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JUST IN: PHL confirms 414 new COVID-19 cases, bringing total to 3660

11 new deaths, nine new recoveries recorded (Eagle News) — The Department of Health on Monday, April 6, reported 414 new cases of the coronavirus disease 2019 in the country, bringing the total to 3660. According to the DOH, nine new patients have recovered while 11 others have died. The number of recoveries so far was at 73, while deaths were at 163. President Rodrigo Duterte has imposed an enhanced community quarantine in Luzon to […]

Senator Angara says he has recovered from COVID-19

(Eagle News) — Senator Sonny Angara on Monday, April 6, said he has recovered from the coronavirus disease 2019. In a Facebook post, Angara said after several days in the emergency room and the COVID-19 wing, his doctors finally sent him home, “negative for the virus and pneumonia free.” “Big big thanks to my doctors and nurses for taking care of me and to my family, loved ones, friends for all the prayers, letters and […]

DOH: Almost 23000 COVID-19 tests conducted in PHL

82.7 percent of total yielded negative results, DOH says (Eagle News) — Almost 23,000 coronavirus disease 2019 tests have been conducted in the country so far, the Department of Health said on Monday, April 6. According to Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire, the majority of the 22958 COVID-19 tests, or  82.7%  however, yielded negative results. Over 3000, or 3414, she said, turned out positive. She said this was  16.9% of the total number of tests […]

Lawyer files complaint vs Pimentel over hospital trip

(Eagle News) — A lawyer has filed a complaint against Senator Koko Pimentel for his alleged breach of his self-quarantine for the coronavirus disease 2019, for which he later tested positive. In a Facebook post, lawyer Rico Quicho said he filed the complaint before the Department of Justice through electronic email against Pimentel for violation of Republic Act No. 11332, its implementing rules and regulations, and other Department of Health guidelines. RA No. 11332  bans […]

Guevarra expresses support for LGU enactment of measures vs discrimination of frontliners, COVID-19 patients

(Eagle News)–Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra has expressed support for the passage of measures at the local government unit level to prevent discrimination against frontliners and coronavirus disease 2019 patients. “Whether in the form of an ordinance or an executive order, local government issuances presumably have a deterrent effect on the commission of discriminatory acts in their respective jurisdiction,” Guevarra said. Guevarra made the statement after the Department of the Interior and Local Government urged LGUs […]

IATF receives more reports of COVID-19 related harassment, discrimination; warns those committing such acts

  (Eagle News) – The Interagency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Disease again warned those who are committing acts of harassment and discrimination due to fears about COVID-19, saying that they will be charged and penalized in accordance with the Bayanihan to Heal as One Law. Cabinet Secretary and IATF spokesperson Karlo Nograles repeated the warning on Monday, April 6, after receiving reports that the family of a patient who died due to coronavirus in […]

Galvez: President Duterte may make decision on ECQ between April 12 and 14

(Eagle News)–President Rodrigo Duterte may make a decision on whether to lift or extend the enhanced community quarantine this weekend or next week. This is according to Carlito Galvez, chief implementor of the country’s COVID-19 national action plan, in a radio interview. “Ang nakikita ko magdedecide ang Presidente between April 12 and April 14,” he said. He said for his part, he was for the extension of the ECQ, as the number of COVID-19 deaths […]

Doctors’, lawyers groups urge COVID-19 patients, PUIs to waive confidentiality, inform contacts of their condition

(Eagle News) – The Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP), the Philippine Medical Association (PMA), and the Philippine College of Surgeons (PCS) are requesting COVID-19 patients to voluntarily offer information about their medical condition to help curb the spread of the disease. In a joint statement, the three groups said that patients seeking treatment or admission, without divulging their true condition, compromise both hospitals and their health workers, and make it difficult for the government […]

Over 300 repatriated Filipino seafarers from Italy, Germany arrive in PHL on Sunday

(Eagle News)–Over 300 repatriated Filipino seafarers arrived from Italy and Germany on Sunday amid the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic. The Department of Foreign Affairs said of the 322 recently repatriated from Italy, 114 were from Costa Diadema and 208 from Costa Victoria in Italy. Sixteen crew members of cruise ship Amadea, on the other hand, arrived in Manila from Frankfurt, Germany. According to the DFA, as of Sunday, April 6, it had repatriated close to […]

AFP says chief of staff Santos has recovered from COVID-19

(Eagle News)–Armed Forces of the Philippines chief of staff Felimon Santos Jr. has recovered from the coronavirus disease 2019. This was announced by the AFP in a statement from AFP spokesperson Brig. Gen. Edgard Arevalo. “We are pleased to announce that AFP chief of staff Gen. Felimon Santos Jr. has been tested negative for COVID-19 following the test conducted by the Department of Health (DOH) and the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM). He is […]

Cloudy skies, rains expected in PHL today

(Eagle News)–Cloudy skies and rains are expected in the country today. The Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration said Batanes and the Babuyan Group of Islands will have cloudy skies with isolated light rains due to the Northeasterly Surface Windflow. Metro Manila and the rest of the country on the other hand will have partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers. PAGASA said this was due to the easterlies affecting the eastern section […]

Malacanang says there is “emerging consensus” for quarantine extension for another 2 weeks

  (Eagle News) – Malacanang said that “there is an emerging consensus” from medical experts, businessmen, government officials and other individuals to extend the enhanced community quarantine for another two weeks. Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said this in a statement as the quarantine period is set to end on April 12 in Luzon. Panelo said that President Rodrigo Duterte is observing and studying the situation, while consulting experts, as he wants the virus pandemic to […]