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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

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

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

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

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

[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

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

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

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

17 Mandaue City police test positive for coronavirus

Jul 01, 2020 - 11:28 PM

Mandaue City is still under general community quarantine

Harry in a hurry? Roque claims ‘victory’ based on incomplete COVID-19 data

Jul 01, 2020 - 10:32 PM

As of June 29, the health department actually reported 47,347 positive cases already

WE BEAT UP'! Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque congratulates the nation for 'beating' UP researchers' prediction of 40,000 cases by end of June. Malacañang file photo

'Tributes' lend a hand: How a group raised funds for Metro Manila jeepney drivers

Jul 01, 2020 - 10:16 PM

Quarantine 'tributes' pool their resources to help jeepney drivers affected by the coronavirus crisis

Over 8,500 Filipinos abroad positive for coronavirus

Jul 01, 2020 - 10:00 PM

Over half of the confirmed cases involving Filipinos overseas already recovered, says the Department of Foreign Affairs

VIRUS THREAT. Police officers (L) secure an area as people wearing face masks as a preventive measure against the COVID-19 coronavirus walk on a street in Beijing on May 4, 2020. File photo by Nicolas Asfouri/AFP

LTFRB allows 49 routes for traditional jeepneys starting July 3

Jul 01, 2020 - 9:50 PM

The last to resume operations among mass transport options, only 6,002 out of estimated 55,000 jeepneys are allowed to ply Metro Manila roads so far

RESUME OPERATIONS. Foot bath, face mask and plastic covers, these are what jeepney drivers are preparing at their terminal in Pasay City. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Patients in need of remdesivir can get special FDA permits

Jul 01, 2020 - 9:49 PM

Currently, the Philippines only administers remdesivir to hospitalized patients with severe cases of coronavirus

ON TRIAL. One vial of the drug Remdesivir at the University Hospital Eppendorf (UKE) in Hamburg, northern Germany on April 8, 2020. Photo by Ulrich Perrey/AFP

2,326 repatriates test positive for coronavirus

Jul 01, 2020 - 9:25 PM

The Department of Health (DOH) does not answer how many locally stranded individuals are positive for the virus

TESTS FOR REPATRIATES. Returning residents under the Balik Probinsya Program are swabbed upon arrival in Leyte on May 21, 2020. Photo from the Leyte provincial government Facebook page

Cimatu orders DOH-7, Cebu City to reconcile coronavirus data

Jul 01, 2020 - 8:41 PM

'When all the data is aligned, there is no conflict,' Secretary Roy Cimatu, overseer of COVID-19 response in Cebu City says

SECRETARY CIMATU. DENR Chief Roy Cimatu orders local health agencies to reconcile their conflict data. Photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

‘Out of touch’: Entertainment industry groups oppose FDCP's latest guidelines for shoots

Jul 01, 2020 - 7:00 PM

The Inter-Guild Alliance – a collective of various groups from the entertainment industry – says the FDCP 'needs to come to its senses'

Philippines secures P23.5-billion Japan loan vs coronavirus

Jul 01, 2020 - 6:10 PM

The loan is payable in 15 years, inclusive of a 4-year grace period, and has a fixed interest rate of just 0.01% per annum

PH coronavirus cases surpass 38,000

Jul 01, 2020 - 5:44 PM

The Department of Health reports 999 new coronavirus cases on Wednesday, July 1

RAPID TESTS. The Quezon City Government puts up COVID-19 Rapid mass testing booths at the city hall on Wednesday, July 1, 2020, for its trace-isolate-treat strategy in combating COVID-19. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

How are Filipino ONE Championship athletes coping with virus crisis?

