DepEd Delays School Opening, COVID-19 Cases in PH Soar Past 150,000 + More Fast Facts on Today's Biggest Headlines

MECQ is still in effect until August 18.

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(SPOT.ph) Another busy work week is coming to an end. But before you take your much-needed rest, we lay down the facts in the last 24 hours that you need to know.

Here are the headlines you might have missed today, August 14:

COVID-19 cases in the Philippines soar past 150,000

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Days before the scheduled end of the modified enhanced community quarantine in Metro Manila and nearby provinces on August 18, the Department of Health reported a total of 153,660 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the Philippines. Up to 6,216 new cases were added today while the total number of active cases is now at 79,813.

Pasig City General Hospital's emergency room to temporarily close

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Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto announced on Friday that the emergency room of Pasig City General Hospital will be closed from August 15 (Saturday) to August 19 (Wednesday). "Iniiwasan natin ang ganitong pagsara ng [emergency room], pero marami po sa kanila ang kailangan mag-quarantine. Kung mananatili silang bukas ay masasakripisyo rin ang kanilang serbisyo sa mga pasyente," he said in a post. For emergencies, Pasig City residents can call 8643-0000.

Thousands of cellular phones seized in Bilibid

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The Bureau of Corrections on August 13 destroyed confiscated contrabands from prisoners at the New Bilibid Prison. These illegal goods include cell phones, pocket WiFi, chargers, head sets, tablets, laptops, power banks, Bluetooth speakers, mobile signal booster amplifiers, and other communication devices.

Ospital ng Tondo temporarily closed for disinfection

The Manila hospital will be closed for 10 days after 32 medical workers tested positive for COVID-19. Manila Mayor Isko Moreno said in a statement that this will allow some "breathing space" for the hospital's staff as well as disinfection of the facility. Patients currently confined will continue to receive care but only emergency cases will be allowed admission.

Air Jordans go for record-breaking U.S. $615,000 at auction

A pair of red and black Air Jordan 1 Highs—worn by Michael Jordan himselfsold for U.S. $615,000 (around P30 million) at Christie's auction house. This is reportedly the same pair the basketball legend wore during a 1985 game in Italy when he dunked the ball hard enough to shatter the glass backboard. A piece of glass is said to be embedded in its sole. The sale breaks a record set by another pair of the legend's Js sold in May.

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Department of Education reschedules school opening

The opening of school year 2020 to 2021 has been moved from August 24 to October 5, according to the Department of Education. This affects public school students in elementary and high school, but college kids have yet to find out if the Commission on Higher Education will follow suit.

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