Good day. Here are the best stories from the Manila Times of December 9, 2021
READ: Omicron less severe – WHO
Omicron does not appear to cause any more severe disease than previous variants of Covid, and it is “highly unlikely” to completely dodge vaccine protections, a senior WHO official said on Tuesday (Wednesday in Manila). The World Health Organization second in command said that while there is still a lot to learn about the new, highly mutated variant of Covid-19, preliminary data indicated that it is not making people sicker than it is. Delta and other strains. WHO Emergency Director Michael Rya has acknowledged that it is possible that existing vaccines may prove to be less effective against Omicron, which has more than 30 mutations on the spike protein that dots the surface of the coronavirus and allows it to invade cells.
READ: The risk of Covid in the NCR now very low
OCTA Research said on Wednesday that the National Capital Region (NCR) was now in the “very low risk” category with just 105 cases reported during the week of December 1-7. In its updated report, OCTA said the number of cases was 17. percent lower than the week of November 24-30, when the region reported 126 cases per day. The average daily attack rate (ADAR) per 100,000 population has fallen to 0.74 cases per day and the breeding number to 0.34. Of the 17 cities and municipalities in Metro Manila, 11 were at very low risk – Malabon, Navotas, Caloocan, Pateros, Valenzuela, Marikina, Manila, Parañaque, Pasay, Las Piñas and Mandaluyong.
READ: Thousands of people join the Marcos and Sara caravan in Quebec
THOUSANDS of supporters of former Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. and Davao Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio joined a procession in Quezon City on Wednesday to show their strength and support for the tandem. In a statement, the Marcos camp claimed that those who traveled to Quezon City on Wednesday morning to join the caravan “magnified the power of the tandem in Metro Manila.” The motorcade also “reinforced” the results of the investigation which showed that Marcos and Duterte-Carpio were “leading the race in Metro Manila, among other areas”.
READ: Duterte signs drug price regulation with EO
With the aim of providing Filipinos with access to quality medicines at an affordable price, President Rodrigo Duterte signed an Executive Decree (EO) that will regulate the prices of medicines used to combat the main causes of morbidity in the country. Acting palace spokesman Karlo Alexei Nograles said the president signed the EO 155 on Tuesday, December 7, which sets maximum retail prices (MRP) and maximum wholesale prices (MWP) for 34 drugs. Under EO 155, price caps will be imposed on drug molecules and drug formulations used in agents affecting bone metabolism, analgesics, anesthetics, antianginal, antiarrhythmic, anti-asthma and anti-asthma drugs. chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, antibiotics, anticoagulants, anticonvulsants, antidiabetic drugs. , antidiuretics and antiemetics.
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READ: PH lagging behind in recovery – Nomura
The Philippines’ economic recovery would be hampered next year, Nomura says, due to low consumer and public sector spending due to political noise, inadequate absorptive capacity of local governments and delayed vaccination against Covid -19. Japan-based Global Investment Bank expects the country’s gross domestic product (GDP) growth to climb slightly to 6.5% in 2022 from 4.8% in 2021, helped in part by weak effects base, but below consensus expectations of 6.8% and the government target range of 7-9%. Economic output will not return to pre-pandemic levels until Q4 2022, according to Nomura.
READ: Lakers ‘Big 3’ too much for Celtics
LOS ANGELES: LeBron James scored 30 points, Russell Westbrook added 24 points and 11 assists, and the Los Angeles Lakers beat the Boston Celtics 117-102 on Tuesday (Manila Wednesday) in the latest chapter of the most legendary of the NBA. Anthony Davis had 17 points and 16 rebounds for the Lakers, who produced one of their best recent performances in their fourth win in six games overall. With James and Westbrook playing dominant ground matches, Los Angeles managed 56.5% of their shots in the first three quarters and strangled Jayson Tatum’s supporting cast defensively. In other games, the New Jersey Nets have defeated the Dallas Mavericks, 102-99. The New York Knicks beat the San Antonio Sours 121-109.
READ: Weekend sessions for Tiger Fuel talk about comeback
Tiger Woods left everyone’s guess at the Hero World Challenge with weekend sessions that drew as much attention as the two eagles Viktor Hovland did in his comeback win. It started two weeks ago with a three-second video of a short iron hit and the message “Making progress”. At his first press conference since the February car crash in Los Angeles that damaged his right leg, Woods painted a less optimistic picture. Nonetheless, the tournament on December 18 and 19 in Orlando, Florida holds a spot for him if he decides to play.
READ: Opinion and editorial
In today’s op-ed, The Times calls on the court to dismiss the frivolous anti-vaccine lawsuit against a government mandatory vaccination requirement. Read the full version in the Opinion section or listen to Voice of The Times.
Antonio Contreras, Yen Makabenta and Edcel Lagman are the featured front page columnists. Contreras, in his column, defends a statement he made about presidential contender Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. as a powerful narrative. Makabenta talks about the power of vision and the challenge of leading a nation. Lagman writes about the underhanded confluence of Duterte-Marcos forces.
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This is the report by Christian Crow Maghanoy.