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Filipinos divided on returning to work if lockdown were to end —survey

Bella Perez-Rubio (Philstar.com) - July 31, 2020 - 1:47pm

MANILA, Philippines — As the government relentlessly pushes for the reopening of the economy amid the COVID-19 pandemic, a national survey released Friday found that only a little over half of working Filipinos would be comfortable returning to work even if lockdown measures were to be lifted.

The Social Weather Stations conducted the national mobile phone survey from July 3 to 6, interviewing 1,555 Filipinos who were 18 years old and above.

Even less than those comfortable returning to work, only 45% of Filipino adults said they would feel comfortable attending religious gatherings even if community quarantine were to end in August.

SWS found that comfort about going to work and attending religious services is highest in Mindanao, at 64% and 56% respectively.

55% of respondents from Balance Luzon, 50% from Visayas and 45% from Metro Manila, the epicenter of the country's novel coronavirus outbreak, said they were either very or fairly comfortable about returning to work.

For religious services, trailing after Mindanao in terms of comfort levels were Visayas at 47%, Balance Luzon at 40%, and Metro Manila at 39%.

The survey also found that Muslims were the most comfortable about attending religious services at 71%, followed by Iglesia ni Cristos at 47%, other non-Christian religions at 42% and Roman Catholics at 41%.

The Philippines is currently under the longest community quarantine period in the world, with Friday marking its 135th day.

Despite this lockdown, infections continue to surge, with Thursday marking an all-time high in daily COVID-19 cases with 3,954 reported by the Department of Health.

This grim milestone brought the country's total caseload up to 89,374 and its death toll to 1,983 with 23 more fatalities recorded on Thursday.

President Rodrigo Duterte, in an address aired Friday, extended general community quarantine in Metro Manila until August 15. — Bella Perez-Rubio

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LATEST UPDATE: April 3, 2021 - 6:11pm

Other regions and provinces in the Philippines considered moderate and low-risk areas will be placed under general community quarantine starting May 1. Bookmark this page for updates. (Main image by The STAR/Edd Gumban)

April 3, 2021 - 6:11pm

The Lipa City health office logs 69 new COVID-19 infections – the highest in April – raising the total to 2,359.

Among the new infections were four call center agents. The youngest among them was a 22-year-old male agent from Barangay 7, who had cough and fever and previously got exposed to a confirmed COVID-19 positive patient.

Also testing positive was a 23-year-old female agent and 28-year-old female agent, both from Barangay Marawoy. A 28-year-old woman from Barangay Sabang, who had colds and cough, also got infected by the virus.

The said patients are already quarantined while health authorities continue to conduct contact tracing for their close contacts. Lipa City now has 1897 recoveries, with 20 new recoveries reported Friday. This means 80.4% have recovered from COVID, higher than Batangas province’s 45.82% recovery rate. — The Filipino Connection/Marlon Luistro

March 27, 2021 - 4:11pm

The Department of Health reports an additional 9,595 cases of the coronavirus disease, bringing the national tally to 712,442. To date, there are 118,122 active cases.

481 individuals are reported to have recovered, pushing the total number of recoveries to  581,161. The DOH logs 10 new deaths, bringing the death toll to 13,159

March 27, 2021 - 10:54am

St. Luke's Medical Center is requiring a mandatory COVID-19 swab test for patients and their companions prior to admission.

"Due to the current surge of COVID-19 cases, St. Luke's Medical Center would require COVID-19 swab test for all patients and their companions prior to admission effective March 29, 2021," the statement reads.

March 26, 2021 - 4:05pm

The Department of Health records another record high 9,838 new coronavirus cases, pushing the national tally to 702,856.

  • Recoveries: 663 new; total at 580,689
  • Deaths: 54 new; toll at 13,149
  • Active cases: 109,018 or 15.5% of total
March 26, 2021 - 11:29am

The inter-agency task force for COVID-19 approves once a day religious gatherings from April 1 to 4 in time for Holy Week.

IATF spokesperson Harry Roque says such gatherings should be done at 10% maximum indoor seating capacity at all times. Mass gatherings or religious activities outside the church or the venue are still prohibited.

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