Day: March 28, 2020

Virus cases top 1,000 as DOH steps up tests

MANILA, Philippines — The total number of new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases in the country breached the 1,000th mark on Saturday after the Department of Health (DOH) reported that 272 people tested positive for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes the respiratory illness. Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire reiterated in an online press briefing that the […]

PH to import 300,000 tons of rice

MANILA, Philippines — The government is prepared to import 300,000 metric tons of rice “if necessary” amid the Luzon-wide quarantine to stop the spread of the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19), according to Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles. The Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases has approved the Department of Agriculture’s (DA) recommendation […]

Reflection, review timely halfway through lockdown

The approaching halfway mark of the community quarantine has us in a mood for reflection. As hard as it is, things could be worse. Thankfully, the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) is far milder than the severe acute respiratory syndrome, Middle Easr respiratory syndrome and the avian flu. To date, the worst attribute of Covid-19 is […]

A time for the Great Repurposing

Today’s leaders who look at history for guides on how to deal with the current coronavirus-induced crisis can seek instructions from the decisive actions taken by the Roosevelt administration during the Great Depression in the 1930s. The context maybe different — the Great Depression’s economic collapse versus today’s thriving economies suddenly shell-shocked by a fast-spreading, […]

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