Jul 01, 2020 - 3:31 PM

While ONE Championship events remain on the shelves, Filipino MMA practitioners find other ways to make a living

OTHER MEANS. Former ONE flyweight world champion Geje Eustaquio is buying, refurbishing, and selling cars to support himself and his family during the pandemic. Photo from ONE Championship

Allan K's comedy bars to close permanently after COVID-19 lockdown

Jul 01, 2020 - 3:01 PM

The comedian thanks everyone who has supported Klownz Comedy Bar and Zirkoh Comedy Bar

Bello says OFWs selling blood only do so for going out and drinking

Jul 01, 2020 - 2:57 PM

'Yung mga para sa mga lakad nila gusto nilang mag-inuman ganun, gusto nila, may lakad sila, ang ginagawa nila nagbebenta na lang sila ng dugo' says Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III

OFWS SELLING BLOOD. Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III says OFWs reportedly selling blood only do so to have money for going out or drinking. File photo by Henzberg Austria/Senate PRIB

Iskolars ng Bayan band together to help stranded students during pandemic

Jul 01, 2020 - 10:34 AM

Sagip Kabataan gives food packs and other essential goods to stranded students of the University of the Philippines Diliman and the Polytechnic University of the Philippine

STUDENTS' NEEDS. Sagip Kabataan volunteers distribute food packs and female sanitary items to help stranded students at the University of the Philippines Diliman and Polytechnic University of the Philippines. Photos from Star Jhane Caparas and Kevin Mangayan

EU excludes PH travelers, reopens to 'safe' countries

Jul 01, 2020 - 7:39 AM

The bloc allows travelers from 15 countries that meet health criteria showing the coronavirus is under control

CAUTIOUS REOPENING. In this file photo, children wearing protective face masks play football in front of their building in Rome, Italy, once the epicenter for the coronavirus in Europe. Photo by Alberto Pizzoli/AFP¨

Duterte extends GCQ in Metro Manila until July 15

Jul 01, 2020 - 12:28 AM

Only Cebu City remains under enhanced community quarantine

GCQ. A barangay worker disinfect the streets of Barangay 60 in Tondo, Manila. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Duterte extends Cebu City lockdown until July 15

Jul 01, 2020 - 12:19 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte cites the continuing rise in the number of confirmed coronavirus infections in Cebu City

ENFORCERS. A military tank patrols a Cebu City street during enhanced community quarantine in June 2020. Photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

Filipinos abroad with coronavirus now at 8,474

Jun 30, 2020 - 9:34 PM

There is an additional country in Africa reporting new infections involving Filipinos

CONTACT TRACING. People who had their car number plates recorded in the area of the Xinfadi market where a new COVID-19 coronavirus cluster emerged last week, wait in line to do swab tests for the coronavirus at a testing centre in Beijing on June 17, 2020. Photo by Greg Baker/AFP

Isko Moreno locks down 31 Manila barangays for 48 hours

Jun 30, 2020 - 7:56 PM

The lockdown begins at midnight Saturday, July 4

LOCKDOWN AGAIN. In this file photo, police and soldiers join barangay officials as they enforce a strict 24-hour lockdown of Barangay 20 at the Parola Compound in Tondo, Manila. Photo by Ben Nabong

Residents in Cebu City neighborhood hold party, DILG orders barangay chief to explain

Jun 30, 2020 - 7:54 PM

Another party is reported in Barangay Calamba, despite the city being under strict lockdown

DANCE PARTY. A dance party is recorded in Cebu City, which is currently supposed to be on lockdown. Screengrab from Facebook

Post-lockdown: Public relations, events sector eye digital promotions, new models

Jun 30, 2020 - 7:00 PM

The PR and events sector shifts their efforts to different forms of promotions

Netizens mock Roque's congratulating PH for 'beating' U.P. experts' COVID-19 prediction

Jun 30, 2020 - 6:53 PM

The study in question predicted that coronavirus cases could shoot to 40,000 by the end of June

DOH says deployment of more doctors to Cebu City voluntary for now

Jun 30, 2020 - 6:15 PM

The Department of Health acknowledges the issues raised with its initial plan to deploy rural health physicians from other areas to Cebu City

FRONT LINE. Health workers in Sitio Zapatera, Barangay Luz, Cebu City prepare to transfer positive COVID-19 patients into an isolation area on April 21, 2020. File photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

69 Cebu City Hall employees test positive for coronavirus

Jun 30, 2020 - 5:38 PM

Cebu City now has 5,494 cases after confirming 353 new infections. The Cebu Provincial Capitol is also closed from July 1 to 3 after 12 employees test positive.

CEBU CITY HALL At least69 employees of Cebu City Hall test positive. File photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

Roque spins again: 'We beat the UP prediction…Congratulations, Philippines!'

