China sends experts as Manila mulls extending coronavirus lockdown Apr 06, 2020 0 345 12345 DPAManilaExperts sent by the Chinese government arrived in the Philippines on Sunday to help in the country’s fight against coronavirus, as Philippine authorities weighed extending a month-long lockdown on the main island to stop the spread of the virus.The Chinese team of anti-epidemic medical experts has had “front-line experience in Hubei province to fight against the epidemic,” said China’s ambassador to the Philippines, Huang Xilian.The novel coronavirus, which can lead to the potentially deadly Covid-19 respiratory disease, was first detected in the Chinese province late last year.The experts are in the Philippines to share “invaluable first-hand experiences ... on fighting and containing Covid-19,” said Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin, who welcomed them at the airport.For the next two weeks, they will “observe and give recommendations ... to improve our infection prevention and control, critical care and laboratory (operations),” said Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire.The team of Chinese experts also brought additional medical supplies, including surgical masks, medical N95 masks, medical protective suits and face shields, and non-invasive ventilators, Huang said.The team’s arrival comes as Philippine government officials are scheduled to discuss on Monday whether to extend the lockdown on the island of Luzon, home to more than half of the Philippines’ population, beyond April 14.“It is better to continue the lockdown until we have flattened the curve, so we will not have any relapse,” Interior Secretary Eduardo Ano said. “The community will still be in danger if we relax (the lockdown) early. All our efforts would have been wasted.” Ano noted that the lockdown appears to have slowed the spread of the virus, but the number of infections has not peaked.The Department of Health on Sunday reported 152 new confirmed cases of Covid-19, bringing the country’s tally to 3,246. Eight additional deaths were recorded, pushing the death toll to 152, while 64 patients have recovered.One of those who recovered, 73-year-old Mila Costales, was discharged from a hospital in the northern mountain resort city of Baguio on Friday.In thanking doctors and nurses who took care of her, Costales said the medical workers never “showed any negative sign” towards her and this contributed to her fast recovery.“What I can say about this Covid-19, it’s nothing to be scared of,” she said as she held on to pink and purple balloons while sitting in a wheelchair. Pages 12 RELATED ARTICLES Nine militants, three soldiers killed in clashes in Indian Kashmir Apr 06, 2020 0 379 20,000 worshippers quarantined in Pakistan after major search Apr 06, 2020 0 340 Sydney coronavirus cruise ship fiasco prompts criminal investigation Apr 06, 2020 0 116 Fishing boat takes 202 Rohingya migrants to Malaysia Kuala Lumpur Malaysia on Sunday detained 202 suspected Rohingya Muslims who arrived illegally by boat, a top official said, raising fears that people smugglers are back in action despite the coronavirus pandemic. .. Indonesia orders citizens to wear face masks as virus cases soar Jakarta Indonesian citizens are now required to wear face masks when they are outside, the government announced on Sunday, as the number of Covid-19 cases rose to 2,273. The order to wear a face mask is in accordance with .. Taliban accuses US and its allies of violating agreement DPA Kabul The Taliban militant group on Sunday accused the United States and its allies of violating an agreement signed over a month ago in Doha, the capital of Qatar. The US military in Afghanistan rejected the .. Tokyo records 143 new coronavirus cases in 24 hours Tokyo Tokyo recorded 143 new cases of the coronavirus on Sunday, taking the number of people who have tested positive for Covid-19, the respiratory disease caused by the virus, to over 1,000. Sunday’s figure marks .. Singapore quarantines migrant workers in virus fight AFP Singapore Singapore has put nearly 20,000 migrant workers under quarantine for two weeks after a growing number of coronavirus infections were detected in their dormitories, authorities said on Sunday. The .. New Zealand coronavirus cases rise above 1000; only one death Sydney The number of novel coronavirus cases in New Zealand has reached over 1,000, health officials announced Sunday. As of Sunday morning there were 1,039 cases in the country, up 89 from the previous day, while still .. Up to 130 officers from Hong Kong anti-riot squad to be quarantined Hong Kong Up to 130 police from Hong Kong’s elite tactical squad will be quarantined for 14 days after a second officer from the unit tested positive for the novel coronavirus, local media reported on Sunday. All male ..