients in the province of Aklan. Photo by Boy Ryan Zabal

DOST-SEI announces 9,788 new science and technology scholarship qualifiers

Mar 29, 2020 - 11:03 AM

PRESS RELEASE: 5,917 passers qualified as scholars under the RA 7687 Scholarship Program, while 3,871 qualified for the DOST-SEI Merit Scholarship Program

Keeping it together in pandemic times

Mar 29, 2020 - 11:00 AM

Here is a curated list of actions that could prevent, solve, or manage those inner crises or conflicts that can arise because you cannot go anywhere

World champion boxer Saunders sorry for 'hit women' video

Mar 29, 2020 - 10:50 AM

'I would never condone domestic violence,' says British boxer Billy Joe Saunders

CHAMP. Billy Joe Saunders (left) and Marcelo Coceres exchange punches during the WBO super-middleweight championship fight won by the British fighter last November.  Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images/AFP

[OPINION] 365 days later: The Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao

Mar 29, 2020 - 10:30 AM

'At the end of the day, we will be the ones who will collectively redefine what it means to be Bangsamoro and redirect its future towards progress, development, and most importantly, self-determination'

[ANALYSIS] 3 ideas on mass testing: Where, how, and why?

Mar 29, 2020 - 10:22 AM

Having the right data and understanding of what the data is trying to tell us can help our leaders and policymakers strike this needed balance

‘Pangalan’ is Unique Salonga’s strange, personal coming-of-age story

Mar 29, 2020 - 10:00 AM

The young singer-songwriter’s sophomore album boasts a more focused style and deeper explorations of the dangers of living in the spotlight

In rare case, U.S. infant dies from coronavirus

Mar 29, 2020 - 9:58 AM

The child was younger than one year old

INFANT DEATH. In this file photo, people wear face masks as they walk down a street in the Flushing area of Queens on March 2, 2020 in New York City. Photo by Johannes Eisele/AFP

Qatar reports first coronavirus death, Gulf toll hits 11

Mar 29, 2020 - 9:48 AM

A 57-year-old Bangladesh national residing in Qatar dies from the coronavirus disease or COVID-19

FIRST DEATH. This photo shows a view of the corniche, a waterfront promenade and popular tourist site, in Doha. File photo by AFP

Overcrowding marks Pampanga ‘market schedule’ rule

Mar 29, 2020 - 9:30 AM

Crowds form during the window hours to buy their necessities

Residents allowed to go out from 5:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon on a Saturday make a long crowded line outside the Mabalacat City Public Market. (Photo from Mabalacat City News Facebook page)

UK coronavirus deaths surge past 1,000

Mar 29, 2020 - 9:19 AM

'We know things will get worse before they get better,' says Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who himself tested positive for the coronavirus disease or COVID-19

SCHOOL'S OUT. A man in a mask sits on a bus on campus at Western University in London, Ontario on March 13, 2020. Photo by Geoff Robins/AFP

New York postpones presidential primary over coronavirus concerns

Mar 29, 2020 - 9:04 AM

The vote, which was slated for April 28, will instead take place on June 23

THE CITY STOPS. A nearly empty Times Square is seen on March 23, 2020 in New York City. Photo by Angela Weiss/AFP

ADVISORIES: Coronavirus Outbreak Response | March 29, 2020

Mar 29, 2020 - 9:01 AM

Bookmark this page for March 29 advisories on services, schedules, and other activities as local governments, businesses, institutions, and organizations respond to the coronavirus crisis

TULA: ‘Taliba ng Bayan’ ni Rio Alma

Mar 29, 2020 - 9:00 AM

Handog ng Pambansang Alagad ng Sining Virgilio S. Almario sa mga babaeng frontliners sa paglaban sa COVID-19

DOH Bicol reports 4th coronavirus case

Mar 29, 2020 - 9:00 AM

The 4th patient is a 60-year-old female from Guinobatan, Albay

Italy's coronavirus death toll tops 10,000 despite long lockdown

Mar 29, 2020 - 8:55 AM

Italy now looks certain to extend its business closures and the ban on public gatherings past their April 3 deadline

DESERTED. A lonely Italian National policeman patrols near St. Peter's Square (Rear) at the border between Italy and the Vatican, on March 19, 2020 in Rome during the lockdown within the new coronavirus pandemic. Photo by Filippo Monteforte/AFP

U.S. coronavirus deaths surge past 2,000 – Johns Hopkins

Mar 29, 2020 - 8:46 AM

The number of confirmed cases in the United States tops 121,000, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University

BIG APPLE. A woman visits Times Square as she wears a face mask on March 8, 2020 in New York City. Photo by Kena Betancur/AFP

