COVID-19 - updates

Rappler's latest stories on COVID-19


U.S. heads into Independence Day besieged by virus, Europe reopens

Jul 04, 2020 - 9:52 AM

With beaches closed and officials urging Americans to stay home, the somber mood heading into what is usually a weekend of barbecues and sunshine underscores the struggle to extinguish the coronavirus

DONALD TRUMP. US President Donald Trump arrives for a campaign rally at the BOK Center on June 20, 2020 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. File photo by Nicholas Kamm/AFP

[PODCAST] COVID-19 ward doctor assesses Duterte’s pandemic response

Jul 04, 2020 - 9:38 AM

A coronavirus frontliner at a public hospital weighs in on how President Rodrigo Duterte handled the biggest crisis to hit his government so far

The science of how you sound when you talk through a face mask

Jul 04, 2020 - 9:00 AM

In recent years, our research team of forensic speech scientists has studied the different ways facewear might affect speech clarity. Our results contained some surprises.

Roman Samborskyi/Shutterstock

Air France, Hop! to shed 7,580 jobs

Jul 04, 2020 - 7:50 AM

The planned job cuts amount to 16% of Air France's staff and 40% of those at Hop! – part of measures 'on an unprecedented scale'

AIR FRANCE. An Airbus A330 of the airline. Photo from Air France website

Spain to create 10-billion-euro fund for firms in trouble

Jul 03, 2020 - 11:45 PM

Companies benefiting will be those seen as of strategic importance working in sectors such as security, health, infrastructure, and communications

FREE. People walk on a road turned into a pedestrian street on weekends in Barcelona on May 24, 2020 as the country slowly loosens a strict coronavirus lockdown. Photo by Josep Lago/AFP

Virus hands Japan pension fund worst loss since 2008 crisis

Jul 03, 2020 - 10:55 PM

Japan's Government Pension Investment Fund records losses amounting to 8.28 trillion yen ($77 billion) for the fiscal year that ended in March 2020

BUSINESS IN JAPAN. A face mask-clad vendor stands in Tokyo's Tsukiji area on March 13, 2020. Photo by Charly Triballeau/AFP

Filipinos abroad with coronavirus now at 8,627

Jul 03, 2020 - 10:33 PM

The Department of Foreign Affairs says no new deaths are recorded

HALT. In this file photo taken on May 1, 2020 an aircraft grounded due to the COVID-19 pandemic is pictured at Manchester Airport in Photo by Oli Scarff/AFP

Gov't to allow religious gatherings at 10% capacity in GCQ areas

Jul 03, 2020 - 10:24 PM

Services besides haircuts will be allowed in salons and barber shops, too, pending official guidelines

CLEANSING. A Worker disinfectS pews at a Catholic church in Quezon City on May 19, 2020. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Beijing lifts most travel restrictions, says city's outbreak contained

Jul 03, 2020 - 8:22 PM

The announcement comes after the Chinese capital tests 10 million people from June 11 to July 3 – nearly half the city's population

Cars are seen on a road in Beijing on May 12, 2020. - Auto sales in China, which experienced a record low due to the coronavirus outbreak, are recovering as some Chinese seek an alternative to public transportation, but the upturn remains fragile. (Photo by GREG BAKER / AFP)

Jones Cup canceled amid coronavirus pandemic

Jul 03, 2020 - 7:44 PM

The Philippines ruled the previous Jones Cup as Mighty Sports swept the tournament

UNBEATEN. Renaldo Balkman and Mighty Sports secured the Philippines its sixth Jones Cup title last year with a sweep. Photo release

EU authorizes use of remdesivir to treat coronavirus

Jul 03, 2020 - 7:19 PM

'Today's authorization of a first medicine to treat COVID-19 is an important step forward in the fight against this virus,' says EU Health Commissioner Stella Kyriakides

