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News 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.

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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.

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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.

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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…

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

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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.

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

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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,

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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,

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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,

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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,

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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.



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

 
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