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BACOLOD CITY, Negros Occidental, Philippines - New confirmed COVID cases here, five in only two days, will not affect quarantine levels as the first 15 days of the modified general quarantine draws to a close.

Capitol exec: Five new COVID cases in NegOcc won’t affect quarantine level; guv’s spokesman...

BACOLOD CITY, Negros Occidental, Philippines - New confirmed COVID cases here, five in only two days, will not affect quarantine levels as the first 15 days of the modified general quarantine draws to a close.
PUM vs PUI are acronyms at the height of the COVID-19 scare. PUM stands for Person Under Monitoring while PUI stands for Person Under Investigation.

The CoviD 19 Saga: PUM vs PUI, what’s in a Word?

PUM vs PUI are acronyms at the height of the COVID-19 scare. PUM stands for Person Under Monitoring while PUI stands for Person Under Investigation.
"Medication of antiviral capsule (remdesivir drug) for treatment and prevention of new corona virus infection (COVID-19,novel coronavirus disease)" by Jernej Furman is licensed under CC BY 2.0

The CoviD-19 saga | Remdesivir: the cure we are waiting for?

The drug Remdesivir keeps on grabbing the headlines.
People are flocking again to news that Dexamethasone is a CoviD-19 cure. And again, we reiterate, like the repurposed drugs Hydroxychloriquine and Remdesivir – it’s not. Lets go to basics first: Dexamethasone is a steroid.

The CoviD-19 saga: Dexamethasone the “new” Wonder Drug?

People are flocking again to news that Dexamethasone is a CoviD-19 cure. And again, we reiterate, like the repurposed drugs Hydroxychloriquine and Remdesivir – it’s not. Lets go to basics first: Dexamethasone is a steroid.
Imported case, and local and community transmissions are not exactly exclusive to CoViD-19 cases. These are terminologies widely used in epidemiology to describe outbreaks or contagion. But in line with the recent pandemic, we’ll be differentiating each in the context of CoviD-19.

The CoviD-19 saga: IMPORTED CASE vs LOCAL TRANSMISSION vs COMMUNITY TRANSMISSION

Imported case, and local and community transmissions are not exactly exclusive to CoViD-19 cases.  These are terminologies widely used in epidemiology to...
BACOLOD CITY, Negros Occidental, Philippines - A Capitol spokesperson here has confirmed three new COVID cases, pushing the number of confirmed patients to 27 as of today, 17 June, a day after Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson had signed an executive order extending the modified general community quarantine until end of this month.

NegOcc reports three new COVID cases

BACOLOD CITY, Negros Occidental, Philippines - A Capitol spokesperson here has confirmed three new COVID cases, pushing the number...
According to our World in Data, a University of Oxford data hub that researches and collects data around the world, the Philippines has the third most number of cases in Southeast Asia, 15th in Asia, and 39th in the world

The CoviD-19 saga: Philippines Coronavirus Response

According to our World in Data, a University of Oxford data hub that researches and collects data around the world, the Philippines has the third most number of cases in Southeast Asia, 15th in Asia, and 39th in the world
BACOLOD CITY, Negros Occidental, Philippines – Bacolod City will still be under Modified General Community Quarantine, according to an executive order by Bacolod Mayor Evelio Leonardia.

Bacolod under extended MGCQ

BACOLOD CITY, Negros Occidental, Philippines – Bacolod City will still be under Modified General Community Quarantine, according to an executive order by Bacolod Mayor Evelio Leonardia.
BACOLOD CITY, Negros Occidental, Philippines - Bacolod Mayor City Evelio Leonardia has signed Executive Order 38, s. 2020 effectively placing the city under Modified General Community Quarantine.

What’s in an E.O.: Bing signs directive placing Bacolod under MGCQ

BACOLOD CITY, Negros Occidental, Philippines - Bacolod Mayor City Evelio Leonardia has signed Executive Order 38, s. 2020 effectively placing the city under Modified General Community Quarantine.
A good CoviD-19 response is yet to have a definite objective measure, yet global media including Health authorities such as the WHO has lauded various countries for their actions amidst the pandemic.

The CoviD-19 saga: Effects of a Good Pandemic Response (pt. 2)

A good CoviD-19 response is yet to have a definite objective measure, yet global media including Health authorities such as the WHO has lauded various countries for their actions amidst the pandemic.
RT-PCR is the gold standard test as it detects ongoing CoviD-19 Infection. A positive RT-PCR means an active infection at the time of testing.

The CoviD-19 Saga: What are Antibodies detected by Rapid Tests?

Recap RT-PCR is the gold standard test as it detects ongoing CoviD-19 Infection. A positive RT-PCR means an active...
BACOLOD CITY, Negros Occidental, Philippines - The health department's regional office will prioritize the swab samples lined up for testing at the regional laboratory facility at the West Visayas Medical Center after lone district solon Greg Gasataya appealed to Department of Health Regional Director Marlyn Convocar to prioritize the more than 600 samples sent from here.