REMDESIVIR. This file photograph taken on April 8, 2020, shows vials of the drug 'remdesivir' during a press conference concerning the start of a study with the Ebola drug to treat severely ill patients afflicted with coronavirus COVID-19, at The University Hospital Eppendorf (UKE) in Hamburg, northern Germany, amidst the global pandemic. File photo by Ulrich Perrey/Pool/AFP

PH coronavirus cases breach 40,000 with record 1,531 new patients

Jul 03, 2020 - 5:36 PM

The Department of Health also reports a record 400 recoveries in a single day, as total confirmed cases reach 40,336, and the death toll rises to 1,280

SAFETY MEASURES. Jeepney drivers and operators place dividers and other physical distancing measures on their passenger jeepneys at a terminal in Bacoor, Cavite on Monday, June 29, despite the uncertainty of them returning to operation as presidential spokesman Harry Roque said that only "roadworthy" passenger jeepneys will be allowed. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Bicol IATF seeks 1-month suspension of return of stranded residents

Jul 03, 2020 - 5:31 PM

Bicol's coronavirus task force says some local governments expressed concern that their isolation facilities are nearing full capacity

BICOL-BOUND. Over 100 locally stranded individuals board a train at the PNR Tutuban station in Manila bound for their respective provinces in the Bicol region on June 25, 2020. They are beneficiaries of the government's Hatid Tulong program. Photo by BEn Nabong/Rappler

As U.S. struggles with virus, Trump heads to Rushmore for fireworks

Jul 03, 2020 - 2:18 PM

Will Trump speak about the pandemic that has claimed nearly 130,000 American lives, and the resurgence of cases in the country's south and west?

SOLID ROCK. The Mount Rushmore National Monument is seen from the visitors center in Keystone, South Dakota on July 2, 2020. Photo by Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP

Basketball, football get green light for training resumption

Jul 03, 2020 - 2:07 PM

The IATF approves appeals from the PBA and the PFF to allow their teams and clubs to practice again

HARDCOURT RETURN. The PBA took a big step towards a potential season resumption after getting the approval from the government allowing its players to return to practice. Photo from PBA Images

Monkeys infected with novel coronavirus developed short-term immunity

Jul 03, 2020 - 1:21 PM

While the monkeys displayed initial immunity, it's unclear how long such immunity will last in humans

EXPERIMENT. File photo of a rhesus macaque.

[ANALYSIS] How the Senate can save us from Duterte’s ailing pandemic response

Jul 03, 2020 - 12:39 PM

'It’s now up to the Senate to come up with a solid, sound supplemental budget that will force Duterte and his economic managers to change their ways and rethink their priorities'

SC urged: Compel Duterte gov’t to conduct ‘mass testing’

Jul 03, 2020 - 12:34 PM

Petitioners led by former social welfare secretary Judy Taguiwalo also ask the High Court to compel the government to ramp up contact tracing efforts and release timely, accurate, and complete information on the pandemic

RIGHT TO HEALTH. Petitioners file a petition for mandamus asking the Supreme Court to compel the government to do free mass testing. Sourced photo RIGHT TO HEALTH. Petitioners file a petition for mandamus asking the Supreme Court to compel the government to do free mass testing. Sourced photo

U.S. Treasury agrees on loan terms with 5 airlines

Jul 03, 2020 - 11:00 AM

The United States Treasury says American Airlines, Frontier Airlines, Hawaiian Airlines, Sky West Airlines, and Spirit Airlines agreed to the government's terms

Image from American Airlines website

England begins lifting coronavirus quarantine

Jul 03, 2020 - 10:47 AM

'Today marks the next step in carefully reopening our great nation,' Transport Secretary Grant Shapps says

A still image of Britain's Queen Elizabeth II with a message of hope from her special address to the nation is seen on the giant billboard in Piccadilly Square, central London on April 18, 2020 during the coronavirus pandemic. - The number of people in Britain who have died in hospital from coronavirus has risen by 888 to 15,464, according to daily health ministry figures on Saturday. (Photo by Glyn KIRK / AFP)

