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            [article_title] => 5,735 new coronavirus infections push Philippines caseload to 1.57M
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            [carousel_alt] => Workers unload boxes containing 600,000 doses of Sinovac Biotech’s COVID-19 vaccines from a Chinese Y-20 military aircraft at the Villamor Airbase in Pasay City yesterday afternoon. Inset shows President Duterte holding a vial of the vaccine after he welcomed the donation by the Chinese government, represented by Ambassador Huang Xilian (right). 
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US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin lands in Manila as part of his trip to Southeast Asia.

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana earlier said the Pentagon chief will have a formal meeting with President Rodrigo Duterte to discuss several issues concerning security and relations.

These include the Visiting Forces Agreement and the West Philippine Sea.

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China will donate more COVID-19 vaccines, Chinese Ambassador Huang Xilian says at the inauguration of the China-funded Estrella-Pantaleon Bridge connecting Mandaluyong and Makati.

"As the Philippines is facing an increase in demand of vaccines, we will donate more and substantively increase supply of vaccines to the Philippines," Huang says.

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DOH logs 5,735 more COVID-19 infections, bringing the national caseload to 1,572,287.

Ngayong 4 PM, Hulyo 29, 2021, ang Department of Health ay nakapagtala ng 5,735 na karagdagang kaso ng COVID-19. Samantala ay mayroon namang naitalang 4,069 na gumaling at 176 na pumanaw.

Sa kabuuang bilang ng mga naitalang kaso sa bansa, 3.6% (56,273) ang aktibong kaso, pic.twitter.com/jcoDLiaGPE

— Department of Health (@DOHgovph) July 29, 2021
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An 8.2 magnitude earthquake strikes off the Alaskan peninsula late Wednesday, the United States Geological Survey says, prompting a tsunami warning.

The earthquake hit 56 miles (91 kilometers) southeast of the town of Perryville, the USGS said. The US government issues a tsunami warning for south Alaska and the Alaskan peninsula.

"Hazardous tsunami waves for this earthquake are possible within the next three hours along some coasts," the US Tsunami Warning System says in a statement. — AFP

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Ilocos Norte will be placed under localized modified enhanced community quarantine as Gov. Matthew Manotoc cites the average daily attack rate and the two-week growth rate of COVID-19 in the province.

Via executive order 142-21, the localized MECQ status will take in effect on Thursday, while awaiting the approval of the request to place the province under MECQ by the InterAgency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases.

As of 10 p.m. of July 28, Ilocos Norte has 297 new cases of COVID-19 infections. The province now still has 2718 active cases, from the total cases of 7,348. — The STAR/Artemio Dumlao

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Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong says the city, though it has already reached its COVID-19 cases threshold, does not opt to totally shutdown its doors from tourists.

Stricter border control remains to be the best answer (for us), the city mayor says, while citing that COVID-19 transmissions in the city had been churning around 60 a day three weeks ago.

Magalong says "certain testing guidelines for tourists coming from GCQ and MGCQ areas were already put in place as an active defense of the city against surges." But he maintains that Baguio City will strictly bar “visitors from heightened GCQ and MECQ areas” in the country. — The STAR/Artemio Dumlao

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Boxer Irish Magno is defeated by Thailand's Jutamas Jitpong via unanimous decision in their Women's Flyweight Round of 16 match at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

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Hidilyn Diaz says China's weightlifting team was somewhat upset that her Chinese coach, Gao Kaiwen, did not disclose the potential gold medalist's progress while training.

In an interview with ANC, Diaz says:

“Hindi makapaniwala ang China na ganito na ako kalakas, then siyempre si Coach din, hindi niya na-share sa China. Medyo nagalit kasi ang China din sa kanya kasi hindi niya na-share kung saan na yung lakas ko."

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The station commander of Police Station 3 of the Quezon City Police District has been relieved from duty after it was found that police officers still waiting for the results of their COVID-19 tests were deployed to secure the State of the Nation Address.

Eighty-two officers have since been found positive for the coronavirus.

"In view of the apparent breach of protocol when most of these PNP personnel were deployed for SONA duties even if they were still waiting for their RT-PCR results, I have already ordered the administrative relief of the Station Commander, Police Station 3 of the QCPD, for command responsibility," Police Gen. Guillermo Eleazar says in a statement.

"This should serve as a reminder to all our commanders to exercise prudence and to strictly abide with our existing protocols amid the serious threat of COVID-19, especially with the rising number of infection from the Delta variant."

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President Rodrigo Duterte's claim that commuting in Metro Manila has improved glosses over problems with mass transportation, Sen. Risa Hontiveros says in a statement on the president's State of the Nation Address delivered earlier this week.

"The president, in his recent State of the Nation Address, was glossing over the real-life difficulties of commuters but we know that that isn't the actual situation for commuters," Hontiveros says.
 
She says the road transport expenses of ordinary Filipinos rose by nearly 20% during the imposition of quarantine lockdowns and that at least 70% of workers found it harder to go to and back from their offices during the pandemic due to limited public transport.

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Facebook on Wednesday reported its profit doubled in the recently ended quarter as digital advertising surged, but warned of cooler growth in the months ahead in an update which sent its shares sinking.

Profit jumped to $10.4 billion on revenue of $29 billion, a 56 percent increase from last year, mainly from a jump in ad revenues, Facebook said in its second quarter report.

The number of people using the social network monthly climbed to 2.9 billion, a year-over-year gain of seven percent. And some 3.5 billion people used at least one of the company's apps including Instagram, WhatsApp and Messenger.

"We had a strong quarter as we continue to help businesses grow and people stay connected," Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg said in an earnings release.

However, Facebook shares slipped some four percent as the tech giant warned that growth was expected to slow due to regulatory actions and a tweak to the Apple iPhone operating software that could hurt its ad targeting. — AFP

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Soldiers collected 97 more firearms from supporters of the New People’s Army and Dawlah Islamiya in Maitum, Sarangani in the past three months, a regional Army official said Thursday.
 
The firearms were voluntarily turned in by owners through the intercession of the Army’s 38th Infantry Battalion and officials of the 603rd Infantry Brigade, according to Maj. Gen. Juvymax Uy of the 6th Infantry Division.

More than 50 firearms were collected from Sarangani residents by both units early on. — The STAR/John Unson

[LastUpdate] => 2021-07-29 07:15:36 ) )

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