KUWTT: Variant-driven surge seen in Metro Manila Mar 23, 2021

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Here are the top stories of The Manila Times for Tuesday, March 23, 2021.

READ: Variant-driven surge seen in Metro Manila

The Department of Health or DoH is convinced that potent variants of the coronavirus disease 2019 or Covid-19 is behind the explosive rise in infections in the National Capital Region.

READ: Hospitals urged to add more Covid beds

The DoH urged hospitals to make more beds available for Covid-19 patients as the number of infections continued to swell.

READ: Husband, wife die within minutes apart of Covid

Bill and Esther Ilnisky died minutes apart of Covid-19 at a Palm Beach County hospice in Fort Lauderdale this month, a few days shy of their 67th wedding anniversary.

Meanwhile, in other news…

READ: Pacquiao, political icon or charlatan?

Pacquiao went on to become a world boxing champion, a representative of Congress and a senator of the realm, and it looked like he was destined for “greater things” until he started to think and act like a trapo or traditional politician.

READ: Palace rules out cash aid

Malacañang does not see the need to provide cash aid during the implementation of a stricter general community quarantine or GCQ in Metro Manila and four provinces.

READ: Ban on gatherings to be strictly enforced

The police in Metro Manila and outlying provinces under GCQ have orders to strictly enforce the ban on mass gatherings, following the surge in Covid-19 cases in those areas.

READ: Peralta bows out as chief justice

Chief Justice Diosdado Peralta said his goodbyes on Monday but promised to help the judiciary even in retirement.

READ: Tobacco firms can acquire vaccines ‒ Palace

The questioned provision in the implementing rules and regulations of Republic Act 11525 or the “Coronavirus Disease 2019 Vaccination Program Act of 2021,” barring several firms from procuring vaccines had been removed, Malacañang said on Monday.

In regional news,

READ: Two men buried in Banaue landslide

Two men died after their house was buried in a landslide in Sitio Tayo, Barangay Kinakin, Banaue, Ifugao on Sunday night.

In world news,

READ: Anti-coup protesters hold predawn rally in Myanmar

Anti-coup protesters marched against the military junta at a predawn rally in Myanmar’s second largest city on Monday, a day after eight demonstrators were killed.

In business,

READ: Fitch: Peso to remain weak

The Philippine peso is expected to remain weak in the next three to six months, Fitch Solutions said.

And in sports,

READ: PBA opening at Ynares in peril

The Philippine Basketball Association or PBA’s 46th season opening at the Ynares Center in Antipolo City in Rizal is now in limbo.

Yen Makabenta and Ramon T. Tulfo are the featured columnists on the front page of The Times.

Makabenta analyzes that

READ: Behind Covid case surge, debatable policy decisions

Tulfo discusses how

READ: Dar welcomes Senate probe

In The Times editorial, it is stressed that

READ: Now is the time to create a health agency for disease control and prevention

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With Aric John Sy Cua, this is Dafort Villaseran reporting. Have a great week!