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Children send ‘ray of sunshine’ to COVID-19 patients at RITM

Handmade letters and cards made by children are being sent out to COVID-19 patients at the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM) as a way to uplift their spirits. Dr. Nicole Perreras, a doctor at RITM, took the personal initiative to encourage kids to create “handmade get well cards” for their patients stricken by the …

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Pet dog dies after coronavirus quarantine in Hong Kong

The first dog in Hong Kong to test positive for the coronavirus has died, but the cause of death was undetermined.  South China Morning Post reported that the 17-year-old Pomeranian owned by a now-recovered COVID-19 patient passed away on Monday (March 16), two days after returning home from a government quarantine facility. According to the …

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Twitter reacts after newborn baby girl is named Covid Rose

Another COVID baby?  Another baby named after the coronavirus disease 2019’s acronym took the spotlight online. A copy of the birth certificate of a baby girl born in Sultan Kudarat bearing the name “Covid Rose” went viral, earning mixed reactions from Twitterzens.  Is Covid Durant next? New ship? ‘Only in the Philippines’ Covid Bryant previously …

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Kevin Durant tests positive for COVID-19, says he’s asymptomatic

NBA star Kevin Durant and three other Brooklyn Nets players have tested positive for the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Three of the four players are asymptomatic, while one is exhibiting symptoms, as announced by Brooklyn Nets on Twitter. The basketball team also announced that “all four players are presently isolated and under the care of …

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Baste Duterte goes on self-quarantine after experiencing flu-like symptoms

Davao City Vice Mayor Sebastian “Baste” Duterte is undergoing a two-week home-quarantine after manifesting flu-like symptoms in the past days.  The Presidential son made the announcement on his Facebook page on Tuesday. “I am subjecting myself to a 14-day self-quarantine immediately after experiencing flu-like symptoms in the past days and considering my travel to Metro …

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Twitter launches handwashing emoji amid COVID-19 pandemic

Twitter has created a new emoji to help promote the importance of washing hands in the time of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.  The COVID-inspired handwashing emoji designed by a Filipina shows two hands lathering soap under drops of water. Twitter users can generate the emoji by using the following hashtags: #WashYourHands #HandWashing, #HandWashChallenge and …

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1-year-old baby in Cavite tests negative for coronavirus

A one-year-old baby from Cavite has tested negative for the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).  The infant from Tanza, Cavite with recent travel history to Italy was previously monitored for the possible infection of the novel coronavirus. Next to China, Italy is the second hardest-hit country of the pandemic virus. Cavite governor Jonvic Remulla made the …

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Fake news spreads like virus amid COVID-19 scare

The authorities and news media are addressing a wave of misinformation as fake news has spread like a virus on social media in light of the COVID-19 threat in the country. Rampant disinformation and coronavirus-related false news have been making rounds online, causing confusion, fear or panic among the public.  Health Secretary Francisco Duque III previously …

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ABS-CBN temporarily bans live studio audience as COVID-19 cases in Phl rise

ABS-CBN has announced that admission of live studio audience for its various programs will be temporarily suspended as a safety precaution amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. “ABS-CBN has decided to temporarily stop admitting studio audience to its shows starting today (10 March 2020), following the government’s declaration of a state of public health emergency. The …

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