File photo shows Sandiganbayan Centennial Building in Quezon City.
Sandiganbayan closed after 2 employees test positive for COVID-19
( - July 13, 2020 - 12:45pm

MANILA, Philippines — Anti-graft court Sandiganbayan closed its offices on Monday after two of its employees tested positive for COVID-19.

"This step is necessary to enable the Sandiganbayan to conduct an immediate and thorough disinfection of its entire building and to conduct tracing/monitoring of the health of the Court's employees," presiding Justice Amparo Cabotaje-Tang said in a memo dated July 12, Sunday.

Cabotaje-Tang said the decision to temporarily close the office was made during an emergency meeting held on Sunday, amid the increasing number of COVID-19 cases in Quezon City and after two of its employees showed positive for the deadly respiratory disease via swab tests.

She added that all justices, officials, and employees "will continue to perform their work/functions and discharge the Court's mandate under alternative work arrangements."

The court may still be contacted through its hotline and email address which can be found on the Sandiganbayan website.

Data from the DOH tracker as of July 9 showed that Quezon City, where Sandiganbayan is located, has the highest number of COVID-19 cases in Metro Manila with 4,190 confirmed cases. — Bella Perez-Rubio

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LATEST UPDATE: August 8, 2020 - 9:55am

Follow this thread for updates on COVID-19 risk levels, safety measures, and data from Metro Manila's local government units.

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August 8, 2020 - 9:55am

St. Luke's Medical Center announces that its COVID-19 wards and ICUs in Bonifacio Global City and Quezon City are at full capacity. 

"We would like to request those who require immediate care to seek COVID-related treatment from other healthcare facilities until our hospitals are able to accommodate COVID cases again," it says in a statement posted on Facebook.

August 6, 2020 - 7:05pm

Restrictions on transportation during the August 1-18 Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine will be more lenient  than during the previous lockdown, the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Disease says in a press release.

Tricycles will be allowed to ply routes but are limited to just one passenger while pillion riding on motorcycles will be allowed "provided that they have the IATF-approved barrier installed."

Passengers will not be limited to the driver's spouse or partner.

August 4, 2020 - 11:04am

Quezon City reimposes its liquor ban in light of the Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine declared over Metro Manila.

Under the ban, selling or distributing alcoholic beverages is prohibited "from August 4, 2020 to August 18, 2020 (or until expiration of the MECQ, if MECQ is further extended)."

Previously, selling of alcoholic beverages was allowed from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. with limits on how much alcohol could buy.

Drinking is allowed in private residences.



August 3, 2020 - 2:37pm

The Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila will be on lockdown for two weeks starting August 3 to curb the spread of the coronavirus in the campus. With this, employees will be adopting a work from home arrangement for the time being.

The university currently has four confirmed cases, two recovered patients and one death among employees with three probable and one suspect cases.

“We are taking this two-week timeout as an extra precaution as we acknowledge the current health situation in our campus, in the City of Manila, and in the country. We are hoping that in our own way, we can prevent further COVID-19 infections within our community,” PLM President Emmanuel Leyco said. 

August 3, 2020 - 12:32pm

Coronavirus cases in the Philippines may reach 220,000 by the end of August if Metro Manila remains under general community quarantine, UP Professor Ranjit Rye says.

Now that Metro Manila and nearby provinces will return to modified GCQ, there would be 50,000 to 70,000 cases less, he adds.

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