Russia closes borders to slow coronavirus spread

Mar 29, 2020 - 8:40 AM

A decree on the government's website says Russia will 'temporarily restrict traffic' across national borders to prevent new infections

North Korea fires 'unidentified projectile' towards Sea of Japan

Mar 29, 2020 - 8:34 AM

The projectile was fired towards the Sea of Japan, also known as the East Sea, says a report from the Yonhap news agency

MORE TESTS? This picture, taken on April 9, 2018, shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-un attending the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea in Pyongyang. File photo from Korean Central News Agency/AFP

Northern Mindanao LGUs prepare P1.2B in relief, economic aid amid outbreak

Mar 29, 2020 - 8:30 AM

Cagayan de Oro City earmarks P500 million, while Bukidnon province sets aside P700 million

Bayanihan Act's sanction vs 'false' info the 'most dangerous'

Mar 29, 2020 - 8:15 AM

'What we need now is full transparency from the government, not a measure to suppress rights and freedom of speech,' says Senator Leila de Lima on the law's punishment for false and alarming information

LOCKDOWN. Police officers at the Cavitex Toll Plaza on March 16, 2020, check on public transportations making sure that they are following the social distancing policy. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Ilocos Norte offers temporary work to wage earners displaced by lockdown

Mar 29, 2020 - 8:00 AM

The province is also preparing 3 of its largest hospitals for when the number of people infected by the coronavirus will possibly rise

WORK-FOR-CASH beneficiaries help in environmental cleanup. Photo from Ilocos Norte Media Office

#KopyahanNaTo: Valenzuela replicates Pasig's mobile palengke

Mar 29, 2020 - 12:10 AM

Valenzuela uses e-trikes instead of trucks for its narrow roads

MOBILE PALENGKE. Valenzuela's mobile palengke uses e-trikes instead of trucks for its narrow roads. Photo from Mayor Rex Gatchalian's Twitter page

DOH discards some inaccurate virus test kits from China

Mar 28, 2020 - 11:57 PM

Some of the kits from China proved to only be 40% accurate. Spain earlier also withdrew 58,000 China kits for poor accuracy.

TEST KITS. Thousands of aid packages donated by the People's Republic of China are unloaded at the Villamor Air Base in Pasay City on March 21, 2020. The donation includes assorted medical supplies, personal protective equipment, and testing kits for coronavirus. Palace photo

After backlash, DOH studying increase in health workers pay

Mar 28, 2020 - 11:17 PM

'Humihingi rin po kami ng tawad kung ang impresyon na naibigay ng P500 daily allowance ay ganito lamang ang halaga na ibinigay natin sa ating health care workers. Hindi po ito mas lalayo pa sa katotohanan,' says DOH

HEALTH WORKERS. Nurses from the Ospital ng Parañaque show their equipment  including a quarantine tent.. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Pacquiao wants probe into leaked Barangay Dasmariñas letter

Mar 28, 2020 - 10:58 PM

Using his Senate office's stationery, Senator Manny Pacquiao questions how a private letter to him was leaked on social media

HOST. Senator Manny Pacquiao hosts the PDP-Laban meeting in his Makati residence on March 4, 2020. Photo courtesy of PDP-Laban

Staying fit at home? Try these NBA drills

Mar 28, 2020 - 10:16 PM

Learn how to maintain an active lifestyle at home from NBA and WNBA players and coaches

POLISHING SKILLS. Jaren Jackson Jr teaches a simple yet important basketball drill to try at home. Photo from Instagram/@JJJ

DOH: 4 hospitals ready for full-scale virus testing, 30 labs to follow

Mar 28, 2020 - 10:15 PM

This speeds up the process because the 4 hospitals no longer need to have their results validated by the RITM

SUB-NATIONAL LAB. People wearing face masks walk past the main gates of the San Lazaro Hospital in Manila on February 2, 2020. Photo by Maria TAN / AFP

WATCH: Filipino artists band together online to sing 'Umagang Kay Ganda'

Mar 28, 2020 - 10:14 PM

Lea Salonga, Nino Alejandro, Rachel Alejandro, and Audie Gemora, among many others, take part in a cause for freelance artists affected by the Luzon-wide lockdown

After bleach thrown at personnel's face, Sultan Kudarat hospital condemns discrimination

Mar 28, 2020 - 9:59 PM

The St. Louis Hospital utility worker was passing by the public market when he was attacked by 5 individuals

593 health workers volunteer to fight coronavirus

Mar 28, 2020 - 9:55 PM

Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire thanks the health workers who signed up to join the fight against the coronavirus disease

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED. The Department of Health opened the call for volunteer health workers as coronavirus cases spike. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Stranded for weeks, UPLB dormers battle anxiety, criticism

