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Easing of Metro Manila quarantine restrictions after July 15 unlikely – Roque

Jul 14, 2020 - 12:01 AM

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque says current data does not indicate quarantine restrictions can be relaxed further in the coming weeks

CASES RISE. Personnel from the North Avenue MRT 3 Station in Quezon City check passengers on July 6, 2020, after 186 of its workers tested positive for COVID-19. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

World hunger worsening as coronavirus weighs and obesity rises – U.N.

Jul 13, 2020 - 11:16 PM

Nearly 690 million people or 8.9% of people around the globe are hungry

SBMA extends grace period for rents, business fees

Jul 13, 2020 - 10:40 PM

Subic Bay Marine Exploratorium Inc, meanwhile, thinks the government could better help businesses by not imposing rent during the lockdown period

IMF predicts worst Middle East downturn in half century

Jul 13, 2020 - 8:50 PM

The International Monetary Fund sees the Middle East and North Africa regional economy shrinking by 5.7% in 2020

Cars drive down King Fahad boulevard after the authorities eased some of the lockdown measures that had been imposed in a bid to slow down the spead of the novel coronavirus, in the Saudi capital Riyadh on June 21, 2020. (Photo by FAYEZ NURELDINE / AFP)

Coronavirus immunity may disappear within months – study

Jul 13, 2020 - 8:32 PM

Researchers find that 90 days after infection, several confirmed COVID-19 patients who were part of their test subjects had no detectable antibodies in their bloodstream

(FILES) 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, amid the new coronavirus pandemic. - Brazil surpassed 70,000 coronavirus deaths on July 10, 2020, the health ministry said, although the number of daily fatalities appears to be stabilizing. The ministry said there had 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. Brazil is the second worst affected country in the world after the United States. (Photo by MAURO PIMENTEL / AFP)

Cavite town reimposes liquor ban to prevent coronavirus spread

Jul 13, 2020 - 7:51 PM

(UPDATED) The liquor ban in Carmona starts on Monday, July 13, as it reports more COVID-19 cases

WELCOME arch of Carmona, Cavite, at its boundary with Biñan City, Laguna. Photo by Dennis Abrina/Rappler

New Anti-COVID czar Magalong to 'radically’ change PH contact tracing system

Jul 13, 2020 - 7:48 PM

Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong plans to bring his tested contact tracing strategy nationwide as he trains more tracers in interviewing and using a new digital 'contract tracing e-system'

INVESTIGATOR. Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong is the Philippines' new tracing czar. File photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

Latin America virus deaths pass U.S. as Spain lockdown blocked

Jul 13, 2020 - 7:38 PM

Since the start of July, nearly 2.5 million new infections have been detected across the globe, with the number of cases doubling over the past 6 weeks

COVID-19 IN BRAZIL. In this file photo, members of the Pataxo Hahahae ethnic group wear face masks at the Vila Vitoria favela on the outskirts of Belo Horizonte, state of Minas Gerais, Brazil, on July 8, 2020 amid the COVID-19 pandemic. File photo by Douglas Magno/AFP

Barriers for motorcycle back riders ‘unsafe’ and ‘useless,’ say netizens

Jul 13, 2020 - 7:32 PM

The barriers required by the national government’s lockdown implementers raise serious concerns for their safety and effectiveness in containing the coronavirus

Global super-rich call for wealthy to face coronavirus tax

Jul 13, 2020 - 6:45 PM

In an open letter, over 80 millionaires say they 'have a critical role to play in healing our world'

Philippines coronavirus cases climb further over 57,000

Jul 13, 2020 - 6:15 PM

The Department of Health notes the rise in cases is 'gradual,' and that the country's health system is able to cope with the increasing number of cases

PHYSICAL DISTANCING. Commuters waiting for buses observe physical distancing as they queue along EDSA in Quezon City on July 3, 2020. Photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

St Luke’s, Makati Med declare full capacity of COVID-19 beds

Jul 13, 2020 - 6:08 PM

(UPDATED) The National Kidney and Transplant Institute has reached the 'danger zone' – meaning, it's nearing full capacity of its designated beds for COVID-19 patients

FULL CAPACITY. St Luke's Medical Center says its COVID-19 beds are now full. Photo from St Luke's Medical Center Facebook page

Malacañang names 3 more 'anti-COVID czars'

Jul 13, 2020 - 4:38 PM

Public Works Secretary Mark Villar is 'isolation czar,' Baguio Mayor Benjamin Magalong is 'tracing czar,' and Health Undersecretary Leopoldo Vega is 'treatment czar'

CASES FOUND. Commuters board augmentation buses along EDSA-Taft on July 7, 2020, avoiding the MRT as its personnel undergo testing. Photo by KD Madrilejos/Rappler

MLS tournament game postponed one day after new virus case

Jul 13, 2020 - 4:30 PM

It is the latest setback to hit the MLS is Back Tournament, which marks the return of top-flight soccer in the United States following a four-month shutdown

PNPA cadets to undergo coronavirus testing

Jul 13, 2020 - 4:11 PM

The Philippine National Police Academy will test its cadets for COVID-19 in the wake of two cadets' deaths due to heat stroke and electrolyte imbalance

GRADUATION. Graduates from the Philippine National Police Academy 'Maragtas' Class of 2018 march at Camp Castañeda in Silang, Cavite on March 21, 2018. Malacañang photo

DOH: Expect reported deaths, recoveries to increase as more LGU data come

Jul 13, 2020 - 3:56 PM

The Department of Health continues to urge the public to follow health standards, like mask wearing and physical distancing to prevent deaths from returning to the high numbers seen in March

CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK. Market goers seen at the Pritil Public Market on May 2, 2020, a day before the implementation of the 48 hours Hard Lockdown at District 1 Tondo, Manila. File photo by KD Madrilejos/Rappler

LOOK: Approved motorcycle barriers for protection vs COVID-19

Jul 13, 2020 - 3:48 PM

(UPDATED) Have a look at some of the motorcycle safety dividers approved by government to help protect riders against COVID-19

U.S. man, 30, dies from virus after attending 'COVID party'

Jul 13, 2020 - 2:50 PM

Jane Appleby, chief medical officer at the Methodist Hospital in San Antonio, says the man thought the virus was a hoax, despite it killing more than 135,000 people in the United States so far

COVID-19. This transmission electron microscope image shows SARS-CoV-2, also known as 2019-nCoV, the virus that causes COVID-19. isolated from a patient in the U.S., emerging from the surface of cells cultured in the lab. Photo by NIAID-RML

Kenya wildlife reserves threatened as tourists stay away

Jul 13, 2020 - 1:25 PM

The Kenyan tourism ministry says the sector has lost $750 million in 2020 – roughly half of the total revenue in 2019

Cultural performers from the Maasai tribe wear cloth masks as they gather outside their manyatta (village) in Talek in the Maasai Mara National Reserve, where their work of performing for visiting tourists has dwindled, in Talek in Maasai Mara, in the Narok county in Kenya, on June 24, 2020. - At the heart of the majestic plains of the Maasai Mara, the coronavirus pandemic has led to economic disaster for locals who earn a living from tourists coming to see Kenya's abundant wildlife. Even before the virus arrived in Kenya mid-March, tourism revenues plummeted, with cancellations coming in from crucial markets such as China, Europe and the United States. (Photo by Tony Karumba / AFP)

DOH clarifies home quarantine allowed, but stresses rules should be followed

Jul 13, 2020 - 12:20 PM

DOH Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire says while the government is not discouraging home quarantine, patients should transfer to temporary monitoring facilities if they cannot properly isolate themselves at home

TEMPORARY QUARANTINE CENTER. DPWH Secretary Mark Villar and DPWH Regional Director Ador Canlas inspect the first mobile quarantine facility at CCP Complex. Photo by DPWH

Philippine coronavirus cases breach 56,000

Jul 13, 2020 - 9:35 AM

The Department of Health gives the updated figures for Sunday on Monday morning, July 13, after health officials failed to deliver an update on Sunday itself – a first since the outbreak started

COVID ZONE. Health workers are clad in personal protective equipment during the coronavirus outbreak. Photo by Dennis Abrina/Rappler

U.S. presses again for full school reopening, despite risks

Jul 13, 2020 - 9:27 AM

The pressure to reopen schools comes from the top, with Trump threatening to withhold federal funding from schools that refuse to reopen

BUSES. In this file photo taken on March 31, 2020 about 100 school buses are parked at the Arlington County Bus Depot, in response to the COVID-19 outbreak in Arlington, Virginia. Photo by Olivier Douliery/AFP

Full coronavirus vaccine unlikely by next year – expert

Jul 13, 2020 - 8:57 AM

'We have to live with this virus,' says epidemiologist Arnaud Fontanet

ADVISORIES: Coronavirus Pandemic Response | July 13-19, 2020

Jul 13, 2020 - 8:51 AM

Bookmark this page for July 13-19 advisories on services, schedules, and other activities as local governments, businesses, institutions, and organizations respond to the coronavirus crisis

10 million kids 'may never return to school' after coronavirus

Jul 13, 2020 - 8:45 AM

Save the Children says the economic fallout of the crisis could force an extra 90 to 117 million children into poverty, with a knock-on effect on school admissions

PRE-PANDEMIC SCHOOL. File photo of Corazon Aquino Elementary School students. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

DOH misses daily COVID-19 update due to ‘significant volume of data’

Jul 13, 2020 - 1:57 AM

The DOH says it is 'seeing an increase in the number of reported cases, recoveries, and deaths in the country' based on its initial findings on the numbers for Sunday, July 12

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES. File photo of Department of Health Secretary Francisco Duque III holding a press conference on March 4, 2020. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Coronavirus leaves Spain's interior a tourist desert

Jul 12, 2020 - 10:25 PM

The plunge in tourism, a sector that accounts for 12% of Spain's economy, will be felt like a body blow

A lone tourist walks around The Mezquita in Cordoba on July 8, 2020 after restrictions were lifted following a national lockdown put in place to fight the coronavirus pandemic. - In Spain, the world's number two tourist destination behind France, spending by foreign tourists has plunged by 62 percent in the first five months of the year compared with the same period in 2019. (Photo by CRISTINA QUICLER / AFP)

Bollywood superstar Aishwarya Rai tests positive for coronavirus – official

Jul 12, 2020 - 10:00 PM

Aishwarya's husband Abhishek Bachchan and daughter also test positive for COVID-19

Bollywood actress Aishwarya Rai Bachchan reacts during the trailer launch of upcoming American film 'Maleficent: Mistress of Evil' for which she dubbed the Hindi voice of American actress Angelina Jolie, in Mumbai on October 14, 2019. (Photo by Sujit Jaiswal / AFP)

50 more Filipinos abroad get coronavirus; total at 8,854

Jul 12, 2020 - 9:40 PM

The Department of Foreign Affairs reports 17 new deaths on Sunday, July 12, raising the death toll to 611

PANDEMIC. 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

U.S. town grows money from trees during pandemic downturn

Jul 12, 2020 - 9:25 PM

A town in the United States makes $10,000 worth of bills on wooden rectangles, which are given as a grant to locals and good for use inside the town limits

Mayor Wayne Fournier holds $25 in wooden money, in Tenino, Washington on July 10, 2020. - Tenino had become a ghost town, and small businesses were struggling to survive amid the coronavirus pandemic, so local officials revived an unconventional idea from the last century: print its own currency on planks of wood. (Photo by Jason Redmond / AFP)

Sri Lanka cancels election rallies over new coronavirus wave

Jul 12, 2020 - 8:41 PM

Authorities say a repatriation program that has brought home some 12,000 Sri Lankans from overseas so far would also be suspended

