Streets deserted in Milan during coronavirus lockdown

UNTV News   •   March 11, 2020   •   482

A handful of people were seen on the streets of Milan on Wednesday morning (March 12) following stringent measures imposed to contain the coronavirus.

Shops and restaurants closed, hundreds of flights were cancelled and streets emptied across Italy on Tuesday (March 10), the first day of an unprecedented, nationwide lockdown imposed to slow Europe’s worst outbreak of coronavirus.

Just hours after the dramatic new restrictions came into force, health authorities announced the death toll had jumped by 168 to 631, the largest rise in absolute numbers since the contagion came to light on Feb. 21.

The total number of confirmed cases rose at a much slower rate than recently seen, hitting 10,149 against a previous 9,172, but officials warned that the region at the epicentre, Lombardy, had provided incomplete data.

The government has told all Italians to stay at home and avoid non-essential travel until April 3, radically widening steps already taken in much of the wealthy north, which is the epicentre of the spreading contagion. (Reuters)

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Ilang residente sa Caloocan, umaapela ng ayuda matapos palawigin ang lockdown sa kanilang barangay

Robie de Guzman   •   May 25, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Nananawagan sa pamahalaang panlungsod ng Caloocan ang ilang residente sa Barangay 12 Dagat-Dagatan na bigyan sila ng ayuda matapos mapalawig ang lockdown sa kanilang lugar.

Ayon sa ilang residente, hindi nila napaghandaan ang extension ng barangay lockdown kaya kulang na ang supply ng kanilang pagkain.

Hindi naman sila makalabas ng bahay upang mamili ng kanilang mga kailangan.

“Paano na ang buhay namin? May tindahan sarado, bawal mamalengke. Ang pagkain namin isang linggo lang ang naka-stock e bawal po kami palabasin e,” daing ng residenteng si Angelina Duque.

Aniya, kasama niya sa bahay ang kanyang mga apo na higit na kailangang mabigyan ng pagkain kaya’t naisip niyang magpaskil sa labas ng bahay ng mga pangangailangan ng mga bata.

Ang residenteng si Zaldy Beltran, idinaing rin ang umano’y walang abisong pagpapalawig ng lockdown sa kanilang barangay.

“Siyempre hindi namin ineexpect na ganito. So talagang naalarma kami. Di namin alam na biglang ano ganito na ang sitwasyon,” ani Beltran.

Nanindigan naman si Caloocan City Mayor Oscar Malapitan na hindi nila pinapabayaan ang kanilang mga residente at patuloy ang pamimigay nila ng relief packs.

Iginiit rin niyang para sa kapakanan ng mga residente ang pagsasailalim sa lockdown ng mga barangay lalo na sa mga may matataas na kaso ng novel coronavirus disease.

“Namimigay kami ng relief, hindi namin pababayaan… Ang mga barangay na idineklara natin na lockdown ito po ay para sa inyo, para sa ganun ay hindi na lumaganap ng husto sa inyong mga barangay,” ani Malapitan.

Nasa 34,000 ang bilang ng mga residente sa Barangay 12 at mahigit 50 rito ang kumpirmadong dinapuan ng COVID-19.

Samantala, isinailalim naman simula ngayong araw sa extreme enhanced community quarantine ang Barangay 28 sa Caloocan City matapos makapagtala ng 28 active cases batay sa datos noong May 23. – RRD (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Aiko Miguel)

Metro Manila may be placed under GCQ in June —Sec. Lorenzana

Maris Federez   •   May 24, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — National Task Force Against Covid-19 chairperson and Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana on Sunday (May 24) said that Metro Manila may possibly be placed under general community quarantine (GCQ) in June.

With this, Metro Manila residents may expect more relaxed quarantine restrictions to be implemented next month.

Lorenzana said the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-MEID) has been discussing the readiness of the capital region for it to be transitioned to GCQ from the modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ).

“More likely mag-gi-GCQ na tayo by June 1,” the defense chief said.

He added that areas that still have novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases will remain under their control.

“Ang pinag-uusapan namin sa IATF, eh mag-GCQ, pero ‘yung mga areas na meron pa ring… mga infection baka ‘yun na lang ang ikontrol ng konti,” Lorenzana said.

The areas that will be placed under GCQ are those that are considered to be at low risk of COVID-19. With this, more industries will be allowed to operate.

Lorenzana insists that although recorded COVID-19 cases has been going down everyday, quarantine measures must remain to prevent the second wave of the infection.

“We would like to impress in our people ‘yung self-discipline, para masanay sila na ito na ‘yung new normal, na social distancing, wearing of face mask, sanitation,” the official said.

Task Force Against Covid-19 Chief Implementer Carlito Galvez, Jr. has earlier mentioned about the planned “zoning concept” or the measure that will limit the implementation of a lockdown in an area based on the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases. —(with details from Victor Cosare) /mbmf

WHO reports most coronavirus cases in a day, cases near five million

UNTV News   •   May 21, 2020

The World Health Organization expressed concern on Wednesday (May 20) for the rising number of new coronavirus cases in poor countries, even as many rich nations emerge from lockdown.

The global health body said 106,000 new cases of infections of the novel coronavirus had been recorded in the past 24 hours, the most in a single day since the outbreak began, as the total number of cases world-wide approached five million.

Speaking at a news conference, WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said that two thirds of those cases had come from just four countries.

The WHO has come under fire from U.S. President Donald Trump, who accuses it of having mishandled the outbreak and favouring China. This week Trump threatened to withdraw from the WHO and permanently withhold funding.

Tedros acknowledged having received a letter from Trump, but declined to comment further.

In comments that could annoy Trump further, the head of the WHO’s emergency programme, Dr. Mike Ryan, told the press conference that people should avoid using the malaria medicine hydroxychloroquine, except for conditions it is proven to treat. Trump has said he is taking hydroxychloroquine to prevent coronavirus infection.

Tedros said he was committed to accountability. The WHO has announced a review into the response to the pandemic, which emerged in China late last year.

“WHO calls for accountability more than anyone. It has to be done and when it’s done it has to be a comprehensive one,” he said of the review, while declining to give a timeline for it starting. (Reuters)

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