Mar 28, 2020 - 9:40 PM

More than 2,000 UP Los Baños students are stranded inside and around the campus

STRANDED. UPLB dormers strive to have semblance of normalcy during the Luzon lockdown. Photo from UPLB Community Affairs

Pangasinan coronavirus cases rise to 12

Mar 28, 2020 - 9:19 PM

The latest casualty is the wife of the province's first coronavirus case

Ex-DOH chief: Actual number of virus cases could reach 75,000 in 2 weeks

Mar 28, 2020 - 9:10 PM

Former health secretary Manuel Dayrit says this is 'assuming that we're now at 16,000 to 20,000' coronavirus infections today

Metro Manila commuters wear face mask as protection from the coronavirus on February 3, 2020. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

LIST: In sports, coronavirus shows no respect for stars or youth

Mar 28, 2020 - 8:57 PM

Here's a look at the sports stars who turned high-profile victims of coronavirus

POSITIVE. NBA star Kevin Durant reminds everyone to quarantine. Photo by Mike Lawrie/Getty Images/AFP

Davao City hospital lists 26 new coronavirus cases

Mar 28, 2020 - 8:43 PM

The Southern Philippines Medical Center website posts the details early Saturday, but took this down later

Gov't agencies ordered to list hospitals, facilities for possible takeover

Mar 28, 2020 - 8:28 PM

DOH, DOT, DOTr, and OCD are tasked to create the inventory and present this to the President

POSSIBLE TAKEOVER. As a last resort, President Rodrigo Duterte can order the takeover of health facilities. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Of 22 new coronavirus cases in Central Visayas, 18 from Cebu City

Mar 28, 2020 - 7:37 PM

(UPDATED) There are now 22 COVID-19 cases in the region since testing began in January

LOCKDOWN. Personnel of the Cebu City Police Office secure the boundary of Cebu City and Talisay City at the start of the Enhanced Community Quarrantine in Cebu City on March 28, 2020. Photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

Navotas’ 1st confirmed COVID-19 case dies

Mar 28, 2020 - 7:18 PM

Before this, 4 PUIs died, but one’s test turned out to be negative, while the results for the other 3 have yet to be released by the RITM

Spain counts 832 deaths in 24 hours as toll surges to 5,690

Mar 28, 2020 - 7:05 PM

Spain has the world's second-highest coronavirus death toll after Italy

MORGUE. Policemen and a member of the Spanish Army's Military Emergency Unit (UME) wearing a protective suit stand outside the Palacio de Hielo (Ice Palace) shopping mall where an ic. Photo by Pierre-Philippe Marcou/AFP

Perpetual Altas grateful for Aric magic

Mar 28, 2020 - 6:57 PM

Aric del Rosario may be forever linked to the UST Tigers, but the Perpetual Altas also feel grateful to be touched by the legendary coach’s magic

ARIC MAGIC. Coach Aric del Rosario helped transform the Perpetual Altas into an NCAA contender. Photo from Perpetual

The Medical City frontliners can now park in Rockwell Business Center-Ortigas

Mar 28, 2020 - 6:47 PM

Rockwell Business Center in Ortigas, Pasig City will now have a temporary designated parking area for The Medical City workers

PARKING. Several frontliners from The Medical City use the parking space at the Rockwell Business Center, its neighbor. Photo from Shops at RBC Facebook page

LIST: Online cake delivery options

Mar 28, 2020 - 6:43 PM

Some home bakers and bakeries are still in business, serving up whole cakes, pastries, and other desserts for pick-up or delivery

Taiwan says U.S. media expelled from China are welcome

Mar 28, 2020 - 6:32 PM

'I'd like to welcome you to be stationed in Taiwan – a country that is a beacon of freedom and democracy,' Taipei's foreign minister tells journalists expelled from China

EXPELLED. In this file photo New York Times Beijing bureau chief Steven Lee Myers (center) speaks with other journalists after the daily Foreign Ministry briefing in Beijing on March 18, 2020. Photo by Greg Baker/AFP

NFL star Drew Brees donates $5 million to help combat coronavirus

Mar 28, 2020 - 6:17 PM

New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees says he's mobilizing efforts 'to prepare and deliver over 10,000 meals per day' for the needy in Louisiana

GENEROSITY. Drew Brees promises to help 'as long as it takes.' Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images North America/AFP

Iran reports 139 new coronavirus deaths, raising total to 2,517

Mar 28, 2020 - 6:03 PM

(UPDATED) The total number of infections is at 35,408

'Super-spreader' guru puts Indian villages on high alert

Mar 28, 2020 - 5:45 PM

The 70-year-old guru had returned from a trip to Italy and Germany

SHOPPING. People wearing face masks amid fears of the spread of the novel coronavirus, walk through a shopping arcade, in New Delhi on March 9, 2020. Photo by Money Sharma/AFP