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Francis Zamora self-quarantines after staffer tests positive for coronavirus

Mar 29, 2020 - 2:07 PM

This means limited mobility and restrained management for the mayor who oversees San Juan, the city with the highest concentration of coronavirus-positive patients in the country

QUARANTINED. In this file photo, San Juan Mayor Francis Zamora speaks to reporters after backing a recall petition in 2017. File photo by Rambo Talabong/

Trump decides against quarantine of New York region

Mar 29, 2020 - 1:50 PM

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, however, advises residents of the region not to travel except for essential purposes

GHOST TOWN. Cars cross 42th street as rain falls on March 28, 2020 in New York City. Photo by Kena Betancur/AFP

Aklan provincial hospital unknowingly admits coronavirus patient from Romblon

Mar 29, 2020 - 1:17 PM

Provincial Health Officer I Dr. Cornelio Cuachon says the Romblon Provincial Health Official failed to inform its Kalibo counterpart that the German patient was COVID-19 positive

PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT. Goggles, face masks, and gloves for protection against virus infection. Image from Shutterstock

China disowns defective coronavirus test kits in PH

Mar 29, 2020 - 1:09 PM

This comes after the Department of Health (DOH) said that test kits from China were only 40% accurate

TEST KITS. Thousands of aid packages donated by 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

Angeles mayor orders hospital closure for admitting coronavirus 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

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

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

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

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 two short-range 'ballistic missiles' into sea

Mar 29, 2020 - 8:34 AM

(UPDATED) South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff say the North fired the two projectiles from the port city of Wonsan into the Sea of Japan

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

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

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

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

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

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

Olongapo records 1st COVID-19 patient

Mar 28, 2020 - 5:37 PM

The city health office begins tracing the people whom the 75-year-old patient has possibly been in contact with

New PH coronavirus cases spike by 272, total now at 1,075

Mar 28, 2020 - 5:34 PM

The Department of Health says 14 more patients died of the coronavirus disease, raising the death toll to 68

CHECKPOINT. A DOH personnel checks body temperatures of motorists as policemen inspect their identification at a checkpoint along the boundary of Muntinlupa and San Pedro, Laguna during the start of the community quarantine on March 15, 2020. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Sorsogon town buys, sells seafoods to residents at lower prices

Mar 28, 2020 - 5:13 PM

Casiguran town in Sorsogon buys fishermen's daily catch and sells these to residents for 20% to 30% lower than the market price

LOWER PRICES. Casiguran town in Sorsogon has ben buying fishermen's daily catch and sells them at lower prices. Photo courtesy of Casiguran municipal government

Ghana announces lockdown in 2 key regions

Mar 28, 2020 - 4:57 PM

The move came as the authorities reported 137 confirmed cases, including 4 deaths

LOCKING DOWN GHANA. A city worker disinfects a market as a preventive measure against the spreading of COVID-19 Coronavirus in Accra on March 23, 2020. Photo by Nipah Dennis/AFP

Aklan stops all public transport, including boats bound for Boracay

Mar 28, 2020 - 4:25 PM

Though there is still no outbreak in Boracay, there are already 3 coronavirus disease cases in Aklan province

PNP files criminal charges vs Cavite town mayor for 'causing coronavirus scare'

Mar 28, 2020 - 3:58 PM

The charges are based on the Cavite City government's complaint that Noveleta Mayor Dino Reyes Chua is allegedly behind a Facebook page that posted unverified information on a coronavirus case in the city

CAVITE TOWN MAYOR. Noveleta Mayor Dino Chua Reyes addresses his constituents in a video message on March 27, 2020. Screenshot from Mayor Dino Reyes' video posted on his Facebook page

Pope Francis: 'You, Lord, will not leave us at the mercy of the storm'

Mar 28, 2020 - 3:38 PM

Here is the full text of Pope Francis' homily at his Extraordinary 'Urbi et Orbi' to pray for an end to the coronavirus pandemic

URBI ET ORBI. Pope Francis gives the Urbi et Orbi blessing after presiding over a moment of prayer on the sagrato of St Peter's Basilica, the platform at the top of the steps immediately in front of the facade of the Church, on March 27, 2020 at the Vatican. Photo by Yara Nardi/Pool/AFP

PNP says it will stop jailing curfew violators – for now

Mar 28, 2020 - 3:31 PM

The police will instead keep the incident reports and file complaints after the crisis, says PNP Deputy Chief for Operations Lt Gen Guillermmo Eleazar

LOCKDOWN. Quezon City Police operatives installs a barricade at a street leading to Fern Village in Mapayapa 3, Barangay Pasong Tamo in Quezon City on March 24, 2020, following reports that one of itsresident was tested tested positive of COVID-19. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

As rich nations battle the coronavirus, anxiety grows for low-income states

Mar 28, 2020 - 3:24 PM

Aid groups are sounding the alarm on the potentially devastating consequences of a severe outbreak in low-income and conflict-ridden countries, where healthcare systems are in tatters and hygiene conditions poor

KEEPING THE DISTANCE. Shoppers stand in a queue at a supermarket in Hillbrow, Johannesburg, on March 28, 2020 where managers have drawn marks on the ground to encourage physical distancing. Photo by Marco Longari/AFP

2,000 solo parents in Makati to receive P1,000 in aid amid coronavirus lockdown

Mar 28, 2020 - 3:16 PM

The inclusion of solo parents as beneficiaries of Makati's financial assistance program follows earlier announcements that some 6,800 registered tricycle and jeepney drivers would be receiving financial aid

Photos from Makati LGU

U.S. civil rights leader Joseph Lowery dies – media

Mar 28, 2020 - 2:40 PM

'Tonight, the great Reverend Joseph E. Lowery transitioned from earth to eternity. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family,' the King Center in Atlanta says in a tweet

JOSEPH LOWERY. In this file photo U.S. President Barack Obama presents the Medal of Freedom to Reverend Joseph E. Lowery during a ceremony at the White House August 12, 2009 in Washington, DC. Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images North America/AFP

About 75% of cities, towns in Philippines lack health workers

Mar 28, 2020 - 2:33 PM

A study of the Philippine Institute for Development Studies suggests policy actions to address the uneven distribution of healthcare workers

Image from Shutterstock

Infanta town in Pangasinan confirms first coronavirus case

Mar 28, 2020 - 2:26 PM

Infanta town's first COVID-19 case is a 75-year-old man who did not travel to places with coronavirus cases

INFANTA, PANGASINAN. The arch leading to the municipality of Infanta in Pangasinan. Photo by Ramon FVelasquez/Wikimedia Commons