KUWTT: Covid patients treated in temporary facilities Mar 24, 2021

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Here are the top stories of The Manila Times for Wednesday, March 24, 2021.

READ: Covid patients treated in temporary facilities

As coronavirus disease 2019 or Covid-19 wards in Metro Manila continue to fill up, the government had started moving mild and asymptomatic patients out of hospitals and into temporary treatment and monitoring facilities, the Department of Health said.

READ: 1 in 3 Covid survivors suffer long-term health problems

At least one in three patients hospitalized with Covid-19 suffer long-term health issues, including multiple organ problems and deteriorated mental health, according to a review of studies looking at the lasting impact of the disease.

READ: Govt support key to private sector vaccine purchase

The private sector would not be able to acquire millions of doses of Covid-19 vaccines for its employees and economic frontliners without the support of the government, Presidential Adviser on Entrepreneurship Jose Maria Concepcion 3rd said on Tuesday.

READ: Children tougher vs Covid ‒ study

Children who are aged 10 and younger produce more antibodies in response to Covid-19 infection than adolescents and adults, a study showed on Tuesday.

READ: San Agustin Church indefinitely closed

The historic San Agustin Church in Intramuros, Manila has been indefinitely placed on lockdown over the death of its parish priest from Covid-19.

READ: Govt warns vs animal drug as Covid-19 cure

The government has warned the public against using the anti-parasitic drug Ivermectin as a possible cure for Covid-19, calling it “dangerous.”

READ: 5 BI officers linked to human trafficking

On Tuesday, Sen. Ana Theresia “Risa” Hontiveros identified five Bureau of Immigration or BI personnel allegedly involved in the trafficking of Filipino women.

READ: Gyms, internet cafes closed until April 4

Gyms, spas and internet cafes in Metro Manila will remain closed during the imposition of the general community quarantine “bubble” until April 4 after local government officials rejected reopening these businesses amid the rising cases of Covid-19 in the capital region, Malacañang said on Tuesday.

In regional news,

READ: Top CPP-NPA leader killed in encounter

The Army’s Fifth Infantry Division has confirmed the death of a Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army or CPP-NPA commander in an encounter in San Mariano Sur village in San Guillermo town, Isabela.

In world news,

READ: Australia floods worsen, more evacuations seen

Authorities warned the flooding disaster on Australia’s east coast is “far from over” as thousands more residents were put on evacuation alert on Tuesday and volunteers rescued hundreds from rising floodwaters.

In business,

READ: Unrecycled plastics cost PH $890M

The Philippine economy is losing $790 to $890 million a year in terms of potential material value of recycled plastics, according to a new World Bank paper.

And in sports,

READ: NCAA Season 96 to push through in May

The 96th season of the National Collegiate Athletic Association or NCAA will open in the first week of May.

Rigoberto Tiglao and Fr. Ranhilio Aquino are the featured columnists on the front page of The Times.

Tiglao promotes an

READ: SWS, Pew Research: Filipinos feel PH under Duterte as freest, most democratic

Fr. Aquino confesses

READ: Covid got me!

In The Times editorial, a sigh of relief is made because

READ: Finally, some clarity on vaccine procurement

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