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Pentagon chief defends firing of navy captain who voiced virus concern

Apr 05, 2020 - 11:32 PM

The firing has been widely condemned as a callous and unfair punishment of a respected officer who was looking out for the welfare of his crew

This handout photo released by the US Navy shows Captain Brett Crozier addressing the crew for the first time as commanding officer of the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) during a change of command ceremony on the ship’s flight deck in San Diego, California on November 1, 2019. The Pentagon removed the captain of the coronavirus-stricken USS Theodore Roosevelt Thursday, saying he mishandled communications over how the outbreak was sweeping through the warship. Brett Crozier "demonstrated extremely poor judgment in the middle of a crisis" in writing a four-page letter detailing the problem that was leaked to the US media before top defense officials saw it, Acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly said. Sean LYNCH / US NAVY / AFP

Dagupan City records first coronavirus death

Apr 05, 2020 - 11:27 PM

An 80-year-old man dies in Dagupan City, Pangasinan, before knowing his test results

Photo from Dagupan City website

UE campus journalist 'forced' to apologize after criticizing Duterte gov't online

Apr 05, 2020 - 11:08 PM

The apology stems from an online discussion between Joshua Molo and his former teachers in Nueva Ecija about how the Duterte administration is handling the coronavirus outbreak

China says it has sold nearly 4 billion masks abroad

Apr 05, 2020 - 9:56 PM

Several countries have complained about substandard or faulty medical products shipped from China

Workers produce face masks for export at a factory in Lianyungang in China's eastern Jiangsu province on March 26, 2020. (Photo by STR / AFP) / China OUT

Turkey exempts young workers from confinement order

Apr 05, 2020 - 9:52 PM

Public and private sector employees as well as seasonal agricultural workers under 20 will now be exempted

Over 4,600 Filipinos repatriated due to coronavirus outbreak

Apr 05, 2020 - 9:26 PM

The Department of Foreign Affairs says repatriated Filipinos were subject to health measures and will undergo quarantine

HOME. A quarantine team from DOH assist repatriated OFWs from different countries into a hotel-turned isolation facility in Malate. Manila on April 2, 2020, for the start of their 14-day quarantine. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Morocco to free over 5,000 prisoners to slow virus spread

Apr 05, 2020 - 8:52 PM

The justice ministry says the 5,654 detainees that would be freed were selected based in their age, health, good conduct and length of detention

United Kingdom gov't warns of tougher measures on social distancing

Apr 05, 2020 - 8:35 PM

The warning comes after the warmer weekend weather has stoked fears that Britons could congregate in parks and open spaces, potentially increasing transmission

Close to their flock, at a distance: Priests find ways to bless 'palaspas'

Apr 05, 2020 - 8:35 PM

'Let it be a statement of hope: There is going to be new life, new creation, after COVID-19,' says Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David

PALM SUNDAY. Carmelite priest Father Gilbert Billena blesses the palm fronds of residents in Barangay Bagong Silangan, Quezon City, as Masses remain suspended on Palm Sunday, April 5, 2020, due to the coronavirus pandemic. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

France struggles to give coronavirus victims dignified deaths

Apr 05, 2020 - 8:25 PM

Professor Olivier Guerin says ''making the choice of who should be resuscitated is what intensive care teams do all the time'

PH gov't seeks public feedback as it prepares for 'new normal' due to virus

Apr 05, 2020 - 8:25 PM

A technical working group is conducting online surveys on the effects of the coronavirus on various sectors, as well as an online public consultation on preparing for the 'new normal'

Australia police to probe cruise ship coronavirus deaths

Apr 05, 2020 - 8:07 PM

Authorities say they are investigating the alleged 'absolute discrepancies' between information provided and the requirements of the law

Two tourists are seen in front of the Opera House in Sydney on March 20, 2020, after Australia moved to seal off its borders the day before, announcing unprecedented bans on entry for non-residents in the hope of stemming the rise of COVID-19 coronavirus infections. PETER PARKS / AFP

Love lockdown: Tech for long distance relationships

Apr 05, 2020 - 8:00 PM

Staying connected is important – whether it's a romantic or platonic relationship

