PH Slips Into Recession, Sarah G's "Tala" Hits 150M Views + What Else Trended Today

A command center to monitor hospital capacity in the country also opened today.

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(SPOT.ph) All the headlines triggering a massive headache? We round up some of the biggest updates for you in an easy-to-read format. Here's what went down in the Philippines on August 6.

Here are the headlines you might have missed today, August 6:

Philhealth chief denies P15 billion stolen by execs

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Ricardo Morales, president of the Philippine Health Insurance Corp., released a statement denying the allegations of extreme corruption in the agency. "Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) categorically denies in strongest terms that its senior officials have 'pocketed' some P15 billion," it says. Meanwhile, execs have announced plans of filing a libel complaint against whistleblower Thorsson Montes Keith.

PH economy slips into recession

The gross domestic product (a.k.a. GDP) shrank by 16.5% in the second quarter of 2020, following the same downward trend in the first quarter. This was around the same time the quarantine was imposed at its strictest form across the nation. The last time we hit a drop this low was in 1981, according to Reportr.

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PH overtakes Indonesia for most number of COVID-19 cases in SEA region

That escalated quickly: The Philippines now has the most number of COVID-19 cases in the Southeast Asian region. The Department of Health reported 119,460 total cases, overtaking Indonesia's total of 118,753 on August 6. 

Command center opened to monitor hospital capacity

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The Inter-Agency Task Force has opened One Hospital Command, which authorities will be using to monitor occupancy in COVID-19 facilities. If you need a hospital or an isolation center, you can get in touch with the command center  via 0919-977-3333, 0915-777-7777, and 886-505-00. 

Sarah Geronimo's "Tala" music video hits 150 million views

Remember when Sarah G's 2016 release suddenly became a viral dance craze in 2019? It seems the song is off to greater heights by breaching the 150-million views mark on YouTube today. This comes after the video was proclaimed as the most-viewed OPM music video on June 19.

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