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Greece extends migrant camp lockdown despite criticism

Jul 04, 2020 - 11:58 PM

Migrants are allowed to leave the camps from 7:00 am to 9:00 pm only in groups of less than 10 and no more than 150 people per hour

LOCKDOWN. Greece's announcement that it was extending the coronavirus lockdown at its migrant camps until July 5, cancelling plans to lift the measures on June 22, coincided with World Refugee Day on June 27, 2020. Photo by Aris Messinis/AFP

'Gorgeous': Beer flows again in England's pubs

Jul 04, 2020 - 9:36 PM

Dubbed 'Super Saturday,' England finally allowed restaurants to open their doors to customers again and barbers and hairdressers also able to get their clippers out

A staff member wears a face mask as she serves customers at the The Shy Horse pub and restaurant in Chessington, Greater London on July 4, 2020, on the first day of a major relaxation of lockdown restrictions during the novel coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. Pubs and restaurants reopen as part of a wider government plan to relaunch the hospitality, tourism and culture sectors and help the UK economy recover from more than three tough months of lockdown. Ben STANSALL / AFP

DILG Undersecretary Epimaco Densing tests positive for coronavirus

Jul 04, 2020 - 9:23 PM

'I am now being taken cared of at the hospital of my choice and my body has been responding positively,' says DILG Undersecretary Epimaco Densing III

PATIENT. DILG Undersecretary Epimaco Densing III at the Senate. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Cebu City promises P10,000 monthly incentive to private health workers

Jul 04, 2020 - 8:54 PM

The Cebu City Council will also hear two resolutions which would give P15,000 financial aid to nurses in the coronavirus ward, and financial aid to infected patients

INCENTIVES. 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. File photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

Paris Louvre museum reopens July 6 after crippling losses

Jul 04, 2020 - 6:58 PM

Visitors will have to wear masks, there will be no snacks or cloakrooms available and the public will have to follow a guided path through the museum

CORONAVIRUS. Tourists walk at the Pyramide du louvre area on February 28, 2020 in Paris as fears over the novel coronavirus grow. Photo by Stephane De Sakutin/AFP

Australia locks down high-rise apartments as virus cases spike

Jul 04, 2020 - 6:10 PM

The rise is driven almost entirely by 108 new cases in the southeast state of Victoria

DESERTED. A man (L) walks through a deserted part of Melbourne's Queen Victoria Market on May 5, 2020. Photo by William WEST/AFP

Catalonia places 200,000 people under coronavirus lockdown

Jul 04, 2020 - 6:01 PM

We have decided to confine the del Segria zone following data confirming a sharp rise in COVID-19 infections,' says Catalan President Quim Torra

FRESH CASES. A man wearing a face mask rides a scooter at Catalonia Square in Barcelona on March 14, 2020 after regional authorities ordered all shops in the region be shuttered from today through March 26, save for those selling food, chemists and petrol stations, in order to slow the coronavirus spread. Photo by Josep Lago/AFP

Russia announces virus deaths exceed 10,000

Jul 04, 2020 - 5:45 PM

The country's death toll is much lower than in other countries with large outbreaks, raising questions over possible underreporting of deaths

DISINFECTION. A serviceman of Russia's Emergencies Ministry wearing protective gear disinfects Moscow's Leningradsky railway station on May 19, 2020, amid the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. Photo by Kirill KUDRYAVTSEV/AFP

PH coronavirus cases surpass 41,000

Jul 04, 2020 - 5:37 PM

1,494 new cases, the second highest tallied in a single day, send the country's total infections close to breaching 42,000

MASS TESTS. The Land Transportation Office in Quezon City on June 18, 2020, holds a rapid test of all of its employees. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

[OPINION] Stranded scholars: An inconvenient truth

Jul 04, 2020 - 4:00 PM

'As I wait for our repatriation flight to the Philippines (after 7 ticket cancellations), I remain hopeful and try to remember that day I arrived as a scholar'

[OPINION] The coronavirus and the countryside

Jul 04, 2020 - 3:00 PM

'The tragedy of those who fled is only part of a bigger story that COVID-19 is unraveling about the countryside'

Heat close practice facility after 2nd virus positive

Jul 04, 2020 - 2:34 PM

The Miami Heat continue to test players before leaving for the NBA 'bubble' in Orlando next week

MOMENTUM. The Heat, led by Jimmy Butler (left) and Jae Crowder, look to stay in the top half of the league standings. Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images/AFP

Videoke sessions, birthday parties lead to rise in COVID-19 cases in QC

Jul 04, 2020 - 2:23 PM

New coronavirus cases are traced to drinking sessions, boodle fights, wakes, and even basketball and volleyball games

Members of the Quezon City Police District officers stand guard at the main entrance of Insurance St. in Barangay Sangandaan, Quezon City on Thursday, June 25, 2020, as residents undergo rapid-testing after the village is placed under a 14-day Special Concern Lockdown after recording 21 active cases of COVID-19. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Father of MMA star Khabib dies of coronavirus

Jul 04, 2020 - 1:33 PM

UFC champion Khabib Nurmagomedov has been trained at an early age by his father Abdulmanap

FAMILY TRAGEDY. Khabib Nurmagomedov cancels a press conference scheduled Saturday. File photo by Harry How/Getty Images/AFP

Donald Trump Jr's girlfriend tests positive for coronavirus

Jul 04, 2020 - 12:55 PM

Kimberly Guilfoyle, a former Fox News television personality who is dating Donald Trump Jr, is immediately isolated after discovering she had the virus in a routine test conducted on anyone expected to come in close contact with the president

THE TRUMP COUPLE. In this file photo taken on February 3, 2020 Donald Trump Jr. (R) and his girlfriend Kimberly Guilfoyle smile during a "Keep Iowa Great" press conference in Des Moines, IA. File photo by Jim Watson/AFP

Child traffickers back on the streets as lockdown measures ease

Jul 04, 2020 - 11:57 AM

With Metro Manila's virus restrictions slowly easing, street pimps are wasting no time recouping losses from their COVID-induced slump

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WHO urges countries to 'wake up' and halt virus

Jul 04, 2020 - 10:14 AM

'People need to wake up. The data is not lying. The situation on the ground is not lying,' WHO emergencies director Michael Ryan says at a briefing hosted by the UN correspondents' association in Geneva

WAKE UP, HALT VIRUS. WHO Health Emergencies Program head Michael Ryan attends a press conference organized by Geneva Association of United Nations Correspondents (ACANU) amid the COVID-19 outbreak, caused by the novel coronavirus, on July 3, 2020 at the WHO headquarters in Geneva. Photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

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.

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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

(UPDATED) Donald Trump calls on supporters to defend America's 'integrity,' accusing protesters calling for racial justice of 'a merciless campaign to wipe out our history, defame our heroes, erase our values, and indoctrinate our children'

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