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THREAD: Government eases restrictions in the NCR Plus bubble. But with thousands of new daily infections and hospitals operating beyond their limits, can we really afford to loosen health protocols?

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Dr. Ted Herbosa, adviser of the National Task Force Against COVID-19: Modified enhanced community quarantine is still an ECQ, just with lesser restrictions
Dr. @Teddybird on shift to MECQ: Economic losses, and health sector was already gaining — hospitals increased COVID-19 bed capacity, testing ramped up

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• A hospital gets compassionate special permit to use ivermectin vs COVID-19
• FDA pauses use of AstraZeneca vaccine for those below 60 years
• Is gov't doing enough to address surge in cases?
Former Health Secretary Janette Garin says FDA granting a compassionate special permit to use ivermectin vs COVID-19 to a hospital "is not based on science... It's based on the push of politicians"
Ex-DOH Sec. Garin: I'm not against ivermectin for clinical trials to test for COVID-19 use
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THREAD: A doctor converts a car into a makeshift isolation room for a 66-year-old woman with COVID 19.

@iampinkywebb speaks to Dr. Jamie Amposta on #TheSource | LIVE bit.ly/3fQoUAI
Dr. Amposta says she's been a doctor for six years: This is the first time I've treated someone inside a car
Dr. Amposta: I explained to the patient's son that it's a clinical COVID-19 case. We don't have available rooms and tents, so I offered to give treatment with that kind of setup — inside their vehicle.
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THREAD: A hospitals' group calls the situation on the ground a 'nightmare.' How are health facilities in NCR coping 10 days after it was placed under ECQ?

@iampinkywebb speaks to PH Hospital Association President Dr. Jaime Almora on #TheSource | LIVE bit.ly/3fQoUAI
Dr. Almora: Concerns of PH Hospital Association members ang mababang manpower, reimbursements na hindi pa nababayaran
PH Hospital Association: Gov’t hospitals receive support from gov’t, private hospitals not so much.

Dr. Almora adds gov’t hospitals have better manpower.
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THREAD: Despite warnings, a congressman is standing by his plan to distribute the anti-parasitic drug Ivermectin for COVID-19 treatment.

But what is Ivermectin? And why are other doctors showing support?

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FDA chief Eric Domingo says Ivermectin can be used for animals and humans, but what’s registered in PH is for veterinary use
FDA tells @iampinkywebb: There's nothing illegal about asking for prescription for Ivermectin. Some pharmacies are licensed to do compounding.
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THREAD: @iampinkywebb speaks to treatment czar Leopoldo Vega on #TheSource | LIVE bit.ly/3sTVUfa

• Mild, asymptomatic COVID patients to be moved to quarantine facilities
• More healthcare workers to be sent to NCR
• OCTA sees PH hitting 1M cases before end-April Image
Treatment czar and DOH Undersecretary Leopoldo Vega: Hospitals in NCR Plus now on high-risk to critical level
Treatment czar Vega: 8,000 COVID-19 beds allotted in NCR Plus level 1-3 hospitals
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THREAD: @iampinkywebb speaks to Presidential Spokesperson @attyharryroque on #TheSource

• 12,000 cases a day expected in the coming weeks, OCTA Research says
• More healthcare workers to be sent to Metro Manila
• Can gov't still afford more cash aid for those affected by ECQ?
What were the factors that led to an ECQ extension in Metro Manila, Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna, and Rizal?

Roque: Attack rates and healthcare capacity are at critical levels bit.ly/3cNRDUJ
The NCR Plus bubble could return to a more relaxed MECQ if PDITR strategy works, Roque says.

PDITR stands for Prevent, Detect, Isolate, Treat, and Reintegrate. bit.ly/3mjpGY2
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• PH reaches new all-time highs in COVID-19 cases
• Duterte allows private sector to import vaccines 'at will'
• Maximizing the lockdown
National Task Force deputy chief implementer and Testing czar Vince Dizon: Today, in San Juan, we start the simultaneous vaccination of healthcare workers, senior citizens and persons with comorbidities
Testing czar Dizon: In the past 2 weeks, we've been hitting average 45,000 tests per day. We still need to test more
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• Metro Manila, nearby provinces return to ECQ
• Cases at record-high levels as ECQ begins
• Update on Chinese vessels near Julian Felipe Reef Image
National Task Force Against COVID-19 Chairman and Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana: For me, the week-long ECQ is an observation period of the trend of COVID-19 cases
Lorenzana says he agrees that government could have done the ECQ earlier.

