Brazilians scramble to board last U.S. flights ahead of travel ban

UNTV News   •   May 26, 2020   •   410

Brazilians scrambled Monday (May 25) to make last-minute arrangements to get to the United States ahead of new restrictions on travel from Brazil.

A handful of passengers were seen at Sao Paulo’s Guarulhos International Airport preparing to board a United Flight to Houston Monday after the U.S. government brought the restrictions forward by two days as the number of deaths from the new coronavirus in the South American nation surpassed the U.S. daily toll.

A White House statement amended the timing of the start of the restrictions to 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on Tuesday, May 26 (0359 GMT on Wednesday, May 27) instead of May 28 as in the original announcement on Sunday (May 24).

Two days earlier, Brazil overtook Russia as the world’s No. 2 coronavirus hotspot after the United States. Washington’s ban applies to foreigners traveling to the United States if they had been in Brazil in the last two weeks.

Brazil’s coronavirus deaths reported in the last 24 hours were higher than fatalities in the United States for the first time on Monday, according to the health ministry. Brazil registered 807 deaths and 620 died in the United States.

Brazil has 374,898 cases, behind the U.S. with 1.637 million. Total deaths in the U.S. has reached 97,988, according to Reuters tally, compared with Brazil at 23,473.

The travel ban was a blow to right-wing Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, who has followed the example of U.S. President Donald Trump in addressing the pandemic, fighting calls for social distancing and touting unproven drugs. (Reuters)

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‘No QR code, no entry’ policy paiiralin sa Bataan simula Oct. 1

Robie de Guzman   •   September 18, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Simula sa Oktubre 1 ay ipatutupad na sa probinsiya ng Bataan ang ‘no QR code, no entry’ policy bilang bahagi ng pinaigting na contact tracing efforts sa gitna ng COVID-19 pandemic.

Ayon kay Bataan Governor Albert Garcia, ang QR code ang magsisilbing pass ng mga nais pumasok sa lalawigan at ipi-prisinta ito sa checkpoints o entry points sa lugar.

Sinabi ni Garcia na layunin ng sistemang ito na mapabilis ang prosesong pinagdaraanan ng mga mga pauwing overseas Filipino workers (OFW), locally-stranded individuals (LSI) at authorized persons outside of residence (APOR).

Para makakuha ng QR code, kailangang i-download ang get-pass application mula sa Google play at app store.

Mag-sign up sa app sa pamamagitan ng pagsagot sa declaration form, pindutin ang calendar at pumunta sa travel authorization section upang sagutan ang mga tanong ukol sa travel appointment.

May ilalabas itong QR code na naglalaman ng petsa ng pagbiyahe at appointment number na maaaring i-save o iprint.

Sa araw ng biyahe, dalhin ang printed na QR code kasama ang valid identification card at certificate of employment na ipapakita sa entry points papasok sa Bataan.

Ayon kay Garcia, nagsasagawa na sila ng dry run para maihanda ang mga magbabantay sa checkpoints at iba ang ahensiyang otorisadong mag-monitor ng QR code system gamit ang get-pass mobile application.

Nanawagan rin ang gubernador sa publiko na makipagtulungan at sundin ang sistema upang maiwasan ang posibleng pagkalat ng COVID-19 sa lalawigan. – RRD (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Leslie Huidem)

Global tally for COVID-19 cases soars past 30 million

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 18, 2020

The global tally of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases has breached the 30 million mark with the United States (US) still recording the highest number of cases.

According to the recent report of the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at the John Hopkins University, the number of global cases rose to 30,065,728 with 944,604 deaths and 20,423,802.

COVID-19 cases in the U.S peaked at 6,674,070, as of Thursday (September 17). Recording the second highest number is India with 5,118,253 followed by Brazil which recorded 4,455,386 confirmed COVID-19 cases. Russia and Peru tallied at 1,081,152 and 744,400, respectively.

Meanwhile, the Philippines has recorded over 276,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases with 208,000 recoveries and 4,700 deaths.

Malacañang assured that President Rodrigo Duterte will extend the declaration of a state of calamity in the county to allow local governments access to sufficient funds for their COVID-19 response. AAC

US donates hygiene kits, handwashing stations to Manila City gov’t

Robie de Guzman   •   September 17, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The government of the United States on Thursday donated hygiene kits and handwashing stations to the city government of Manila in support of the Philippine capital’s fight against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

In a statement, US Ambassador Sung Kim said he visited the Delpan Quarantine Facility in Tondo to handover 5,000 hygiene kits and 16 handwashing stations to Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso.

Kim said the hygiene kits could provide additional protection against COVID-19 through the provision of items essential to practicing good personal hygiene.

The kits contain face masks, soap, laundry detergent, dishwashing liquid, and toothbrushes.

“The U.S. government is a friend, partner, and ally of the Manileños in facing this pandemic. The American people are pleased to support the City of Manila’s efforts to fight COVID-19,” Kim said.

To complement the donation, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) said it will continue to collaborate with the Manila City Health Office to help ensure that citizens can access quality tuberculosis services during the pandemic as well as to support the rollout of the Department of Health’s “Coordinated Operations to Defeat Epidemic (CODE)” strategy to contain the pandemic.

USAID recently donated two ventilators to the Tondo Medical Center as part of the 100 ventilators that the U.S. government handed over last August 28 to the Philippine government.

To date, the U.S. government has donated over P1 billion ($22.6 million) to support the Philippines’ COVID-19 response.

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