As the number of COVID cases continues to rise in the country, noontime television show It’s Showtime has decided to stop its live airing, its producer ABS-CBN said yesterday.
ABS-CBN said in a statement that the suspension of live tapings was done to “ensure the safety of our hosts and production team.” It did not say when the suspension will be lifted.
Meanwhile, talent manager Angeli Pangilinan, the wife of singer Gary V., tested positive for COVID. She put up a brave front, and implied it was nothing compared to the health scares that her husband has been through.
“I should be afraid, right? But I am married to a man who has had Type1 diabetes for 42 years. Who has had multiple seizures due to hypoglycemia. Hepatitis. Arthroscopic surgery on his knees. Tuberculosis. Cardiac double Bypass/open heart surgery. Kidney cancer. Partial nephrectomy surgery. Whew. So having gone through all that with him, I know that this is just another trial that we will overcome together,” she said.
“Please pray that Gary doesn’t get it. I don’t mind getting it for as long as he is spared from this disease,” she added.
The National Capital Region, Rizal, Bulacan, Cavite, and Laguna, collectively dubbed by the government as NCR Plus, are under the general community quarantine from today until April 4. Residents of these areas can travel within the “bubble,” but not outside of it. Those living outside of NCR Plus cannot enter the area unless they are going there for work, in which case they need to show their IDs at checkpoints.
As of this afternoon, the Philippines has a total of 671,792 cases, including the 8,019 cases recorded this afternoon. Four deaths and 103 recoveries were recorded today. The Duterte government has started vaccinating healthcare workers using CoronaVac and AstraZeneca vaccines, donated from China and the COVAX facility respectively. No legally procured vaccine has arrived yet in the Philippines.
This article, COVID in Pinoy Showbiz: Angeli Pangilinan tests positive, ‘It’s Showtime’ stops live taping, originally appeared on Coconuts, Asia's leading alternative media company.