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 2020-03-27 19:13 

ABS-CBN

Quezon City records 7 new COVID-19 cases; total rises to 104...

The Quezon City government late Friday disclosed 7 new cases of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in the city, raising the total to 104....

 2020-03-27 18:53 

Cebu Daily News

As 'lockdown' nears, Cebu province residents urged to plan ahead...

CEBU CITY, Philippines — Officials in Cebu are encouraging Cebuanos to finalize their plans, and prepare ahead of the looming lockdown in Cebu City. Cebu Governor Gwendolyn Garcia announced on Friday, March 27, 2020, that the province would be closi...

 2020-03-27 18:17 

ABS-CBN

Kaso ng COVID-19 sa Bacolod City, umakyat sa 4...

Pumalo na sa 4 ang kumpirmadong kaso ng coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) sa Bacolod City nitong Biyernes....

 2020-03-27 18:05 

Manila Standard

Ruling party spares 'Koko'...

All members of the ruling party PDP-Laban were asked to undergo self-quarantine after being exposed to Senator Aquilino Pimentel III during a March 4 meeting at Senator Manny Pacquiao's house, Deputy Speaker and Surigao del Sur Rep. Johnny Pimentel sa...

 2020-03-27 18:00 

Manila Standard

Military chief, Health usec bloat cases to 803...

Armed Forces of the Philippines chief of staff Gen. Felimon Santos Jr. and an undersecretary at the Department of Health tested positive for COVID-19, as the number of confirmed cases shot up to 803 with 92 new cases....

 2020-03-27 17:55 

Manila Standard

Palace goes on lockdown, zaps fake news...

Media practitioners will no longer be allowed to attend Palace briefings as part of a lockdown at the Malacaang complex to protect the government's seat of power from the COVID-19 pandemic, the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) said...

 2020-03-27 17:50 

Manila Standard

Immigration eases rules on aliens' visa...

The Bureau of Immigration said Friday it will temporarily allow foreign nationals with approved visas but who are still awaiting the release of their Alien Certificates of Registration Identity Cards to leave the country....

 2020-03-27 17:46 

Manila Bulletin

QC tallies 7 new COVID-19 cases, total now 104; 17 deaths, 9 recoveries...

From the previous number of 97 COVID-19 cases, the Quezon City Health Department (QCHD) said there are now 104 after seven more were confirmed to have the virus as of 7 p.m. of Friday (March 27)....

 2020-03-27 17:45 

Manila Standard

World Roundup: G20 nations join forces vs COVID, set aside $5-T to perk up world economy...

G20 nations pledged a "united front" in the fight against coronavirus, saying they were injecting $5 trillion into the global economy to counter the pandemic amid forecasts of a deep recession....

 2020-03-27 17:40 

Manila Standard

Dogs eyed to sniff out virus...

A British charity has teamed up with scientists to see whether dogs could help detect COVID-19 through their keen sense of smell, they said on Friday....

 2020-03-27 17:39 

Manila Bulletin

Thousands of Ukrainians waiting at Polish border to get home...

WARSAW - Thousands of Ukrainians queued in long lines on Friday at the last three border crossings with Poland that remain open to get to their homeland before Ukraine closes its borders due to the coronavirus pandemic....

 2020-03-27 17:35 

Manila Standard

UK prime minister coronavirus positive...

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced on Friday that he is self-isolating after testing positive for COVID-19....

 2020-03-27 17:30 

Manila Bulletin

Praying outside Church of the Holy Sepulchre, but unable to enter...

JERUSALEM- Two weeks before Easter, a group of Roman Catholic priests gathered before the locked doors of the ancient Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem on Friday chanting in prayer....

 2020-03-27 17:30 

Manila Standard

US scraps war games with PH...

The US military has canceled the joint military exercises between American and Philippine troops on May 4 to 15 due to the threat posed by the coronavirus disease....

 2020-03-27 17:25 

Manila Standard

PhilHealth kicks in P1.6B for efforts to stop COVID...

An initial P1.6 billion from its P30-billion financial assistance fund will be released by the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation to various health-care institutions to help them fight the coronavirus pandemic....

 2020-03-27 17:23 

Manila Bulletin

Milan hospital coronavirus squad battles the odds to save a life...

MILAN - There was no room for error at the San Raffaele hospital in Milan on Friday as medical staff moved an 18-year-old patient from the coronavirus ward for urgent tests in another unit....

 2020-03-27 17:23 

ABS-CBN

City of Mati in Davao Oriental logs first cases of COVID-19...

The city of Mati in Davao Oriental confirmed its first two cases of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), its mayor said Friday....

 2020-03-27 17:12 

Manila Bulletin

The last drink in Europe? Swedish bars stay open despite coronavirus...

