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Ogie Alcasid tests negative for coronavirus after initial results showed he was positive

Jul 11, 2020 - 9:09 PM

The actor says he was asymptomatic the whole time

OGIE ALCASID. The singer says he tested negative for coronavirus after two earlier rapid tests showed he was positive. File photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

Austria Greens minister gears up for new virus test after initial praise

Jul 11, 2020 - 6:54 PM

'Now comes the difficult... stabilization phase after the reopening,' says Austrian Health Minister Rudolf Anschober

A woman with face protection mask walks past Saint Stephen's Cathedral (Stephansdom) in Vienna on April 6, 2020 during the exit restrictions amid the new coronavirus / Covid-19 pandemic. - Austria could start easing its coronavirus lockdown measures from next week, Chancellor Sebastian Kurz said on April 6, 2020, but warned that this depended on citizens abiding by social distancing rules. (Photo by HELMUT FOHRINGER / APA / AFP) / Austria OUT

Emirates airline to cut up to 9,000 jobs – report

Jul 11, 2020 - 6:15 PM

Emirates president Tim Clark says the airline had already cut a tenth of its staff and it 'will probably have to let go of a few more, probably up to 15%'

EMIRATES. The Emirates fleet. Photo from airline's website

Iran says cannot shut down economy despite worsening virus outbreak

Jul 11, 2020 - 6:04 PM

(UPDATED) The Islamic republic has been struggling to contain the virus, which has killed 12,635 people and infected 255,117

Shoppers clad in protective gear, including face masks and shields and latex gloves, due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, walk through the Tajrish Bazaar in Iran's capital Tehran on April 25, 2020 during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. (Photo by ATTA KENARE / AFP)

PH tallies 9 straight days of over 1K daily virus infections, total rises to 54,222

Jul 11, 2020 - 6:03 PM

The Philippines also records 807 new recoveries, the most in a single day

CORONAVIRUS. A dispatcher checks on the temperature while a the driver collects fare of passengers boarding a UV Express, at a Terminal in North Edsa Quezon City on June 29, 2020, in compliance with the COVID-19 health protocol. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

1 new confirmed coronavirus case among Filipinos abroad; total at 8,804

Jul 11, 2020 - 5:33 PM

No new deaths are recorded among overseas Filipinos with COVID-19

People wearing facemasks walk on an overpass in Beijing on June 1, 2020. (Photo by Noel CELIS / AFP)

California to release 8,000 more prisoners over virus fears

Jul 11, 2020 - 4:41 PM

The inmates could be eligible for early release by the end of August – joining 10,000 prisoners already freed in similar initiatives since the start of the virus crisis, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation says

SAN QUENTIN STATE PRISON. An aerial view San Quentin State Prison on July 08, 2020 in San Quentin, California. Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images/AFP

FALSE: COVID-19 not real, Bill Gates behind the disease

Jul 11, 2020 - 4:31 PM

The viral video contains several unproven conspiracy theories that were already debunked by fact checking organizations

[OPINION] 100 days of COVID and Duterte

Jul 11, 2020 - 4:12 PM

Clearly, the Philippine government wasted the most precious commodity in a crisis: time

38 Filipino students stranded in China send SOS to be repatriated

Jul 11, 2020 - 3:37 PM

Most of them ended their study programs from April to June. Their student visas are expiring between June to August

Bangladeshi coronavirus sufferers shun hospitals

Jul 11, 2020 - 3:29 PM

Bangladesh health experts and virus sufferers say people are worried about the level of care they would receive in a public hospital, leaving beds empty

EMPTY BEDS. This photograph taken on July 9, 2020 shows empty beds at a COVID-19 coronavirus ward in a hospital set up by Al Manahil Welfare Foundation Bangladesh in Chittagong. Photo by AFP

Panama hospitals on verge of collapse as virus cases surge

Jul 11, 2020 - 1:35 PM

The sharp increase forces authorities to adapt existing hospitals and look for new spaces, like convention centers, to boost a health system with a range of problems including long waiting lists

