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 2020-04-02 13:26 

Manila Bulletin

French Embassy charters sweeper flight to repatriate 390 French, European tourists...

A total of 390 French tourists and tourists of 22 other European nationalities were successfully repatriated by the French government on Thursday following the Philippine government's implementation of a nationwide lockdown to contain the spread of CO...

 2020-04-02 13:23 

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UK coronavirus death toll rises to 2,921, up 24% in a day...

LONDON - The United Kingdom's death toll from the coronavirus rose 24 percent to 2,921 as of April 1....

 2020-04-02 13:20 

Manila Bulletin

Portugal extends state of emergency to halt spread of coronavirus...

LISBON - Portugal's parliament approved the extension of a state of emergency by another 15 days on Thursday to stop the spread of the coronavirus, as the number of deaths from the disease rose over 200....

 2020-04-02 13:14 

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Saudi Arabia imposes 24-hour curfew in Mecca and Medina...

RIYADH - Saudi Arabia imposed a 24-hour curfew in the Muslim holy cities of Mecca and Medina on Thursday, extending measures to combat the spread of the coronavirus, which has infected more than 1,700 people in the kingdom and killed 16....

 2020-04-02 13:12 

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After death of a cashier, French supermarket staff work in fear...

PARIS - When 52-year-old supermarket cashier Aicha Issadounene died after contracting the coronavirus, her Carrefour (CARR.PA) colleagues felt the full fear of working on the frontline....

 2020-04-02 13:06 

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PH joins the WHO's Solidarity Trial to find a cure for COVID-19...

The Philippine government will join the global "Solidarity Trial" to help develop a potential treatment for COVID-19....

 2020-04-02 13:04 

Manila Bulletin

Economic shock of coronavirus casts pall on NATO spending goals...

BRUSSELS/BERLIN - The economic shock of the coronavirus pandemic is likely to undermine NATO defence targets cherished by U.S. President Donald Trump, diplomats and experts say, as governments move closer to spending goals only by virtue of shrinking econ...

 2020-04-02 13:00 

Manila Bulletin

Don Bosco Tech engineers developing open-source ventilators to help COVID-19 patients...

With the growing global demand for and acute shortage of medical supplies and equipment needed for treating COVID-19 patients, a team of Filipino engineers are now developing cheap ventilators to help cope with this urgent problem....

 2020-04-02 12:32 

Manila Bulletin

Solons denounce PACC, NBI moves vs. Robredo, Vico Sotto...

Administration and opposition congressmen both decried today the move of the Philippine Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC) to investigate Vice President Leni Robredo for allegedly soliciting donations aimed at undermining efforts of the Duterte administrat...

 2020-04-02 12:28 

Manila Bulletin

Poe pushes gov't agencies to act faster on aid distribution...

Senators on Thursday underscored the need for the immediate distribution of aid to poor families most affected by the strict quarantine rules to counter the novel coronavirus outbreak....

 2020-04-02 12:07 

Manila Bulletin

Asian Hospital reports 11 total COVID-19 recoveries...

The Asian Hospital and Medical Center (MMC) on Thursday (April 2) said a total of 11 of its patients have recovered from COVID-19....

 2020-04-02 12:03 

Manila Bulletin

DFA: 48 new COVID-19 cases among Filipinos overseas: PH ambassador falls to coronavirus...

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Thursday reported 48 new cases of overseas Filipinos afflicted with COVID-19, even as it mourned the lone fatality in the latest tally, that of Philippine Ambassador to Beirut Bernardita Catalla....

 2020-04-02 11:50 

Manila Bulletin

DOH: Three gov't hospitals designated COVID-19 centers now operating...

The Department of Health (DOH) on Thursday said the three hospitals designated as coronavirus disease (COVID-19) referral centers have already begun operations....

 2020-04-02 11:27 

Manila Bulletin

DepEd Region 1 reports COVID-19-related deaths of two learners...

Two Grade 7 learners in the Ilocos Region have died due to complications related to COVID-19, the Department of Education (DepEd)-Region 1 on Thursday confirmed....

 2020-04-02 11:17 

Manila Bulletin

LT Group clarifies donation of face masks to Cavite hospital...

The LT Group, Inc. released a statement today (April 2) regarding a photo shared on social media of a box of face masks marked with their name and that of Senator Christopher "Bong" Go....

 2020-04-02 10:42 

Manila Bulletin

Chelsea Group, Phoenix, and Udenna Foundation aid Batangas farmers and Malabon City via 'Sagip Saka'...

BATANGAS --- WorkLink Services, Inc., a subsidiary of Chelsea Logistics and Infrastructure Holdings Corporation; Phoenix Petroleum; and Udenna Foundation through its UCARE or CommUnity Care program, in coordination with AGREA, a social enterprise, have re...

