College's random COVID-19 testing gets mixed reactions from students, parents
ORLANDO, Fla. — Students and parents have voiced mixed reactions to the University of Central Florida’s plans to randomly select students for COVID-19 testing, with some questioning the legality of mandatory testing and the penalties students who refuse will face.Since the policy, which also applies to faculty and staff, was announced Sept. 15, a debate has raged on social media. Some think the testing is a valuable safeguard against outbreaks of infection, while others argue it will be intrusive and ineffective.In Facebook group “UCF Parents,” one of the group’s roughly 11,700 members comment...
‘Staycations’ now allowed under GCQ, but rapid testing required
FILIPINOS feeling cooped up at home due to the community quarantines and travel restrictions may now have the option of booking short leisurely vacations in hotels, otherwise known as “staycations.”Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo Puyat recently signed Administrative Order No. 2020-006-A, amending the guidelines on the operations of accommodation establishments for staycation purposes under a general community quarantine. She told the BusinessMirror, “Staycations are a way to jumpstart the tourism industry and help the economy recover.”However, the DOT allows staycations in hotels “not conc...
Travellers arriving from Sabah to undergo testing, quarantine
COVID-19 | Beginning tomorrow until Oct 10, all travellers arriving from Sabah will be required to undergo Covid-19 testing upon arrival at their destination airports and entryways.In addition, they will be required to undergo quarantine at home, albeit only until test results are ready instead of the typical 14-day period.Health Ministry director-general Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the move was necessitated by the surge in Covid-19 cases that are linked with travel history to Sabah, which has experienced a wave of new cases since the beginning of the month.Between Sept 20 and Sept 25, he sai...
Pakistan minister claims significant buildup in COVID-19 testing
Islamabad: Asad Umar, Pakistan’s Minister for Planning, Development & Special Initiative who is also chairman of the Coronavirus Control Committee, has claimed significant build-up in COVID-19 testing at educational institutions in order to identify early trends.In a tweet, the minister said some 42,299 tests were carried out a day earlier, which is by far the highest ever.Positivity ratio continues to be stable below 2%, further claimed the minister in his latest social media post.WHO cautions against resurgence of COVID-19Meanwhile, the World Health Organization (WHO) has asked the Pakistan ...
MLB promised free COVID-19 testing for essential workers. We're still waiting.
NEW YORK — Tucked away in Major League Baseball’s 113-page manual for playing through the coronavirus pandemic is a subtle assurance from the league and its owners to the public that baseball in 2020 would offset whatever resource drain might result from the business of baseball.As Section 2.1.5, titled “Voluntary Testing of Household Members and First Responders” read: “MLB will offer free diagnostic/PCR and antibody/serology testing for … healthcare workers or other first responders in the Clubs’ home cities as a public service.”MLB would clean up after itself, in other words, supplying free...
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LIST: Hospitals with COVID-19 testing for P1,750 to P2,000
Malacañang on Tuesday listed healthcare facilities in the country with the most affordable RT-PCR testing for COVID-19.According to presidential spokesperson Harry Roque, RT-PCR testing, which was touted by health authorities as the gold standard in detecting the coronavirus disease, in the following health centers cost from P1,750 to P2,000:Philippine Children Medical CenterDr. Jose N. Rodriguez Memorial HospitalJose B. Lingad Memorial General HospitalPerpetual Medical Center-Las PiñasNational Kidney and Transplant InstituteLung Center of the PhilippinesWestern Visayas Medical Center-IloiloVi...
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Baguio COVID-19 cases surge again
Baguio COVID-19 cases surge againArtemio Dumlao(The Philippine Star) – September 19, 2020 – 12:00amBAGUIO CITY , Philippines — The number of coronavirus disease 2019 cases in this city peaked anew with 72 recorded in the past seven days.A 41.3 percent increase in the cases was recorded compared to the 51 logged from Sept. 4 to 10.Baguio recorded an average of 10.29 cases per day this week, up from 7.29 cases the previous week.There are 118 active cases while 358 have recovered and 11 died.The increase in the number of confirmed cases was due to intensified testing that Mayor Benjamin Magalong ...
Trump administration wrote controversial US agency guidelines on testing: report
Washington (AFP) - President Donald Trump's administration posted controversial recommendations on coronavirus testing to the US health agency's website against its objections, the New York Times reported Thursday.The guidelines, which said testing was not necessary for people who were exposed to Covid-19 but not displaying symptoms, were criticized when they were issued last month.That is because healthcare experts at the time were pushing for more, not less, testing to help track and control the spread of the respiratory disease that has now killed almost 200,000 people in the United States....
COVID-19: Abu Dhabi clarifies quarantine and testing guidelines for international arrivals
Abu Dhabi: The Abu Dhabi Emergency, Crisis and Disasters Committee for the COVID-19 Pandemic has clarified the quarantine guidelines for international travellers returning to Abu Dhabi.Passengers arriving in Abu DhabiPassengers arriving to the UAE through Abu Dhabi will be subject to the following procedures:Undergo a PCR test for COVID-19Register under quarantine system and receive an electronic tracking wristband at the border or entry pointElectronic wristband must be worn for 14 days in self-quarantineUndergo a PCR test on Day 12Once a negative COVID-19 result is received, the wristband wi...
Hong Kong's universal testing wraps up with low turn out
A testing center in Hong Kong. Screen capture from Cable TV's Youtube channel.Hong Kong's universal COVID-19 screening program came to an end on September 14 after healthcare officials tested 1.78 million people. Authorities initially hoped that at least 4 million out of the city's 7-million population would volunteer for the test.After Hong Kong recorded a surge of local transmissions of COVID-19 in mid-July, Chief Executive Carrie Lam reached out to Beijing to help the city conduct a universal, voluntary, and free testing program of the city's population.Lam's decision was criticized by medi...