Africa airline industry lost $55 billion from virus shutdowns

Jul 03, 2020 - 10:45 AM

The African Union says 'there are airlines that may not survive COVID-19'

CRUCIAL CARGO. A consignment of masks, testing kits, and protective gear, a donation from Chinese billionaire Jack Ma, are unloaded from an Ethiopian Airlines cargo plane on March 24, 2020, after it arrived in Nairobi, Kenya. Photo by Tony Karumba/AFP

Airbus seeks aid to minimize job cuts as workers fret

Jul 03, 2020 - 10:15 AM

Airbus says thousands of jobs could be saved if the German and French governments extend aid

AIRBUS. In this file photo taken on November 17, 2019, an Airbus plane is seen at the Dubai Airshow in the United Arab Emirates. File photo by Karim Sahib/AFP

U.S. marks record 53,069 coronavirus cases in 24 hours – tracker

Jul 03, 2020 - 9:30 AM

Florida is a key focus of public health experts worried about a surge in southern and western US states and it now has more than 169,000 cases

TOURING. A tour operator, wearing a protective mask, gestures as he leads a tour near the US Capitol in Washington, DC . Photo by Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP

Stocks climb on U.S. jobs recovery, vaccine hope

Jul 03, 2020 - 9:25 AM

The tech-dominated Nasdaq ends with another record-high finish, while the Dow gains 0.4% on Thursday, July 2, shrugging off a worsening coronavirus situation

People walk near the The New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) on Wall Street on June 29, 2020 in New York City. - Stock markets on both sides of the Atlantic struggled Monday to rebound from last week's losses as optimism over easing lockdowns was torpedoed by fear over surging coronavirus infections. (Photo by Angela Weiss / AFP)

In the comments section of my friend’s online wedding, a celebration

Jul 03, 2020 - 9:00 AM

What does celebrating even mean now that they all happen online?

Illustration by Guia Abogado

London hospital sees spike in child abuse during lockdown

Jul 03, 2020 - 8:11 AM

Clinical examinations reveal symptoms including bleeding in the eyes, bruising, and scalp swelling, while X-rays or CAT scans show brain hemorrhaging, internal bleeding, and skull fractures

Current dominant strain of COVID-19 more infectious than original – study

Jul 03, 2020 - 8:04 AM

The genetic variation of the novel coronavirus that dominates the world today infects human cells more readily than the original that emerged in China, a new study says

People wearing protective mask walks in front of a tarpaulin with an image of a surgical mask with insirational message at a mall in Makati City on June 2, 2020. Photo by Dante Diosina Jr/Rappler

Trump cheers U.S. jobs surge in June 2020 despite rising virus count

Jul 02, 2020 - 11:50 PM

(UPDATED) The United States' unemployment rate drops to 11.1% in June 2020, but economists fear the spike in coronavirus cases could hurt recovery

People walk on a street near Herald Square on June 25, 2020 in New York City. - New York businesses opened their doors to returning waves of workers June 22 as the city that was once the epicenter of the global pandemic marked an important milestone in its return to normalcy, even as other US states were seeing an alarming rise in COVID-19 cases. (Photo by Angela Weiss / AFP)

Canada trade deficit shrinks as exports rebound

Jul 02, 2020 - 11:10 PM

Exports jump 6.7% to $34.6 billion, as 8 of Canada's 11 export sectors bounce back in May 2020

TRADE. A container terminal in Vancouver, Canada. Photo from Shutterstock

17 Lapu-Lapu City hospital workers test positive for coronavirus

Jul 02, 2020 - 11:05 PM

Policemen, who man the checkpoints, are also among the 71 new confirmed coronavirus cases in Lapu-Lapu City in Central Visayas

U.S. trade deficit widens as virus hits exports

Jul 02, 2020 - 10:45 PM

United States exports are down 4.4% to $144.5 billion, while imports fall 0.9% to $199.1 billion in May 2020