 2020-04-02 10:33 

Manila Bulletin

The homeless assist in repacking relief packages for Manila's urban poor...

Manila's homeless, who have found shelter during the enhanced community quarantine, have recently banded together to assist in efforts to fight the COVID-19...

 2020-04-02 10:14 

Manila Bulletin

Belgium's coronavirus death toll tops 1,000...

The number of deaths attributed to the global coronavirus epidemic in Belgium increased sharply and passed the 1,000 mark on Thursday, health officials said....

 2020-04-02 10:14 

Manila Bulletin

Israel health minister contracts COVID-19, Netanyahu re-enters quarantine...

Israeli Health Minister Yaakov Litzman, a leading member of the ultra-Orthodox Jewish community, has tested positive for COVID-19, forcing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to re-enter precautionary quarantine, officials said Thursday....

 2020-04-02 10:11 

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Spain virus death toll tops 10,000: govt...

The coronavirus death toll in Spain surged over 10,000 on Thursday after a record 950 deaths in 24 hours, with the number of confirmed cases passing the 110,000 mark, the government said....

 2020-04-02 09:57 

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Robredo responds to PACC with hairflip meme...

Vice President Leni Robredo on Thursday made light of the call of an anti-corruption body to the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to probe her for her office's COVID-19 initiatives....

 2020-04-02 09:52 

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'Be compassionate,' barangay officials told...

"Sa panahon ng kalamidad, dapat ang mga nag ta-trabaho sa barangay, mapang unawa. Ngayon kung doon sa barangay niya [ni Ramos], walang palengke...pwede namang lumipat dahil ang purpose niya bumili ng pagkain, hindi para mamasyal."...

 2020-04-02 09:51 

Manila Bulletin

Spain sheds nearly 900,000 jobs since coronavirus lockdown...

Spain has shed close to 900,000 jobs, more than half of them temporary, since it went into lockdown in mid-March to fight the coronavirus outbreak, social security data showed on Thursday....

 2020-04-02 09:48 

Manila Bulletin

PACC denies asking NBI to probe Robredo...

The Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC) has denied calling on the National Bureau of Investigation NBI) to probe Vice President Leni Robredo for supposedly competing with the government in its efforts to combat COVID-19....

 2020-04-02 09:46 

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Under-fire Johnson says UK will 'massively increase testing'...

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Britain would "massively increase testing" amid a growing wave of criticism on Thursday about his government's failure to provide widespread coronavirus screening....

 2020-04-02 09:44 

Manila Bulletin

Malaysia reports 208 new coronavirus cases, total over 3,000...

Malaysia reported 208 new coronavirus cases on Thursday, taking the total to 3,116, the highest in Southeast Asia....

 2020-04-02 09:43 

Manila Bulletin

Indonesia's coronavirus infection rises to 1,790: official...

Indonesia confirmed 113 new coronavirus infections on Thursday, taking the total in the Southeast Asian country to 1,790, health ministry official Achmad Yurianto said....

 2020-04-02 09:33 

Manila Bulletin

Angry Wuhan next-of-kin seek answers over virus handling...

Zhang took his elderly father to a Wuhan hospital for a surgical procedure in January, just as coronavirus was consuming the central Chinese city. Within days, his father was dead of the contagion....

 2020-04-02 09:25 

Manila Bulletin

'Give aid to the poor ASAP', senators urge DSWD...

"Let us spare our fellow Filipinos this unnecessary procedure. Our kababayans are getting hungry and desperate for help. They lost jobs. Give the aid ASAP (as soon as possible)."Members of the Senate minority bloc on Thursday questioned the need f...

 2020-04-02 09:23 

Manila Bulletin

Activists slam China's use of bear bile in virus treatment...

China has approved the use of bear bile to treat coronavirus patients, angering activists and raising fears it could undermine efforts to stop the illegal animal trade which is blamed for the emergence of the new disease sweeping the globe....

 2020-04-02 09:20 

Manila Bulletin

China county in lockdown as fears grow over second wave of virus...

A Chinese county of around 600,000 residents has gone into lockdown after a woman who visited the area tested positive for the coronavirus, underscoring concerns over a second wave of domestic infections....

 2020-04-02 09:17 

Manila Bulletin

Masks are everywhere in Asia, but have they helped?...

The use of face masks in Asia during the coronavirus outbreak has been far more widespread than in the West, where governments have urged people to reserve supplies for frontline medical staff, so have they helped limit infections?...

 2020-04-02 09:15 

Manila Bulletin

DOH: PH's confirmed cases of COVID-19 now 2,633; 322 new, 107 deaths, 51 recoveries...

The Department of Health (DOH) on Thursday reported that 11 more patients with COVID-19 have died, increasing the death tally to 107....

 2020-04-02 09:09 

Manila Bulletin

President irate over attacks on policemen, frontliners...

