KUWTT: Covid-19 variant cases on the rise May 5, 2021

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Here are the top stories of The Manila Times for Wednesday, May 5, 2021.

READ: Covid-19 variant cases on the rise

From just a handful, cases of coronavirus disease 2019 or Covid-19 variants have steadily increased to hundreds, the Department of Health said on Tuesday; even as it reported a decline in the number of new infections.

READ: Concepcion backs DoLE push for private sector vaccination

Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship Jose Ma. “Joey” Concepcion 3rd has expressed support for the move of the Department of Labor and Employment or DoLE, encouraging private sector companies to get vaccinated against Covid-19.

READ: Duterte to lift lockdown ‘once things begin to clear’

The strict community quarantine restrictions in Metro Manila and other regions will be lifted once the country’s coronavirus pandemic situation has improved, President Rodrigo Duterte said.

Meanwhile, in other news…

READ: Bill, Melinda Gates split

On Monday (Tuesday in Manila), Bill and Melinda Gates said they are divorcing.

READ: DILG bans mass gatherings

The Department of the Interior and Local Government or DILG has ordered officials to ban mass gatherings in the National Capital Region, which remains under modified enhanced community quarantine.

READ: ‘Let Filipinos fish in peace’

On Monday, President Duterte appealed to Beijing to allow Filipino fishermen to fish in disputed waters “in peace.”

READ: Navotas whittles down virus cases

Navotas City has recorded the biggest decline in the number of new Covid-19 cases per day among all local government units in Metro Manila, Octa Research said.

In regional news,

READ: Negros consultant’s body exhumed

The remains of Mariano Antonio “Marton” Cui 3rd, provincial consultant for hospital operations for Negros Occidental, was exhumed at the San Carlos Memorial Park on Monday for autopsy after President Rodrigo Duterte ordered the National Bureau of Investigation to investigate the killing.

In world news,

READ: US, Europe end lockdown

Air travel in the United States or US hit its highest mark since Covid-19 took hold more than 13 months ago while European Union officials are proposing to ease restrictions on visitors to the continent as the vaccine sends new cases and deaths tumbling in more affluent countries.

In business,

READ: DoF supports extension of estate tax amnesty

The Department of Finance or DoF said it supports the proposed extension of estate tax amnesty for another two years but expressed reservation in a vetoed provision.

And in sports,

READ: The last lift: Diaz laying it all on line

Less than three months away from the Tokyo Olympics, Filipino weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz has turned her training up a notch in Malacca, Malaysia.

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

Tiglao declares

READ: Twitter-mad Locsin a disgrace to the country

Fr. Aquino advises that it’s

READ: Time for CHEd to let go of its stranglehold

In The Times editorial, it is recommended that

READ: Care for the oceans requires more than a ‘month’

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

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