Bracing for one-two punch after enhanced quarantine

Credit to Author: The Manila Times| Date: Sat, 04 Apr 2020 16:15:39 +0000

The approach to the final week of the quarantine elicits mixed feelings. There is a sense of relief. Lives and livelihoods were put on hold, but hopefully for not much longer. The lockdown has been a tough blow, but everyone knows that the second punch of the one-two combination will follow — the economic impact. […]

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PNP assures it understands the President’s order

Credit to Author: Tempo Desk| Date: Sat, 04 Apr 2020 16:15:24 +0000

    WE welcome the reassuring words of Gen. Archie Gamboa, chief of the Philippine National Police (PNP), who said Thursday that the PNP will not be out to shoot dead those who gather to protest the alleged lack of food in this time of quarantine, such as in the demonstration held by the Kadamay […]

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Private aid boosts gov’t funds for virus victims

Credit to Author: Tempo Desk| Date: Fri, 03 Apr 2020 17:49:15 +0000

  PRESIDENT Duterte announced Monday night a P200-billion aid program for low-income families badly affected by the coronavirus pandemic and the quarantine program set up to stop it. Using government funds authorized by the recently enacted “Bayanihan to Heal as One Act,” the President said some 18 million poor households will each receive P3,000 to […]

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After 2 weeks of the quarantine

Credit to Author: Tempo Desk| Date: Thu, 02 Apr 2020 16:28:29 +0000

    AT the end of March, after two weeks of the Luzon-wide quarantine and state of calamity declared in the rest of the country, the Philippines, with a population of 107 million, had a total of 2,084 cases, with 88 deaths and 49 recoveries. Italy, population 60.48 million, now holds the record of COVID-19 […]

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Filipino nurses in US frontlines vs COVID-19

Credit to Author: Tempo Desk| Date: Wed, 01 Apr 2020 16:45:47 +0000

    “The next coronavirus crisis will be a shortage of doctors and nurses” – so ran a report last Thursday in the United States where the COVID-29 pandemic continued to spread such that it is expected to surpass all other countries in the number of cases. With the fast-rising number of cases, the strain […]

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Quarantine will have to do until we can do mass testing

Credit to Author: Tempo Desk| Date: Wed, 01 Apr 2020 07:54:35 +0000

    IT is indeed true that the ultimate step our national health system can take in the fight against the coronavirus is mass testing of the public. But this is an impossibility at this time. We simply do not have the means – the facilities and materials – to test every one in this […]

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US hopes for early economic recovery

Credit to Author: Tempo Desk| Date: Tue, 31 Mar 2020 07:24:15 +0000

  THE United States Congress enacted last Friday, March 27, a historic $2-trillion stimulus bill to help the country – its workers, small businesses, and industries – fight the devastating coronavirus pandemic. It will provide direct financial assistance to Americans, billions of dollars in aid to hospitals as well as to state and local governments, […]

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A reminder of a continuing threat

Credit to Author: Tempo Desk| Date: Mon, 30 Mar 2020 09:50:24 +0000

    A MAGNITUDE-6.1 earthquake hit the town of Glan, Sarangani, last Thursday night, and was felt in varying degrees of intensity in various parts of Mindanao. Perhaps because of ongoing concern over the coronavirus pandemic, it did not draw as much attention as it should. The earthquake was felt as a “strong shaking” Intensity […]

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Reflection, review timely halfway through lockdown

Credit to Author: The Manila Times| Date: Sat, 28 Mar 2020 17:32:55 +0000

The approaching halfway mark of the community quarantine has us in a mood for reflection. As hard as it is, things could be worse. Thankfully, the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) is far milder than the severe acute respiratory syndrome, Middle Easr respiratory syndrome and the avian flu. To date, the worst attribute of Covid-19 is […]

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A memorial to honor our fallen health workers

Credit to Author: Tempo Desk| Date: Sat, 28 Mar 2020 16:30:41 +0000

  OF the many people who have died in the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) epidemic, we must pay our highest tribute to the doctors, nurses, medtechs, and other health workers who got infected in the course of their helping the thousands of our people in the nation’s hospitals. At least nine doctors have died from the […]

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