Pope Francis livestreams Palm Sunday mass due to virus 'tragedy'

Apr 05, 2020 - 7:49 PM

Many of the world's 1.3 billion Catholics are observing the sacred days under home confinement

South Sudan reports first coronavirus case

Apr 05, 2020 - 7:39 PM

Authorities say the patient is an employee of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan

Real MVPs: San Miguel, Ginebra, Magnolia players thank frontliners

Apr 05, 2020 - 7:34 PM

PBA stars June Mar Fajardo, LA Tenorio, Scottie Thompson, Paul Lee, and Marc Pingris express their gratitude to health care workers and other frontliners

THANK YOU. Reigning six-time PBA Most Valuable Player June Mar Fajardo (right) says Filipino frontliners are the true MVPs. Photo from PBA Images

Cagayan de Oro pastor arrested for holding worship service with 500 people

Apr 05, 2020 - 7:32 PM

Authorities say it is the second time that Pastor Alfred Caslam of the Word of God Spirit and Life Ministries held a physical worship service amid coronavirus fears

Pisay lends gym to Philippine Children's Medical Center employees, PUIs

Apr 05, 2020 - 7:03 PM

Allowing part of the Philippine Science High School main campus to be used by PCMC is the institution's contribution in the fight against COVID-19, on top of the face shields it has developed for health workers, says a school official

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

Filipinos abroad dead of coronavirus now at 49

Apr 05, 2020 - 7:00 PM

The number of Filipinos abroad who contracted the virus is now at 525 as of Sunday, April 5

A quarantine team from DOH assist repatriated OFWs from different countries into a hotel-turned isolation facility in Malate. Manila on April 2, 2020, for the start of their 14-day quarantine. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Duterte, Cabinet members donate salaries to help fight coronavirus

Apr 05, 2020 - 6:21 PM

The President will give his one-month salary while many Cabinet members pledge a 75% pay cut, says Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo

DUTERTE CABINET. President Rodrigo Duterte presides over the 46th Cabinet Meeting at Malacañang Palace on March 2, 2020. Malacañang photo

LIST: 10 group games you can play remotely

Apr 05, 2020 - 6:16 PM

Here are some remote game night ideas for the lockdown

DOTr, 2GO to convert 2 passenger vessels into quarantine ships

Apr 05, 2020 - 6:00 PM

The Department of Transportation says the 2GO ships would be able to serve 1,500 patients

2GO. A vessel of shipping and logistics firm 2GO. Photo from 2GO website

Does sports even matter now?

Apr 05, 2020 - 5:48 PM

‘Sports is magnetic. It brings humans together. It gives us something to talk about. Something to root for. Some form of hope’

Tarlac imposes stiff penalties on those not wearing face masks in public places

Apr 05, 2020 - 5:09 PM

Governor Susan Yap signs an executive order that sets a maximum P50,000 fine or 6-month imprisonment on those not wearing face masks outside their homes

DIFFERENT MASKS. Residents of Mayantoc, Tarlac line up to buy food from a “rolling store.” Photo from Provincial Government of Tarlac Facebook page

[OPINION] The ethics of stealing during the coronavirus pandemic

Apr 05, 2020 - 5:00 PM

'Why does Thomas Aquinas believe that taking another's property, whether openly or secretly, is morally acceptable in extremely rare but ominously not unreal circumstances?'

[ANALYSIS] A failure of execution

Apr 05, 2020 - 4:33 PM

Despite lacking a coherent pandemic strategy, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is tightening his grip

Officers of Brgy. 436 in Sampaloc, Manila on April 3, 2020, set up a checkpoint with a coffin on display bearing a sign "Stay Home or Stay Inside this Coffin" serving as a stern warning to residents during the implementation of the enhanced community quarantine. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

PH coronavirus cases rise to 3,246, with 152 deaths

Apr 05, 2020 - 4:31 PM

There are 152 new coronavirus cases added on Sunday, April 5. Recoveries also go up to 64.

