UK hospitals close to breaking point amid surge in COVID-19 cases

Hospitals and ambulance units across the United Kingdom are reporting that they are close to breaking point from handling patients with COVID-19. It comes as the London Ambulance Service said that December 26 was one of its busiest days ever, with 8,000 call-outs. Department of Health statistics indicate England may have 20,000 coronavirus patients in hospital by New Year’s Eve, …

‘Asphalt Surge’ launched in Cebu City

The Cebu City government has opened hotlines for residents to call and report broken roads. This was revealed by Mayor Edgardo Labella in a press conference on December 22. Labella said the public can use the hotlines which will redirect the caller to the Department of Engineering and Public Works for quick action on their complaints. The Asphalt Surge project …

Philippines bans entry of poultry products from Poland

The Department of Agriculture temporarily banned the entry of domestic and wild birds and their products from Poland due to an outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza H5N8 in the European country. In a Memorandum Order signed by Agriculture Secretary William Dar on December 21, the DA ordered the temporary banning of importation of domestic and wild birds and their …

Seniors, kids join dense Divisoria crowd despite COVID-19 ban

Senior citizens and minors were part of the dense crowd in Divisoria despite a Metro Manila prohibition against them venturing from their homes amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Shoppers were barely following social distancing rules while some were not wearing face shields. The Manila Police District repeatedly reminded the public to wear face masks and face shields as well as to …

COVID-19: How other Southeast Asian countries are faring

Singapore has approved the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine, and is to receive the first shipments of the shots by the end of December, their prime minister said. Indonesia received 1.2 million doses of China’s Sinovac vaccine, with another 1.8 million set to arrive next month. Malaysia announced last month it has agreed to buy 12.8 million doses of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine. …

Medical, wellness sectors facing challenges during pandemic

The pandemic has created a challenge within the medical and wellness sectors on how to operate facilities in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to Tourism Undersecretary Benito Bengzon Jr. He said the industry is also challenged on how to cater to its foreign markets, emphasizing the great number of cancellations from foreign clients due to the pandemic. Bengzon …

Dengue in Singapore

Dengue cases have spiked over the past two weeks in Singapore, with 400 cases reported last week, up from 371 cases in the week before that, said the National Environment Agency. The number of weekly cases had been rising since mid-December. “Singapore has not seen a dengue-3 outbreak in the last three decades. The population immunity for dengue-3 is low …

Child Car Safety

The Department of Transportation announced on Tuesday the approval of the Implementing Rules and Regulations of the law that requires motor vehicle owners to use Child Restraint Systems when traveling with children. The Child Safety in Motor Vehicles Act mandates the use of restraints for children below 12 years old in private motor vehicles. Excluded are children at least 59 …

Wuhan’s Makeshift Hospital

Wuhan has built many makeshift hospitals since the coronavirus outbreak, and experts say they’re a great option for treatment. A cultural center, known as the “Wuhan Livingroom”, is now a temporary hospital, capable of receiving 2,000 patients with minor coronavirus symptoms. Medical workers are on four shifts, six hours each, 24/7. “I came here for my family and hope for …