Ex-coronavirus adviser urged gov’t to reconsider pandemic response

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Former COVID-19 task force adviser has once again appealed to the government to redefine its plan of action in response to the pandemic after cases on Friday reached an all-time high, one year after the start of the health crisis.

“I believe it’s time for government to call for a summit to regroup and redefine the plan of action. Too many measures, hardly any impact,” Dr. Tony Leachon, a public health expert, said on Twitter.

To address the sharp spike in cases, Malacañang on Friday announced that some establishments in general community quarantine areas are ordered to close or reduce venue capacity until April 4. It also ordered a reduction of on-site capacity in government offices.

These measures however are very different from the hard GCQ recommendation that the OCTA Research Group and other medical experts have been proposing.

Presidential spokesman Harry Roque on Friday said the task force considered the “hard GCQ” proposal but decided against it, as it is balancing economy and health of Filipinos.

“[T]he balance between the employment of our countrymen and slowing the spread of COVID is very delicate,” he said.

DepEd to boost security, mental health efforts

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Spread the loveMANILA – The Department of Education (DepEd) assured on Thursday it will boost coordination and interventions for security and mental health concerns

LRT-2 to allow pets starting February

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