Overseas students form helpful volunteer group to offer assistance in Wuhan

UNTV News   •   February 20, 2020   •   672

CHINA (Reuters) – International students at a university in Wuhan City have formed a volunteer team to provide services for other students on campus since they are not allowed to go outside as part of the current epidemic control measures.

After the outbreak, a doctoral student, who goes by his Chinese name Daming and is from Benin, took the initiative to put together a group of students to help with deliveries for the 320 international students being housed at the Silk Road Institute under the China University of Geosciences.

His volunteer team is made up of students from 13 countries that include Bangladesh, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Nigeria, Tanzania, Madagascar, Rwanda, and Yemen.

On top of delivering essentials to each student, the volunteers also help to transport and organize supplies donated to the university.

“We published some information [appealing for donations]. Some villagers in my hometown of Jingmen City saw the information and contacted us. These Chinese cabbages, carrots and corn were all donated by the villagers,” said Xu Feng, deputy dean at the Silk Road Institute.

As the group continues to work hard, Daming has referred to the team as “Iron Men”, which he thinks reflects the braveness of the volunteers.

“Though we come from different countries, our hearts are connected. All the volunteers are resilient and we are not scared of the virus,” said Daming.

Even though his team of iron men is confident in their work, Daming’s parents were initially worried about his safety and asked if he wanted to leave.

“At the very beginning, my parents asked me whether I want to go home, as they felt very worried. I shot some videos for them and then they feel relieved and think it is okay for me to stay here,” said Daming.

All the volunteers have said they regard Wuhan as their second home and they want to help the city to get through the present difficulties through action.

“This is my responsibility and also the world’s responsibility. We all support Wuhan. Fight on,” said Yang Kang, a student from Afghanistan.

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.

Duterte rescinds IATF decision, orders 10 to14-year-olds to stay home

Marje Pelayo   •   January 26, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte revoked the earlier decision of the Inter-Agency Task Force against COVID-19 (IATF) easing age restrictions in areas under modified general community quarantine (MGCQ).

Duterte expressed concern that children aged 10 to 14 years old may compromise their safety and the safety of the older sector given that the new strain of coronavirus is said to be more contagious.

“Just to be sure and in our desire to protect our people, napilitan akong (I was compelled) ire-impose ang (the) 10 to 14 (years old restriction). Not at this time. It’s a sacrifice for the parents and for the children. It would limit their movements,” the President said late Monday night (January 25).

Following the president’s announcement, children 10 to 14 years of age are still not allowed to go outside their homes.

This policy, the President said, will remain in effect until the government is sure that the public is safe from coronavirus disease (COVID-19) through vaccination.

Last Friday (January 22), the IATF announced its plan to relax age restrictions which is supposed to take effect on February 1.

President Duterte asked for the public’s understanding regarding his latest decision.

Pasensya na po kayo. (I’m sorry.) Mine is just a precaution,” he said. 

Takot lang ako kasi itong bagong (I’m worried because this new) strain strikes the young children,” he added,  reminding the public to continuously follow the standard health and safety protocols as the number of COVID-19 cases in the country remains high.

To date, COVID-19 cases in the country have surpassed the half a million mark.

Meanwhile on Tuesday (January 26), the IATF is expected to come up with a recommendation on the quarantine classifications to be imposed for February.

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III during Monday’s meeting reported that at this stage, the health care utilization rate in Davao de Oro and Baguio City has reached the critical level while that of Nueva Viscaya and Agusan del Norte are already high. MNP (with reports from Rosalie Coz)

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