Dengue cases continue to rise; 11 regions still exceed dengue alert threshold

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 3, 2019   •   1638

Dengue cases in the country continue to rise with 229,736 cases and 958 deaths reported from January 1 to August 17.

Eleven regions still exceed the alert threshold for three consecutive weeks.

Based on the recent Dengue Surveillance Report, 13,327 dengue cases were recorded from August 11 to 17 with 40 deaths.

Region 1 and the National Capital Region (NCR) has exceeded the dengue alert threshold.

CALABARZON, MIMAROPA, Regions 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, 12, and BARMM, on the other hand, have exceeded the epidemic threshold.

The recorded dengue cases for from August 11-17 this year is 54% higher compared to the recorded cases last year during the same period.—AAC (with reports from Mai Bermudez)

Residents across the globe get creative during home quarantine

Aileen Cerrudo   •   March 23, 2020

A number of countries kicked off last week with a national lockdown, ordering citizens to stay at home to curb the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVD-19).

While under quarantine, residents also have to maintain a healthy lifestyle — physically and mentally. 

Italy has recorded over 59,000 COVID-19 cases with more than 5,00 deaths. The Italian government continues to address the alarming rise of COVID-19 cases in the country while reminding its citizens to practice social distancing and to remain in their homes.

On lockdown since March 9, Italians, have been turning to their love for music to help them cope with the situation. Videos showed residents singing from their balconies.

In Bamberg, Germany, residents sing ‘Bella Ciao’ on their balconies in solidarity with Italy during the COVID-19 quarantine.

Athletes in Mexico still found ways to play their favorite sport. From a post of badminton player Lino Muñoz, he said they will not stop playing even during quarantine.

“Fourth day without stepping in a court, but we don’t stop” his post reads in Spanish.

In the Philippines, these musicians dedicated a song for their fellow Filipinos during the enhanced community quarantine. With their instruments, they recorded their version of Heal Our Land in their homes and compiled it into a video.

“Nabuo ang isang video na ito bilang handog para sa mga Filipino lalo na sa mga Bulakenyo bilang panawagan sa pagkakaisa at pagkakapit-bisig upang labanan ang NCOV19, (This video was formed for the Filipinos especially the Bulakenyos as a call for unity and cooperation to fight [COVID-19]” the post reads. — AAC

Pinay in Italy warns PH: ‘Don’t make the same mistake we did’

Aileen Cerrudo   •   March 16, 2020

Mickaella Bergantino

A Filipina in Italy told Filipinos not to commit the same mistakes they did after the lockdown in Italy due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak.

In her Facebook post, Mickaella Bergantino said most of the residents in Italy did not strictly follow the protocols of the Italian government.

“We have been there. We didn’t listen. We continued to go out and meet people even though we were told not to. We underestimated the situation,” her post reads.

Mickaella reported that unemployment for immigrants is high, even for Italian nationals due to the lockdown.

She also urges the Filipinos to follow the rules until the situation gets better.

Italy has currently more than 21,000 cases of COVID-19.—AAC

Princess Cruises temporarily pause global ship operations for 60 Days

Aileen Cerrudo   •   March 13, 2020

Princess Cruises has announced the temporary pause of their global ship operations for 60 Days due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) threat.

In a statement on Thursday (March 12), the cruise line said their global operations will affect 18 cruise ships for two months, from March 12 to May 10.

Jan Swartz, the president of Princess Cruises, reiterated their commitment to the health, safety and well-being of their passengers.

Princess Cruises said those who are currently on board a cruise that will end in the next five days will continue to sail as expected.

“Current voyages that are underway and extend beyond March 17 will be ended at the most convenient location for guests, factoring in operational requirements.” the statement reads.

The cruise line plans to be back in operation beginning with cruises departing May 11, 2020.—AAC

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