New cases reported outside Hubei epicenter drop to single digit as China brings coronavirus epidemic under control

UNTV News   •   March 3, 2020   •   943

An encouraging trend that the spread of the virus is under control in China as the country reported just six new confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) occurring outside the epicenter Hubei Province on Sunday.

According to data released by China’s National Health Commission on Monday, China had 202 new confirmed cases of COVID-19, 42 new deaths and 141 new suspected cases reported on Sunday from 31 provincial-level regions and the Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps.

“The above information suggests that the rapid rise of epidemic in Wuhan is under control, and in addition to Wuhan, the outbreak in other regions of Hubei is under control as well. The epidemic in other provinces outside Hubei shows a positive trend,” said Mi Feng, a spokesman with the National Health Commission.

A total of 2,837 patients were cured and discharged from hospitals on Sunday, among them, more than 270 patients were discharged from two temporary hospitals set up in Wuhan City, the highest number of patients to be discharged in a single day since the hospitals were set up nearly a month ago.

A total of 140 patients were cleared to leave the Jianghan Temporary Hospital, which was built in the Wuhan International Conference and Exhibition Center, marking the largest number to leave within a single day. The temporary hospital has received and treated more than 1,800 people since February 5, two-thirds of whom have now been discharged.

Upon leaving the hospital, a patient surnamed Zhang shared his plan of donating his plasma, which doctors say can help treat those who are infected with COVID-19.

“I hope I can help more people within my reach since I have recovered,” said Zhang, adding that he is ready to go back to be a volunteer and serve more people.

Another 132 patients were discharged from the so-called “Wuhan Living Room” temporary hospital, which has received and treated 1,760 people since it was set up on February 5.

People of all professions and walks of life have been playing their own crucial roles in fighting the ongoing COVID-19 epidemic in Wuhan, remaining resolute to the cause and supporting each other through the most difficult times.

Among them is 58-year-old Zhang Jinnong, director of the emergency department at the Wuhan Union Hospital, who was infected by the virus due to frequent contact with patients. He continued to make contributions to the epidemic prevention and control efforts during his two-week home quarantine period after recovering.

The doctor explored clinical treatment methods at home after analyzing his own experience as a patient, participated in case consultations through telecommunication, and also drafted preliminary diagnosis and treatment plans for the hospital’s upper respiratory tract infection and virus-like pneumonia cases.

As soon as he was cleared to return to the hospital, Zhang again resumed the fight, hoping to inspire and help others recover as he did.

“I have been a doctor for 35 years, it is my duty to heal the wounded and save the dying. I was infected then cured, which should give people some confidence. This is a war without gunpowder smoke, but as the director, if I fight on the frontline, then people will have more confidence,” said Zhang.

There are extra responsibilities after the outbreak, and young police officer Zhao Chuang has been among those serving his local district. With his police station covering an area with a lot of senior residents, Zhao has been helping to transfer elderly patients.

“Everybody is trying hard battling the epidemic, everybody has left his or her own family behind to help more people. Nobody is afraid of hard work or danger, so everybody is a hero,” said Zhao.

Since the outbreak, nearly 20,000 volunteers in Wuhan have devoted themselves to various voluntary services. In addition, many ordinary citizens in the city spontaneously formed volunteer teams to provide medical personnel with transport services, and provide residents with purchasing and delivery options for food and medicine.

“At first, I was very scared, worrying about my family, my classmates and friends. But after we’ve calmed down, we tried to figure out what can we do for the community, and for the city we love. We are determined to go wherever we are needed, trying to shoulder more social responsibilities,” said volunteer and student Zheng Xinyi from Wuhan University.

Volunteers are also helping foreigners in Wuhan to cope with their daily needs.

Steve McClure, a professor with Wuhan University, is one of the beneficiaries.

“We are making an incredible sacrifice in Wuhan. The volunteers are risking themselves to maintain connections among people in our community,” said the professor.

As positive signs continue to emerge regarding the epidemic control, people’s lives are gradually returning to normal.

From Monday, millions of students in Shanghai began tuning into online lessons from home. The Shanghai Municipal Education Commission has chosen over 1,000 teachers to pre-record these online classes, which is a new experience for many.

“We teachers are quite used to the physical environment of classrooms, but now we have to adapt to teaching online. In this current situation, I can’t see how they react to my lessons as I am talking in front of the camera,” said Wu Wentao, an English teacher of the Jianping High School.

Sun Jiayi, a student, has been taking online classes covering various topics like English and public health. Sun said that studying at home also comes with a different set of challenges. Since the teachers cannot hear or see the students, they may be distracted by food or their phones, but many are trying their best to pay attention.

“Although the teachers can’t hear your voice maybe, but you can try to answer it and talk to yourself,” said Sun, a student from Jianping High School in Shanghai.

Construction work has been restarting on an increasing number of infrastructure projects all across China after temporary suspensions were enforced after the COVID-19 outbreak.

As key participants of the global supply chain, China’s centrally-administered enterprises have taken multiple safety measures to fulfill overseas orders on time while going on to fight against the outbreak, showing the world Chinese enterprises’ resolution and capacity to fulfill contracts even during this trying time. (Reuters Connect)

Phl logs lowest new COVID-19 cases since July 2020 at 665

Maris Federez   •   November 30, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Health (DOH) recorded 665 new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases Monday (November 29), the lowest single-day count since July 2020.

This brings the country’s tally since the onset of the pandemic to 2,832,375.

Meanwhile, active infections continued to dip to 16,289.

Of these cases, 48.1 percent are mild, 23.82 percent are moderate, 15.6 percent are severe, 6.6 percent are in critical condition and 6.0 percent have no symptoms.

Meanwhile, total recoveries rose to 2,767,585 after 993 more patients recuperated from the disease.

On the other hand, COVID-related deaths climbed to 48,501 with 141 new fatalities.

The DOH noted in its report that all accredited testing laboratories in the country were operational on November 27 but five laboratories failed to submit data on time.

Meanwhile, the Johns Hopkins University reported that the overall global COVID-19 caseload has reached 261,519,267; while the deaths have surged to 5,199,920.

The US, the report said, is the worst-hit country with the world`s highest number of cases and deaths at 48,229,273 and 776,639, respectively.


NCR to remain under COVID-19 Alert Level 2 until Dec. 15

Maris Federez   •   November 29, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) approved on Monday (November 29) the recommendation to still place the National Capital Region under COVID-19 Alert Level 2.

In an advisory released Monday night, acting presidential spokesperson, Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles said that the following areas have also been placed under Alert Level 2:

  • Cordillera Administrative Region: Benguet, Abra, Kalinga, Baguio City, Mountain Province, and Ifugao;
  • Region I: Dagupan City, Ilocos Sur, Ilocos Norte, La Union, and Pangasinan;
  • Region II: Batanes, Cagayan, Isabela, Nueva Vizcaya, Quirino, and City of Santiago;
  • Region III: Angeles City, Aurora, Bataan, Bulacan, Nueva Ecija, Olongapo City, Pampanga, Zambales, and Tarlac;
  • Region IV-A: Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, Quezon, and Lucena City;
  • Region IV-B: Occidental Mindoro, Oriental Mindoro, Puerto Princesa City, Marinduque, Romblon, and Palawan;
  • Region V: Albay, Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, Catanduanes, Sorsogon, Masbate, and Naga City;
  • Region VI: Aklan, Antique, Bacolod City, Capiz, Guimaras, Iloilo, Iloilo City, and Negros Occidental;
  • Region VII: Bohol, Cebu, Cebu City, Lapu-Lapu City, Mandaue City, Negros Oriental, and Siquijor;
  • Region VIII: Biliran, Eastern Samar, Leyte, Northern Samar, Ormoc City, Southern Leyte, Tacloban City, and Western Samar;
  • Region IX: City of Isabela, Zamboanga City, Zamboanga del Norte, Zamboanga del Sur, and Zamboanga Sibugay;
  • Region X: Bukidnon, Cagayan de Oro City, Camiguin, Iligan City, Lanao del Norte, Misamis Occidental, and Misamis Oriental;
  • Region XI: Davao City, Davao del Norte, Davao de Oro, Davao del Sur, Davao Occidental, and Davao Oriental;
  • Region XII: General Santos City, North Cotabato, Sarangani, South Cotabato, and Sultan Kudarat;
  • Region XIII (Caraga) Butuan City, Surigao del Norte, Agusan del Sur, Surigao del Sur, Dinagat Islands, and Agusan del Norte; and
  • The Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao: Basilan, Cotabato City, Tawi-Tawi, Sulu, Lanao del Sur, and Maguindanao.

The province of Apayao, however, shall be placed under Alert Level 3.

Nograles added that the said Alert Level shall be effective from December 1 to 15, 2021.

Border checkpoints, muling ipatutupad sakaling itaas ang alert level sa Metro Manila – PNP

Robie de Guzman   •   November 29, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Handa ang Philippine National Police (PNP) na muling ipatupad ang border checkpoints sakaling itaas ang alert level sa Metro Manila kasunod ng banta ng Omicrcon COVID-19 variant.

Ayon kay PNP chief Police General Dionardo Carlos, ilalagay ang checkpoins papasok at palabas ng Metro Manila upang malimitahan ang galaw ng publiko at mapigilan ang posibleng pagkalat ng bagong variant.

“As long as it will be of help maprevent natin ang variant natin ito, Kasama po kami ng buong gobyerno para pangalagaan po ang ating mamamayan para hindi na kumalat itong ating hindi nakikitang kalaban na COVID-19 virus,” ani Carlos.

Handa rin aniya ang PNP na muling ipatupad ang paggamit ng face shield kung ipag-uutos ito ng Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-MEID).

“We will always abide with the IATF kung yan ay makatutulong para maiwasan ang pagkalat ng COVID-19 virus, we will leave it up to the experts. Kaya nga po palagi kaming nagbabantay sa lumalabas na resolusyon ng IATF at nandyan naman po yan e, ang aming mga face shield ay inilagay lang muna namin sa tabi pero andyan pa din po anytime,” ani Carlos.

Sa kasalukuyan ay nasa Alert Level 2 ang Metro Manila sa gitna na rin ng patuloy na pagbaba ng COVID-19 infections.

Tiniyak rin ng PNP na paiigtingin ng Aviation Security Group sa pagbabantay sa mga paliparan sa bansa sakaling muling ipagbawal ang pagbiyahe ng mga eroplano sa iba’t ibang lugar.

Pina-alalahanan rin ni Carlos ang mga pulis na mag-doble ingat upang huwag mahawa ng viral respiratory disease. (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Lea Ylagan)


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