Trump says he’s considering canceling domestic flights to coronavirus hot spots

UNTV News   •   April 2, 2020   •   373

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Wednesday (April 1) he was considering a plan to halt flights to U.S. coronavirus hot spots as the United States struggles to contain a pandemic projected to kill at least 100,000 people.

“We are thinking about hotspots where you go from spot to spot – both hot – and we’ll let you know fairly soon,” he said.

Such a plan might conceivably shut down traffic at airports in hard-hit New York, New Orleans, and Detroit.

Domestic flights have already greatly reduced as demand has fallen in wake of the pandemic.

On Tuesday, Trump and physicians advising him said between 100,000 and 240,000 people in the United States are likely to die from the virus in the coming weeks even if Americans adhere closely to stay-at-home guidelines for April. (Reuters)

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DOTr requires all airport passengers to use contact tracing app

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 29, 2020

All airport passengers will be required to download and use the Traze app for contact tracing beginning November 28, according to the Department of Transportation (DOTr).

In an advisory released on Wednesday (October 28), the DOTr said passengers should register, follow the instructions indicated in the app, input the needed information, and activate the account.

IMPORTANT ADVISORYALL airport passengers MUST download and register an account in the TRAZE Contact Tracing App…

Posted by Department of Transportation – Philippines on Wednesday, October 28, 2020

The app will enable the government’s contact tracing efforts, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, to be strengthened and be more efficient.

The department advised passengers without mobile devices to go to the Malasakit Helpdesk at the airport where they will be provided assistance in getting a unique QR code.

The Transportation department also assures that passenger information will remain secured and fully complied with the Data Privacy Act (DPA) or Republic Act No. 10173. –AAC

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Vietnam donates COVID-19 test kits to PH

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 29, 2020

The Vietnamese government has turned over US$50,000-worth of COVID-19 RT-PCR test kits with accompanying extraction kits to the Department of Health (DOH).

The test kits were delivered to the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM). Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) Secretary Teodoro L. Locsin, Jr., and Health Undersecretary Carolina Taino ceremonially received the donation from Vietnamese Ambassador Hoang Huy Chung.

“Describing the donation as a manifestation of the enduring close friendship between the Philippines and Vietnam, Ambassador Chung assured Secretary Locsin of the Vietnamese government’s support for the Philippines’ ongoing efforts in fighting COVID-19, as well as in promoting and protecting the welfare of the Filipino people,” the DFA said in a statement.

The donation comes ahead of the 5th anniversary of the establishment of the Philippines-Vietnam Strategic Partnership on November 17. AAC

20 new confirmed COVID-19 cases recorded among Filipinos abroad—DFA

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 29, 2020

Cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) among Filipinos abroad increased to 20 more as of Thursday (October 28), according to the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA).

Total confirmed cases, based on the recent report of the DFA, went up to 11,224 with 3,153 undergoing treatment and 7,254 recovered. Meanwhile, the total number of deaths reached 817.

“Figures [today] show 20 new confirmed cases, 6 new recoveries, and 1 new fatality due to COVID-19 among Filipinos in Asia and the Pacific, Europe, and the Middle East and Africa,” the DFA said.

The total number of countries and regions with confirmed cases among Filipinos remains at 81.

“The DFA, together with its foreign service posts, remains fully committed to monitoring and assisting our nationals abroad amidst this ongoing battle against the COVID-19 pandemic,” the department said. AAC

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