Phishing is top PH cybercrime during pandemic – authorities

Jul 12, 2020 - 6:42 PM

Online selling scams and the proliferation of misinformation that cause panic among the public are the other cybercrimes often committed as Filipinos grapple with the COVID-19 outbreak, says the National Bureau of Investigation NBI-Cyber Crimes Division

Pisay scholars make free storybook to teach children about COVID-19

Jul 12, 2020 - 5:26 PM

A group of graduating scholars from Philippine Science High School– Western Visayas campus makes 'Kids Against COVID-19' to help children understand the pandemic

FOR THE YOUTH. 'Kids against COVID-19' is both a storybook and a coloring book for children aged three to seven years old. Cover photo from Publiscience website, reader photo courtesy of Jean Suobiron-Larroder

Bacoor city gov't extends Zapote 1 lockdown to July 24

Jul 12, 2020 - 5:02 PM

COVID-19 cases in the barangay continue to increase, prompting Mayor Lani Mercado-Revilla to extend the localized lockdown

Members of Bacoor PNP and Philipine Army officers manning the localized lockdown that extend until July 24, 2020 due to rising cases of COVID 19 in the village

Indonesia military academy hit by virus outbreak

Jul 12, 2020 - 4:15 PM

Of the 1,280 confirmed infections, 991 are cadets and the rest are staff and their family members

OUTBREAK. This picture taken on July 9, 2020 shows the closed main gate of the Indonesian army's Officer Candidate School in Bandung, after more than 1,200 personnel including instructors of the institution were tested positive for COVID-19. Photo by Timur Matahari/AFP

Poland votes in tight presidential election

Jul 12, 2020 - 1:51 PM

The result will be decisive for the future of Poland's Law and Justice party government, which critics accuse of rolling back hard-won democratic freedoms three decades after the fall of communism

BEFORE THE POLLS. A man holds a Polish and an European flag during a demonstration outside the parliament, on May 7, 2020 in Warsaw, before a legislation allowing a presidential election delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic is passed to go ahead via a postal ballot. Photo by Wojtek Radwanski/AFP

Disney World reopens as U.S. virus death toll surges

Jul 12, 2020 - 1:07 PM

The state of Florida is one of the hardest-hit by a new wave of cases and deaths in the US

Guests wearing protective masks wait to pick up their tickets at the Magic Kingdom theme park at Walt Disney World on the first day of reopening, in Orlando, Florida, on July 11, 2020. - Disney's flagship theme park reopened its doors to the general public on Saturday, along with Animal Kingdom, as part of their phased reopening in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic. New safety measures have been implemented including mandatory face masks for everyone and temperature checks for guests before they enter. (Photo by Gregg Newton / Gregg Newton / AFP)

LIST: Where to get drive-through coronavirus tests in the PH

Jul 12, 2020 - 11:49 AM

Rappler lists where you can get drive-through novel coronavirus tests

QUICK TESTS. A drive-thru testing facility in Taguig City, Metro Manila. Photo from Taguig City local government

[Science Solitaire] Pandemic friendships forever (PFFs)

Jul 12, 2020 - 11:00 AM

If '150' is the working number of friendships for humans, how did your concentric circle of '150' change before the pandemic and now?

Trump finally dons mask as global infections gather pace

Jul 12, 2020 - 8:58 AM

(UPDATED) News reports this week say aides practically begged President Donald Trump to relent to public pressure and expert advice for him to wear a mask in public

FIRST TIME. US President Donald Trump wears a mask as he visits Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland' on July 11, 2020. Photo by Alex Edelman/AFP

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

MRT3 on limited operations starting July 13

Jul 11, 2020 - 7:44 PM

MRT3 will deploy 12 train sets throughout the day

LIMITED OPERATIONS. Workers sanitize and disinfect the seats and handrails before letting commuters in the coaches at the MRT3 Taft Station in Pasay City following the resumption of operation of the train systems in Metro Manila under the general community quarantine on June 1, 2020. Photo by Ben Nabong/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