Captain announces an additional 44 new coronavirus cases on board Diamond Princess

UNTV News   •   February 13, 2020   •   886

Japan is allowing elderly passengers on the quarantined cruise liner the Diamond Princess to disembark and continue their quarantine on shore, according to announcements from the captain and the health minister made on Thursday (February 13).

Another 44 new cases were confirmed aboard the cruise ship, as elderly passengers who have pre-existing conditions or are in windowless rooms will now be allowed to leave starting from Friday.

An announcement from the captain was recorded by Philip Courter and Gay Courter, two Americans who have been quarantined aboard the vessel since February 3. “The Courter family supports the triage approach and removing anyone possible from the boat, especially crew, as diluting the concentration of illness makes everyone on board safer,” said Blake Courter, the son of Philip and Gay Courter, in an emailed statement.

The 44 new cases means that the total number of those infected is now up to 218. About 3,500 people remain on board, with an estimated 80% of ship passengers aged 60 or over. 226 passengers are above 80 years old, according to Japanese media.

The Diamond Princess was quarantined upon arrival in Yokohama near Tokyo in early February, after a man who disembarked from the liner in Hong Kong was diagnosed with the coronavirus. (Reuters)

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Mega Quarantine Center for COVID-19 opens in Metro Manila

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 30, 2020

The biggest mega quarantine facility in Metro Manila at the Bagong Nayong Pilipino in Parañaque City opened on Tuesday (September 29).

According to the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), the Solaire-PAGCOR Mega Quarantine Center can accommodate 525 bed capacity.

525-BED CAPACITY SOLAIRE-PAGCOR QUARANTINE CENTER OPENSPublic Works and Highways Secretary Mark A. Villar and…

Posted by Department of Public Works and Highways on Tuesday, September 29, 2020

The DPWH said they will continue to expand isolation capacity to address the dearth of facilities from over the past months especially with Metro Manila still recording the highest daily number of cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) patients.

Meanwhile, the DPWH is working on the implementation of a total of 603 isolation/quarantine facilities for COVID-19 patients/suspects nationwide with a total of 21,609-bed capacity, as well as 75 off-site dormitories for medical workers with 1,806-bed capacity. -AAC

8 out of 10 Filipinos follow COVID-19 health protocols—SWS Survey

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 30, 2020

Majority of Filipinos continue to follow minimum health standards for COVID-19 prevention, according to the recent survey of the Social Weather Stations (SWS).

Based on the SWS September 17-20 National Mobile Phone Survey, 79 percent of adult Filipinos always use a face mask when going out of their houses, 67 percent always wash their hands several times a day, while 60 percent always keep physical distance when outside their homes, and 56 percent always use a face shield whenever riding public transportation or going to establishments.

“The proportion of those who always practice Covid-19 prevention measures rose slightly for using a face mask, from 76% in July 2020 to 79% in September 2020. It was at 77% in May 2020. It hardly changed for washing hands, moving from 65% in July 2020 to 67% in September 2020. It was at 68% in May 2020,” the SWS survey stated.

The mobile phone and computer-assisted telephone interview had 1,249 respondents across the country. AAC (with reports from Rosalie Coz)

Provincial buses sa PITX, hindi bumiyahe sa kabila ng pagbubukas ng mga ruta

Robie de Guzman   •   September 30, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Hindi pumasada ang ilang provincial bus units na naka-terminal sa Parañaque Integrated Terminal Exchange (PITX) kahit binuksan na ng Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) ang 12 ruta para sa mga pampasaherong bus.

Ayon sa Provincial Bus Operators Association, nakikipag-pulong pa sila sa LTFRB at sa terminal operators dahil sa anila’y hindi pa malinaw na sistema, partikular na sa bayan ng Sta. Cruz, Laguna.

Ayon kay Alex Yague, ang pinuno ng grupo, nagbago ng mga kondisyon ang lokal na pamahalaan ng Sta. Cruz hinggil sa pagbiyahe ng mga pampasaherong bus kaya’t kailangan pa itong muling pag-usapan, partikular na ang isyu sa hatian ng 150 pasahero na papayagang pumasok sa loob ng isang araw.

Nais ring klaruhin ng provincial bus operators ang pag-oobliga sa kanilang mga unit na dumaan sa Skyway at NAIA Expressway upang makarating sa PITX.

Ayon kay Yague, panibagong gastusin ito para sa mga operator gayong limitado lang ang maaari nilang isakay na pasahero.

“As of today, hindi pa handa. Kapag na-klaro na yung tungkol sa pasahero, yung requirements ng travel pass at magkakaroon ng unawaan sa Central termjnal management within the next fee day, ma-iron out natin ang problema,” ang wika ni Yague.

Sa panig naman ng PITX, tiniyak ng pamunuan nito na handa ang terminal sakaling bumiyahe na ang provincial buses.

“Kami po ay handa, ready po kami tumanggap ngunit nakikipag-ugnayan pa rin tayo dito sa mga bus operators upang siguraduhin kung ano yung mga kinakailangan sa pagbiyahe dito,” ang pahayag ni Jayson Salvador, ang manager ng PITX.

Sinabi rin ni Salvador na makikipag-ugnayan sila sa National Capital Region Police Office para sa pagtatalaga ng mga pulis sa terminal para sa mas madaling proseso ng pagkuha ng travel pass ng mga pasahero. – RRD (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Joan Nano)

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