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U.S. man teaching dog how to drive arrested after high-speed chase

Mar 31, 2020 - 10:46 AM

Emergency services receive multiple calls about a car traveling erratically at more than 160 kilometers per hour

DOGGIE. Grendol, a pitbull mastiff mix, takes the stage during the World's Ugliest Dog Competition in Petaluma, California on June 21, 2019. Photo by Josh Edelson/AFP

Shifting to ventilators will be a challenge for GM

Mar 31, 2020 - 10:40 AM

The pivot from cars to ventilators for the coronavirus crisis will be no easy feat for General Motors

LANSING, MI - FEBRUARY 21: General Motors Chevrolet Traverse and Buick Enclave vehicles go through the assembly line at the General Motors Lansing Delta Township Assembly Plant on February 21, 2020 in Lansing, Michigan. The plant, which employs over 2,500 workers, is home to the Chevrolet Traverse and Buick Enclave. Today the three millionth vehicle, a 2020 Chevrolet Traverse Redline Edition, rolled off the assembly line at the plant. Bill Pugliano/Getty Images/AFP

New York gets hospital ship as coronavirus accelerates in U.S.

Mar 31, 2020 - 10:35 AM

The navy's 1,000-bed USNS Comfort docks at a Manhattan pier

FLOATING HOSPITAL. Navy Hospital Ship USNS Comfort docks at Pier 90 on the Hudson River as the coronavirus pandemic continues to overwhelm medical infrastructure on March 30, 2020. Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images/AFP

Tom Hanks and wife Rita Wilson back in U.S. after contracting coronavirus

Mar 31, 2020 - 10:23 AM

The couple are back home in Los Angeles after spending two weeks in the hospital and in self-isolation in Australia

U.S. retailer Macy's to furlough most staff

Mar 31, 2020 - 10:10 AM

'While the digital business remains open, we have lost the majority of our sales due to the store closures,' says Macy's, as a result of the coronavirus outbreak

MACY'S. Shoppers walk outside the Macy's store at Manhattan's Herald Square in New York City on January 11, 2019. File photo by Don Emmert/AFP

'Megxit': Harry and Meghan formally quit royal life

Mar 31, 2020 - 10:04 AM

However, they will continue to be known as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, their official titles, and Harry remains sixth in line to the throne, with no change in the line of succession

RECEPTION. A black and white photo shows Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, and Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex, leave Windsor Castle in Windsor on May 19, 2018 in an E-Type Jaguar after their wedding to attend an evening reception at Frogmore House. Photo by  Steve Parsons/POOL/AFP

U.S. coronavirus death toll passes 3,000 – Johns Hopkins University

Mar 31, 2020 - 9:55 AM

The United States records 3,008 deaths, according to the tally, while its 163,429 cases are by far the highest national number ahead of Italy, Spain, and China

HOMELESS. A homeless person asks for help on Woodward Avenue in Highland Park, Michigan on March 30, 2020. Photo by Jeff Kowalsky/AFP

UK dining chain Carluccio's succumbs to virus turmoil

Mar 31, 2020 - 9:50 AM

Carluccio's, which has 71 restaurants around Britain, collapses into administration

COLLAPSE. A Carluccio's restaurant branch. Photo from Carluccio's Facebook page

Duterte draws flak after saying frontliners 'lucky to die' for PH

Mar 31, 2020 - 9:43 AM

'It would be an honor to die for your country, I assure you,' says President Duterte of medical personnel who are now part of the mounting coronavirus death toll. Netizens say they died because of lack of government preparation.

BATTLING CORONAVIRUS. 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. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Global lockdown tightens as coronavirus deaths mount

Mar 31, 2020 - 9:34 AM

World leaders – several of whom have been stricken or forced into isolation – are still grappling for ways to deal with a crisis that will have economic and social shockwaves unseen since World War II

HOMELESS. A homeless man wears a face mask against the spread of the new coronavirus, COVID-19, in Cali, Colombia, on March 22, 2020. Photo by Luis Robayo/AFP

ADVISORIES: Coronavirus Outbreak Response | March 31, 2020

Mar 31, 2020 - 9:12 AM

Bookmark this page for March 31 advisories on services, schedules, and other activities as local governments, businesses, institutions, and organizations respond to the coronavirus crisis

What should you do if your pet gets sick during the lockdown?

