KUWTT: Number of Covid Cases in Metro Manila Rises | August 9, 2021
Good day. Here are the articles from the Manila Times of Monday, August 9, 2021.
READ: The peak of Covid cases in Metro Manila
The seven-day average of Covid-19 cases in metro Manila rose 62%, with 2,823 new cases recorded last Saturday, independent agency OCTA Research said on Sunday. OCTA said the number of cases is the highest since May 2, when a modified enhanced community quarantine was imposed in the National Capital Region (NCR). The group said the 62% increase translates to an average of 2,066 cases per day. The number of reproduction rates also increased to 1.80 from 1.56 a week ago. According to OCTA, the push suggests the possibility that the push was due to the Delta variant and that the constant increase in the number of reproductions could be due to the replacement of the Delta variant from the previous dominant variants. The latest data from the Department of Health (DoH) showed that the Delta variant was detected in 31% of the cases sampled, up from 16% two weeks ago. The positivity rate has risen to 14%, down from 10% a week ago.
READ: Lacson wanted to ‘share’ Sotto with Robredo
SEN. Panfilo “Ping” Lacson declared that he had proposed to Vice President Maria Leonor “Leni” Robredo to make Senate President Vicente “Tito” Sotto 3e their common running mate in the 2022 elections. Lacson revealed his proposal in a radio interview after Robredo said she refused the senator’s “unifying formula”. The plan asks all opposition candidates to file their Certificate of Nomination (CoC) and wait for polls to determine who has the best chance of winning. The candidate who tops the polls becomes the recognized opposition bet and the others will withdraw their CoCs.
READ: Mission accomplished for the PH Olympic team
The Tokyo Olympics ended on Sunday with the Philippines fulfilling their mission of winning their first-ever Olympic gold while delivering their biggest ever medal ever at the Games. Weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz won the country’s first Olympic gold medal by dominating the women’s 55 kilogram category. She also did it in style, setting a new Philippine record of 97 kilograms in the snatch, an Olympic record of 127 kilograms in the clean and jerk and another Olympic record with her total of 224 kilograms. The boxing team produced the most medals. Nesthy Petecio took silver in the women’s featherweight division and Carlo Paalam won his own silver in the men’s flyweight division. Eumir Marcial was good for a bronze medal in the middleweight category for men. Petecio also became the first Filipino boxer to win a medal at the Games. The Philippines, which first joined the Olympics in 1924, won three medals at the 1932 Los Angeles Games, awarded by Teofilo Ildefonso in swimming, Simeon Toribio in high jump and Jose Villanueva in boxing. By winning one gold, two silver and one bronze, the Philippines also finished first among Southeast Asian countries competing in Tokyo. Indonesia came second with one gold, one silver and three bronze. Thailand is third with a gold and a bronze, while Malaysia is fourth with a silver and a bronze. The last time the Philippines led their Southeast Asian neighbors to the Olympics was at the 1964 Olympics, which were also held in Tokyo. Anthony Villanueva was the region’s only medalist, winning silver in men’s featherweight boxing. The country finished 10th among Asian countries and shared 49th place with Slovakia at the Tokyo Games, which were delayed for a year due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The Philippines sent 19 athletes to compete in 11 sports in Tokyo. Irish boxer Magno, weightlifter Elreen Ando, pole vaulter EJ Obiena, rower Cris Nievarez, gymnast Carlos Yulo, taekwondo jin Kurt Barbosa, snowboarder Margielyn Didal, rifle shooter Jayson Valdez, sprinter Kristina Knott, judoka Kiyomi Watanabe, golfers Juvic Pagdanganan, Bianca Pag Yuka Saso and swimmers Remedy Rule and Luke Gebbie made up the Philippine delegation. Yulo, Ando and Gebbie did not stand on the podium, but set new national records in Tokyo.
SPORTS: More cash, house and prize rewards for Olympic medalists
Speaking of Philippine Olympic medalists, the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) is set to add more awards for Philippine medalists Hidilyn Diaz, Nesthy Petecio, Carlo Paalam and Eumir Marcial at the Tokyo Olympics. POC President Abraham “Bambol” Tolentino announced on Sunday that the National Olympic Committee will award an additional P 3 million to gold medalist Diaz, P 2 million to silver medalists Petecio and Paalam and of 1 million P to bronze medalist Marcial. The extra windfall increased Diaz’s base incentive to 36 million pesos, Petecio and Paalam to 19 million pesos each and 8 million pesos for Marcial.
READ: Dengvaxia controversy led to drop in jabs – study
Meanwhile, the country’s vaccination efforts have suffered significantly from public mistrust of the effects of the dengue vaccine Dengvaxia, according to a study commissioned by the Department of Science and Technology (DoST). DoST secretary Fortunato de la Peña revealed the results of the study, Dengue Communication: Discovering Prevailing Perceptions Toward Dengue and Dengvaxia, during the agency’s weekly program. De la Peña said other factors that have contributed to the decline in vaccinations are illiteracy and lack of information on vaccines. Dengvaxia was considered a revolutionary vaccine against dengue fever. In 2016, the Philippine government approved it for schoolchildren vaccination.
READ: Gatchalian warns of escalating violence against children
SEN. Sherwin Gatchalian warned of the possible increase in domestic violence cases amid the imposition of a strengthened community quarantine in Metro Manila and other areas. The senator said it is possible that violence against children will increase again. He cited data from the Philippine National Police (PNP) and children’s organization Save the Children that showed an increase in crimes against women and children during the lockdown in 2020.
BUSINESS: Q2 GDP growth pegged at 11%
In business, the Philippine economy likely grew more than 11% in the second quarter of the year due to weak base effects and a rebound in household consumption, economists interviewed by The Manila Times said. . Projections for the month ranged from 8.5% to 15.2%, a turnaround from -16.9% recorded in the same quarter last year. If correct, it would also be the first growth after five consecutive quarters of decline due to the 2019 coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic. The Philippines’ official gross domestic product (GDP) data for the second quarter will be released by the Statistics Authority of the Philippines (PSA) on August 10.
READ: Opinion and editorial
Rigoberto Tiglao and Fr. Ranhilio Aquino are today’s front page columnists. Tiglao thinks democracy in the Philippines is in danger, while Fr. Aquino speaks of deconstruction and law.
Today’s editorial calls on the government not to break its promises to the country’s Olympic medalists. Read a full version in the newspaper’s opinion section or listen to Voice of the Times.
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On behalf of the Manila Times, here is the report by Aric John Sy Cua. Have a safe week.