U.S. TRADE. Chinese shipping containers are stored beside a US flag after they were unloaded at the Port of Los Angeles in Long Beach, California, on May 14, 2019. File photo by Mark Ralston/AFP

Quarantines hurting Middle East aviation recovery – IATA

Jul 02, 2020 - 10:00 PM

(UPDATED) The International Air Transport Association urges governments to 'implement alternatives to quarantine on arrival,' warning of the policy's impact on the aviation industry

ETIHAD. An Etihad Airways Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner. Photo from airline's website

India opens vast railway network to private players

Jul 02, 2020 - 9:30 PM

The Indian government invites firms to bid as it plans to allow them to run trains along 109 routes

ALL ABOARD. Migrant workers and families wave from the windows of a special train from Amritsar to Barauni of Bihar state as they go back to their hometowns after the government eased a nationwide lockdown. Photo by Nardiner Nanu/AFP

[PODCAST] Ang hirap at gutom na dinaranas ng mga jeepney driver

Jul 02, 2020 - 8:00 PM

Ano ang ginagawa ng gobyerno para tugunan ang pangangailangan ng mga jeepney driver sa panahon ng pandemya?

108 more Filipinos abroad get coronavirus; total at 8,614

Jul 02, 2020 - 6:30 PM

An additional country in Africa reports cases involving overseas Filipinos

CORONAVIRUS SPREAD. People wait to be screened during a testing drive for the COVID-19 coronavirus at the Bloed Street Mall in Pretoria Central Business District, South Africa, on June 11, 2020. Photo by Phill Magakoe/AFP

Small business owners hold their breath post-confinement

Jul 02, 2020 - 6:15 PM

The post-confinement world remains a deeply uncertain one, with many business owners battling for survival

This photograph taken on June 18, 2020 shows Managing Director of 'Dibbo Fashion Ltd' Rubel Ahmed (R) inspecting a sweater while labourers work at a garment factory as it has reopened after being close during a lockdown imposed as a preventive measure against the COVID-19 coronavirus in Savar on the outskirts of Dhaka. - After months of economic turmoil triggered by the long coronavirus lockdown, battered small and medium-sized businesses are attempting to pick up the pieces. The post-confinement world remains a deeply uncertain one, with many business owners battling for survival and hoping they can hang on long enough to benefit from an economic upturn, when it comes. (Photo by MUNIR UZ ZAMAN / AFP) / To go with 'EPIDEMIC-HEALTH-BUSINESS' FOCUS

Philippine coronavirus cases rise to 38,805

Jul 02, 2020 - 5:50 PM

The relatively low rise in new cases is due to a 'temporary' change in the Department of Health's reporting system supposedly intended to improve analysis of coronavirus numbers

RAPID TEST. The Quezon City Government puts up COVID-Rapid test booths at City Hall on , July 1, 2020, for its trace-isolate-treat strategy in combating COVID-19. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

DSWD vows no more anomalies after LGUs removed from cash aid distribution

Jul 02, 2020 - 5:25 PM

Social Welfare Secretary Rolando Bautista guarantees that since the DSWD will no longer transfer funds to local government units, local officials can no longer meddle with the cash aid

The Social Amelioration Program Monitoring Team composing of employees from the DSWD Field Office Caraga reviews the Social Amelioration Cards (SAC) of the beneficiaries in Butuan City, Agusan del Norte.

'Not leisure,' says Roque about swim with dolphins at Ocean Adventure

Jul 02, 2020 - 3:03 PM

As head of the Strategic Communications Task Group of the National Task Force COVID-19, Harry Roque is responsible for ensuring that Filipinos understand quarantine restrictions and other health policies designed to fight the pandemic

Photo from Daily Guardian and Ocean Adventure Facebook pages

Green light for Amsterdam's red light district after virus shutdown

Jul 02, 2020 - 2:22 PM

The Netherlands ordered all brothels closed in mid-March and had originally planned to keep them shut until September, but decides to bring the date forward as COVID-19 cases dropped

