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  1. The mayor of Cavite was arrested for posting false news concerning covid. I am not suggesting that anyone here would do that intentionally, but we all need to take care when posting anecdotal information, stories, especially stuff you might read on Facebook. If they will arrest a mayor, I am sure they would do the same to a foreigner. I did a highlight on the possible penalties. https://cnnphilippines.com/news/2020/3/28/cavite-town-mayor-charges-fake-COVID-19-reports.html Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 28) — The Philippine National Police has filed criminal charges against a town mayor in Cavite province, and two other people over the alleged spread of fake reports on a COVID-19 case that caused panic in Cavite City. The PNP in a statement on Saturday announced that its Anti-Cybercrime Unit in the Calabarzon region filed the court case on Friday against Noveleta Mayor Dino Reyes Chua. It stemmed from a complaint from the Cavite City government that Chua was behind the spread of fake information on an alleged first coronavirus case in the city. Also facing charges are Mario Batuigas, owner of online site Latigo News TV and Amor Virata, identified as a vlogger and online reporter. Their charges include violation of Republic Act no. 11469 or the "Bayanihan to Heal As One Act," which was passed recently in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Under the law, those who create, perpetrate, or spread false information on the COVID-19 crisis shall face two months in jail and/or a fine of up to ₱1 million. This is the first reported case against a local-level chief executive under the new law, which seeks to curtail the spread of "fake news" amid the COVID-19 crisis. The PNP said that early this month, a Facebook account with the name Maggie Bernal posted 10 photos of suspected persons under investigation for coronavirus infection in Cavite City, adding that one patient died of the viral disease at the Cavite Medical Center. The account accused the local government of Cavite City of lack of transparency. "But the local government debunked the claims of the account and proved that the information is false based on the fact-checking of the Rural Health Unit of Cavite City," the PNP said in its statement. The city's health unit said the photo was actually that of a COVID-19 patient in Makati City. "The unverified post has caused panic among citizens of the city," the PNP quoted its Anti-Cybercrime Group as saying. Authorities found that the Maggie Bernal page was a "troll account... created by Chua in 2010 and was used to attack their political opponents and create intrigues based on the affidavit of a witness who was the creator and former administrator of the troll account." Cases were also filed against Chua and his co-accused for online libel, unlawful use of means of publication and unlawful utterances, and vioation of the Data Privacy Act and the Mandatory Reporting of Notifiable Diseases and Health Events of Public Health Concern Act. The Philippines now has 803 confirmed COVID-19 cases. Of this number, 54 have died while 31 have recovered.
  2. Found the answer and it is yes. This is a VERY long article of FAQs. Hidden in case you do not want wade through all of it. <snip> Will U.S. citizens living abroad get a payment? Yes, as long as they meet the income requirements and have a Social Security number. <end snip>
  3. I would not be surprised is expats are excluded from those payments.
  4. How is that "social distance" working out when you jam 100 or so bodies into a cell designed to hold a dozen?
  5. Do you get some (perhaps a lot) of your "news" from Breitbart?
  6. My latest sketch. The title is "How bout I lock down ur @ss"
  7. I am almost 70 and the wife is the only one who can go out. I am calling it marital law.
  8. A large quake of 6.1 just before midnight. I expect the folks around Davao were feeling this one also.
  9. I, for one, do not think Dave is trying to spread fear. He finds the numbers odd and pointed out a logical explanation.
  10. Looks like a GREAT place to hunker down during the pandemic.
  11. Dear Abby - "My wife and I have a king size bed, are we okay for "social distance"?
  12. Anyone ready to try cow urine for the corona virus or maybe a cow dung bath? After all some "leaders" say it works. https://www.usnews.com/news/world/articles/2020-03-14/hindu-group-offers-cow-urine-in-a-bid-to-ward-off-coronavirus NEW DELHI (Reuters) - A Hindu group hosted a cow urine drinking party on Saturday as they believe it wards off the coronavirus, as many Hindus consider the cow sacred and some drink cow urine believing it has medicinal properties. Experts have repeatedly asserted that cow urine does not cure illnesses like cancer and there is no evidence that it can prevent coronavirus. The "party," hosted by a group called the Akhil Bharat Hindu Mahasabha (All India Hindu Union) at its headquarters in the country's capital, was attended by 200 people, and the organizers hoped to host similar events elsewhere in India. "We have been drinking cow urine for 21 years, we also take bath in cow dung. We have never felt the need to consume English medicine," said Om Prakash, a person who attended the party. Chakrapani Maharaj, the chief of the All India Hindu Union, posed for photographs as he placed a spoon filled with cow urine near the face of a caricature of the coronavirus. Leaders from Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Hindu nationalist party have advocated the use of cow urine as medicine and a cure for cancer. A leader from India's north eastern state of Assam told state lawmakers earlier this month during an assembly session that cow urine and cow dung can be used to treat the coronavirus. The pathogen, which has infected more than 138,000 people worldwide and left over 5,000 dead, has no known scientific cure and governments across the world are struggling to control the spread of the pandemic.
  13. I had a thought today - I know once in a great while that happens. Just as the 9-11 event in the USA changed the way we travel with more stringent security checks, I think this pandemic will also have a permanent effect on future travel. I would be willing to bet that most countries will implement some type program to screen for illness when flying, and especially when entering the country. Those with elevated temperature or other signs of illness will be denying entry or placed in mandatory quarantine.
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