‘Collective fear’ psychologist explains panic behavior amid coronavirus pandemic

French professor and researcher, Dr. Jocelyn Raude, sits down with Agence France-Presse (AFP), to explain the psychology of “Collective fear” and panic behavior. “There are contagion effects on the social level: this small minority generates a feeling of concern spread to the rest of the population through the mobilization of resources for basic necessities.” Dr. Raude also explains the difference between the elderly (most affect by the virus) and the youth about their fears. “When […]

Ombudsman’s office in QC, other offices closed until April 13

(Eagle News) – The Office of the Ombudsman in Quezon City will be closed until April 13. A public announcement by the Ombudsman’s Media Affairs Office said the closure also of its offices in Cebu, Davao, Iloilo, Tacloban, and Cagayan de Oro was pursuant to President Rodrigo Duterte’s declaration of a Luzon-wide enhanced community quarantine, and the declarations of other local executives to place their localities under a general community quarantine. “During this time, the […]

Virus-stricken airlines face bailout or bust

by Andrew BEATTY Agence France-Presse SYDNEY, Australia (AFP) — Airlines worldwide face an unprecedented existential threat as the coronavirus shuts down global travel, leaving governments with controversial and costly decisions about which carriers to bail out. A toxic mix of fear, crippling travel bans and investor panic have pummeled the sector, with demand collapsing and carriers cutting flight capacity by up to 90 percent. One troubled airline, Britain’s Flybe, has already gone to the wall and […]

UK rolls out tougher virus action after dire science warning

by Alice RITCHIE / Phil HAZLEWOOD / Joe JACKSON Agence France-Presse London, United Kingdom (AFP) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s government on Tuesday unveiled a huge package of support for businesses to help them survive the introduction of tough new social measures to stem the coronavirus outbreak. The Conservative leader said Britain needed to act “like any wartime government”, as finance minister Rishi Sunak unveiled a £330 billion ($400 billion, 363 billion euros) package of […]

Potential breakthrough: Doctors in Australia map body’s COVID-19 immune response

by Patrick GALEY and Marlowe HOOD Agence France-Presse PARIS, France (AFP)—Researchers in Australia said Tuesday they had mapped the body’s immune response to the novel coronavirus, in a potential breakthrough in the fight against the global killer. A team of scientists were able to test blood samples from a patient who had contracted COVID-19 and was hospitalized with moderate symptoms. Authors of the study, published in the journal Nature Medicine, said it was the first time […]

PHL records two new COVID-19 deaths, total at 14

(Eagle News) — The Department of Health on Tuesday night announced two additional deaths from the coronavirus disease 2019. With the deaths of patients 126 and 129, the number of COVID-19 deaths in the country is at 14. According to the DOH, patient 126 was a 76-year-old male who was admitted to the Adventist Medical Center in Manila on March 9, and was confirmed to have COVID-19 on March 15. He had type 2 diabetes […]

Dutch PM Mark Rutte asks citizens to look out for one another

by Emily Manuel Contributor, Eagle News The Netherlands (Eagle News) — On March 16, 2020, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte addressed the nation to discuss the state of affairs concerning the coronavirus. This is the first national address by a prime minister in over 40 years. According to PM Rutte, the measures that the government has taken so far have been guided by scientific experts. “The reality is that in the near future a large […]

Out-patient department of PGH closed indefinitely due to enhanced community quarantine

MANILA, Philippines (Eagle News) – The Philippine General Hospital (PGH) indefinitely closed its Out-Patient Department in compliance with the enhanced community quarantine imposed over Luzon. The announcement was made in a statement by Dr. Jonas del Rosario, PGH Coordinator for Public Affairs posted in the Facebook page of the PGH. Included in the closure is the UP-PGH’s Sentro Oftalmologico Jose Rizal (SOJR), a national eye referral center. “Sa mga taong mapapadpad sa OPD, maaari pong […]

Actor Christopher de Leon says he has COVID-19

(Eagle News) — Actor Christopher de Leon on Tuesday, March 17, confirmed he has the coronavirus disease 2019. In a social media post, the actor said that he did not have any travel history, nor did he have any contact with a person positive for COVID-19. “However, due to the nature of my work in the entertainment business, I have interacted with many people. I therefore ask anyone who has come  in contact me within […]

DOE imposes price freeze on LPG, kerosene

(Eagle News) – The Department of Energy announced the imposition of a 15-day price freeze on household LPG and kerosene in several areas where a state of calamity was declared due to the 2019 coronavirus disease. In an advisory, the DOE said that within the 15-day period, a roll back of prices will be implemented, while price increases are strictly prohibited. The price freeze covers the following areas: LUZON March 13-27 Quezon City March 14-28 […]

COVID-19 Update: the Netherlands

by Malou Francisco and Alexandra Megia Eagle News NETHERLANDS (EAGLE NEWS) — On March 15, two o’clock in the afternoon, Central European Time, a total of 1,135 people who tested positive with the COVID-19 virus. In light of this, Dutch government has taken new measures in response to the pressures from the medical specialists and educators. March 16 — all schools and daycare centers in the Netherlands are to be shut down till April 6, […]

COVID-19 Update: Spain

by Lyn Tumbaga Diaz and Alexandra Megia Eagle News Service SPAIN (Eagle News) — Spain is officially on lockdown. From March 14 to March 28, this 15-day lockdown is to help curb the spreading of COVID-19. With 7,753 out of Spain’s 46.66 million (.01% +/-) residents are infected with COVID-19, self-quarantine is in affect for all households. Residents are only allowed to leave their households: -To obtain, food, medicine, and basic necessities -To obtain medical […]