Facing high demand, Sao Paulo factor ramps up mask production amid coronavirus outbreak

UNTV News   •   March 5, 2020   •   597

A Sao Paulo factory found itself ramping up production of protective face masks this week, facing increased demand as the coronavirus outbreak continues to spread across the world.

Delta Plus Pro Safety Brazil is a division of Delta Plus, a global company that produces personal protective equipment. On Wednesday (March 3), workers were racing to keep up with a slew of requests amid fear over the virus.

Julio Cezar Molezine is the Executive Director of Delta Plus Pro Safety Brazil said the company’s masks meet protection standards for coronavirus.

He said the factory has increased production by 25 percent, but even that does not meet recent demand.

He added that the company has been fielding requests for mask orders from all over the world but that the Sao Paulo factory is committed to supplying the local market first. Molezine added that they have agreed only to export to the United States and China so far.

The fast-spreading coronavirus has reached some 80 nations with more new cases now reported outside China where the flu-like illness first emerged late last year.

Globally there have been more than 94,000 cases and 3220 deaths according to a Reuters tally. (REUTERS CONNECT)

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WHO monitoring new coronavirus variant called ‘Mu’

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 1, 2021

The World Health Organization (WHO) has said it is monitoring a new coronavirus variant called Mu.

According to the WHO bulletin on Tuesday (August 31), the Mu variant or B.1.621, has been classified as a “variant of interest.”

The variant was first detected in Columbia on January 2021 and was designated as a variant of interest on August 30, 2021.

Preliminary data showed that the Mu variant has the same behavior as the Beta variant. However, the WHO added that the data still needs to be confirmed by further studies.

“The Mu variant has a constellation of mutations that indicate potential properties of immune escape,” the bulletin said.

There are currently five variants of interests namely Eta, Iota, Kappa, Lambda, and the Mu variant. Variants of interest are defined by the WHO as variants “identified to cause significant community transmission or multiple COVID-19 clusters, in multiple countries with increasing relative prevalence alongside increasing number of cases over time.” AAC

Philippines reports largest daily rise of 8,773 new COVID-19 cases

Aileen Cerrudo   •   March 25, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—The Philippines has logged another record high of 8,773 new COVID-19 cases in a day.

Based on latest bulletin of the Department of Health (DOH), as of  Thursday (March 25), the new infections pushed the country’s total COVID-19 tally to 693,048; of which 99,891 are active cases.

DOH also reported 574 patients have recovered from the viral disease, bringing the recovery count to 580,062.

The death toll also rose to 13,095 with 56 new fatalities.

Out of the confirmed cases 98% of them are mild or asymptomatic.

Quezon City, Manila, and Cavite are among the top cities/provinces with the highest number of COVID-19 cases. The case count in Quezon City is at 55,607. Manila has recorded 38,298 cases while Cavite has logged 32,792.

The Health Department also reported that bed occupancy rate is at 43.1% with 12,798 occupied beds. AAC

Philippines logs 7,757 new COVID-19 cases

UNTV News   •   March 21, 2021

MANILA —  The Philippines logged its second highest single-day record of COVID-19 cases on Sunday with 7,757, taking the active cases tally to 73,072.

In its latest bulletin, the Department of Health (DOH) said the country’s total caseload now stands at 663,794.

The number of people who have recuperated from the disease surged to 577,754 with the addition of 15,288 new recoveries.

Meanwhile, the DOH also reported 39 new deaths, raising the death toll to 12,968.

The DOH reminded the public to avoid non-essential travel and observe strict adherence to minimum public health standards, which include the wearing of masks at all times even at home when living with other people, especially the vulnerable.

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