Covid-19 - updates

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PNR to deploy 8 trains starting June 1

May 31, 2020 - 11:34 PM

Philippine National Railways General Manager Junn Magno says 6 of the 8 trains are newly acquired from Indonesia

LIST: P2P bus routes starting June 1

May 31, 2020 - 11:01 PM

The resumption of P2P operations is in line with the start of the general community quarantine in Metro Manila

POINT-TO-POINT. With guaranteed seats and departure schedules, the P2P service offers a more convenient ride to passengers. Photo by Cathrine Gonzales/Rappler

Dagupan to stay under GCQ as 5 city employees positive for coronavirus

May 31, 2020 - 10:40 PM

Dagupan City Mayor Brian Lim says general community quarantine will still be followed from June 1 to 15

MASS TESTING. Dagupan City conducts risk-based COVID-19 testing for local government frontliners on May 30, 2020. Photo from Dagupan City Public information Office's Facebook page

WATCH: Traffic in Quezon City on last day of modified ECQ

May 31, 2020 - 9:37 PM

Here's how some major roads in Quezon City looked like on Sunday, May 31

Coronavirus cases in PH rise to 18,086

May 31, 2020 - 9:07 PM

The Department of Health also reports 957 deaths and 3,909 recoveries as of Sunday, May 31

Health workers continue COVID-19 swabbing during a mass testing at the SB Plaza in Novaliches in Quezon City on May 22, 2020. Novaliches proper is one of the 34 Barangays under extreme enhanced community quarantine due to a number of coronavirus cases. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Over 23,000 TNVS units, taxis can ply Metro Manila roads again under GCQ

May 31, 2020 - 8:38 PM

The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board reminds drivers, operators, and passengers to follow health protocols to prevent the spread of COVID-19

COMMUTING. Taxis accept services at SM North Edsa. Photo by Jasmin Dulay/Rappler

DOCUMENT: Cebu City releases GCQ guidelines

May 31, 2020 - 8:12 PM

Cebu City's Executive Order No. 79 is signed on Sunday, May 31, and takes effect immediately

CHECKPOINT. Cebu City personnel check passengers temperature in this March 2020 photo. File photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

Nearly 100,000 OFWs stranded worldwide due to virus lockdowns

May 31, 2020 - 8:05 PM

Most of the stranded Filipino workers are in the Middle East, says the Department of Labor and Employment on Sunday, May 31

OFWs. In this file photo, Filipinos who availed general amnesty granted by the Kuwaiti government are pictured  at the Kuwait International Airport Terminal 4, on April 3, 2020 on their way home to Manila amid the coronavirus pandemic crisis. Photo by Yasser Al-Zayyat/AFP

Pasig Mayor Vico Sotto encourages biking to work under GCQ

May 31, 2020 - 7:52 PM

Sotto says biking is good for physical distancing as he reminds his constituents that the general community quarantine does not change the precautionary measures government has been implementing against COVID-19

Bicycle riders traverse the newly created MMDA Bike Lane at the north bound lane of EDSA on May 24, 2020. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Filipinos abroad with coronavirus up by 2,315, bringing total to 5,184

May 31, 2020 - 7:20 PM

The Department of Foreign Affairs says the spike is 'due to some late reports' from the Middle East 'where many host governments implement strict data privacy and confidentiality rules'

Around 100 Overseas Filipino Workers who were repatriated due to Coronavirus pandemic board a ship at the Northport Terminal in Manila on May 27, 2020, to go home to their respective provinces in Cebu and Cagayan de Oro after their overdue mandatory quarantine. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Customs raid warehouses of company ordered investigated by Duterte

May 31, 2020 - 5:24 PM

(UPDATED) The Bureau of Customs says it has been looking into the alleged smuggling operations of Omnibus Biomedical System, Inc. which earned the ire of President Rodrigo Duterte for supposedly selling overpriced medical equipment to government. Omnibus denied the allegations.

