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Lacson to ordinary citizens: Practice selfless act, declare if COVID-19 positive


MANILA, Philippines — Senator Panfilo Lacson on Saturday encouraged ordinary Filipinos to disclose if they are COVID-19 positive in order to inform their close contacts, who in turn could seek tests and proper treatment.   In a statement, Lacson said public figures infected with the highly contagious illness have already come forward and made public their conditions, which aided health authorities to address the consequent situation.   “Maybe it is time for the ‘man on the street’ — the ordinary Filipinos — to do the same in order to alert those who they had interacted with to take the necessary measures so that the infection does not spread further,” the …

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Keeping fit with no gyms open is a new NBA challenge


Denver’s players, if they’re so willing, have the same assignment each day: Go to their phone or tablet, launch an app and view their individualized daily workout plan that was created by the Nuggets’ strength and conditioning staff. For now, it’s the best idea the Nuggets have — as they, like every other NBA team, are figuring out new ways to do almost everything. Nobody knows when NBA players will be in a game again, with the season on hold because of the global coronavirus pandemic. Most don’t even have access to basketball courts right now, and every team training facility is shuttered right now for safety reasons. Public health clubs and gyms are off-limits, too. But …

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Baseball jerseys being turned into hospital gowns, masks


Major League Baseball jerseys are being turned into desperately needed hospital masks and gowns to help health care workers combat the coronavirus pandemic, thanks to the league’s uniform manufacturer. MLB and official apparel maker Fanatics are absorbing all costs associated with converting machinery at the Easton, Pennsylvania, factory from uniform manufacturing to production of up to one million masks and gowns. “I’m proud that Major League Baseball can partner with Fanatics to help support the brave healthcare workers and emergency personnel who are on the front lines of helping patients with COVID-19. They’re truly heroes,” MLB president Rob Manfred said. “We …

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Rumors hampering fight against coronavirus in South Asia


NEW DELHI — The message started with an outlandish claim: The coronavirus was retreating in India because of “cosmic-level sound waves” created by a collective cheer that citizens had been asked to join. Messages were pinging from phone to phone across this country of 1.3 billion saying the applause Prime Minister Narendra Modi had organized for health workers had been detected by a “bio-satellite” that confirmed the weakening of the virus. Soon, Siddhart Sehgal’s family group chat on WhatsApp was buzzing with messages hailing Modi as India’s savior. It of course wasn’t true. As India and other South Asian nations work to stop the spread of the virus, they face another …

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Legazpi City deploys police team at COVID-19 patient’s apartment


LEGAZPI CITY —- The city government here has deployed a security team to monitor the American citizen who tested positive of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Mayor Noel Rosal said the patient was temporarily living in an apartment in Barangay Bagumbayan with her Filipina girlfriend. The said village was placed under total lockdown on Friday night. Lieutenant Colonel Aldwin Gamboa, city police chief, said since Friday night, a team was deployed to control the area and make sure that the patient would not go out of their home. In a press release Friday night, the Department of Health said two patients in Albay tested positive for COVID-19, PH765 and PH766, 50- and 53-year-old …

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Trump signs $2.2T stimulus after swift congressional votes


    WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump signed an unprecedented $2.2 trillion economic rescue package into law Friday, after swift and near-unanimous action by Congress to support businesses, rush resources to overburdened health care providers and help struggling families during the deepening coronavirus epidemic.   Acting with unity and resolve unseen since the 9/11 attacks, Washington moved urgently to stem an economic free-fall caused by widespread restrictions meant to slow the spread of the virus that have shuttered schools, closed businesses and brought American life in many places to a virtual standstill.   “This will deliver urgently n…

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South Africa reports first virus death as lockdown starts


  JOHANNESBURG, South Africa — South Africa recorded its first death from coronavirus on Friday as its infection tally breached the 1,000 mark just hours after a three-week nationwide lockdown took effect. The news came as World Health Organization director for Africa warned of a “dramatic evolution” of the disease which has, according to AFP tally, killed 94 out of nearly 3,500 infected people across the world’s poorest continent. South Africa, which has the highest number of confirmed cases at 1,170, recorded its first death on Friday. Earlier Health Minister Zweli Mkhize had reported two deaths, but late on Friday, he revised the toll to one. The second patient h…

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US military says virus pandemic has no impact on operations


    WASHINGTON — U.S. military operations abroad have not been impacted by the novel coronavirus pandemic, a senior U.S. general said Friday. “There is no impact on the operations,” said General John Hyten, the vice-chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff. “The currently assigned missions that we have across the globe are still being executed with the same rules of engagement and the same construct that we’ve had a month ago or two months ago.” The U.S. military will “continue to adjust as we get different requirements, but there’s been no impact on those missions due to the coronavirus,” he said. Hyten said the number of COVID-19 cases among U.S. forc…

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