MTVN top stories in the past 24 hrs in briefs

MTVN top stories in the past 24 hrs in briefs

One missing, hundreds evacuate due to floods, landslides in Bicol

LEGAZPI CITY – Heavy rains over the weekend triggered flooding and landslides in some Bicol provinces, the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) reported on Monday.

Gremil Alexis Naz, OCD-Bicol spokesperson, said one person was reported missing in Sorsogon.

“Based on our record, a 10-year-old male from Irosin town in Sorsogon has been reported missing by the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (PDRRMC) of Sorsogon. Ongoing search, rescue and retrieval operations are being conducted by the MDRRMCs of Irosin, Juban & Casiguran and Sorsogon PDRRMC,” he said in a phone interview.

Bicol logs highest single-day Covid-19 death toll

LEGAZPI CITY – Bicol logged 11 coronavirus disease (Covid-19) deaths on Sunday, the highest recorded number in a single day since March last year, the Department of Health (DOH) in the region said Monday.

The DOH Covid-19 tracker showed that Camarines Sur logged the highest number of deaths with seven followed by Naga City with three. A patient from an area outside of Bicol died in the region and was included in the list.

DOH also recorded 17 new cases and two recoveries, bringing to 462 the total number of active cases of Covid-19 in the region.

The tracker for the period March 2020 to Jan. 10 of this year showed the region has a cumulative total of 3,806 cases with 3,178 or 83 percent recoveries, while 166 or 4.6 percent died.

MSU GenSan gets P37-M more for College of Medicine buildings

GENERAL SANTOS CITY – The national government has allocated an additional P37 million for the construction of additional buildings this year for the newly-established College of Medicine of the Mindanao State University (MSU) here.

South Cotabato 1st District Rep. Shirlyn Bañas-Nograles said Monday the funds would be utilized for the development of the laboratory/infirmary and library of the new college, which is situated within the university’s extension campus in the city proper.

She said some PHP20 million was set aside for the laboratory/infirmary building and PHP17 million for the library.

The funding for the two buildings, which was earlier pushed by Nograles, is included in the 2021 General Appropriations Act or national budget.

Malaking bulto ng COVID-19 vaccine supply manggagaling sa Novavax — Galvez

MANILA—Manggagaling sa US drug maker na Novavax ang malaking bulto ng supply ng COVID-19 vaccines na gagamitin sa Pilipinas ayon kay vaccine czar Secretary Carlito Galvez.

“Our main volumes will be coming from Novavax with 30 to 40 million doses,” wika ni Galvez sa ginawang pagdinig ng Senate Committee of the Whole ngayong Lunes.

Ang COVID-19 vaccine ng Novavax, na kilala bilang Covovax, ay gagawin ng Serum Institute of India (SII). Pumirma na si Galvez kamakailan ng term sheet sa SII para magbigay ng kanilang supply ng bakuna sa bansa.

“[For] Pfizer, we are negotiating for higher volumes more or less 40 million and Astrazeneca 25-30 million doses, and Sinovac and Gamaleya for 25 million each,” dagdag ni Galvez.

Sa 2023 pa magiging normal ang lahat sa Pilipinas ayon pa sa vaccine czar

MANILA – Sa 2023 pa maaaring bumalik sa normal ang lahat sa Piipinas kahit pa magsisimula na sa unang bahagi ng 2021 ang pagbabakuna laban sa COVID-19, ayon kay vaccine czar Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr. 

Sa pagdinig ng Senado, sinabi ni Galvez na ang malaking bulto ng bakuna ay darating pa huling bahagi ng taon.

“Following the guidance of the President, the vision of the Philippine vaccine roadmap is to save more lives, recover our economy and restore the normalcy in the lives of the Filipino people by 2023 through a sustainable immunization program,” nakasaad sa powerpoint presentation ni Galvez.

Covid-19 recovery tally among overseas Filipinos now 8,461

MANILA – The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Monday reported one new recovery from the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) among Filipinos abroad, bringing the overall tally of recovered cases to 8,461.

In its latest case bulletin, the DFA also reported four new cases of Covid-19 and one fatality among Filipinos in the Middle East and Africa.

These numbers bring the total number of Covid-19 cases among Filipinos abroad to 13,022 and the death toll to 935.

Meanwhile, about 3,626 Filipinos overseas are still undergoing treatment.

Passengers transiting to Korea no longer need RT-PCR at NAIA

MANILA – Passengers from the Philippines transiting to Incheon, Korea, are no longer required to present a negative Reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test upon check-in at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA), the Korean Air (KE) announced on Monday.

In a Facebook post, KE said this is a directive of the Korean government, and is effective immediately.

“Please note that this exception only applies to transit passengers,” it said.

The airline added that requirements from the origin or destination country must be checked separately.

To properly observe measures against coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19), KE reminded that all passengers are still required to wear face masks at the transit area. Those without face masks will not be allowed to board. (AI/MTVN)

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