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The Department of Foreign Affairs on Wednesday said 594 overseas Filipinos contracted coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Three new deaths were reported in America and Europe raising the total number of fatalities to 68. Meanwhile, 362 of the total number of cases are undergoing treatment while 164 patients were already discharged or recovered from the disease. DFA said 225 Filipinos in Asia Pacific Region contracted COVID-19 with 131 recoveries and one death. Europe has 199 infected Filipinos with 27 deaths and 10 recoveries, while the Americas has 108 cases, with 50 recoveries and 38 deaths. Meanwhile, 62 cases were reported in the Middle East and Africa including three deaths and two recoveries. “The DFA remains committed in supporting global and national efforts against #
Economic and migration analysts project that around 300,000 to 400,000 overseas Filipino workers (OFW) will likely bear the brunt of global economic downturn due to the coronavirus pandemic and continued decline of oil prices. Ateneo Center for Economic Research and Development (ACERD) Director Alvin P. Ang and Institute for Migration and Development Issues (IMDI) Executive Director Jeremaiah M. Opiniano warned government agencies and policy makers to act swiftly as layoffs and pay cuts will hard hit OFWs, specially those in the Middle East, which has the largest concentration of Filipino migrant workers, against the backdrop of these two unprecedented circumstances. This in turn, as reported by Business World, will likely cut the remittances from OFWs by 10 to 20 percent. This accou...
The UAE has reported a total of 539,195 COVID-19 tests as of today, April 8 as well as another good news of the full recovery of 53 patients, with the total number of recovered cases in the country now at 239. UAE’s Minister of Health, His Excellency Abdul Rahman Al Owais shared the good news of the country’s efficiency in conducting tests further driven by the cooperation of all UAE citizens and residents. “The unusual circumstances we are experiencing have revealed a laudable public commitment and cooperation of both UAE nationals and residents to abide by the measures taken to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus,” said H.E. Al Owais. His Excellency then furthered that among the ongoing priorities of the country’s health sector is the continuous expansion of the scope of testing in
You have an essential role to play in slowing the spread of the new coronavirus The good news is that small changes in personal behavior can buy time — slowing the outbreak, preventing hospitals from becoming overwhelmed and reducing cases until scientists develop treatments and, eventually, a vaccine. Here’s some practical advice from doctors and public health experts to protect yourself and your community. Step 1: Prevent your own infection Slow the outbreak by keeping yourself and others from getting sick. Many of us probably will contract the new coronavirus at some point and experience only mild illness. So why not just get sick and get it over with? Because people at higher risk — older people and those with existing health problems — depend on the actions of everybody else to st
WhatsApp tightens message forwarding restrictions to combat coronavirus misinformation Do you often share Whatsapp forwards? Facebook’s phone messaging platform, is reducing the amount of chats to which users can share frequently forwarded content to just one at a time, the company announced on April 7. The move aims to curb the spread of misinformation amid the coronavirus pandemic. From unverified remedies to scams, some people are using social media to spread fake news amid the coronavirus pandemic. Now, if a user receives a frequently forwarded message – one which has been forwarded more than five times – under the new curbs, they will only be able to send it on to a single chat at a time. That is one fifth the previous limit of five chats, imposed in 2019. Whatsapp announced the new
Police also receive 27,000 calls a day, ask public to call 901 for non-emergencies Dubai: The website to obtain permits to move around Dubai for essential reasons during the 24-hour sterilisation programme can receive 1,200 requests per minute but sometimes delays are experienced due to the sheer amount of people who are on the site trying to apply, an official from Dubai Police has said. Brigadier Saif Muhair Al Mazroui, Director of the Traffic Department at Dubai Police said that despite the huge capacity of the permit website delays can happen due to so many people using the site. “The move permit site can deal with 1,200 permit requests per minute,” he said. “Sometimes issuing the permit is delayed because of online traffic,” he added. Al Mazroui urged public to get the per
Ramadan in 2020 will look very different because of the coronavirus outbreak Dubai: Life during the pandemic may feel surreal at times. Children are attending classes from home, its now universally acceptable – even encouraged – to work remotely, and forget about visiting your friends or family since social distancing has now become the norm. To date, streets are empty, shopping centres are closed, and the only public place you can actually visit are supermarkets, pharmacies and hospitals as authorities urge residents to stay at home while they carry out the national disinfection programme to prevent the spread of coronavirus COVID-19. Our daily routine has changed and inevitably, so will Ramadan. A time of reflection Ramadan, the most sacred month of the year for Muslims, is expecte
Doctors point to early containment steps and a younger demographic Abu Dhabi: Ever since the coronavirus outbreak became a pandemic, the COVID-19 fatality rate has been one of its most closely watched details. Figures on the World O Meter COVID-19 tracker suggest that the death rate currently stands at 5.7 per cent of infected patients, with more than 82,400 people having succumbed to the disease till date. In contrast, the UAE’s death toll of 12 is much lower, representing less than 0.5 per cent of the 2,659 infected. Speaking to Gulf News, doctors have said that this is a result of a robust health and screening system colliding with demographics and early preparatory measures. In addition, it remains difficult to correctly estimate the worldwide fatality rate as the situation evolves.
These patients had mild or no symptoms, yet tested positive for coronavirus Dubai: At a time when news about COVID-19 revolves round the rising number of cases - and deaths - all over the world, the story of six recoveries at a Dubai Hospital this week has come as a breath of fresh air. The six expatriates – five Indians and one French national – were discharged from the private International Modern Hospital within 10 days of admission after they passed three consecutive negative tests for COVID-19. They are currently under a 14-day quarantine. What is interesting is that at least two of them were asymptomatic and four had milder symptoms, but the recovery in all cases was rapid. Five of the recovered patients spoke exclusively to Gulf News about their journey in the last 10 da