Philippines caseload tops 10,000; hundred people join clinical trial May 07, 2020 0 401 12345 DPAManilaThe number of COVID-19 cases in the Philippines has topped 10,000, the government said on Wednesday, as it announced that 100 patients will join a clinical trial using the anti-flu drug Avigan in treating the highly contagious disease.The Department of Health said 320 new confirmed cases were added to the national tally of coronavirus infections, bringing the total to 10,004. Twenty-one additional mortalities were recorded, pushing the death toll to 658.The department was preparing a protocol to choose the patients to be included in the trial for the drug Avigan from Japan, Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said.“We have the go signal to conduct the clinical trial in the coming days,” she said. “The Japanese government is providing supply for 100 patients. We already have the clearances from different institutions in the country.” Inclusion in the trial will be voluntary, Vergeire added.The Philippines is also participating in solidarity trials of the World Health Organization for four other medicines against CoOVID-19 and some vaccines.Vergeire said that, according to data, the Philippines appears to have slowed down the spread of the coronavirus since a lockdown was imposed on the country’s most populous island, Luzon, in mid-March.“Our case-doubling time has slowed down from two to three days to five days,” she said. “In other areas, it’s 7.5 days. This is a good indication that we are starting to flatten the curve, but it is too early to say that we have flattened the curve.” Vergeire said experts stressed that the Philippines needs to step up its testing capacities to at least 15,000 COVID-19 tests per day to determine the actual state of the outbreak in the country.“We still need to be careful and observe physical distancing,” she added. Pages 123 RELATED ARTICLES Indian aviation ministry website crashes in repatriation ‘panic’ May 07, 2020 0 887 Pompeo has no evidence about virus lab leak: China May 07, 2020 0 117 Singapore’s Covid-19 cases top 20,000 as pandemic batters business May 07, 2020 0 178 No breach in COVID-19 tracking app, despite hacker warning: India New Delhi There has been no security breach in a COVID-19-tracking app that the Indian government has made a mandatory download for anyone stepping out of their homes to go to work, officials said on Wednesday. “No .. Top militant commander killed in Kashmir, mobile internet suspended DPA Srinagar, Kashmir A top militant commander was killed by security forces in India-administered Kashmir on Wednesday, police said. Riyaz Naikoo, 35, was commander of the Hizbul Mujahideen, one of the oldest .. Bangladesh starts remdesivir production for COVID-19 treatment DPA Dhaka Bangladesh has begun the production process for the anti-viral drug remdesivir, which is being closely watched as a possible effective treatment for COVID-19, pharmaceutical executives said on Wednesday. .. 6.8 magnitude quake strikes in Indonesia’s Banda Sea, no tsunami alert AFP Jakarta A 6.8 magnitude earthquake jolted a remote part of eastern Indonesia late Wednesday, the United States Geological Survey said, but there was no tsunami warning issued and no immediate reports of damage. The .. Notorious Indian bandit dies at 92, after stints in Bollywood, politics Mumbai A notorious bandit who spent years rampaging across central India’s impoverished badlands before trying his luck as a Bollywood actor and politician has died aged 92, police said Wednesday. Mohar Singh, once one .. China’s space test hits snag with capsule ‘anomaly’ A cargo capsule that was part of a key test in China’s space programme experienced an “anomaly” on Wednesday during its return trip, the space authority said. The cargo capsule was launched Tuesday aboard a new type of ..