Jun 30, 2020 - 5:34 PM

Given the still rising numbers, Roque's exuberance is misplaced, to say the least

'WE BEAT UP'! Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque congratulates the nation for 'beating' UP researchers' prediction of 40,000 cases by end of June. Malacanang file photo

Nets stars Jordan, Dinwiddie test positive for coronavirus

Jun 30, 2020 - 5:16 PM

DeAndre Jordan and Spencer Dinwiddie are set to miss the NBA season restart in Disney World Orlando

TWO MEN DOWN. Spencer Dinwiddie is one of the Brooklyn Nets players who tested positive for coronavirus. Photo from Spencer Dinwiddie's Instagram

Sorsogon records first coronavirus death

Jun 30, 2020 - 5:13 PM

Sorsogon's first COVID-19 death is an 83-year-old woman from Gubat town who died 3 days after she experienced symptoms. Her positive test result was validated a day after her death.

PRESS BRIEFING. Sorsogon Governor Francis Escudero holds a news briefing on the latest coronavirus updates in the province, including the first COVID-19 death in Sorsogon, on June 30, 2020. Screenshot from Sorsogon Provincial Information Office

DSWD cash aid might be subject to withdrawal fees

Jun 30, 2020 - 5:05 PM

The DSWD partners with more financial service providers to conduct payouts for the emergency subsidy program, but beneficiaries may have to pay a withdrawal fee of up to P50 to receive them

Residents of Quezon City line up at Landbank COA in Quezon City on Maundy Thursday, April 9, 2020, to withdraw the financial assistance from the government social amelioration program. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

PH coronavirus cases rise to 37,514

Jun 30, 2020 - 5:01 PM

The Department of Health says 1,080 new patients tested positive for the virus – the second highest single day tally

NEW CASES. Quezon City mayor Joy Belmonte (left) together with the City Health Department inspect a COVID-19 mobile community testing unit during a blessing ceremony at the QC City Hall on June 29, 2020. Photo by Romeo Mariano

Almost 300,000 families have yet to receive April cash aid – Malacañang

Jun 30, 2020 - 4:42 PM

This does not include the 5 million waitlisted families from across the country that were added to the program

Residents of Baseco Compound wait in line for their financial assistance from the government's Emergency Subsidy Program distributed by DSWD at the Baseco Elementary School in Tondo, Manila on May 2, 2020. Photo by KD Madrilejos/Rappler

Bello rejects calls to use OFWs' OWWA contributions for aid

Jun 30, 2020 - 3:30 PM

'Dapat gobyerno ang magbigay ng pera,' says Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III, as he reiterates the need for a supplemental budget to assist overseas Filipino workers

OWWA TRUST FUND. Around 500 OFW repatriates mostly from Middle East were given COVID-19 clearances to go home to their respective provinces by land transport on June 18, 2020. Photo by KD Madrilejos/Rappler

Abby Binay shuts down Skye Bar for violating quarantine protocols

Jun 30, 2020 - 1:55 PM

Makati City government spokesperson Michael Camiña also says charges have been filed against the arrested bar goers

BUSTED. Over a hundred people are arrested in a rooftop bar in Makati for gathering under quarantine. Photo from Makati police

Comelec: Voter registration suspended until August 31

Jun 30, 2020 - 11:11 AM

Commission on Elections Spokesperson James Jimenez says the suspension is again extended due to the rising number of coronavirus cases in the country

SUSPENDED FOR NOW. In this file photo, people flock to beat the deadline at the Comelec office in Arroceros, Manila on the last day of voters registration on September 30, 2019. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Japanese firm produces 10 million face masks a month at Clark factory

Jun 30, 2020 - 11:02 AM

Yokoisada (Philippines) Corporation reached its maximum production capacity for May and June at its Clark Freeport Zone factory, following the easing of quarantine measures, says the Clark Development Corporation

FACE MASK PRODUCTION. A worker of Yokoisada Philippines Corporation at a face mask factor inside Clark Freeport Zone in Pampanga. Photo from Clark Development Corporation Communications Division

'Slippery slope': PH directors' guild rejects new FDCP guidelines for shoots

Jun 29, 2020 - 10:55 PM

The Directors' Guild of the Philippines Inc says they oppose 'any form of additional agency intrusion on productions'