He adds options are open on ECQ extension if needed
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THREAD: @iampinkywebb speaks to ret. Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio on #TheSource | LIVE bit.ly/2PocqFh

• PH deploys more naval assets to Julian Felipe Reef
• China denies militia in West PH Sea
• Concerns raised over China's vaccine donations
Ret. Justice Carpio: Chinese militia vessels were seen on March 7, but military analyzed the situation first
Ret. Justice Carpio says this is not the first time Chinese maritime militia vessels were spotted in Julian Felipe Reef
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• OCTA: Drop in COVID-19 cases 'unlikely' in 2 weeks
• Palace: IATF will not be abolished
• Nancy Binay among 1Sambayan picks to run for 2022
Senator Nancy Binay on COVID-19 situation in the country: Baka at this point, we're ten steps behind. The numbers are higher compared last year
Sen. Binay: Let's accept, face that the problem is big and we have to do something about it
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• PH reaches new record-high for 3rd time in 4 days
• Duque: New variants, increased mobility caused surge in cases
• Police set up control points at borders of NCR Plus 'bubble' Image
Former Health Secretary Manuel Dayrit on the surge in COVID-19 cases: Cases started to rise late January Image
Former Health Sec. Dayrit says the new variants, increased mobility, and relaxed restrictions contributed to the spike in COVID-19 cases
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• BREAKING: Phivolcs raises alert level 2 over Taal Volcano
• MM hospitals report rising COVID-19 cases
• Malacañang says PH cannot revert to ECQ
• Duterte warns on public complacency amid rising COVID-19 cases
@iampinkywebb PIVOLCS Volcano Monitoring Chief Mariton Bornas: Activity is happening in the shallow part of Taal Volcano
PHIVOLCS: We've recorded 28 volcanic tremors in the past 24 hours bit.ly/3t2Jlhm
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THREAD: It's #InternationalWomensDay and we pay tribute to women leaders amid the pandemic 💁🏽‍♀️

@riatrillo speaks to @DOHgovph Spokesperson Maria Rosario Vergeire and @TourismPHL Secretary @BernaPuyat on #TheSource | LIVE bit.ly/3c7iytq
DOH Usec. Vergeire: People think that the direct cause of increase in COVID-19 cases is the presence of variants, but we need to understand that the underlying cause is compliance of people with health protocols
DOH Usec. Vergeire: Healthcare utilization can still accommodate patients
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• DOH eyes 'fast containment' of South African variant
• Malacañang: Coronavac rollout successful
• OCTA: PH could reach 665,000 cases by end of March
Health Spokesperson Maria Rosario Vergeire on the South African COVID-19 variant: We did Pasay specimen collection to see if other cities have this variant
RELATED: The more transmissible COVID-19 variant first discovered in South Africa — which appeared to make some vaccines less effective — has reached the Philippines.

The three local cases were reported as residents of Pasay City bit.ly/3039xfc
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• BREAKING: DOH finds 6 cases of South African COVID variant detected in PH
• Government begins vaccination rollout
• Duterte mulls MGCQ for Metro Manila
• Delivery of AstraZeneca vaccines from COVAX delayed
@iampinkywebb Food and Drug Administration Director General Eric Domingo after getting his first dose of Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine: I feel well, I feel asymptomatic

The FDA chief got inoculated with SInovac yesterday
FDA chief Domingo: Some say some will experience effects after getting the second dose
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THREAD: The Commission on Human Rights is investigating police in Silay, Negros Occidental for parading quarantine violators as zombies.

@iampinkywebb speaks to Silay Police Chief Major Rollie Pondevilla on #TheSource.
Silay police chief: Maraming nagrereklamo sa ating mayor na bumabalik na sa normal 'yung galaw ng mga tao. Kaya 'yung ginawa ng kapulisan, nanghuli ng mga hindi naka face mask at hindi nagoobserve ng physical distancing.
Silay police chief on parading quarantine violators as zombies: Pinalinya lang natin sila at dinala sa covered court malapit sa police station, mga 20 meters lang po. Kung hindi nakataas 'yung kamay, magsisiksikan sila.
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THREAD: Government draws criticisms for allowing state officials and employees to skip testing and quarantine.