VIRUS SURGE IN PANAMA. A patient infected with the novel coronavirus COVID-19 remains in the Intensive Care Unit at the Dr. Arnulfo Arias Madrid Hospital Complex, in Panama City on July 04, 2020. Photo by Luis Acosta/AFP

U.S. records 63,643 new virus cases in 24 hours

Jul 11, 2020 - 1:12 PM

The worst-hit country in the world by the pandemic, the United States records a total of 133,969 deaths out of 3.18 million cases

COVID-19 TESTING. Vehicles arrive and depart a mobile COVID-19 test site in Los Angeles, California on July 10, 2020 as the state continues to set record-highs in coronavirus cases. Photo by Frederic J. Brown/AFP

Parents face dilemma as U.S. schools seek to reopen

Jul 11, 2020 - 12:24 PM

The fear of classroom contagion is shared by many parents, who suspect younger pupils will particularly struggle to socially distance or wear uncomfortable masks for hours to avoid getting COVID-19

RESTARTING CLASSES. In this file photo taken on July 09, 2020 instructor Chablis Torres (C) reads to children in a pre-school class, wearing masks and at desks spaced apart as per coronavirus guidelines during summer school sessions at Happy Day School in Monterey Park, California. Photo by Frederic J. Brown/AFP

How to fight the pandemic: Women mayors don’t sugarcoat how deadly the virus is

Jul 11, 2020 - 11:00 AM

In the face of an unseen enemy, communication down to the grassroots is key, according to the mayors of Odiongan, Romblon; Tabaco, Albay; Barugo, Leyte; Oras, Eastern Samar

STRONG WOMEN. Mayors Krisel Lagman-Luistro, Trina Firmalo-Fabic, Vivian Alvarez and Macel Cumpio-Avestruz show how important it is to communicate with the public during a pandemic. Photos from LGU Barugo, Angat Bayi and Vivian Alvarez

Brazil surpasses 70,000 coronavirus deaths

Jul 11, 2020 - 10:15 AM

Brazil's health ministry says there have been 45,000 new infections and 1,200 deaths over the last 24 hours, taking the totals to 1.8 million cases and 70,400 deaths

FIGHTING THE VIRUS. In this file photo taken on July 8, 2020 a woman walks in front of a mural depicting a man in protective suit spraying disinfectant on coronavirus with Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro's face, at the Tijuca neighborhood in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Photo by Mauro Pimentel/AFP

WHO urges aggressive virus measures as flare-ups spark new closures

Jul 11, 2020 - 9:43 AM

The World Health Organization urges countries grappling with coronavirus to step up control measures, saying it is still possible to rein it in, as some countries clamped fresh restrictions on citizens

AGGRESSIVE MEASURES. World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus attends a press conference organised by the Geneva Association of United Nations Correspondents (ACANU) amid the COVID-19 outbreak on July 3, 2020. Photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

Trump shelves rally, visits hotspot Florida with scant mention of virus

Jul 11, 2020 - 8:59 AM

The rally's postponement is a blow to Trump's efforts to return to his comfort zone – center stage on the campaign trail – and signal that life and business can begin getting back to normal after 4 months of crisis

DONALD TRUMP. U.S. President Donald Trump speaks to reporters on his way to Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House on May 14, 2020 in Washington, DC. File photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP

In Cavite, DLSU Medical Center doctor dies from COVID-19

Jul 11, 2020 - 8:45 AM

The DLSUMC Facebook account says anesthesiologist Regina Uy-Alegado died due to COVID-19

DLSUMC. The De La Salle University Medical Center in Dasmariñas, Cavite. Photo by Dennis Abrina/Rappler

IMF warns cutting spending too soon could derail recovery

Jul 10, 2020 - 11:40 PM

The 'massive fiscal response' to the coronavirus pandemic leads to 'global public debt reaching its highest level in recorded history.' But the International Monetary Fund says the spending shouldn't be stopped too soon.

