The ANC Brief: Out of Wuhan


Posted at Jan 30 2020 04:00 AM | Updated as of Jan 30 2020 11:30 AM

The death toll in the nCoV virus is rising but the Philippines has yet to record an infection. Here are the stories making the headlines on ANC today:

The death toll due to the 2019 novel coronavirus (nCoV) in China rose to 132 with around 6000 cases reported. Some countries like the US and Australia are evacuating their citizens out of Wuhan. Around 50 Filipinos in Wuhan said they want to come home. In the Philippines, the country is still free from the virus and 23 persons are still being observed. A Chinese patient under observation for the virus in San Lazaro died due to pneumonia. President Duterte said it is not yet time to ban flights between the Philippines and China. Meanwhile, prices of face masks has been going up.

Threat of eruption
The Philippine Institute of Volcanology (Phivolcs) said quakes in Taal are an indication of a possible eruption. Meanwhile in Batangas, businesses, industries and the Batanguenos themselves are trying to pick up the pieces. Batangas Vice Gov. Mark Leviste will be guest on ANC’s Headstart.

President Duterte has barred his Cabinet members from going to the US This is in reaction to the cancellation of the U.S. visa of Sen. Ronald dela Rosa who as national police chief carried out Duterte’s administration’s war on drugs. The President also stressed he was not joking about terminating the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) with the US.

The bodies of those who died in the helicopter crash that killed basketball legend Kobe Bryant have been recovered from the wreckage. But only Bryant’s body has been identified by authorities. In a tribute, former Laker Shaquille O’Neal shed a tear for his former teammate.

Dance revolution
Three years after it was released, Sarah Geronimo's "Tala" has become a viral sensation that has everyone from basketball bystanders to policemen showing their moves. ANCX talks to Nica Del Rosario, the songwriter responsible for what became the Philippine bop.