Filipino guerrillas in the New People’s Army (NPA), the armed wing of the outlawed Communist Party of the Philippines, will adopt a ceasefire after the call of the UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, for a world truce to stop all wars to help cope with the coronavirus on Monday.
At least three doctors in the Philippines have lost their lives in the line of duty, fighting against the coronavirus pandemic, officials in Manilla said on Monday. Thousands of health care workers have bravely confronted the disease in the Philippines, treating COVID-19 patients despite a lack of protective equipment.
Hong Kong reported the first death due to the new coronavirus in its territory Tuesday. The victim is a 39-year-old man who had visited the Chinese city of Wuhan, the epicenter of the disease, in January. This is the second death from the virus outside mainland China. The first was a 44-year-old man in the Philippines.
A Chinese man died in the Philippines of pneumonia caused by the new coronavirus, becoming the first death related to the disease to be reported outside China, the source of the outbreak. The information was released on Sunday by government officials in the Philippines.
Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin has announced that the country will close its 4,300 kilometer border with China for fear of the spread of the new coronavirus to the country. “The corresponding order was signed today, and it started being implemented. We will properly inform everyone of the measures linked to the closure of the border in the Far East region, as well as other measures by the government [to prevent the spread of the coronavirus],” Mishustin said.
The Philippines has stopped issuing visas on the spot to reduce Chinese tourist delegations, due to concerns about the virus causing pneumonia. However, it did not ban tourists from the country. “We are now temporarily suspending the issuance of VUA for Chinese nationals to slow down the influx of group tours,” Bureau of Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente said in a statement today.
The number of displaced due to the Taal Volcano eruption in the northern Philippines has risen to 162,000 as the experts say steady steam emission and tremors indicate a rising magma. The state scientists continue to warn that the threat of a hazardous explosive eruption remains despite an apparent lull in the activity on the surface.
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A volcano in the Philippines has begun spewing lava as the authorities warn that a hazardous eruption is possible “within hours and days.” Early Monday morning, a weak flow of lava began seeping out of Taal volcano, some 70 kilometers (45 miles) south of the capital, Manila. This came after it emitted a huge plume ash, triggering the mass evacuation of 8,000 people from the area.
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The Russian population peaked 28 years ago at over 48 million, just after the USSR collapsed in 1991. Today the Russian population is about 144 million (the current population dos not include the annexation of Crimea and Sevastopol). Domestic GDP per capita is under $12,000 per year. The Russian GDP per capita is equivalent to only 93% of the world average.
Russian computer usage is remarkably high at 71% (in 2016) and the Russian Global Gig Economy Index is 8th in growth at a strong 20%.
The death toll after Typhoon Phanfone struck the Philippines is increasing, and the typhoon has so far claimed the lives of at least 28 people. In the meantime, the typhoon has weakened considerably and has left the country. With gusts of wind up to 200 kilometers per hour, Typhoon Phanfone swept across the Philippines just before Christmas, from the east to the west of the islands.
Indonesia is the largest economy in South East Asia, with a population of over 270 million people, making it the 4th largest populated country in the world behind China, India and the Untied States. Indonesia is behind on the internet revolution with only about 18% of the population having access to the internet, but that number is growing rapidly. Most of the jobs in Indonesia, including freelance work, are repetitive and low paying– often data entry in the English language.
The Global Gig-Economy in 2019 has ranked the Philippines sixth in the world for the number of its freelancers. The ranking found that the island nation freelancers and freelance gigs grew at a amazing 35% from the year before, bringing the total Philippines population working as freelancers to 2%. As the nation of freelancers is growing, so is the internal need for freelance services.
At least five people have lost their lives, and scores others have sustained injuries following a series of earthquakes that have struck the Philippines. The 6.3 magnitude earthquake hit the southern part of the country on Wednesday night. The quake triggered landslides and caused a fire in the Gaisano shopping mall in General Santos city shortly after the quake, but shoppers and employees managed to escape without injuries, the civil defense office said.
Treasure hunters from Russia are planning to travel to the Philippines in 2020 to look for hidden gold from WWII. They are convinced they have pinpointed the location of the stolen loot and are eager to start the quest.
Since the US and Japan signed a peace agreement at the end of War War II, treasure hunters have searched for General Tomoyuki Yamashita’s gold. During the war, the Japanese general robbed the whole of Southeast Asia of the precious metal, primarily from the former Spanish colony of the Philippines.
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has launched his fifth visit to China on Wednesday. In addition to the South China Sea issue, he is also believed to discuss trade, investment, and infrastructure projects with China. After meeting with President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang in Beijing, Duterte will fly to Guangzhou with Chinese Vice President Wang Qishan to watch a basketball game.
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