REFUGEES. Two boys play with a kite near the refugee camp of Moria in the island of Lesbos, Greece, on June 21, 2020. Photo by Aris Messinis/AFP

Virus-hit Afghanistan gets $200-million World Bank grant

Jul 10, 2020 - 11:25 PM

World Bank funds will be used to help mitigate the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on Afghanistan's war-ravaged economy

A street vendor selling facemasks wait for customers in Kabul June 18, 2020. - Early optimism that South Asia might have dodged the worst ravages of the coronavirus pandemic has disappeared as soaring infection rates turn the densely populated region into a global hot spot. After several months trailing the US and western Europe, cases of COVID-19 are surging across South Asia -- home to almost a quarter of the world's population -- where the virus is wreaking havoc on fragile medical systems and underfunded health agencies are pushed to breaking point. (Photo by WAKIL KOHSAR / AFP)

Bottom of the barrel: IEA sees oil output recovery

Jul 10, 2020 - 10:55 PM

While the International Energy Agency warns that the resurgence of the coronavirus in some regions is 'casting a shadow over the outlook,' it sees the oil market turning a corner

OIL. A worker takes a break beneath the natural gas storage tanks at an exploration site in the Longgang gas field in Lishan, in southwest China's Sichuan province, May 17, 2007. File photo by Liu Jin/AFP

Australia approves remdesivir as virus treatment

Jul 10, 2020 - 8:36 PM

It is the first drug approved by Australian authorities to treat the virus and promised to reduce hospitalization time for coronavirus patients

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

Hong Kong to shut all schools after virus cases spike

Jul 10, 2020 - 7:58 PM

Schools will close from Monday, July 13, bringing forward the start of the summer holidays after the city recorded an 'exponential growth' of locally transmitted cases in the past few days

COVID-19 IN HONG KONG. A man wearing a face mask walks in the Central district of Hong Kong on July 9, 2020, as the city experiences new local outbreaks of the COVID-19 coronavirus. Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

Creating a bubble: How PH football will resume training

Jul 10, 2020 - 6:52 PM

Filipino professional football teams can now resume training as players prepare for a 'bubble' in Carmona

BACK TO TRAINING. Three-time Philippines Football League champion Ceres-Negros FC is set to go back to training to defend its title. Photo by Ceres-Negros FC

PH coronavirus cases now at 52,914

Jul 10, 2020 - 4:52 PM

The Department of Health reports 1,233 new cases, marking the 8th consecutive day that over a thousand more cases are recorded

HOMEWARD BOUND. Locally stranded individuals line up for rapid testing before boarding buses to get back to their provinces under the Hatid Tulong program at the Quirino Grandstand in Manila on July 4, 2020. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Why are coronavirus cases still increasing in the Philippines?

Jul 10, 2020 - 4:45 PM

The Department of Health continues to stress it is essential that people follow health protocols like wearing a face mask, frequently washing hands, and practicing physical distancing

VIRUS TRHEAT. A woman wears protective mask on a foot bridge while vehicles queue in traffic along EDSA highway in Makati City on Tuesday, June 2, 2020. Photo by Dante Diosina Jr/Rappler

DOH: COVID-19 labs have backlog of over 12,000 tests as cases rise

Jul 10, 2020 - 2:44 PM

The Department of Health also says limited testing supplies and expanded testing protocol contributed to the backlog

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Masbate town confirms first coronavirus cases

Jul 10, 2020 - 12:35 PM

Mandaon town's first coronavirus cases are a 4-year-old boy and a 29-year-old woman who traveled from Subic, Zambales. Both are asymptomatic.

