Follow us on Telegram for the latest updates: https://t.me/mothershipsg The Ministry of Health (MOH) will conduct compulsory Covid-19 testing for residents at various Housing & Development Board (HDB) blocks in Ang Mo Kio and Clementi, after multiple cases of Covid-19 have been detected at these blocks. According to MOH, most of these cases are linked to the Jurong Fishery Port cluster. 438 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 10 10 cases of Covid-19 infection have been detected in six households at 438 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 10. MOH will conduct mandatory Covid-19 testing for all residents of the block, in order to uncover community infection cases. Testing is optional for those who have tested negative for Covid-19 from July 24 onwards. The testing will be conducted at the void deck of 438 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 10 on July 29, between 9am and 4pm. Voluntary testing for visitors MOH will also conduct voluntary Covid-19 testing for visitors and those who have interacted with ... » Learn More about Compulsory testing for residents at 3 blocks in Ang Mo Kio & Clementi after 23 Covid-19 cases detected
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MANILA, Philippines (3rd UPDATE) – Senator Aquilino Pimentel III announced on Wednesday, March 25, that he was positive for the coronavirus. On social media, there was some confusion as to whether Pimentel knew that he was positive for the virus as early as Tuesday, March 24. Pimentel brought his wife Kathryna in a hospital in Makati Tuesday evening, as she was scheduled to give birth Wednesday morning. The Pimentels said that they were already at the hospital when the senator received the news about his test results. Here's a timeline of what happened: March 11 At 9:10 pm , Senator Sherwin Gatchalian announces that a resource person in a Senate hearing he had presided over had aqcuired coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Gatchalian says he will place himself under self-quarantine. Senator Nancy Binay, who was with Gatchalian at the hearing, follows suit. March 12 At around 10 am , Pimentel says he talked to Binay ... » Learn More about TIMELINE: When Pimentel tested positive for coronavirus
Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, we’ve heard a lot about global solidarity. Unfortunately, words by themselves will not end the pandemic – or curb the impact of the climate crisis. Now is the moment to show what solidarity means in practice. As G20 Finance Ministers meet in Venice, they face three crucial solidarity tests: on vaccines, on extending an economic lifeline to the developing world, and on climate. First, vaccines. A global vaccination gap threatens us all. While COVID-19 circulates among unvaccinated people, it continues to mutate into variants that could be more transmissible, more deadly, or both. We are in a race between vaccines and variants; if the variants win, the pandemic could kill millions more people and delay a global recovery for years. But while 70% of people in some developed countries are vaccinated, that figure stands at less than 1% for low-income countries. Solidarity means delivering on access to vaccines for everyone – fast. ... » Learn More about [OPINION] The G20 faces 3 big tests
In this file photo taken on March 09, 2021, tourists enjoy the Pre-Columbian Mayan site of Tulum, built on the eastern coast of the Yucatan Peninsula on the Caribbean Sea, in the Mexican state of Quintana Roo. (Photo by Daniel SLIM / AFP) TULUM, Mexico – Tourists writhe their bodies to pumping techno beats on dance floors along Mexico’s Caribbean coast — a magnet for people from around the world who want to party during a pandemic. The Latin American country is among those worst hit by Covid-19 with a death toll fast approaching 200,000. But such worries seem a world away in tourist resorts like Tulum and Cancun, where visitors can dance late into the night at discos, electronic music festivals and invitation-only parties. Once a sleepy fishing village, Tulum now attracts international tourists lured by its turquoise waters, Mayan ruins and the chance to party next to lush jungle, freshwater sinkholes and golden beaches. “The coronavirus thing is nonsense. Life must go on,” ... » Learn More about Tourists in Mexico party like there’s no COVID-19
WE all know that lockdowns are temporary measures to control the spread of Covid-19 within the community and lessen the healthcare burden. However, there are major concerns about how they can negatively affect people’s mental health. As a paediatrician, I receive numerous calls and visits by parents worried about their children’s health – especially those less than five years old. Most parents assume that the older age group would understand the pandemic better than the young ones and thus handle it better. I beg to differ. Here are some observed effects of lockdowns on children. > Developmental milestones – For school-going children, repeated school closures and strict movement control cause a significant reduction in having direct contact with their peers. Such measures also prevent children from participating in social activities like going to the playground or having playdates. This situation may make them feel lonely and anxious and some (especially young adults) ... » Learn More about How do lockdowns affect our children and what can we do to help them?
