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Valenzuela deploys buses with free fares

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Valenzuela City has expanded its “Libreng Sakay” program for residents until August 31. Daily trips will start as early 5:30 a.m. until 9 p.m. The Libreng Sakay program covers trips from MacArthur Highway, Malanday to Monumento Circle (...

IATF wants more Covid-19 beds in hospitals

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The government has ordered private and public hospitals to increase the number of beds allocated for coronavirus patients as the number of cases continued to increase in recent weeks, reaching more than 85,000 by the end of July. The Inter-Agency Ta...

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Classroom lessons not yet possible

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Face-to-face classes are prohibited unless a vaccine against the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) has been developed, according to President Rodrigo Duterte.

"Until the Covid-19 vaccine is available, I will not allow the traditional face-to-face teaching or learning unless the risks of exposure to the sickness are eliminated. I cannot and will not put to risk the health and lives of our students and teachers," Duterte said during his 5th state-of-the-nation-address (SONA).

"About two weeks ago, I seem to have said that I would allow the face-to-face classes to resume but we were talking actually of January because my thinking was that by September we would have the vaccine," he noted.

Citing that vaccine against Covid-19 is a global need, Duterte emphasized that "getting it from producers or other governments must be dealt with".

"Let me just mention it in passing that about four days ago I made a plea to (Chinese) President Xi Jinping if they have the vaccine, can they allow us to be one of the first or if it's needed if we have to buy it, may we be granted credit so we can normalize as fast as possible," he said.


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