Mar 31, 2020 - 9:00 AM

We asked a local vet for some expert tips

FUR BABIES. Here's what to do if your babies get sick. Photo from Shutterstock

5-year-old girl is Nueva Vizcaya’s third coronavirus case

Mar 31, 2020 - 8:46 AM

The patient is the youngest confirmed case in Region 2

Bacolod man, Western Visayas’ first COVID-19 case, now fully recovered

Mar 31, 2020 - 8:21 AM

The patient's 28-year-old son, however, remains in a hospital in Bacolod City after testing positive for the coronavirus

Duterte: Takeover of private businesses ‘only when absolutely necessary’

Mar 31, 2020 - 7:39 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte says he has delegated much of his special powers to his Cabinet, but ‘reserves strictly to himself’ the authority to take charge of private establishments

RODRIGO DUTERTE. 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 March 30, 2020. Malacañang Photo

Angara says he's recovering from coronavirus

Mar 31, 2020 - 7:30 AM

Senator Sonny Angara says he's 'okay and been taking a lot of medicine'

RECOVERING. Senator Sonny Angara is recovering from coronavirus. File photo from Angie de Silva/Rappler

Duterte threatens to send to jail officials who fail to deliver coronavirus aid

Mar 31, 2020 - 2:23 AM

The President tells all officials tasked to distribute food, relief goods, and money to do so 'to a tee,' saying he will not overlook errors committed

PRESIDENT'S THREATS. President Rodrigo Duterte delivers an address on the coronavirus disease on March 30, 2020. Malacañang photo

Colombian rebel group calls temporary ceasefire over pandemic

Mar 31, 2020 - 12:52 AM

Colombia's last recognized leftist guerrilla group, the ELN, says it will unilaterally suspend military action from April 1 to the end of the month 'as a humanitarian gesture'

CHECKPOINT. Police agents wearing face masks as a preventive measure against the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, check a vehicle in Bogota, on March 27, 2020. File photo by Raul Arboleda/AFP

Expo 2020 Dubai organizers recommend 1-year postponement

Mar 31, 2020 - 12:45 AM

A final decision on postponement will be made by the Paris-based Bureau International des Expositions

Construction workers are pictured on the site of the French pavilion building, which is scheduled to open during the Expo 2020, in Dubai on March 3 ,2020. (Photo by KARIM SAHIB / AFP)

U.N. urges $2.5 trillion in pandemic aid to developing nations

Mar 31, 2020 - 12:42 AM

A UN report notes that the two-thirds of the global population who live in developing countries (excluding China) face 'unprecedented economic damage' from the crisis

PROTECTION. Children wearing face masks sell masks to motorists amid concerns of the COVID-19 coronavirus in Banda Aceh on March 27, 2020. File photo by Chaideer Mahyuddin/AFP

Marikina reveals new location for proposed coronavirus testing center

Mar 31, 2020 - 12:03 AM

'In terms of location, mukhang ito ang suitable na sinasabi nila (DOH),' says Marikina Mayor Marcelino Teodoro

NEW LOCATION. A newly-built two-story building will house the city's proposed coronavirus testing center. Photo from Marikina LGU

German economy set for 'significant' recession – economists

Mar 30, 2020 - 11:50 PM

'The German economy will shrink significantly in 2020,' says an expert panel, with the exact size of the impact depending on health policy measures and how the country would rebound from the coronavirus

DESERTED. A nearly deserted shopping street is after the town's mayor declared a state of emergency to stop the outspread of the new coronavirus COVID-19 on March 18, 2020 in Halle/Saale, eastern Germany. Photo by Jens Schlueter/AFP

France urges companies to not pay dividends

Mar 30, 2020 - 11:25 PM

'We also won't tolerate companies buying back shares.... Share buybacks are not compatible with support from the state treasury,' says French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire

CORONAVIRUS. Tourists wearing a protective face mask amid fears of the spread of the COVID-19 novel coronavirus walk at the Pyramide du louvre area on February 28, 2020 in Paris. Photo by Stephane De Sakutin/AFP

Pasig reports 41 total coronavirus cases, 7 deaths

Mar 30, 2020 - 11:11 PM

The city confirms 8 more coronavirus cases, 4 more deaths, and 5 more recoveries since March 26

DRONE SPRAYER. Pasig City health workers disinfect roads using drone sprayers on March 19, 2020. Photo by Joser Dumbrique/Rappler

EU suspends slot rules for airlines

Mar 30, 2020 - 11:05 PM

The European Council suspends the requirement that airlines use 80% of their slots – takeoff and landing authorizations – or lose them the following year

DESERTED. A general view shows a terminal at Milan-Malpensa Airport in Ferno, in one of Italy's quarantine red zones on March 9, 2020. Photo by Miguel Medina/AFP

Spotify says isolation ups interest in 'chill' music

Mar 30, 2020 - 11:00 PM

The streaming service says they noticed a surge in the song 'Don't Stand So Close To Me' by The Police