Netizens, as well as Senator Imee Marcos, are calling the move a double standard. @iampinkywebb speaks to @DOHgovph spokesperson Maria Rosario Vergeire on #TheSource.
Possible date of arrival of first batch of COVID-19 vaccines is Feb. 13 or 14, DOH Usec. Vergeire says.

She adds they are still awaiting confirmation of final date from COVAX facility.

DOH Usec. Vergeire: Simulation for vaccine arrival, storage will happen today
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THREAD: @iampinkywebb speaks to Defense Secretary @del_lorenzana on #TheSource | LIVE bit.ly/3jtXK2r

• UP, DND meet on termination of 1989 Accord
• Parlade under fire for calling reporter a ‘credible threat’
• Envoy: No need to worry about China’s new Coast Guard law
DND Secretary Delfin Lorenza says his meeting with University of the Philippines President Danilo Concepcion was ‘very cordial’: I'm glad we finally met. We agreed to form a panel to talk and move forward, to ensure protection of UP students
DND Sec. Lorenzana: The UP-DND Accord is still terminated. That’s the reason why we will talk again and find ways to move forward.
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THREAD: The government is crafting guidelines on the new normal. Is it timely to ease quarantine restrictions?

@iampinkywebb speaks to OCTA Research fellow Prof. Guido David on #TheSource | LIVE bit.ly/396128A
OCTA Research: There's a post-holiday surge in provinces, but no significant increase of cases in NCR, Calabarzon at the moment
OCTA Research: People in NCR are more compliant in wearing face masks than those in the province, based on our surveys
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THREAD: The Department of Justice lets Senator Koko Pimentel off the hook for breaching quarantine rules in March last year.

Complainant Atty. Rico Quicho tells us his reaction on DOJ's decision. Watch #TheSource with @iampinkywebb | LIVE bit.ly/396128A
Complainant Atty. Quicho: DOJ dragged this complaint, swept it under the rug. They let Koko Pimentel get away with the crime.
Sen. Pimentel, after having undergone testing for COVID-19 in March, went to the Makati Medical Center to accompany his wife Kathryna who was about to give birth. He was supposed to be under strict home quarantine after he got exposed to positive cases. bit.ly/397OLAy
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THREAD: @iampinkywebb speaks to Presidential Spokesperson @attyharryroque on #TheSource

• DND ends deal barring state forces in UP campuses
• Duterte to Galvez: Be transparent with Sotto on vaccine deals
• Lacson clarifies no senator said they prefer Pfizer or any vaccine Image
Roque says it was Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana's decision to terminate DND's agreement with UP, which bars the entry of state forces in campuses without notifying school officials.

Roque: As far as I know, he did not consult President Duterte.
Roque on termination of UP-DND accord: Speaking as a lawyer, I don't think mutuality is required
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THREAD: @iampinkywebb speaks to Sinovac Biotech General Manager Helen Yang on #TheSource | LIVE bit.ly/3oYtQ8o

• Senators question gov't deal with China's COVID-19 vaccine, Sinovac
• Palace: Sinovac price not far from ₱650
• Why should Filipinos consider getting it?
Sinovac Biotech on vaccine deal with PH gov't: We are finalizing the term sheet. It's a non-binding understanding between the buyers and sellers.

Sinovac Biotech adds the deal is not yet sealed.
Sinovac Biotech: FDA should approve the vaccine first
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THREAD: @iampinkywebb speaks to Senate President @sotto_tito on #TheSource | LIVE bit.ly/38GHfMB

• Pushing for charter-change
• Senators raise concerns on Sinovac's efficacy, cost
• Preparations vs. new COVID-19 variant
Senators said Rep. Alfredo Garbin's committee cannot assume the functions of a constituent assembly while Congress is still on break until Jan. 17.

Senate President Tito Sotto: For you to be able to declare yourself as a con-ass, it's the Congress that has to do that.
Sen. Sotto: We are not in session. Only committee hearings can happen during recess.
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