MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Health (DOH) reported on Tuesday 4,437 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total active coronavirus cases in the country to 57,736. There were also 116 patients who have recovered, pushing the number of patients who have survived the disease to 560,736. Meanwhile, 11 additional people have died. The COVID-19 death toll is now at 12,848. A total of 631,320 COVID-19 cases have so far been recorded in the country. According to DOH, active cases represent 9.1 percent of the total count, while recoveries and deaths compose 88.8 and 2.04 percent of the tally, respectively. Of the active cases, 96.6 percent are either mild or asymptomatic. The DOH said 10 duplicate entries, including three recoveries, were removed from the total case count, while four cases that were previously reported as recoveries were reclassified as deaths after final validation. Seven laboratories were not able to submit their results to COVID-19 Document ... » Learn More about DOH reports 4,437 new COVID-19 cases; total active cases now 57,736
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SINGAPORE: This Saturday, May 8, was supposed to be an auspicious date for Mr Dittaya Mhosomboon. It would have been the first day of business at his new gym along Hong Kong Street. He had set aside slots for clients to attend training sessions and to view the new facilities, with classes lined up from 8am to 4pm. Instead, the 31-year-old will now remember it for different reasons, after it was announced that indoor gyms and fitness studios will have to close from May 8 to 30 as Singapore tightens COVID-19 measures amid a rise in community cases. “It was definitely unexpected … It happened to be so unlucky that it was on the first day, the launch,” said Mr Mhosomboon. “The initial first thing that I could think of was: ‘What am I going to do?’” READ: Cap of 5 people for social gatherings, household visits to return as Singapore tightens COVID-19 measures In announcing the new measures on Tuesday, the Ministry of Health (MOH) said: "Based on overseas and local experience, ... » Learn More about Gym and fitness studio owners disappointed at mandated closures as they find ways to adapt
GENEVA: WHO experts have voiced "very low confidence" in data provided by Chinese state-owned drugmaker Sinopharm on its COVID-19 vaccine regarding the risk of serious side-effects in some patients, but overall confidence in its ability to prevent the disease, a document seen by Reuters shows. A World Health Organization spokesman said that the document on Sinopharm vaccine BBIBP-CorV was "one of many resources" on which recommendations are made, tentatively scheduled to be issued later this week. In Beijing, Sinopharm was not immediately reachable for comment outside working hours. The "evidence assessment" document was prepared by the WHO's Strategic Advisory Group of Experts (SAGE) for its review scheduled this week of the Sinopharm shot, authorised by 45 countries and jurisdictions for use in adults, with 65 million doses administered. The experts review evidence and give recommendations on policy and dosages associated with a vaccine. The document includes summaries of ... » Learn More about WHO experts voice ‘very low confidence’ in some Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine data
(Reuters) -Facebook Inc's independent oversight board, which on Wednesday upheld the company's ban on former U.S. President Donald Trump, currently consists of 20 members. Here is a list of the board members: CO-CHAIRS CATALINA BOTERO-MARINO Botero-Marino is a Colombian attorney who was the Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights of the Organization of American States from 2008 to 2014. She is now Dean of the Universidad de los Andes Faculty of Law. JAMAL GREENE Greene is a Columbia Law professor whose scholarship focuses on constitutional rights adjudication and the structure of legal and constitutional argument. He was a law clerk for former U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens. MICHAEL MCCONNELL McConnell, now a constitutional law professor at Stanford Law, was a U.S. federal circuit judge. Appointed by Republican President George W. Bush, he was viewed as a possible U.S. Supreme Court nominee. He is an ... » Learn More about Factbox-Who are the first members of Facebook’s oversight board?
Dogecoin is the name of a cryptocurrency inspired by the Internet's famous Doge meme. Last week, its value rose sharply thanks to the mass effort of stock market dabblers and social media users. Created in Dec 2013 by Billy Markus, an American software engineer, this cryptocurrency today counts a community of some 336,200 people. With the Dogecoin, Billy Markus wanted to have a laugh with his friends, poking fun at other budding cryptocurrencies by making a kind of crypto-meme mashup with the potential to reach out to as many people as the Bitcoin. And with a little Shiba Inu dog as its logo, the cryptocurrency clearly references Doge, one of the Internet's cult memes, dating back to 2003. Peak ridicule achieved. The Dogecoin doesn't really have any economic value, but, as the Cryptoast website explains, it can be used principally as a means of payment for giving tips to content creators on the Internet. On Jan 29 (Friday), the value of Dogecoin rose by over 264%, reaching ... » Learn More about Is Dogecoin a joke cryptocurrency?
TO intensify community disaster preparedness in flood-prone areas, the Department of Science and Technology Region X (DoST-X) recently turned over a check amounting to Ph209,400 to the Local Government Unit of Sinacaban (LGU-Sinacaban) in Misamis Occidental. Flooding has become prevalent in Sinacaban’s lowlands and coastal areas, as well as near the floodplains of its major rivers. Historical records from the past few years show that the municipality experienced the worst floods in 1999, 2008, 2010, and 2014. The floods are usually the effect of continuous rains caused by Intertropical Convergence Zones (ITCZ) and Low-Pressure Areas (LPA). As a result, these natural hazards cause damage to several crops, livestock, fishponds, government, and private structures in the barangays. Unfortunately, the municipality’s disaster surveillance has been insufficient due to the lack of weather monitoring devices to monitor rainfall in the area. To address the problem, the DoST-X and ... » Learn More about Sinacaban, Misamis Occidental heightens disaster preparedness via DoST support
JAKARTA: Train stations and airports in Jakarta were packed with travellers making a last-ditch effort to leave the capital city, with the government set to impose another ban on Thursday (May 6) on the annual exodus to other provinces marking the end of Ramadan. The government fears that Indonesia will see a surge in COVID-19 infections if millions of people are allowed to travel from the cities to their hometowns to celebrate the Idul Fitri holiday. The ban on the mass migration , known as Mudik, will be enforced from midnight on May 6 until May 17. The authorities have pledged to beef up enforcement actions at the checkpoints. Meanwhile, epidemiologists have criticised the ban for being too brief, adding that the short period will defeat the purpose of curbing the spread of the coronavirus. According to train company Kereta Api Indonesia, around 15,000 people have been leaving Jakarta via the two main inter-city stations every day since last week. The two stations are in ... » Learn More about Thousands make last-ditch attempt to leave Jakarta ahead of 2nd Idul Fitri travel ban