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Up to 40% of franchises seen closing due to COVID-19  

The Philippine franchising sector is seen shrinking by 70,000 outlets to 130,000 by the end of 2020 from a peak of 200,000 stores at the end of 2019 due to the onslaught of the coronavirus.

WHO hopeful COVID-19 vaccine ready by year-end 

The head of the World Health Organization remains hopeful that a vaccine to protect the public against the highly-infectious coronavirus may be ready before the end of 2020.

Worldwide coronavirus cases reach 35.51M, death toll at 1,041,439 —Reuters tally 

More than 35.51 million people have been reported to be infected by the novel coronavirus globally and 1,041,439 have died, according to a Reuters tally.

Avoid areas with poor ventilation, expert says amid CDC advisory on airborne transmission 

A health expert on Wednesday advised the public to avoid areas with poor ventilation as they are prone to airborne transmission of COVID-19

Why must we speak plainly on COVID-19? 

According to the Department of Health (DOH), the strategy to beat COVID-19 is to test, trace, treat, and isolate. Indeed, by following the said strategy, we will be able to treat infected patients. Yet this strategy can too easily go to waste if the health risks and protocols are not effectively communicated to the public.

Maneuvering Through the Screen: A Glimpse at the State of Employment amidst the COVID-19 Pandemic 

The goal of achieving sustainable development has been highlighted as a pressing issue for today’s modern society long before the existence of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. In a crowded world run by economic, social, environmental, political, and cultural factors, there exists a call to action for the general public to conserve resources and develop them to become prosperous, fair, and environmentally sustainable.

Philippines' COVID-19 cases nears 300K with 2,630 new infections 

The Philippines announced on Friday 2,630 new coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases, bringing the nationwide tally to 299,361, according to the Department of Health (DOH).

DTI chief Lopez: MGCQ won’t mean eased health protocols 

Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez on Thursday maintained the proposed shift to a modified general community quarantine (MGCQ) in more parts of the country would not mean lax implementation of health protocols.

Philippines’ COVID-19 cases near 300k with 2,180 new infections 

The number of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases in the Philippines rose to 296,755 on Thursday after the Department of Health (DOH) announced 2,180 new infections, marking the third consecutive day in which less than 3,000 new cases were reported.

Possible virus vulnerability discovered; About 20% of people with COVID-19 remain asymptomatic 

The spike protein on the novel coronavirus that helps it break into healthy cells has a tiny "pocket" that could make it vulnerable to antiviral drugs, researchers have discovered.

DILG to continue hiring contact tracers until target is reached, says spox 

The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) will continue to hire contact tracers until they reach their target of at least 50,000 as part of the efforts to combat COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID-19 local transmission reaches 64 percent 

Cases of local transmission of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) here is now at 64 percent, the Department of Health in Caraga (DOH-13) said in its regular health briefing Tuesday.

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