PH tallies 276, 289 COVID-19 cases as 3,375 more infections reported

first_imgThe Philippines now has 276,289 COVID-19 cases as 3,375 more infected persons were reported Thursday by the Department of Health (DoH).There are 63,408 patients who are currently receiving treatment or active cases — 87.5 percent mild, 8.7 percent showed no symptoms, 2.7 percent are in critical condition, and 1.1 percent are severe cases.The majority of the newly  reported cases are from Metro Manila with 963, followed by Bulacan with 448, Cavite with 274,  Negros Occidental with 153, and Batangas with 119.Fifty-three new fatalities were reported, increasing the death toll to 4,785 while recoveries jumped to 208,096 after 317 more patients recovered. The number of healthcare workers in the country who succumbed to COVID-19 has climbed to 58. The DoH added that 8,665 healthcare workers tested positive for COVID-19 — 8,023 have recovered and 584 are active cases. “Of these active cases, 322 have mild symptoms, 232 are asymptomatic, 20 are in severe condition, and 10 are in critical condition,” the DoH noted.The country now has 126 license laboratories and  has performed more than 3 million COVID-19 tests to date. The country now has the most number of confirmed COVID-19 in Southeast Asia with Thursday’s tally. SIGN UP TO DAILY NEWSLETTERCLICK HERE TO SIGN-UPlast_img read more

Celebrity chef Mario Batali facing assault charge in Boston

first_imgFILE – In this Wednesday, April 19, 2017, file photo, chef Mario Batali attends an awards event in New York. The Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office in Boston says Batali is scheduled to be arraigned Friday, May 24, 2019, on a charge of indecent assault and battery, in connection with an allegation that he forcibly kissed and groped a woman at a Boston restaurant in 2017. (Photo by Brent N. Clarke/Invision/AP, File)BOSTON | Celebrity chef Mario Batali is facing a criminal charge on allegations that he forcibly kissed and groped a woman at a Boston restaurant in 2017.Batali, who recently gave up financial stakes in all his restaurants, is scheduled to be arraigned Friday on a charge of indecent assault and battery, a spokeswoman for Suffolk County District Attorney Rachael Rollins said.It’s the first criminal charge against Batali resulting from several sexual harassment and assault allegations that crippled his career amid the #MeToo movement.A criminal complaint filed last month says the woman told police that Batali noticed her taking a picture of him at the restaurant and offered to take a selfie with her, The Boston Globe reported .The woman says Batali then grabbed her chest, kissed her face and touched her groin without her consent.The details in the complaint mirror those in a civil lawsuit filed against Batali in August. The lawsuit seeks unspecified damages for “severe emotional distress” including anxiety and self-doubt.A lawyer for Batali said the chef denies the allegations.“The charges, brought by the same individual without any new basis, are without merit,” Attorney Anthony Fuller said in an emailed statement. “He intends to fight the allegations vigorously and we expect the outcome to fully vindicate Mr. Batali,” Fuller said.Several other women have previously come forward to allege sexual misconduct by Batali. Batali stepped down from daily operations at his restaurant empire and cooking show “The Chew” in December 2017 after four women accused him of inappropriate touching.Batali apologized that month, saying the allegations “match up” with ways he has acted.“I have made many mistakes and I am so very sorry that I have disappointed my friends, my family, my fans and my team,” Batali said in an email newsletter. “My behavior was wrong and there are no excuses. I take full responsibility.”The New York Police Department said last year that it was investigating allegations of sexual misconduct against the chef after a woman told “60 Minutes” that Batali drugged and sexually assaulted her in 2005. Batali denied assaulting the woman.last_img read more