COVID-19 EBC Special Coverage

OCTA Research recommends an additional week of ECQ

by Emily Manuel Contributor (Eagle News) — OCTA Research supports the position of the Department of Health to extend the lockdown in the NCR+ bubble for an additional week, from April 5 to 11, 2021. They say that “a one-week ECQ is insufficient to reverse the surge and will only further strain our hospital system.” OCTA also recommends extending the ECQ to an additional third week if the reproduction number does not dramatically drop in […]

New and more contagious “Super-CoVid” variants possibly driving Covid-19 surge in NCR

by Emily Manuel Contributor, Eagle News (Eagle News) — In a virtual press conference held on March 3, 2021, the OCTA Research Team, an independent and inter-disciplinary Philippine-based research group, shared its latest report which highlights a sharp rise in the number of Covid-19 cases in some local government units (LGUs) in the National Capital Region (NCR), including: Pasay, Quezon City, Manila, Makati, Malabon, Taguig, Paranaque, and Navotas. This surge is possibly being driven by […]

Flying back to the Philippines during the COVID-19 pandemic: what to expect in the “new normal”

by Emily Manuel Contributor, Eagle News AMSTERDAM, The Netherlands (Eagle News) — With no end in sight for the COVID-19 pandemic, I decided to join 391 stranded Filipino seafarers, workers, and tourists in a repatriation flight organized by the Philippine Embassy in the The Hague last July 3, 2020. KL 875 would take us from Amsterdam to Manila via Bangkok in approximately 15 hours and 45 minutes. – Check-in – Schiphol Airport stands eerily quiet. […]

European Union donates to Guatemala 72,000 test kits to detect COVID-19 cases

EAGLE NEWS —The Republic of Guatemala and its President, Alejandro Giammattei received on June 22, 72,000 RT PCR tests for the detection and diagnosis of the virus causing their respiratory syndrome of COVID-19. This generous donation will serve to strengthen the institutional response of the government of Guatemala to this pandemic. Through this goodwill gesture, President Alejandro Giammattei  said that “They’re friends we have to honor such as the European Union.” These 72,000 tests may […]

INC Giving volunteers from the east coast, ‘do good, to those who need it.’

by Adara Pineda Eagle News VIRGINIA BEACH, Virginia (Eagle News) — The domino effect of COVID-19 continues to take a toll on different aspects of our communities. Throughout the US, more than 36 million Americans are without a job, struggling to make ends meet. While front liners continue to fight the battle saving lives as we race to find a vaccine. Seeing the growing need in their community, INC Giving from Virginia Beach, Virginia, and […]

US government to give additional P201 million COVID-19 aid for Mindanao

(Eagle News) – The United States government will provide an additional P201 million ($4 million) financial assistance to help support vulnerable populations in Mindanao amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the US Embassy in the Philippines announced on Friday, June 5. The Embassy said that US Ambassador Sung Kim met with officials of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) lead by Chief Minister Ahod ‘Al Haj Murad’ Ebrahim, who also chairs the BARMM Inter-Agency Task […]

96 new COVID-19 cases reported among overseas Filipinos, total now at over 5,300

Spike in cases noted across 3 major geographic regions (Eagle News) – The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) reported 96 new confirmed COVID-19 cases involving overseas Filipinos, with the total number of confirmed cases at 5,355 as of Thursday, June 4. “With a spike in confirmed COVID-19 cases among Filipinos abroad today at 96 across three major geographic regions, the total number of COVID-19 infections involving our nationals abroad went over the 5,300 mark,” the […]

PNP:”Consistently high” virus recovery rate among police personnel due to mass testing, early detection

(Eagle News) – The Philippine National Police (PNP) reported a “consistently high” COVID-19 recovery rate among PNP personnel, crediting it to mass testing and early detection. In a statement, PNP Health Service (PNPHS) Director Herminio Tadeo Jr. said the PNP’s current recovery rate is 50.86 percent, with 176 recoveries out of 346 confirmed cases as of Wednesday, June 3. “We attribute this high recovery rate to our intensified mass testing among our police personnel including […]

Liquor ban still in place in Manila amid GCQ

(Eagle News) – The liquor ban imposed over the city of Manila is still in place despite transition to general community quarantine, and business owners caught selling alcoholic beverages will face closure, the city’s mayor announced on Tuesday, June 2. “[A] liquor ban is still being implemented despite the city’s transition to General Community Quarantine”, Manila mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso said in the statement. Domagoso reminded owners of convenience stores, groceries, and other establishments […]

Total COVID-19 cases among overseas Filipinos reach 5,230, more than half undergoing treatment

(Eagle News) – The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) reported 12 new confirmed COVID-19 cases involving overseas Filipinos, with the total number of confirmed cases at 5,230 as of Tuesday, June 2. Of this number, more than half, or 2,717, are still undergoing treatment. Most of the OFW COVID cases are also in the Middle East/Africa region and in Europe, according to the DFA. Middle East/Africa has a total of 3,258 cases, and 1,835 of […]

DILG tells LGUs: Build bike lanes

  (Eagle News) – Local government units have been directed to establish bicycle lanes in their areas, to support cyclists amid the reduced capacity of public transportation due to the general community quarantine (GCQ). In a statement, DILG Secretary Eduardo Año directed provincial governors, city and municipal mayors to coordinate with neighboring LGUs to connect bicycle lanes and establish a bicycle road network. “Siguraduhin po nating walang nakahambalang sa mga dadaanan ng bisikleta sa inyong […]

144 stranded Filipino nationals repatriated from India

(Eagle News) – A total of 144 stranded Filipinos have been repatriated from India in May, the Embassy of India in Manila said on Monday, June 1. “The repatriation of the stranded Filipino nationals was accomplished on 24th and 30th May from the Indian cities of Mumbai and Delhi”, the embassy said in a statement. According to the Indian embassy, 96 stranded Filipinos arrived in the Philppines on May 24, including seafarers, while 48 Filipinos […]