VIRUS THREAT. Commuters along Ayala Avenue in Makati City find it difficult to get a ride on March 16, 2020, due to the implementation of physical distancing in public transportation. File photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Second Greek migrant camp under coronavirus lockdown

Apr 05, 2020 - 4:31 PM

Officials say the camp in Malakasa, located northeast of Athens, had been placed under 'full sanitary isolation' for 14 days, with no one allowed to enter or leave

PHLPost resumes mail operations in limited capacity

Apr 05, 2020 - 4:10 PM

Only domestic acceptance and delivery of postal items will resume. The delivery of mails abroad remains suspended 'until further notice.'

SENDING MAIL. PHLPost resumes operations during the Luzon enhanced community quarantine, but in a limited capacity. Photo from PHILPost

Cagayan de Oro adds veggies to food packs for most vulnerable families

Apr 05, 2020 - 4:03 PM

Paul Douglas Calingin, the city government's COVID-19 economic cluster head, says 12,513 families living in relocation sites will receive the agripacks

Farmers from Impasug-ong Bukidnon harvest Sweet Potatoes. Bukidnon is a net-exporter province and is considered as the food basket of the Mindanao. Cagayan de Oro City government has added Agripacks as food relief to some 12, 513 most vulnerable households in the city. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Chinese experts arrive in PH to help in coronavirus response

Apr 05, 2020 - 3:29 PM

Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr says the doctors and public health experts bring 'invaluable firsthand experiences to share on fighting and containing' COVID-19

'LABAN PILIPINAS'. A team of experts from China, holding a banner with the text 'Laban Pilipinas!' (Philippines, fight!) in Filipino and Chinese, arrive in the Philippines on Sunday, April 5, 2020. Photo from Twitter/@teddyboylocsin

Military chief Santos recovers from coronavirus

Apr 05, 2020 - 3:06 PM

Armed Forces spokesperson Brigadier General Edgard Arevalo says the follow up COVID-19 test on AFP Chief of Staff General Felimon Santos Jr came back negative

Newly appointed AFP Chief Gen. Felimon Santos faces the senate media on February 12, 2020. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Robredo to Duterte admin: ‘Appreciate’ LGUs that innovate to fight coronavirus

Apr 05, 2020 - 2:11 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo says the NBI going after Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto and President Rodrigo Duterte's rants vs lawyer Chel Diokno send the wrong message to the public

HANDS-ON VP. Vice President Leni Robredo oversees the preparation of personal protective equipment  sets that were delivered to another batch of hospitals on March 24, 2020. File photo by Charlie Villegas/OVP

Coronavirus patients urged to waive confidentiality: ‘Being diagnosed not a crime, stigma’

Apr 05, 2020 - 1:45 PM

'By being candid, the COVID-19 patients and PUI’s will help most their family members, friends, co-workers and those they were close with,' says a joint statement by 3 organizations of doctors and lawyers

CONTAINING A PANDEMIC. The National Kidney and Transplant Institute in Quezon City installs triage at the hospital's compound to evaluate and categorizate patients on March 29, 2020. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

[OPINION] The state of Filipino nurses, before and during the coronavirus

Apr 05, 2020 - 1:30 PM

'Hindi po kami under sa mga doktor.... We work with doctors, not for them.'

[OPINION] Waiting for things to go back to normal isn’t going to work

Apr 05, 2020 - 1:00 PM

'Wishing for things to go back to as they were...comes from a position of privilege and petit bourgeois exclusivity.... We can’t simply ask for things to go back to the way they were – we must ask for change.'

Cibo reopens two branches, now delivers around Metro Manila

Apr 05, 2020 - 12:37 PM

Cibo can deliver a limited menu of dishes and beverages to certain cities around Metro Manila – check here for the list

WATCH: PH tourism dept pays tribute to coronavirus frontliners in 'With A Smile' video

Apr 05, 2020 - 12:31 PM

The video features footage of an empty metropolis and stills of medical and service frontliners as Luzon enters its 4th week in lockdown

Dubai tightens measures during coronavirus outbreak

Apr 05, 2020 - 12:13 PM

The Dubai government imposes the tighter restrictions after the United Arab Emirates records 241 new COVID-19 infections