Photo courtesy of the Bureau of Customs

OFWs struggle through prolonged quarantine in gov’t 'VIP treatment'

May 31, 2020 - 4:54 PM

Caught in a maze of tests and government requirements, returning overseas Filipino workers stuck in quarantine are forced to hustle just to get home

World virus cases top 6 million as leaders disagree on pandemic response

May 31, 2020 - 4:28 PM

Latin American countries are bracing for difficult weeks ahead as the disease spreads rapidly across the region

PROTEST. A medical doctor on a bicycle takes part in a protest in demand of biosecurity protection supplies to face the new coronavirus pandemic and a wage increase during the government-imposed lockdown, by the Obelisk in Buenos Aires, on May 30, 2020. Photo by Alejandro Pagni/AFP

NAIA set to resume limited domestic flights

May 31, 2020 - 3:30 PM

Only domestic flights approved by CAAP will resume operations between areas under general community quarantine in June 2020, says MIAA

NAIA. The facade of Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 1. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Cavite lifts liquor ban on June 1

May 31, 2020 - 2:58 PM

But Governor Jonvic Remulla says the Cavite government is imposing a limit on the amount of alcoholic drinks residents may buy per day

BAN LIFTED. Local government units across the Philippines have lifted their liquor ban albeit with strict guidelines after national government eased quarantine measures.

Malacañang: ‘We need the concerted effort of everyone’ in GCQ, MGCQ areas

May 31, 2020 - 1:51 PM

'The government cannot fight COVID-19 alone,' says Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque as the country further eases quarantine measures

SAFETY FIRST. Face mask-wearing shoppers at SM Megamall practice physical distancing while lining up to enter the premises on May 16, 2020. Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

Fans could return for 2020-2021 season – Premier League chief

May 31, 2020 - 1:25 PM

Football fans may be back in the stands in a 'phased basis' starting next season

NO CHEERS. There will be no fans when Liverpool players celebrate their impending title romp this season. Photo by Adrian Dennis/AFP

Venice film festival a 'sign of hope' for world cinema

May 31, 2020 - 11:10 AM

The film festival will push through from September 2 to 12

(FILES) In this file photo taken on August 28, 2019 an employee works outside the Palazzo del Cinema on the opening day of the 76th Venice Film Festival at Venice Lido. - The decision to hold the 2020 Venice Film Festival despite the coronavirus pandemic is being hailed a "sign of hope" for the movie world after months of closed cinemas, shuttered film sets and cancelled galas. (Photo by Alberto PIZZOLI / AFP)

Pope calls for end to 'pandemic of poverty' after virus

May 31, 2020 - 11:09 AM

'All the suffering will be of no use if we do not build together a more just, more equitable, more Christian society, not in name but in reality,' says Pope Francis

THE POPE'S MESSAGE. This photo taken and handout on March 26, 2020 by the Vatican Media shows Pope Francis delivering his homily while celebrating a private morning mass at the Santa Marta chapel in The Vatican. File photo by Handout /Vatican Media/AFP

Al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem reopens after 2 months

May 31, 2020 - 11:03 AM

The 3rd holiest site in Islam reopens its doors to worshippers after being closed for over two months due to the coronavirus

WORSHIPPERS. Muslim worshippers enter to pray at the al-Aqsa mosque compound, Islam's 3rd holiest site, in Jerusalem's Old City on May 31, 2020 after a two-month closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Photo by Ahmad Gharabli/AFP

[Science Solitaire] Avatars and the performing arts

May 31, 2020 - 11:00 AM

'What if your favorite performing artist showed up in your house through some abracadabra of digital technology? How will that change the quality of your day?'

Website launched to track, report COVID-19 related attacks against Asian-Canadians

May 31, 2020 - 10:52 AM

'Hatred, left unchecked, can lead to violence with horrific consequences,' says Marie-Claude Landry, Chief Commissioner of the Canadian Human Rights Commission

Fight COVID-19 Racism: Website launched to track, report Covid-19 related attacks against Asian-Canadians

[OPINION] Getting back to basics with bartering

May 31, 2020 - 10:00 AM

'At first, I was shocked that Ilonggos were willing to trade their expensive items, like an LV Neverfull bag for groceries, a vintage car for sacks of rice, and antique furniture for lechon'

Brazil virus death toll hits 28,834, surpassing hard-hit France

May 31, 2020 - 9:41 AM

Brazil records 498,444 cases of COVID-19, the second highest just behind the United States

COVID-19 DEATHS. A gravedigger wearing personal protective equipment organizes coffins at the Public Cemetery of Duque de Caxias, in Rio de Janeiro state, Brazil, on May 27, 2020. Photo by Mauro Pimentel/AFP

Teacher walks extra mile during pandemic to help students in Sorsogon

May 30, 2020 - 11:46 PM

Michelle Rubio, a public school teacher in Sorsogon City, says teaching should be more than just providing learning materials to students especially during this time of a health crisis

BEYOND CLASSROOMS. Michelle Rubio teaches young children in Barangay Calao how to prevent COVID-19 through the mnemonics SPOTS: S-tay at home; P- ray. Wear mask; O-bserve proper handwashing; T-ouching your face is not allowed with your dirty hands; S-ocial distancing.

