Here's a Heads Up from reportr on news that you need to know today, Dec. 8.
- It's a non-working holiday for the Feast of the Immaculate Conception.
- Here's a recap of what President Rodrigo Duterte said in is weekly speech to the nation last night.
- The enforcement of GCQ and MGCQ this Christmas will be strict to prevent a post-Christmas spike in infections, Duterte said, as he apologized to the public.
- The government has listed down priority sectors in the release of COVID-19 vaccines. It could be rolled out as early as late March, said the DOH.
- In the UK, Queen Elizabeth, who is 94, will be receiving the vaccine to encourage her constituents to follow her lead.
- Those reports of a fresh lockdown for Christmas? Fake news says the spokesman of the National Task Force on COVID-19. If ever, lockdowns will be localized.
- A clarification from the police, yantok sticks will only be used by authorities as "self-defense" while enforcing social distancing.
- Quezon City was among the first to shorten curfew hours, to 12 a.m. to 3 a.m. once Simbang Gabi starts on Dec. 16. Here are the Misa de Gallo guidelines.
- Much like the single ticket for the MRT and LRT, motorists will from next year need only one RFID sticker to pass through all expressways.
- Sen. Shewrin Gatchalian is seeking a review of the license to operate of expressways due to the long lines spawned by the shift to RFID.
- TikTok is banned for Immigration personnel at work and while they're in their uniforms. It's among the prohibition on use of the social media platform in a government office.
- The annual LRT-1 Christmas Train is here, and it has a face mask and face shield painted on to pay tribute to COVID frontliners.
Here's an update on COVID-19 cases as of 4 p.m. of Dec. 7: