March 31, 2020

Primer’s COVID-19 Daily Update: March 31, 2020

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  • To keep you in the loop on the recent COVID-19 situation in the Philippines, Philippine Primer rounded up the latest updates you need to know:

    Number of cases

    The number of those who tested positive for COVID-19 in the Philippines has been raised to 2,084 with 88 deaths as of March 31, 4 p.m. Particularly, 538 positive cases and 10 new deaths were added to the statistics.

    DOH COVID-19 CASE BULLETIN #0174:00PM, 31 March 2020UPDATES: As of 4:00PM today, the Department of Health reports 538…

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    On the contrary, 7 recoveries were newly recorded, hence bringing the number of recoveries to 49.

    To date, the number of children acquiring the virus has increased, with the case of a 5-year-old girl in Nueva Vizcaya.

    President Duterte’s press conference late night of March 30

    In connection to the recently passed Bayanihan to Heal as One Act, President Duterte needs to address the country every Monday with updates on the government’s progress and plans, hence the press conference late at night yesterday.

    Address to the Nation on the COVID-19 Pandemic

    President Rodrigo Roa Duterte reassures the Filipino people of the government’s continuous efforts in safeguarding their welfare amid the spread of the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19), in his message to the nation on March 30, 2020.A week after signing Republic Act No. 11469 or the ‘Bayanihan to Heal As One Act,’ President Duterte vows that government shall take the necessary actions and implement key measures to provide the basic needs of his ‘kababayans’ and eventually overcome the effects of the pandemic in the country. Likewise, the Chief Executive recognizes the heroism, sacrifices and efforts of all the health workers and frontliners during the enhanced community quarantine.#2020DuterteVision#DuterteLegacy#ComfortableLifeForAll#PartnerForChange

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    Apart from expressing his gratitude to the people who have ceaselessly been extending their hands to help the government, as well as to the local government units for their initiatives in containing the virus, Duterte also made mention of the following salient points:

    • The main focus of the national government right now lies on: a) giving emergency assistance to the affected sectors, b) securing facilities for the health sector, and c) making proper use of the budget that they have.
    • Specifically for this situation, the government has launched the most ergonomic social protection program in the history of the Philippines, which encompasses the utilization of Php 200 billion to support low-income households.
    • They are currently distributing food packs in Luzon, which will be followed by the distribution in Visayas and Mindanao.
    • Larger scale of testings is being done to better understand the scope of the virus in the country.
    • The government is on the works of purchasing a million set of personal protective equipment (PPEs) for the health workers.
    • The government’s economic team is currently making guidelines centered on the situations of small and medium enterprises.

    Both Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles and Senate President Tito Sotto III confirmed Tuesday that the president has submitted his first report to Congress, albeit the lack of the budget breakdown.

    Government studying the duration of Luzon-wide ECQ

    The Luzon-wide enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) took effect last March 16 and is set to be lifted by April 12.

    In connection to this, Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles mentioned during his press conference this morning that the technical working group spearheaded by the Department of Health is now finalizing the “parameters” that will be the deciding factor on whether to lift, extend, or expand the ECQ.

    Group of psychometrician launches a website on well-being assessment

    Through the initiative of a province-based non-profit organization called LifeRisks, a self-assessment tool was launched to help people understand the current state of their mental health in such a bleak situation in the country.

    A part from the test

    It is identified as Global People’s Unexpected Life-Events Self Evaluation on Coronavirus Disease 2019 or #GPULSECOVID19—a brief test that asses one’s sleep quality, stress level, anxiety, social support, and mental health by means of questions mostly answerable through Likert scale.

    It takes at least 10 to 15 minutes to accomplish. Once done, it will tell you whether your well-being is in a low, moderate, or high state. Said test is available in Tagalog and in English.

    Cebu City LGU proposes new anti-discrimination ordinance to protect frontliners

    On top of the Cebu City Anti-Discrimination Ordinance in 2012 that encompasses the protection of its citizens on the basis of disability, age, health status, sexual orientation and gender identity, and ethnicity and religion, the local government has proposed a new one that centers on the city’s front line workers in times of public health crises.

    It is to be called as The Frontliners Protection Ordinance of Cebu City.

    An Ordinance Prohibiting and Penalizing any form of Discrimination against Medical and Non Medical frontliners during…

    Dave Tumulakさんの投稿 2020年3月29日日曜日

    Through this, the local government seeks to protect not only those in the field of medicine but all those rendering their services in the front line during times like this. Penalties go as far as paying a bail of Php 5,000 and imprisonment extending until 30 days.

    This follows the recent ordeals involving hospital workers in situations brought about by the discrimination founded on them being involved with people diagnosed with the deadly COVID-19 among others.

    Tokyo Olympics postponed to third quarter of 2021

    Looks like athletes and supporters of the Tokyo Olympics alike have to wait for another year before the much-awaited event comes into actuation.

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    This is after it was announced that the involved organizations and governing bodies of Japan have come into a collective decision to cancel the July-to-August-2020 run of the Olympic Games in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. Instead, it will be slated from July 23 to August 8 next year.

    The Paralympic Games, whereas, will run from August 24 to September 5, 2021 from its original date that is August 25 to September 6, 2020.

    The postponement comes parallel with the following considerations:

    1. To protect the health of the athletes and everyone involved, and to support the containment of the COVID-19 virus.
    2. To safeguard the interests of the athletes and of Olympic sport.
    3. The global international sports calendar.

    Over 36,000 food shipments stuck at Manila port

    Amid the implemented lockdown that disrupted most operations all over the country, the transfer of goods was no exemption.

    This was disclosed by the executive vice president of Enrique Razon Jr’s International Container Terminal Services Incorporated (ICTSI) that operates the Philippines’ largest international container port, in an appeal for the coronavirus inter-agency task force to facilitate the flow of goods.

    IMAGE from ICTSI

    With businesses shut down, more than 36,000 shipments are piled up at the port; and if this does not receive proper attention, efficient operations are bound to stop as well.

    A joint memorandum is being set as of writing.

    Sources:, Karlo Nograles Facebook page

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