The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), a new strain of virus first detected in Wuhan, China in 2019.

COVID-19 is known to target a person’s respiratory system. Infected patients may exhibit symptoms such as fever, cough, shortness of breath, and in some cases, muscle pain and sore throat. Some patients may also be asymptomatic.

On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) has characterized COVID-19 as a pandemic due to the exponential increase of the number of cases in more than 100 countries.

On March 16, 2020. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte placed the entire Philippines under a State of Calamity amid the threats posed by COVID-19.

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NBI asked to investigate company selling overpriced medical equipment

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte asked the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to probe on the couple who owned the local company that offered overpriced medical equipment to the government in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. The President said he wanted to know if there was graft and corruption involved in the procurement of medical supplies, and whether dirty money changed hands in the purchase of the equipment.
MAY 27, 2020

Final decision on GCQ in Metro Manila up to PRRD: Año

Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Año acknowledged the recommendation of the Metro Manila Council (MMC) to impose general community quarantine in NCR on June 1. However, he noted that the final decision will still depend on President Rodrigo Duterte.
MAY 27, 2020

Palace says PH schools have to adapt to changing times

Malacañang said on Wednesday that formal classes will resume on August 24, with schools having to adapt with the new normal through different set-ups and modes of teaching and learning. Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque noted that classes will certainly start in August, although face-to-face (F2F) learning may still not be possible to avoid the students’ exposure to COVID-19.
MAY 27, 2020

Palace gives go signal for SAP’s 2nd tranche distribution

In a virtual media briefing on Monday, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque announced that the government may now start the distribution of the second tranche of the Social Amelioration Program (SAP) of the government. Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Spokesperson also confirmed this, saying that the memorandum they received from the office of the Executive Secretary will be their basis for the drafting of guidelines on the distribution of the cash aids.
MAY 27, 2020

OWWA to resume livelihood program for OFWs

As directed by Department of Labor and Employment Secretary Silvestre Bello III, the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration will resume its livelihood program for distressed Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) who are back in their hometowns due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The program will provide the returning member-OFWs with immediate relief amounting to a maximum of P20,000 each as a start-up or additional capital for their livelihood.
MAY 27, 2020

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