The ANC Brief: Rising numbers


Posted at Mar 23 2020 04:01 AM

We are entering the second week of our quarantine. Here are the stories making the headlines on ANC today:

Expected spike
The number of COVID-19 cases in the Philippines rose to 380 with 25 dead. Two more patients were reported to have recovered, bringing the total number to 15. The Department of Health (DOH) said we should expect the numbers to rise as the health department expands testing.

Emergency powers
Metro Manila enters the second week of quarantine lockdown. Malacanang is asking Congress to declare a national emergency and give special powers to President Duterte to deal with the spread of COVID-19. Senate President Tito Sotto III denied the Palace was asking for emergency powers for President Duterte. Sotto also said the suggestion to takeover private businesses would not fly in the Senate.

Bravo to frontliners!
In these times, a new kind of hero has emerged. Tributes are pouring in for doctors and medical workers who died of COVID-19. It highlights the risks these front liners take to treat the infected, especially if the patients they are treating were not forthright about their symptoms and travel history.

Checking their privilege
After non-performing local government officials, it’s now politicians who are asking to be tested for COVID-19 at home who are facing a backlash online. Other politicians and personalities are even boasting online that they were tested despite a lack of testing kits and a DOH guideline stipulating that only patients exhibiting “severe and critical” symptoms should be tested. Netizens are calling for more testing starting with medical front liners.

Waiting game
Local MMA fighters are finding ways to stay battle-ready while the country is in community quarantine. ANCX takes a peek inside their closed-door training sessions to see what adjustments they are making.