MANILA, Philippines – The novel coronavirus has caused most stock markets in Asia, including the Philippines’ local bourse, to bleed. Year-to-date, the bellwether Philippine Stock Exchange index (PSEi) has dropped to a 52-week low of 7,129, well within bear territory and far from optimistic forecasts. This means that if you bought stocks at the start of 2020, priced at almost 7,800 each, you have lost over 8% of your investments. While the stock market is not totally indicative of the economy’s health, it does tell quite a lot about business sentiment. So far, it seems that sentiment does not go with some of the numbers. Analysts and even the government’s economic team have all been somewhat unanimous in saying that while the impact of the novel coronavirus is hard to price in, the economy, so far, can take the hit. The Philippines is also a domestic consumption-driven economy, which means that the economy is not very reliant on trade to grow. ... » Learn More about Businesses worry more about Duterte gov’t than novel coronavirus
This question at the Philippine Business for Education's (PBEd) July 5 press conference was key. Since early 2021, PBEd has been beating the drums to warn against this learning crisis. A week later, the question gained greater prominence when the IATF reviewed the controversy that had erupted between Department of Education (DepEd) Secretary Leonor Briones and the World Bank (WB) . DepEd Secretary Leonor Briones was the star of the IATF session, earning praise from President Duterte for extracting a public apology from the WB, which had released a report on the poor state of basic education in the country. But the summary conclusion of the meeting, which suggested that the president was not unduly worried about education, seemed to misunderstand Secretary Briones’ issues with the WB and the gravity of the problems facing the department. The case of Briones against the WB rested on three points. First, it released its study to the media without giving her prior ... » Learn More about [OPINION] Does the government believe there is a learning crisis?
Vice President Leni Robredo recently met with potential 2022 presidential race contenders, senators Richard Gordon and Senator Panfilo Lacson as well as the latter’s running mate, Senate President Vicente Sotto III. This was confirmed to Rappler by Robredo’s spokesperson Barry Gutierrez on Wednesday, July 28. He said the meetings were conducted last week – between July 19 to 23 – as part of the Vice President’s effort to build the “broadest unity” possible in 2022. Lacson also confirmed meeting the Vice President with Sotto during the Kapihan sa Manila Bay forum , while Gordon disclosed it an ANC Headstart interview . Robredo was accompanied in her meeting with the Lacson-Sotto tandem by former senator Bam Aquino, her ally from the once-ruling Liberal Party and who had served as her campaign manager in the 2016 elections. Robredo was the underdog of the vice presidential race then, beating five incumbent Male senators to become Vice ... » Learn More about ‘Possible unity’ in 2022? Robredo meets with Lacson-Sotto, Gordon
The following is our exclusive weekly feature in which we ask our readers a news topical question and then give you a week to answer it on our various channels, compiling a diverse range of answers and opinions to present to you, our valued readers. Last week, we asked you the following: Reader Talkback: What do you think about Chonburi becoming a maximum control zone and getting tougher restrictions? Some context around the question: This week, we are going to choose the biggest topic on most people’s minds, Chonburi becoming a maximum control zone, or dark red, effective tomorrow, July 20th, 2021 until further notice. This announcement brings a number of tough new restrictions, measures, closures, and other rules. Officials claim the move will help prevent Covid-19 in the province as cases have steadily been rising for the most part regionally. The decision was, it is to be noted, made by the Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration, or CCSA, with the central ... » Learn More about Reader Talkback Results: What do you think about Chonburi becoming a maximum control zone and getting tougher restrictions?
The people can now see for themselves, think for themselves and even decide for themselves when it comes to whether they can trust the opposition Members of Parliament to be their representatives. Watching the ongoing Parliament special sitting, uncouth mannerisms, misbehaviour, clamorous uproar and hullabaloo have become the order of the day. Indeed, tumultuous furor and pandemonium created by opposition lawmakers rule the day in this sitting, and the live broadcasts are simply not advisable for viewing as it will set a bad example as a promotion of negativity Right from Day One of this special sitting, opposition MPs including Pakatan Harapan president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim have only spent their time hitting out at the government-of-the-day. They have been pointing out its so-called faults, weaknesses and wrongdoings in its handling of the Covid-19 pandemic instead of sharing constructive views or opinions on how to salvage and better the well-being of people during these ... » Learn More about MPs must stop their theatrics for the sake of people