Prince Charles out of virus isolation

Mar 30, 2020 - 10:50 PM

The 71-year-old prince, whose age put him among the most-risk category for the disease, is said to be in good health and abiding by government health guidelines

OUT OF ISOLATION. In this file photo, Britain's Prince Charles, Prince of Wales (C) reacts during his visit to the Royal College of Music in London on March 3, 2020. File photo by Matt Dunham/Pool/AFP

Van Gogh painting stolen from Dutch gallery– museum director

Mar 30, 2020 - 10:46 PM

The director of the museum says thieves stole the 'Parsonage Garden at Neunen in Spring' artwork by the famous painter

This handout picture released on March 30, 2020 by the Groningen Museum shows Vincent van Gogh's 1884 painting "Parsonage Garden at Neunen in Spring" which was stolen from the Singer Laren Museum in Laren, about 30 kilometres southeast of Amsterdam, closed to the public because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the museum's director said Monday. - The painting has an estimated value of between one to six million euros, local media said. The criminals entered the museum at around 3.15 am (0115 GMT) by breaking open a front glass door, police and Dutch news reports said. (Photo by Marten de Leeuw / various sources / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / GRONINGER MUSEUM / MARTEN DE LEEUW" - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - NO ARCHIVES - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

Renault restarting China, South Korea plants after virus shutdown

Mar 30, 2020 - 10:45 PM

Renault's factories in the Chinese city of Wuhan and the South Korean city of Busan are resuming operations. Other factories remain closed.

RENAULT. A photo taken on November 19, 2018 shows the headquarters of the Renault car manufacturer in Boulogne Billancourt, outside Paris. File photo by Eric Piermont/AFP

Cebu City councilor wants new anti-discrimination ordinance to include frontliners

Mar 30, 2020 - 10:45 PM

The Cebu provincial government also threatens to file cases against those who would harass and discriminate health workers battling the spread of the novel coronavirus

CHECKPOINT. Workers take public tranpsortation while Cebu City is under quarantine. File photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

Saudi to raise oil exports to record levels as price war rages

Mar 30, 2020 - 10:25 PM

(UPDATED) With oil prices already at 17-year lows, Saudi Arabia announces it is ramping up exports beginning May

OIL FACILITY. A general view of Saudi Aramco's Abqaiq oil processing plant on September 20, 2019. File photo by Fayez Nureldine/AFP

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Mar 30, 2020 - 10:19 PM

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Messi confirms pay cut for Barcelona players, criticizes board

Mar 30, 2020 - 10:14 PM

Barcelona players will take a 70 percent pay cut and make financial contributions to ensure other employees are paid in full

ANNOYED. Lionel Messi says he is baffled by the people  who "put us under the magnifying glass and tried to add pressure to do something that we always knew we would do." Photo from Instagram/@fcbarcelona

Pangasinan's female artists hold online fundraising exhibit for medical workers

Mar 30, 2020 - 10:00 PM

Proceeds from the Sarag Mi 2020: An Online Group Exhibit will be used to purchase Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for the medical front line workers of Region 1 Medical Center (R1MC)

PH coronavirus watch: Confirmed cases per hospital, as of March 30, 2020

Mar 30, 2020 - 9:59 PM

Based on the Department of Health's monitoring as of March 30, 2020

The Rosario Maclang Bautista General Hospital on March, 30, 2020, installs plastic dividers to separate health workers from patients as a precautionary measure to contain the spread of the coronavirus. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Meet 4 women on the frontlines of PH's battle vs the coronavirus

Mar 30, 2020 - 9:55 PM

As Women's Month closes, we put the spotlight on RITM's Dr Celia Carlos, DOH's Maria Rosario Vergeire, Xavier University's Dr Analyn Asok, and PGH COVID nurse Kathlyn Valdez

'Please, my son is sick': Desperate pleas for Filipinos onboard 'virus ship'

Mar 30, 2020 - 9:47 PM

Filipino crew onboard cruise ship Zaandam tell their worried relatives they're getting sick, but there is nothing they can do but wait

HELP. Passengers are seen onboard Holland America's cruise ship Zaandam as it entered the Panama City bay to be assisted by the Rotterdam cruise ship with supplies, personnel, and COVID-19 testing devices, 8 miles off the coast of Panama City, on March 27, 2020. Photo by Ivan Pisarenko/AFP

What makes Danny Kingad special?