DOH to prioritize Bacolod swab backlogs after Cong. Greg appeals to regl director

BACOLOD CITY, Negros Occidental, Philippines - The health department's regional office will prioritize the swab samples lined up for testing at the regional laboratory facility at the West Visayas Medical Center after lone district solon Greg Gasataya appealed to Department of Health Regional Director Marlyn Convocar to prioritize the more than 600 samples sent from here.
As the fields of Center Mall are acquiring rest, the grass being left untouched, with no one to bask under the golden rays of sunshine in the ever sunny and bright San Carlos City, it occurred to me that the COVID-19 virus, along with all the lives it has claimed and the economy it had placed in disarray, has deprived us of the simplest joys of summertime.

JUVENTUS: COVID and existential truths

As the fields of Center Mall are acquiring rest, the grass being left untouched, with no one to bask under the golden...
BACOLOD CITY, Negros Occidental, Philippines - Vice-Governor Jeffrey Ferrer has confirmed that Sixth District Board Member Valentin Miguel Alonso, his wife, a secretary, two household staff, and two other people who might have had contact with the city's Patient 18 all tested negative for COVID19, results from the provincial testing facility show.

Board member, wife, five others test negative for COVID19

BACOLOD CITY, Negros Occidental, Philippines - Vice-Governor Jeffrey Ferrer has confirmed that Sixth District Board Member Valentin Miguel Alonso, his wife, a secretary, two household staff, and two other people who might have had contact with the city's Patient 18 all tested negative for COVID19, results from the provincial testing facility show.
These test kits use swabs from your nose and throat which are designed to capture the genetic material of the virus. SARS-CoV-2 is an RNA virus, so its genetic material is more transient and fragile than DNA.

The CoviD-19 saga: RT-PCR vs Rapid Test Kits

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BACOLOD CITY, Negros Occidental, Philippines - Provincial dad Valentino Miguel Alonso has voluntarily undergone a swab test for a RT-PCR test today and will quarantine himself after test results for a resident here came out positive for COVID infection.

Board Member Alonso voluntarily undergoes COVID testing, to go under self-quarantine

BACOLOD CITY, Negros Occidental, Philippines - Provincial dad Valentino Miguel Alonso has voluntarily undergone a specimen swab for a RT-PCR test today and will quarantine himself after test results for a resident here came out positive for COVID infection.
BACOLOD CITY, Negros Occidental, Philippines - Health authorities here are moving the city's newest COVID-positive case, Patient 18, to an isolation facility after he tested positive yesterday in a RT-PCR test released by the provincial testing facility.

Health authorities to isolate Bacolod’s Patient 18 today, contact tracing on

BACOLOD CITY, Negros Occidental, Philippines - Health authorities here are moving the city's newest COVID-positive case, Patient 18, to an isolation facility after he tested positive yesterday in a RT-PCR test released by the provincial testing facility.
BACOLOD CITY, Negros Occidental, Philippines - Mandalagan village officials here have locked down a street in a residential subdivision that passes through the house where two confirmed COVID19 patients have stayed.

Village officials lock down Victoria Street in Eroreco, Bacolod

BACOLOD CITY, Negros Occidental, Philippines - Mandalagan village officials here have locked down a street in a residential subdivision that passes through...
BACOLOD CITY, Negros Occidental, Philippines - The country's Sugar Bowl will go on a lockdown Monday, 30 March 2020, to prevent the spread of the COVID19 inside its borders where more than two million people live.

Negros Occidental two-week shutdown starts Monday

BACOLOD CITY, Negros Occidental, Philippines - The country's Sugar Bowl will go on an enhanced community quarantine Monday, 30 March 2020, to...
BACOLOD CITY, Negros Occidental, Philippines - Provincial Vice-Gov. Jeffrey Ferrer had confirmed that the city's Patient 18 was a former private driver of a board member who was fired last February but tested positive recently after he showed symptoms of COVID19.

Patient 18 former driver of a board member but had never set foot inside...

BACOLOD CITY, Negros Occidental, Philippines - Provincial Vice-Gov. Jeffrey Ferrer had confirmed that the city's Patient 18 was a former private driver of a board member who was fired last February but tested positive recently after he showed symptoms of COVID19.
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BACOLOD CITY, Negros Occidental, Philippines - A joint operation of Army and National Police yesterday in upland Kabankalan City led to the arrest of four suspected high-ranking members of the New People's Army and seized, among others, cash amounting to close to P120,000.

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BACOLOD CITY, Negros Occidental, Philippines - A joint operation of Army and National Police yesterday in upland Kabankalan City led to the...
The inauguration for the Molecular Laboratory of the Corazon Locsin Montelibano Memorial Regional Hospital Bacolod City starting 4:30 p.m. today.

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