"President Duterte is only protecting the welfare of not only the policemen, soldiers and health workers but also other frontliners because if their safety is compromised due to the attempts of some groups to create chaos out of this crisis, we will c...

 2020-04-02 08:51 

Manila Bulletin

DOH, solon push for sustained vaccination program to prevent more COVID-like diseases in the future...

Immunization, especially among children, is one of the essential services that cannot be hampered despite the current health crisis, a senior health official said....

 2020-04-02 08:50 

Manila Bulletin

Case Closed: Pasig City mayor Sotto's issue on tricycle operations...

The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) on Thursday, April 2, said that the issue on the decision of Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto to initially allow tricycles to operate in the city during the Luzon-wide enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) h...

 2020-04-02 08:39 

Manila Bulletin

Las Pias City Mayor Aguilar prepares possible health facility...

Las Pias City Mayor Imelda Aguilar directed the City Health Office last Wednesday, April 1, to double its effort in preparing the Las Pias Drug Rehabilitation Center as a possible health facility for COVID-19 patients of the city....

 2020-04-02 08:34 

Manila Bulletin

Former Kabataan rep Ridon says clear COVID-19 policies for depressed communities necessary...

Former Kabataan Rep. Terry Ridon stressed on April 2, Thursday, the need for government to come up with guidelines pertaining policies in handling the COVID-19 pandemic in depressed communities....

 2020-04-02 08:19 

Manila Bulletin

DILG to issue show cause order against Mayor for refusing to bury two Muslims who died of COVID 19...

The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) said on Thursday that it will issue a show cause order against a Montalban, Rizal mayor for refusing to allow the burial in their locality of two Muslim Filipinos who died of novel coronavirus dis...

 2020-04-02 08:16 

Manila Bulletin

Ao defends Duterte's 'shoot to kill' order, when law enforcers' lives are threatened...

Coming to the defense of the President, Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Eduardo Ao on April 2, Thursday, maintained that the "shoot to kill order" the Chief Executive gave to the police is within the context of whe...

 2020-04-02 08:13 

Manila Bulletin

Solons say Robredo's aid initiatives helpful...

Opposition lawmakers defended Vice President Leni Robredo after a ranking official of the Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC)asked the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to launch a probe against her relief drive for frontline health worker...

 2020-04-02 08:06 

Manila Bulletin

Filipinos in Spain are okay but worried about COVID-19...

Although the overall condition of Filipinos in Spain is generally well, Philippine Embassy in Madrid Charg d'Affaires Adrian Elmer Cruz said on Thursday, April 2, that many are expressing their concern over the staggering number of those infected with...

 2020-04-02 08:05 

Manila Bulletin

DAR proposes distribution of IDs for agrarian reform beneficiaries...

The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) has proposed on Thursday the distribution of a total of 352,511 identification cards (IDs) to selected agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) to allow them easy access to the various programs, projects and services be...

 2020-04-02 07:58 

Manila Bulletin

'Ensure food supply, ask people to stay home' — Sen. Villanueva...

Senator Joel Villanueva on Thursday appealed to the government to relax its quarantine rules for the food and supply chain sector to ensure food supply and encourage people to stay home due to the current national health emergency....

 2020-04-02 07:57 

Manila Bulletin

Church is not about the building, says Bishop Pabillo...

While its understandable that many miss physically going to church due to the enhanced community quarantine, a Catholic prelate reminded the faithful that the Church is not about the building or structure....

 2020-04-02 07:56 

Manila Bulletin

Rajo Laurel has made and distributed over 900 reusable and disposable PPEs'...

Fashion designer Rajo Laurel is producing "reusable" personal protective equipment (PPEs) for frontline health workers....

 2020-04-02 07:50 

Manila Bulletin

Tollways firm distributes food packs to villages within its expressway network in Luzon...

After waiving toll fees for healthcare frontliners in the country, the Metro Pacific Tollways Corporation (MPTC) recently delivered food donations to about 220 villages within its expressway network to "ease the worries of families."...

 2020-04-02 07:42 

Manila Bulletin

No discrimination vs. Chinese doctors, please...

House leaders have appealed to Filipinos not to discriminate against Chinese, particularly the doctors who want to lend their expertise and experience to the Philippine government in dealing with the dreaded COVID-19....

 2020-04-02 07:35 

Manila Bulletin

QC police probes killing of barangay volunteer...

The Quezon City Police District clarified that the man who was shot dead by four assailants aboard two motorcycles in Barangay Bagong Silangan was not manning a quarantine checkpoint but a "temporary barangay road closure" on late Wednesday night....

 2020-04-02 07:33 

Manila Bulletin

OVP hits PACC's call for probe as 'inappropriate, ridiculous'...

The camp of Vice President Leni Robredo on Thursday said the Presidential Anti-Crime Commission (PACC) may be "out of touch" for calling a probe into her donation efforts during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic....

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