Garcia to ask for lifting of Cebu province's GCQ status

May 30, 2020 - 10:51 PM

Governor Gwendolyn Garcia says her province is prepared to transition to the moderate general community quarantine

Photo courtesy of Deputy Speaker Gwen Garcia Media Affairs

Canada immigration sharply curtailed by coronavirus – study

May 30, 2020 - 9:45 PM

Because of the virus, Canada cannot comply with its plan to accommodate some 370,000 new permanent residents this year

LESS MIGRANTS. File photo of an Ottawa Public Health officer (right) speaking with the next person in line at the COVID-19 testing center taken in March 23, 2020 in Ottawa, Canada. Photo by Dave Chan/AFP

PH coronavirus cases reach 17,224

May 30, 2020 - 9:04 PM

Bulk of the new cases – whether fresh or late – still come from Metro Manila which will ease into general community quarantine beginning Monday, June 1

TEST, TEST, TEST. A health worker waits for patients to be tested for COVID-19 at a swabbing center in Manila on May 28, 2020. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Labor groups urge government to hire PUVs during quarantine

May 30, 2020 - 7:54 PM

Labor groups also report that workers are getting pay cuts of as much as 25% during quarantine

SWABBED. Health workers continue COVID-19 swabbing during a mass testing at the SB Plaza in Novaliches in Quezon City on May 22, 2020. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Overseas Filipinos with COVID-19 now 2,869

May 30, 2020 - 6:08 PM

No new deaths were reported, while some 975 Filipinos abroad have recovered from the coronavirus

KYRGYZSTAN. A municipal worker disinfects a street in front of the Kyrgyzstan Parliament as a measure against the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic in Bishkek on March 26, 2020. Photo by Vyacheslav Oseledko/AFP

[REFLECTIONS] Post-Eid musings during a pandemic

May 30, 2020 - 6:04 PM

As the Eid'l Fitr holiday is still fresh in our minds, let us take the time to learn more about our Muslim brothers and sisters

Kneading for the needy, this business owner bakes bread to help frontliners

May 30, 2020 - 5:00 PM

During the pandemic, the owners of Binthau Bakeshop in Binangonan, Rizal, set aside concerns of making a profit and chose to feed the needy with their bread

Japanese 'onsen' bathhouses flooded with post-lockdown customers

May 30, 2020 - 4:50 PM

With the lifting of a nationwide state of emergency, Japan's traditional onsen – large bathhouses where guests bathe naked in warm pools and tubs – are gradually reopening, much to patrons' relief

[OPINION | Dash of SAS] The Filipino global nurse: Trained to leave, now made to stay

May 30, 2020 - 4:00 PM

'It was upsetting to see photos of nurses in head-to-toe level 4 PPE watching over patients in non-air conditioned tents and think about their P10,000 monthly salary (even lower in private hospitals) and 12-hour shifts'

Churches, venues may hold religious gatherings at half capacity in MGCQ

May 30, 2020 - 3:49 PM

The limit of 10 persons in religious gatherings remains for GCQ areas until government and religious groups can agree on new rules

LOOK: Diocese of Baguio open Baguio Cathedral to the public today sunday but observe the proper social distancing inside the church .. after the every hour mass the church will be sanitized. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

Cash aid program helped sprout home businesses in Makati, says Abby Binay

May 30, 2020 - 3:40 PM

Makati Mayor Abby Binay says the city government has released a total of P1,035,810,000 in financial assistance to 207,162 qualified residents

CASH AID FOR MAKATIZENS. Makati Mayor Abby Binay holds a virtual press conference on May 11, 2020. Screenshot from My Makati's Facebook page

Duterte admin giving returning OFWs 'VIP treatment' – Roque

May 30, 2020 - 3:07 PM

Malacañang responds to a labor group that condemned the government for its 'garbage-like treatment' of migrant Filipino workers

Returning OFWs who finished thier prolonged mandatory quarantine queue outside the Parañaque Integrated Terminal Exchange on May 28, 2020, to return to their respective provinces through the Balik Probinsya program. Photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

[OPINION] Safety and material needs first, not just ‘schooling versus learning’

May 30, 2020 - 3:00 PM

'A tech fix alone does not constitute a solution to the real concerns, worries, and conditions of parents, teachers, and learners'

No coronavirus emergency cash aid for June – Roque

May 30, 2020 - 2:23 PM

An exception may be made for families living in areas that have been placed under localized ECQ by mayors and governors

