MB Daily News Update

Published February 19, 2021, 7:30 AM

by Manila Bulletin

Eastern parts of Mindanao are bracing for the arrival of tropical cyclone Auring, even as the light at the end of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic tunnel just got brighter as the Manila Bulletin brings you the top stories this morning of February 19, 2021. 

  1. The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) hoisted signal number 1 over Davao Oriental and the eastern portion of Davao de Oro (Pantukan, Maragusan, Compostela, New Bataan) late Thursday, Feb. 18, 2021. The year’s first tropical cyclone is expected to intensify into a severe tropical storm within 48 hours.
  1. It could be the last piece of the puzzle that would finally complete the process in the acquisition of the much-awaited coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccines.
  • Will she or will she not have herself injected with the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine? This is the serious challenge facing Senator Nancy Binay, who admitted that she was suffering from trypanophobia, or the extreme fear of medical procedures, including being injected with the use of hypodermic needles.
  • Now that Metro Manila could be headed for a more relaxed modified general community quarantine (MGCQ), the World Health Organization (WHO)that this should be done in a “very targeted” manner, or else the country might experience a surge in coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases.
  • Fresh figures from the Department of Health (DOH) on Thursday, Feb. 18, 2021, showed that there were 1,744 new cases of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) that increased the total number of confirmed cases to 555,163. There were also 412 new recoveries, and 96 fatalities.
  • Keep those comments on Facebook and Twitter coming as the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) noted that social media has helped the agency respond more promptly in fixing road defects.
  • Persons with disabilities (PWDs) could soon receive P1,000-birthday gifts from the government after the House Special Committee on Persons with Disability approved the measure that will provide more social protection to the underprivileged sector of society.
  • How many times have you heard a friend say, “This lockdown is so stifling, it’s driving me crazy!” Your friend’s claim may not be totally unfounded after a survey showed that travelling has been able to keep Filipinos sane throughout the pandemic.