The bar area of Wirstroms pub in central Stockholm is a "no-go zone"....

 2020-03-27 17:10 

Manila Bulletin

Dutch PM: north, south divide in EU coronavirus response can be bridged...

AMSTERDAM - Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said on Friday that disagreements between southern and northern EU countries about how to respond to the coronavirus are not insurmountable, as the Netherlands came under fire from Italy and Spain for perceived ...

 2020-03-27 17:09 

Manila Bulletin

Famously boisterous Nigerian mega-city Lagos adjusts to coronavirus lockdown...

LAGOS - Fear of the coronavirus has induced an extraordinary calm in Lagos, Nigeria's famously boisterous mega-city where streets known for miles of gridlock have emptied of traffic and eateries serving takeaways are almost the only shops open....

 2020-03-27 17:09 

Manila Bulletin

Closed borders, no shops? Been there, done that, say east Europeans...

PRAGUE/WARSAW - Eastern Europeans with strong memories of authoritarian Communist rule have taken a "been there, done that" attitude to the restrictions on free movement and shortages of some basic goods caused by the coronavirus pandemic....

 2020-03-27 17:07 

Manila Bulletin

England's Chief Medical Officer self-isolating with coronavirus symptoms...

England's Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty said on Friday he would self-isolate at home for the next seven days after experiencing symptoms compatible with Covid-19 on Thursday night....

 2020-03-27 17:06 

Manila Bulletin

Northern Ireland to reopen locked-down drink stores...

BELFAST - Northern Ireland's devolved government is set to reopen off-licenses, its justice minister said on Friday, putting the region in line with the rest of United Kingdom and coronavirus-related restrictions introduced in the Irish Republic....

 2020-03-27 17:04 

Manila Bulletin

UK top scientist working closely with Johnson says has no coronavirus symptoms...

LONDON - Britain's Chief Scientific Adviser Patrick Vallance has no symptoms of Covid-19 and has not been tested for the novel coronavirus, he said on Thursday after Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he had tested positive for the virus....

 2020-03-27 17:00 

Manila Bulletin

'I was not afraid': Swiss woman, 95, back home after surviving coronavirus...

LE LOCLE, Switzerland - A 95-year-old Swiss woman was back home and online with her 10 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchidren on Friday after recovering from a week in intensive care with COVID-19....

 2020-03-27 16:58 

Manila Bulletin

Italy coronavirus deaths rise by 919, highest daily tally since start of outbreak...

ROME - The death toll from an outbreak of coronavirus in Italy has surged by 919 to 9,134, the Civil Protection Agency said on Friday, easily the highest daily tally since the epidemic emerged on Feb. 21....

 2020-03-27 16:56 

Philippine Star

DILG: Quarantine passes, masks not needed for shopping...

The Department of the Interior and Local Government has clarified that "no mask, no quarantine pass, no entry" should not be imposed on any market or establishment even with the Luzon-wide enhanced community quarantine....

 2020-03-27 16:54 

Manila Bulletin

In virus-hit France the doctor will see you now virtually...

PARIS - The doctor's surgery in Paris where Tura Milo works has closed its door to patients because of the coronavirus but the general practitioner is still doing her consultations, only now by video conference....

 2020-03-27 16:52 

Manila Bulletin

EU says Britain had chance to join ventilator procurement scheme...

BRUSSELS - Britain was given a chance to participate in a European Union scheme to buy ventilators to fight the coronavirus, the EU said on Friday, after London said it had not joined because it missed the invitation in an e-mail mixup....

 2020-03-27 16:49 

Manila Bulletin

France extends coronavirus lockdown by two weeks to April 15...

PARIS - French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said in a speech the government had decided to extend the country's coronavirus lockdown by two weeks until April 15....

 2020-03-27 16:45 

Manila Standard

China mask producers meet global demand...

Beijing---As the coronavirus pandemic that originated in a central Chinese city has gone global, thousands of factories in China have nimbly turned to a new and very profitable market---face masks for export....

 2020-03-27 16:40 

Manila Bulletin

The 'iskolar ng bayan' responds to coronavirus pandemic...

HOTSPOT By TONYO CRUZ True, President Duterte ordered schools closed, but there's a flurry of activity in our many public colleges and universities nationwide. There's no stopping the people's scholars from offering their knowledge, expertise,...

 2020-03-27 16:40 

Manila Standard

Damascus dreads new silent enemy...

Damascus---On a deserted street in the old city of Damascus, the new coronavirus has forced salesmen like Ahmad to close up shop indefinitely for the first time in Syria's war....

 2020-03-27 16:40 

Philippine Star

DOH calls on volunteer health professionals in fight vs COVID-19 with P500 daily allowance...

"You will be paid Php 500 for every day of this month-long contribution," DOH said....

 2020-03-27 16:38 

Manila Bulletin

Koko Pimentel should pay for what he did...

THINKING PINOY By RJ NIETO Despite the meteoric rise in the number of hospitalized Filipinos, we are still in the early days of the COVID-19 epidemic. However, it appears that this early in the game, our supplies are already running out. Over the past sev...

 2020-03-27 16:37 

Philippine Star

AFP chief positive for COVID-19...

Armed Forces of the Phiippines chief Gen. Felimon Santos Jr. has tested positive for the coronavirus disease 2019 , Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana disclosed yesterday....

 2020-03-27 16:37 

Philippine Star

DOJ chief changes tune on Koko...

The Department of Justice changed its tune yesterday on the case of Sen. Aquilino "Koko" Pimentel, after it received flak from the public on what appeared to be its soft treatment of the senator who breached COVID-19 quarantine protocols....

 2020-03-27 16:35 

Manila Standard

On the edge of failure over virus...

Washington---It was supposed to be a happy time for Will, a musician in the Washington area. He was planning a wedding reception at a local restaurant....

 2020-03-27 16:32 

Manila Bulletin

Special powers for DU30; 'Bayanihan ' vs COVID-19...

Punchline By Fred M.Lobo Congress granted President Duterte special powers to address the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak that has infected more than 500 persons in the country. *** Senators voted 12-0 to approve Senate Bill No. 1418 the "Bayanihan to...

 2020-03-27 16:30 

Manila Bulletin

Polaroid and petals...

MEDIUM RARE By JULLIE Y. DAZA She saw it coming. She heard it, too. The truck behind them on one lane of SLEX was coming too fast, roaring so loud it frightened her. But only for a second. The next second, with an obscene groan, the truck came to a crashi...

 2020-03-27 16:30 

Manila Standard

Specter of coronavirus quarantine haunts Hungarian democracy...

Budapest---A "dictatorship4; at the heart of the EU? A draft law to grant anti-coronavirus emergency measures set for adoption by Budapest has alarmed observers who fear it will hand Prime Minister Viktor Orban unlimited power....

 2020-03-27 16:28 

Manila Bulletin

Quarantine chronicles...

IT'S THE SMALL THINGS By ALEX M. EDUQUE Two weeks into enhanced community quarantine, and if there is anything I have realized and put into practice, it is that even at a time with rigid rules and restrictions, when it comes to our sanity, happiness, ...

 2020-03-27 16:25 

Manila Standard

Crush of virus refugees feared...

Sydney---Vigilantes in some Australian outback towns have reportedly slashed the tires of those fleeing coronavirus hot spots in the big cities, according to a government minister who urged calm on Friday....

 2020-03-27 16:24 

Manila Bulletin

Galvez: We'll do everything to mitigate impact of COVID-19...

Presidential Peace Adviser Carlito Galvez Jr. assured the public that the government is carrying out all necessary measures to address and mitigate the impact of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the country....

 2020-03-27 16:20 

Philippine Star

Rep. Eric Go Yap negative for COVID-19; RITM apologizes for mistake...

Party-list Rep. Eric Go Yap (ACT-CIS party-list) is negative for the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19), RITM said on Friday, admitting its mistake of earlier declaring him positive....

 2020-03-27 16:20 

ABS-CBN

Voters' registration suspended amid enhanced community quarantine...

MANILA -- The Commission on Elections announced Friday further suspended the voter registration from Tuesday, March 31 until the end of April amid the Luzon-wide community quarantine....

 2020-03-27 16:20 

Manila Standard

Troops to enforce mandatory quarantine...

Sydney---The Australian military will help enforce the quarantine of travelers returning to the country, with the prime minister unveiling strict new measures and door-to-door checks Friday to rein in the spread of COVID-19....

 2020-03-27 16:18 

Manila Bulletin

House aims to push through $2 trillion coronavirus bill as Trump targets holdout...

Armed with hand sanitizer and discouraged from using elevators, members of the U.S. House of Representatives convened on Friday to quickly pass a sweeping $2.2 trillion coronavirus stimulus bill as President Donald Trump criticized a Republican lawmaker w...

 2020-03-27 16:16 

Manila Bulletin

Complementary medicine...

PAGBABAGO By FLORANGEL ROSARIO BRAID An infodemic or being swamped with more information than our mind can process is what many of us have encountered in our attempt to seek better understanding of the deadly coronavirus epidemic. A considerable percentag...

 2020-03-27 16:12 

Manila Bulletin

After PM Johnson tests positive, top adviser sprints from Downing Street...

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson's senior adviser sprinted out of Downing Street on Friday shortly after his boss revealed that he had tested positive for coronavirus....

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