Latest coronavirus spike crushing travel demand, says Delta CEO

Jul 10, 2020 - 12:25 PM

Delta CEO Ed Bastian urges workers to consider the airline's voluntary exit program to 'minimize involuntary furloughs'

South African manufacturing drops by half as lockdown bites

Jul 10, 2020 - 12:05 PM

Manufacturing production in South Africa decreases by 49.4% in April 2020 compared with April 2019

LABOR. A worker makes bricks on the side of the road at the Mamelodi township in Pretoria, South Africa, on June 1, 2020. Photo by Phill Magakoe/AFP

China offers glimpse inside lab near Wuhan virus origin

Jul 10, 2020 - 11:51 AM

Conspiracy rumors that the biosafety lab was involved in the outbreak swirled online for months before Trump and his Secretary of State Mike Pompeo brought the theory into the mainstream

An aerial view shows the P4 laboratory at the Wuhan Institute of Virology in Wuhan in China's central Hubei province on April 17, 2020. - The P4 epidemiological laboratory was built in co-operation with French bio-industrial firm Institut Merieux and the Chinese Academy of Sciences. The facility is among a handful of labs around the world cleared to handle Class 4 pathogens (P4) - dangerous viruses that pose a high risk of person-to-person transmission. (Photo by Hector RETAMAL / AFP)

'Strong evidence' mothers can transmit virus to newborns

Jul 10, 2020 - 11:33 AM

Researchers in Italy find the virus in an at-term placenta, umbilical cord, the vagina of one woman, and in breast milk

In Pasig, fighting corruption yields COVID-19 cash aid for the people

Jul 10, 2020 - 11:00 AM

Pasig Mayor Vico Sotto began his term by cleaning up the local government’s procurement process and auditing its assets. When the coronavirus pandemic hit, the city had money to help every household, and then some.

STATE OF THE CITY. Pasig Mayor Vico Sotto delivers his State of the City Address on July 2, 2020, marking the first year of his term. Photo from Sotto's Facebook page

Bolivia's interim president Anez says she has coronavirus

Jul 10, 2020 - 9:46 AM

Anez becomes the second South American president in a matter of days to contract the coronavirus, after Brazil's Jair Bolsonaro announced his positive result on Tuesday

Bolivian interim president Jeanine Anez speaks during a press conference in La Paz on November 15, 2019. - Bolivia's interim president Jeanine Anez on Thursday ruled out exiled leader Evo Morales from standing in new elections as thousands of demonstrators marched through La Paz in support of the socialist icon and against the new, acting leader. (Photo by RONALDO SCHEMIDT / AFP)

U.S. posts new record daily virus caseload of more than 65,000

Jul 10, 2020 - 9:36 AM

The country, the hardest-hit in the world by the pandemic, has a total caseload of more than 3.1 million, with 133,195 deaths

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)

Lapu-Lapu City enlists citizens to be 'Responsible Warrior-Texters' to fight virus

Jul 10, 2020 - 8:26 AM

The citizen/texter must report those without a face mask, wandering senior citizens, those without quarantine passes, and other related violations

RECOVERIES: Lapu-Lapu City Mayor Junard “Ahong” Chan congratulates the 26 new fully recovered patients who will be coming home from the isolation facility. Photo from Junard “Ahong” Chan official Facebook page

3,000 Dubai OFWs seek PH consulate's help for repatriation

Jul 10, 2020 - 7:57 AM

Most of those seeking assistance are jobless overseas Filipino workers affected by the coronavirus pandemic

Pandemic could push 45 million in Latin America into poverty – U.N.

Jul 10, 2020 - 7:55 AM

The United Nations foresees a 7% rise in Latin America's poverty rate in 2020, as the coronavirus pandemic hits the region's most vulnerable populations

Venezuelan migrants attempting to return to their country due to the COVID-19 pandemic  remain in makeshift camps at the Simon Bolivar International Bridge in Cucuta, Colombia, on July 7 , 2020. - Colombia has exceeded 4,000 deaths from the new coronavirus since it detected the first case on March 6, the Ministry of Health reported this Sunday. (Photo by Schneyder MENDOZA / AFP)

Global stocks mostly lower as infection numbers rattle investors

Jul 10, 2020 - 7:30 AM

The Dow and S&P 500 finish firmly lower on Thursday, July 9. Bourses in London, Paris, and Frankfurt also retreat.

