Another Filipino Tests Positive for COVID-19 in Hong Kong

A 29-year-old Filipina has tested positive for COVID-19 in Hong Kong, according to the Philippine Consulate General, citing information relayed by the Hong Kong Health Department. This brings the number of Filipinos with COVID-19 in Hong Kong to two. The consulate said it immediately spoke with the second patient to ascertain her condition, and that the OFW is in good …

China to End Wildlife Trade to Prevent Epidemic

China proposed major legislative changes to abolish wildlife consumption and trade, to prevent viral outbreaks like the ongoing coronavirus epidemic in the country. Consumption of wild animals as food and captive breeding would be totally prohibited, announced the National People’s Congress. Hunting, trading, or transporting of wild animals shall also be banned to prevent animal-to-human transmission of diseases. The stern …

Commercial Spaces at MRT7 QMC Station Allowed to Prevent Fare Hike

The Department of Transportation on Thursday clarified that it was the concessionaire which decided to open commercial spaces at the MRT7 Quezon Memorial Circle station. The department had earlier said the concessionaire of the railway project will open business spaces in the station to avoid increase in fares or the amortization payment that will be covered by the government. The …

Bulacan Airport Gets DoJ Go Signal

The 734-billion-peso Bulacan international airport project is now one step closer to implementation, after securing the go signal from the Office of the Solicitor General and the Department of Justice, according to an official of the Department of Transportation. Transportation Undersecretary for Planning & Project Development Ruben Reinoso, Jr. said that while project proponent San Miguel Holdings is free to …

Japanese Woman Reinfected With COVID-19 After Initial Recovery

A woman working as a tour bus guide in Japan tested positive for the coronavirus for a second time, Osaka’s prefectural government said on Wednesday, the first person in the country to be reinfected amid growing concerns about the spread of COVID-19. The woman tested positive on Wednesday after developing a sore throat and chest pain, the prefectural government said …

Australia Declares COVID-19 Will Become A Pandemic

Australia has declared COVID-19 may become a pandemic lasting up to 10 months, and extended its travel ban on visitors from China, as fears global containment measures have failed. As well as increasing domestic preparedness, the government has also prepared economic stimulus to deal with the impact of a potential pandemic, especially for the education, tourism, and export sectors. The …

Most LGUs Pass DILG’s Financial Transparency Assessment

A total of 1,522 or 89 percent of all local government units nationwide have passed the 2019 Good Financial Housekeeping standards of the Department of the Interior and Local Government. Interior Secretary Eduardo Año said this represents an increase from the 86 percent passing rate in 2018. The Interior Secretary noted that passing the standards is a success in itself …

Italy May Get EU Reprieve Over Debt

Italy could get “flexibility” from the European Union over its heavy debt load because of the coronavirus crisis it is facing, the bloc’s economic affairs commissioner suggested.  Under the EU’s stability and growth pact, “There are flexibility clauses that apply in circumstances deemed exceptional,” commissioner, Paolo Gentiloni said. He was responding to statements from Rome asking the European Commission to …

Coca-Cola Could Be in Tight Supply of Sweetener Due to COVID-19

Coca-Cola says COVID-19 has disrupted its supply chain, and artificial sweeteners from China could be in short supply if the outbreak continues. Production and exports have been delayed for Coke’s suppliers of sugar alternatives used in the company’s diet and zero-sugar drinks. In its annual report, Coca-Cola indicated that it considered sucralose — the sugar substitute better known as Splenda …