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Metro Manila will remain under GCQ until July 31

Updated @ 12:26, ​​Thursday 16 July 2020 MANILA, Philippines – With the continuing rise in confirmed COVID-19 cases in the country, President Rodrigo Duterte has chosen to once again extend the general quarantine (GCQ) over Metro Manila until July 31. Duterte’s spokesman Harry Roque announced on Wednesday night that the president “agreed” to hold Metro Manila during GCQ after a …

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Zubiri: Duque called, sorry for the “mix-up” on PH’s COVID-19 curve

MANILA, Philippines – Health Secretary Francisco Duque III on Wednesday apologized for the “mix-up” caused by his earlier statement that the Philippines has flattened the curve for COVID-19 infections in the country since April. This was due to Senate Majority Leader Juan Miguel Zubiri, who previously told the health secretary about his remark. READ: ‘OMG!’ Senators rib duque over flat …

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Police say no haunting of COVID-19 patients as critics warn of new “Tokhang” program

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 15) – Authorities killed fears from many critics of the reported police search to check for home quarantine protocol violators, with many comparing the drug war known as the Oplan Tokhang. Home Secretary Eduardo Año on Wednesday denied that the government was militarizing its COVID-19 response by deploying more state security to control the spread …

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PH has “successfully” flattened the curve since April – Duque

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 15) – The Philippines has “successfully” flattened the curve for coronavirus infections, Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said Wednesday. Duque spoke when asked about the steady increase in local COVID-19 cases, which have reached 57,545 infections as of July 14. Of these, 20,459 have recovered while 1,603 died. “We have successfully flattened the curve since …

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House-to-house search for COVID-19 patients is OK as long as “it’s within limits” – Sotto

MANILA, Philippines – As long as it stays within reasonable limits, Senate President Vicente Sotto III said he sees no problem with the government’s latest policy urging police and local authorities to conduct a house-to-house search for mild and asymptomatic COVID- 19 patients. “It seems they are dead serious when they truncate the spread of the virus,” Sotto said in …

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DPWH Secretary Villar tests positive for COVID-19

MANILA, Philippines – Department of Public Works and Highways Secretary Mark Villar has tested positive for coronavirus disease 2019. Will himself announced this in a Facebook post on Wednesday. “I regret that I announced that today, July 15, I received my test result and that is positive for COVID-19,” he said in his post. I regret that I announced that …

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Military agents shot in the back – DOJ

Legal Secretary Menardo Guevarra. (File photo by Philippine Daily Enquirer) MANILA, Philippines – Three of the four army officers killed by police in Jolo, Sulu province at the end of last month, were shot several times in the back, Justice Minister Menardo Guevarra said on Tuesday. Guevarra cited a field report submitted by the National Bureau of Investigation, which contained …

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Robredo begins publishing COVID-19 data to check if PH is plotting the curve

MANILA, Philippines – Vice President Leni Robredo has decided to share the daily COVID-19 bulletin from the Department of Health (DOH) in an attempt to monitor whether the country is actually planning the infection curve. Robredo said on Tuesday that her office would also post an epidemiology curve provided by the University of the Philippines (UP) COVID-19 Response Team – …

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