U.S. ECONOMY. An American flag hangs from a building in the Financial District of Manhattan in New York City on September 3, 2019. File photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images/AFP

Another 1.3 million workers file for U.S. jobless benefits

Jul 10, 2020 - 7:15 AM

The pace of layoffs in the United States continues to slow down, but the level remains far higher than any pre-pandemic week

FRANKFORT, KY - JUNE 19: Hundreds of unemployed Kentucky residents wait in long lines outside the Kentucky Career Center for help with their unemployment claims on June 19, 2020 in Frankfort, Kentucky. John Sommers II/Getty Images/AFP

UK construction looks to cement recovery from virus woes

Jul 10, 2020 - 1:10 AM

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson wants Britain to 'build, build, build' its way out of the virus-induced downturn with infrastructure investment

A student accomodation project is under construction in Guildford, southern England on July 8, 2020. - Cranes whir above the affluent market town of Guildford, southwest of London, as Britain's construction sector cranks back into gear after a damaging coronavirus lockdown. (Photo by GLYN KIRK / AFP)

Number of Filipinos abroad with coronavirus now at 8,792

Jul 10, 2020 - 12:23 AM

The death toll nears 600

PHYSICAL DISTANCING. Customers adhere to social distancing as they queue to enter a recently reopened Pret-A-Manger in London on May 4, 2020. Photo by Tolga Akmen/AFP

More than 1,000 Philippine cops infected with coronavirus

Jul 10, 2020 - 12:11 AM

Some 455 police personnel have recovered, while 9 succumbed to the disease

FRONTLINERS. Members of the PNP-SAF attend a briefing on the implementation of the hard lockdown in the 1st district of Tondo, Manila on Monday midnight, May 4. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

UK sheds thousands of retail jobs despite state aid

Jul 09, 2020 - 11:45 PM

Pharmacy giant Boots is cutting more than 4,000 jobs, while the John Lewis department store chain is slashing 1,300 positions

A picture shows the Boots signage outside a branch of the retailer and pharmacy in London on July 9, 2020. - UK pharmacy giant Boots on July 9, 2020 said it will cut more than 4,000 jobs after the coronavirus pandemic slashed sales. (Photo by Ben STANSALL / AFP)

Former senator Sonny Osmeña recovers from COVID-19

Jul 09, 2020 - 11:42 PM

Osmeña, who most recently served two terms as mayor of Toledo City in Cebu, is now at home after being confined in a hospital for 20 days

SONNY OSMEÑA. Former senator Sonny Osmeña recovers from the coronavirus. Screengrab from Toledo City video

AirAsia to emerge stronger from pandemic, says Fernandes

Jul 09, 2020 - 11:05 PM

'This will not go on forever. We will come out stronger,' says AirAsia CEO Tony Fernandes

AirAsia boss Tony Fernandes speaks to Agence France-Presse during an interview at his office in Kuala Lumpur on July 9, 2020. - AirAsia boss Tony Fernandes insisted on July 9 the top budget carrier would emerge "stronger" from the coronavirus pandemic despite a warning about its future, and said the airline was hopeful of raising massive amounts of cash. (Photo by Mohd RASFAN / AFP) / TO GO WITH Malaysia-aviation-AirAsia, INTERVIEW by M. Jegathesan

German exports rise in May 2020 as lockdowns ease

Jul 09, 2020 - 10:45 PM

German exports climb 9% to 80.3 billion euros ($91 billion) in May 2020, a month after suffering their biggest plunge since records began

This aerial view shows containers at the harbour of Duisburg, western Germany, on May 8, 2020. (Photo by Ina FASSBENDER / AFP)

[PODCAST] Ang Department of Health sa gitna ng pandemya

Jul 09, 2020 - 10:31 PM

Ano ang mga kontrobersiyang hinaharap ng Department of Health sa gitna ng coronavirus pandemic?

Chocolate no lockdown comfort for Swiss cocoa giant

Jul 09, 2020 - 10:30 PM

Top chocolate manufacturer Barry Callebaut says coronavirus lockdowns across the globe hurt its sales in March-May 2020

Image from Barry Callebaut website