REOPENS. People walk in the red light district of Amsterdam on July 1, 2020, as Dutch brothels reopened today after a long coronavirus shutdown, with sex workers and clients having to observe new rules to prevent COVID-19 infection. Photo by Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP

Expired Bayanihan Law stalls compensation for coronavirus-hit health workers

Jul 02, 2020 - 2:00 PM

Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire says the Department of Health is in talks with other agencies for possible alternative funding sources

HIGH RISK. Manila health workers sanitize and take off their personal protective equipment after they conduct community testing for COVID-19 at San Andres, Manila on May 1, 2020. File photo by Dante Diosina Jr/Rappler

[OPINION] Harry’s rapture and the pandemic in our political leadership

Jul 02, 2020 - 12:23 PM

'Here, dear Brutus, is where the fault lies – the quality of politicians we elect to office'

Slow takeoff for aviation in Europe

Jul 02, 2020 - 12:00 PM

The International Air Transport Association fears 'the worst may be yet to come' in the European aviation industry, with millions of jobs at risk

A passenger waits at the boarding gate at Brussels Airport, in Zaventem, on June 15, 2020 as Brussels Airport reopens for travels within Europe and the Schengen zone, after a months-long closure aimed at stemming the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, caused by the novel coronavirus. (Photo by Kenzo TRIBOUILLARD / AFP)

Cases spike in Northern Mindanao as more returning residents positive for coronavirus

Jul 02, 2020 - 11:44 AM

The Department of Health confirms 17 new coronavirus cases in Northern Mindanao – all locally-stranded individuals and OFWs who have returned to the region

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE. DOH Northern Mindanao Director Dr Adriano Suba-an at a press conference of the Regional Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases on May 26, 2020.  Photo from NorMin COVID 19 Response Task Force Facebook page

Auschwitz museum reopens to visitors after lockdown

Jul 02, 2020 - 11:42 AM

Poland's Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum already has over 1,000 local and foreign visitors booked for tours since reopening after 4 months under lockdown

[ANALYSIS] Return to a bleak, not better normal

Jul 02, 2020 - 10:57 AM

'Alas, with the Rappler cases and ABS-CBN shutdown, made emphatic with the passage of a draconian anti-terror law amid still rising COVID-19 cases, the Duterte administration’s bait for investors is laced with poison'

North American trade pact takes effect in pandemic-ravaged world

Jul 02, 2020 - 10:55 AM

The United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement replaces the 1994 North American Free Trade Agreement at a time when the world is suffering from the coronavirus pandemic

US President Donald Trump holds up the signed United States - Mexico -Canada Trade Agreement, known as USMCA, during a ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC, January 29, 2020. - The USMCA, the fruit of years of negotiation between the three key trading partners, is billed as an update to the 1994 North American Free Trade Agreement, which Trump had long lambasted as a job killer and threatened to scrap outright. (Photo by SAUL LOEB / AFP)

Unpopular New Zealand health minister quits after coronavirus lapse

Jul 02, 2020 - 10:23 AM

'It's essential our health leadership has the confidence of the New Zealand public," says Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern

SAFE FOR NOW. New Zealand Health Minister David Clark remains in his job after being criticized for breaching protocols implemented amid coronavirus outbreak. Photo from Labour website

Uruguay rides out coronavirus threat without imposing a lockdown

Jul 02, 2020 - 10:13 AM

Uruguay currently has just 83 active cases, while its giant neighbor Brazil is the world's worst-hit country after the United States

MASKED. A sculpture in honor of Spanish-born Uruguayan teacher Enriqueta Compte y Rique is seen with face masks at a park in Montevideo on June 3, 2020. Photo by Eitan Abramovich/AFP

U.S. sees record 52,000 new virus cases in 24 hours – Johns Hopkins

Jul 02, 2020 - 9:48 AM

This brings the total number of cases since the pandemic reached the United States to 2,682,270

MASK. In this file photo taken on May 19, 2020 US Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue puts on a face mask. Photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP