The global spread of coronavirus, infections surpass 110,000

UNTV News   •   March 9, 2020   •   1677

The number of people infected with coronavirus topped 110,000 across the world as of Monday (March 9) and over 3,800 have died as the outbreak reached more countries and caused more economic damage.

The flu-like virus was first detected in the city of Wuhan late last year and has since spread to more than 90 countries. While new infections have slowed in China, there are concerns other countries are not prepared. More than 25,000 people have been infected and 503 have died from coronavirus outside mainland China as of Monday.

A graphic created by Reuters illustrates the spread of the virus from the epicentre of Wuhan across the world from January 1 to March 9, 2020.

The data is collected from the World Health Organisation (WHO), along with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), China’s National Health Commission (NHC), and the Chinese medical community website DXY that combines data from China’s NHC and CDC. (REUTERS CONNECT)

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DILG directs MMDA, metro mayors to review guidelines allowing minors outdoors

Maris Federez   •   November 13, 2021

 

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) has ordered the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) and the Metro Manila Council of mayors to review the restrictions on children in going out of their residences.

This came following a post on social media regarding a two-year-old boy who contracted coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) three days after going to the mall.

A doctor reportedly posted about a boy who he diagnosed to have contracted the virus. The doctor did not give the identity of the boy.

Upon his inquiry to the companion of the boy as to how and where the boy could have been exposed, he was told that the boy had gone to the mall.

DILG Secretary Eduardo Año expressed dismay upon learning of the said post.

Secretary Año reiterated the power of the local government to impose restrictions on children in going to the malls as they are not yet vaccinated against the highly infectious virus.

The MMDA has earlier said that children are allowed to go to malls in areas under Alert Level 2, as long as they are accompanied by their parents.

Meanwhile, the Department of Health (DOH) through its spokesperson Usec. Maria Rosario Vergeire issued a statement regarding the report, reiterating that the cause of the positive COVID-19 result could be from various factors.

“This news is very unfortunate. Although the recent activities done, like the mall visit, may be a possible source of infection, its exact cause will remain multifactorial and uncertain. Factors such as adults from the same household going to work and bringing the infection home could also be a possibility,” Vergeire said.

“In line with this, we would like to reiterate that the COVID-19 virus is still very much present,” she stressed.

The DOH, Vergeire said, “is tirelessly encouraging individuals aged 12 and above to get vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to achieve the ‘cocoon effect’ which protects younger children at home and in the community”.

The official advised parents and guardians to take extra precautions if they will bring their children with them as more establishments were opened.

Vergeire also emphasized the importance of getting vaccinated, as well as, observing health protocols.

“We have to avoid the 3Cs: closed-contact settings, crowded places, close spaces to reduce the transmission of COVID-19 infection, and complement it with the strict and religious adherence to the Minimum Public Health Standards (MPHS) as these will be part of our new normal,” the health official said. —/mbmf (with details from UNTV Correspondents Aiko Miguel and JP Nuñez)

PH fully vaccinates 27 million people vs COVID-19

Maris Federez   •   November 3, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte has announced that the government has completed the full vaccination series of 27 million people in the country amid its fight against COVID-19.

The President made the announcement in his weekly Talk to the Nation aired Wednesday (November 3) morning.

In total, the government has administered 59.5 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines with 32 million given as the first dose of the vaccination rollout.

The president said that fully vaccinated Filipinos comprise 35.5 percent of the target population, which puts the country on track to reach 50% full vaccination by the end of the year.

“Furthermore, I am happy to report that we exceeded our target of 55 million doses to be administered in October primarily because the supply came in droves,” Duterte said.

“Ibig sabihin sige dating ang mga — sa awa ng Diyos — ‘yung mga donations pati ‘yung binili natin, procured by government,” he added.

The president also thanked the United States of America, China, Japan, South Korea, Germany, among others, for what he calls “generous” vaccine donations by these countries.

The country on Tuesday also received 2.7 million doses of Sputnik V vaccine from Russia which is part of the Philippines’ procurement stream.

“I thank Russia, particularly President Vladimir Putin, for ensuring we receive these doses in a timely manner,” Duterte said.

As of November 2, close to 109 million doses of vaccines have arrived in the country.

“And it is now our job to get these doses in the arms of every Filipino,” the president said. —/mbmf

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

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