Residents of Baseco Compound in Tondo, Manila receives P8,000 cash aid from the government's Emergency Subsidy Program on the eve of the payout deadline, May 6, 2020. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Malacañang seeks 90-day extension of Duterte special powers for COVID-19

May 30, 2020 - 1:39 PM

The executive branch wants the Bayanihan to Heal as One Act to be valid until September 2020

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte updates the nation on the government's efforts in addressing the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) at the Malago Clubhouse in Malacañang on May 28, 2020. Malacañang photo

Salons, barbershops allowed in GCQ areas starting June 7

May 30, 2020 - 1:14 PM

Only haircutting will be allowed. Facials, eyebrow services, and nail services are still prohibited, says Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque.

"Gupitan" a salon and barbershop along Timog Avenue in Quezon City on May 30, 2020, prepares for the reopening of its services as the government relaxes its quarantine measures allowing for a slow and calculated return of businesses to a new normal. Transparent plastic sheets mounted of pvc pipes will serve as dividers to help avoid the spread of the virus. Face shield, mask and gloves will ensure very minimal or no contact at all to comply with the IATF rules on the GCQ. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

[PODCAST] Pagdurusa ng manggagawang Pilipino sa gitna ng pandemya

May 30, 2020 - 12:15 PM

Programa ng gobyerno para sa mawawalan ng trabaho dahil sa pandemya, sapat ba?

Questions remain as NBA reportedly eyes July 31 return

May 30, 2020 - 11:41 AM

One option in the NBA restart includes scrapping the ranking by conference and instead seed teams by overall league standings

SEASON'S BEST. LeBron James' Los Angeles Lakers and Giannis Antetokounmpo's Milwaukee Bucks lead the standings before the shutdown. Photo by Harry How/Getty Images/AFP

Cebu City, more VisMin areas to be on GCQ starting June 1

May 30, 2020 - 11:37 AM

Central Visayas, Mandaue City, and Zamboanga City are also added to GCQ areas after President Rodrigo Duterte initially placed them under the more relaxed modified GCQ

Residents in Barangay Mabolo, Cebu City undergo blood extraction for rapid testing as part of the massive testing of the City Government to all barangays. Residents who got their blood extracted for testing will be given five kilos of rice from the barangay. Photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

DOST delivers COVID-19 specimen collection booths to healthcare facilities

May 30, 2020 - 11:32 AM

PRESS RELEASE: Inspired by the telephone booth-style swab collection facilities in other Asian countries, the specimen collection booths are equipped with a transparent front window, ventilation, and caster wheels for easier mobility

Photo courtesy of Department of Science and Technology

Iran reports most new cases in nearly two months

May 30, 2020 - 11:26 AM

Iran warns that the Middle East's deadliest coronavirus outbreak is worsening in some regions

People wearing protective masks stand at a bus station in the Iranian capital Tehran on February 24, 2020. - Iran's government vowed on February 24 to be transparent after being accused of covering up the deadliest coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak outside China as it dismissed claims the toll could be as high as 50. The authorities in the Islamic republic have come under mounting public pressure since it took days for them to admit to "accidentally" shooting down a Ukrainian airliner last month, killing 176 people. Iran has been scrambling to contain the outbreak since it announced the first two deaths in the holy city of Qom on February 19. (Photo by ATTA KENARE / AFP)

Sign of the times: Funeral parlor announces GCQ

May 30, 2020 - 11:13 AM

Some comments say in jest that St Peter Life Plans and Chapels – more than the government – is 'taking care of us’

'Recognition for frontliners': Pinay nurse in UAE inspired by conversation with Abu Dhabi Crown Prince

May 30, 2020 - 11:02 AM

Jessa Dawn Ubag says she considered her video conference with His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan as a 'recognition of the Filipino community in the UAE, along with all frontliners'

PINAY NURSE. Jessa Dawn Ubag is among the lucky few who had a chance to speak with His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, through a virtual chat. Photo courtesy of the Emirates News Agency

Trump cuts ties with WHO mid-pandemic, as Europe speeds reopening

May 30, 2020 - 10:46 AM

The US is the WHO's biggest financial contributor, having given $400 million to the UN agency in 2019

US President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference on the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, DC on April 27, 2020. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN / AFP)

Zambales barangay official in hot water for 'verbally assaulting' Inquirer reporter

May 30, 2020 - 10:11 AM

A barangay kagawad makes threats to correspondent Joanna Rose Aglibot and her family, prompting the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines to issue an alert