NO ENTRY. Tourists wearing surgical masks are pictured on a beach next to Burj Al Arab in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, on January 29, 2020. File photo by Giuseppe Cacace/AFP

Chile drought causing water shortage during virus crisis

Apr 05, 2020 - 12:05 PM

Residents suffer from little to no water supply as the COVID-19 pandemic worsens in Chile

DROUGHT DURING A PANDEMIC. People observe the dried Collague Reservoir, in Melon, Chile, on January 29, 2020. - Flows of rivers and reservoirs have reached. File photo by Martin Bernetti/AFP

Robredo backs proposed extension of Luzon lockdown

Apr 05, 2020 - 11:34 AM

But Vice President Leni Robredo says it is 'crucial' for the government to properly provide the basic needs of Filipinos during the lockdown in order to avoid social unrest

LOCKDOWN. Tomas Morato Avenue in Quezon City is a ghost town on March 17, 2020 due to the COVID-19 lockdown imposed over Luzon island. File photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Global virus deaths top 60,000, Trump warns of 'tough week' ahead

Apr 05, 2020 - 11:30 AM

COVID-19 infects more than 1.17 million across nations, with Europe bearing the brunt of the pandemic

COVID-19 EPICENTER IN THE US. A person walks down Wall Street on April 2, 2020 in New York City. Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images/AFP

PCSO allots P18 million financial aid for Bicol government hospitals

Apr 05, 2020 - 11:18 AM

The financial aid also covers the cost of laboratory, diagnostic procedures, and confinement of COVID- 19 patients, says Nelly Loyola, Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) Albay manager

What science tells us about COVID-19

Apr 05, 2020 - 11:00 AM

This virus is new, and science is doing a parallel course of getting to know it while fighting it. Which is a very tricky thing.

60s icon Marianne Faithfull treated for coronavirus

Apr 05, 2020 - 10:43 AM

The singer's publicist says she is responding well to treatment

(FILES) In this file photo English singer Marianne Faithfull performs on stage during the 23rd edition of the Cognac Blues Passion festival on July 08, 2016 in Cognac. - The British singer and actress Marianne Faithfull has been infected with the corona virus. The 73-year-old is being treated in a London hospital for the lung disease Covid-19, wrote the music industry trade service Republic Media on Saturday, citing Faithfull's manager François Ravard on Twitter. Her condition is stable and she is responding to treatment. (Photo by GUILLAUME SOUVANT / AFP)

[REFLECTIONS] Don’t get tired of waving your palms

Apr 05, 2020 - 10:30 AM

Proclaim our coming victory over this pandemic, a victory only possible if we don't give up on ourselves, if we don't give up on each other, if we don't give up on God

Robredo welcomes Luna sacking, but surprised Duterte defended her

Apr 05, 2020 - 9:45 AM

Vice President Leni Robredo says President Rodrigo Duterte should not be tolerating individuals sowing division within government during the COVID-19 pandemic

WORKING VP. Vice President Leni Robredo inspects the first batch of protective gear her office distrubted to health workers on March 16, 202 File photo by Charlie Villegas/OVP

House members to donate May salary to raise P50M for coronavirus fight

Apr 05, 2020 - 9:44 AM

Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano says almost 200 lawmakers have already agreed to donate their May salaries in full

IN SESSION. Members of the House of Representatives hold their plenary session on March 7, 2017. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

ADVISORIES: Coronavirus Pandemic Response | April 5, 2020

Apr 05, 2020 - 9:39 AM

Bookmark this page for April 5 advisories on services, schedules, and other activities as local governments, businesses, institutions, and organizations respond to the coronavirus crisis

Catholics in quarantine mark first online Holy Week

Apr 05, 2020 - 9:28 AM

‘There is still the Holy Week but we celebrate it differently, and hopefully, more deeply,’ says Bishop Broderick Pabillo of Manila

Parishioners of St. Peter Parish in Quezon City pray in front of a cross outside the church on April 4, 2020, as the parish distributes palm fronds for free on the eve of the start of the Holy Week. Celebration inside the church is not allowed since the start of the enhanced community quarantine to avoid the spread of the coronavirus. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler