2 in 5 Filipinos tested for COVID-19 turn out positive | Evening wRap

Nick Villavecer
2 in 5 Filipinos tested for COVID-19 turn out positive | Evening wRap
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Today on Rappler – the latest news in the Philippines and around the world:

COVID-19 cases in the Philippines continue to spike as the health department reports 21,819 new infections on Friday, January 7. The positivity rate also reaches a record high of 40%, meaning two in five people tested turned out positive.

Amid the rise in COVID-19 cases, the national government decides to formalize a policy for the use of self-administered COVID-19 home test kits.

Presidential aspirant Bongbong Marcos’ absence during a dialogue on the disqualification cases against him infuriates Comelec Commissioner Rowena Guanzon.

United States President Joe Biden urges Americans to protect the country’s fragile democracy by standing up for the right to vote, during the first anniversary of the January 6 assault on the US Capitol.

National Artist for Literature F Sionil Jose died Thursday, January 6. He was 97. –

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Nick Villavecer

Nick Villavecer is a multimedia producer for Rappler where he produces newscasts, explainers, and short documentaries. From 2016 to August 2020, he was a researcher, writer, and segment producer for ABS-CBN's Current Affairs division, producing stories on human interest, public health issues, natural disasters, crimes, accidents, and emergency-preparedness.