The DOH said the case involved a returning overseas Filipino (ROF) from Brazil. "The same precautions that have helped us drive down case counts in the past can also protect us from the variants, as long as we are diligent". Sixteen of the local cases were from the Cordillera Administrative Region, 10 were from the National Capital Region, two were from Central Luzon, and two were from Calabarzon, the DOH said.
Henry and Dix said there have been 11 new cases of variants of concern in the province, bringing the total to 638 known cases. "We are now starting to receive supplies of the AstraZeneca - SII Covishield vaccine". Thirty-three cases are the B.1.351 variant, first discovered in South Africa; and another 14 cases are the P.1 variant, first found in Brazil. Sharing some good news, Henry said an outbreak at the Westsyde Care Residence in Kamloops has been declared over.
Marking a year of loss and disruption, President Joe Biden signed into law a $1.9 trillion relief package that he says will help the US defeat the virus and nurse the economy back to health. That doesn't mean large events with lots of people together. "I need you . I need every American to do their part". In an appeal to the whole country, Biden urged everyone to do their "part", which he said included wearing face masks.
He also urged authorities to drop charges imposed in Hong Kong against activists under a draconian new security law. The EU said the decision would have a "significant impact on democratic accountability and political pluralism in Hong Kong".
An estimated 800,000 government-subsidised tickets will be offered over the scheme's duration which includes the Easter and winter school holidays. Each month from April until October 31, when global flights are expected to resume, Qantas and Virgin would be required to demonstrate they have kept on staff.
Once again, case numbers are around similar levels are previous days, but a weekly report is indicating that the cases have been trending upward overall. "It's natural that we would turn to an outstanding provider such as Telus to do this", Dix said. Since yesterday, there are 51 new variant cases, which brings the cumulative total to 627 variant cases.