Mar 30, 2020 - 9:18 PM

Expectations are high that Danny Kingad will eventually get crowned a world champion in ONE Championship

CHASING GREATNESS. Danny Kingad is just beginning to reach his peak, given that he is only 24 years old. File photo from ONE Championship

DPWH eyes converting 4 convention, sports centers into health facilities

Mar 30, 2020 - 9:05 PM

The 4 public buildings being eyed as temporary health facilities could take on 2,905 patients, says Public Works Secretary Mark Villar

HEALTH FACILITY. The Philippine International Convention Center is among those eyed to be converted into a health facility. Photo from PICC Facebook page

93-year-old Tarlac man succumbs to coronavirus disease

Mar 30, 2020 - 9:04 PM

(UPDATED) A resident of Barangay San Nicolas, Bamban, Tarlac, he was still classified as a patient under investigation (PUI) at the time of his death

British airline EasyJet grounds entire fleet over coronavirus

Mar 30, 2020 - 8:45 PM

But EasyJet 'will continue to work with government bodies to operate additional rescue flights as requested'

A picture taken on March 30, 2020 at Schiphol airport shows the easyJet check-in counters. - British airline easyJet on March 30, 2020 said it had grounded its entire fleet because of the coronavirus pandemic but would still be available for rescue flights to repatriate stranded customers. (Photo by Evert ELZINGA / ANP / AFP) / Netherlands OUT

Postponed Tokyo Olympics to open July 2021

Mar 30, 2020 - 8:24 PM

The Tokyo Olympics was due to open on July 24 this year and run for 16 days, but the coronavirus pandemic forced the first peace-time postponement of the Games

POSTPONED. The Tokyo Olympics will be staged a year after its initial date. File photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

Davao City coronavirus cases jump to 40

Mar 30, 2020 - 8:18 PM

Mayor Sara Duterte says that there has been local transmission in Davao City and that a declaration of an Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) was imminent

Task Force Davao personnel checks on motorists at a security checkpoint in Lasang, Davao City while the People's Park and San Pedro Catheral are closed to the public as the city undergoes community quarantine on March 16, 2020. Photo by Manman Dejeto/Rappler

Israel's Netanyahu under precautionary coronavirus quarantine

Mar 30, 2020 - 8:17 PM

Benjamin Netanyahu's office clarifies that the quarantine decision is purely precautionary as the veteran prime minister has not been in recent contact with the ill staffer

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gives a statement in Ramat Gan, near the Israeli coastal city of Tel Aviv, on September 10, 2019. - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu issued a deeply controversial pledge on September 10 to annex the Jordan Valley in the occupied West Bank if re-elected in September 17 polls. He also reiterated his intention to annex Israeli settlements throughout the West Bank if re-elected, though in coordination with US President Donald Trump, whose long-awaited peace plan is expected to be unveiled sometime after the vote. (Photo by Menahem KAHANA / AFP)

Satellite image shows Chinese military plane on Kagitingan Reef

Mar 30, 2020 - 8:00 PM

The routine presence of Chinese military assets shows Beijing's continuing dominance in the West Philippine Sea

KAGITINGAN REEF. This satellite image dated January 1, 2018, shows Kagitingan Reef (Fiery Cross Reef) in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea). Photo courtesy of CSIS/AMTI/DigitalGlobe

DOH acquires P1.8 billion worth of PPEs for health workers

Mar 30, 2020 - 7:59 PM

While priority will be given to health workers in public hospitals, the Department of Health says it will also allocate personal protective equipment for those in private hospitals

The Quezon City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office demonstrates to barangay first responders how to use the protective gear properly in case COVID-19 hit their barangays during doffing of personal protective equipment on Thursday, March 5, 2020. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

DOH asks for respirators, ventilators amid rising coronavirus cases in PH

Mar 30, 2020 - 7:52 PM

The Department of Health says ventilators and respirators will be needed to treat severe cases of the coronavirus

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. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

San Miguel to buy P500 million worth of protective wear for health workers

Mar 30, 2020 - 7:35 PM

San Miguel Corporation president Ramon Ang also urges local companies to retool their facilities and produce personal protective equipment

Hungary's Orban gets sweeping new powers in virus fight

Mar 30, 2020 - 7:28 PM

(UPDATED) Critics have condemned the 'anti-coronavirus defense law,' saying it gives Viktor Orban unnecessary and unlimited power in a ruse to cement his leadership rather than battle the virus

NEW POWERS. In this file photo, Hungary's Prime Minister Viktor Orban gives a joint press conference with Czech Republic's Prime Minister, Poland's Prime Minister and Slovakia's Prime Minister after a meeting of representatives of the Visegrad Group (V4), focusing on measures in response to the new coronavirus COVID-19, on March 4, 2020 in Prague. Photo by Michal Cizek/AFP

Pangasinan coronavirus cases climb to 15

Mar 30, 2020 - 7:25 PM

Provincial health officer Dr. Anna de Guzman says that medical certificates are now required for anyone who wants to enter the provincial border, in addition to the quarantine pass