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Philippine Consulate in Dubai undergoes renovation to prevent spread of COVID-19

New modular service counters provide an extra layer of protection to curb the spread of COVID-19 at the consulate.
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Dubai: The Philippine Consulate General in Dubai has recently undergone renovations and has introduced new modular service counters to provide an extra layer of protection to curb the spread of COVID-19.

The reception area, passport processing section, passport coordinator’s office, encoding section, notarial processing section and the Assistance-to-Nationals (ATN) section are among the nine offices that were renovated with office modular partitions, Philippine consul-general Paul Raymund Cortes told Gulf News.

“While the Consulate strives to creatively accommodate the demand for consular services by our kababayan (compatriots) here in Dubai and the Northern Emirates during this time of pandemic, we also aim to provide them comfort and safety while they are inside the Consulate premises. We would like to welcome them to an improved Consulate,” Cortes said. “More importantly,

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How using an air purifier in your home can and can’t prevent the spread of Covid-19

On Friday, the world learned that President Donald Trump has contracted Covid-19, just two days after his advisor Hope Hicks tested positive. Trump and Hicks traveled together this week on Air Force One, including to and from the presidential debate in Cleveland on Tuesday.



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The turn of events reinforces the idea that spending time indoors with others in close proximity can be risky. So as the weather turns and people spend more time indoors, what you can do to lower your risk of contracting Covid-19?

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In addition to continuing to socially distance and wear a mask, buying a portable home air purifier is a popular choice right now, and for good reason.

The virus that causes Covid-19 is mainly spread through respiratory droplets that are expelled when an infected person talks, coughs, sneezes or breathes, and are inhaled by another person. But the virus

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Some college students face stay-at-home orders as local leaders try to control Covid-19 spread

Hoping to slow an outbreak of Covid-19 cases among their students, a small college in Rhode Island announced a stay-at-home order this week.



a group of people sitting at a picnic table: Students here are seen moving onto the campus at Grand Valley State University in Allendale Township in late August. Students in the township are now under a 'staying in place' order


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Students here are seen moving onto the campus at Grand Valley State University in Allendale Township in late August. Students in the township are now under a ‘staying in place’ order

“We are out of options,” Providence College President Rev. Kenneth Sicard said Thursday. “If we are not successful, we will have no alternative other than to shut down our campus for the remainder of the fall semester.”

The college moved to remote learning for at least a week after more than 80 students tested positive for the virus over two days, Sicard said. Indoor and outdoor gatherings and travel to bars, restaurants and neighborhood businesses are not allowed. Violations will result in “immediate interim suspensions,” the president

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Kids infected at day care spread coronavirus at home

NEW YORK (AP) — Children who caught the coronavirus at day cares and a day camp spread it to their relatives, according to a new report that underscores that kids can bring the germ home and infect others.



FILE - In this Saturday, Sept. 5, 2020 file photo, children play "pin the mask on Gov. Gary Herbert" during a "Trash Your Mask Protest" rally hosted by the Utah Business Revival at the Utah State Capitol in Salt Lake City. The event was held to protest Herbert's order requiring all K-12 schools in Utah to require face coverings to stop the spread of the coronavirus. According to a study by health officials in Utah and at the Centers for Disease Control and Preventionn released on Friday, Sept. 11, 2020, children in the state who caught coronavirus at day care programs or day camps spread it to about 25% of the people they encountered later, highlighting the role children can play a role in spreading the virus from child care settings to household contacts. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)


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FILE – In this Saturday, Sept. 5, 2020 file photo, children play “pin the mask on Gov. Gary Herbert” during a “Trash Your Mask Protest” rally hosted by the Utah Business Revival at the Utah State Capitol in Salt Lake City. The event was held to protest Herbert’s order requiring all K-12 schools in Utah to require face coverings to stop the spread of the coronavirus. According to a study by health officials in Utah and at the Centers for Disease Control and Preventionn released on Friday, Sept. 11, 2020, children in the state who caught coronavirus at day care programs or day camps spread it to

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