Anti-CoVID-19 Pandemic

OCTA sees weak surge within July

MANILA – The country’s health care utilization rate is still at the lowest level despite the slight uptick in Covid-19 cases, OCTA Research fellow, Dr. Guido David, said on Monday.In a virtual public briefing, David said there is no threat yet in terms of medical services as the National... Read More

Daily average of Covid-19 cases from June 27-July 3 up by 60%

MANILA – The country's daily average of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) cases went up by 60 percent from June 27 to July 3, the Department of Health (DOH) reported Monday.From 662 per day from June 20 to 26, the number of Covid-19 cases reached 1,057 daily from June 27 to July 3.The latest... Read More

70.8M Filipinos fully vaccinated, 15M with 1st booster

MANILA – The Philippines has already administered 154,237,449 doses of the coronavirus disease 2019 vaccine nationwide, with 70,853,659 Filipinos receiving complete coronavirus primary series and 15,017,716 getting their first booster doses, National Vaccination Operations Center (NVOC) said... Read More

All regions achieve over 45% vaccine coverage for seniors

MANILA – All 17 regions in the country have vaccinated at least 45 percent of their senior citizens against the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19), the Department of Health (DOH) said Saturday.Citing the latest report from the National Vaccination Operations Center, the DOH said in a... Read More

Covid-19 cases in NCR up 52% from previous week: DOH

MANILA – The number of coronavirus diseases 2019 (Covid-19) cases in the National Capital Region (NCR) continues its increase at 52 percent higher than the previous week.In its latest Covid-19 situation report, the Department of Health (DOH) noted that the region logged 442 new infections for... Read More

SoKor OKs use of 1st homegrown Covid-19 vax from SK Bioscience

SEOUL – South Korea on Wednesday approved the use of SKYCovione, the country's first homegrown Covid-19 vaccine developed by SK Bioscience Co., taking a major step toward achieving vaccine sovereignty in the fight against the pandemic.The Ministry of Food and Drug Safety (MFDS) said it... Read More

Alert level system metrics revised

MANILA – The two-week positive growth rate from the alert level system has been scrapped in determining the country’s alert level system.In a televised public briefing, Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said the two-week growth rate "is no longer sensitive to the logging of... Read More

Filipinos should learn to live with Covid-19: DOH

MANILA – Filipinos should learn to live with the coronavirus disease 2019 and transition to a new normal as the eradication of the virus is not feasible, a health official said Wednesday.Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said the public would have to rely on vaccines and continue to... Read More

Rising Covid-19 cases in NCR not worrisome: OCTA Research

MANILA – National Capital Region (NCR)’s Covid-19 cases may increase up to 500 this week but there is no need to panic.Dr. Guido David, OCTA Research fellow, said Tuesday the rise cannot be considered a surge yet.“Tumataas ang cases sa NCR sa 52 percent one-week growth rate. Ang... Read More

Few severe cases seen despite rising Covid-19 infections

MANILA–The rise in Covid-19 cases due to the emergence of variants of concern (VOC) will not determine the risk classification of an area.Dr. Rontgene Solante, Vaccine Expert Panel member, said it has always been the practice of health authorities to monitor health care utilization rate and... Read More

Over 792K Filipinos receive 2nd booster shot

MANILA – More than 792,000 healthcare workers, senior citizens, immunocompromised and persons with comorbidities have received their second booster of Covid-19 vaccine.Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said Tuesday about 70.5 million Filipinos are fully vaccinated against Covid-19... Read More

PH detects 63 more cases of 3 Omicron subvariants

MANILA – The country has detected 63 additional cases of three Omicron subvariants -- 50 BA.5, 11 BA.2.12.1 and two BA.4. Of the total BA.5 tally, 38 cases were from Western Visayas, five from the National Capital Region, and seven were returning overseas Filipinos."Isang indibidwal ay fully... Read More

Covid-19 cases on the rise across all regions: DOH

MANILA – The number of Covid-19 cases continue to increase across all regions with a national positivity rate of 4.1 percent but the average daily attack rate remains low, a health official said Tuesday.In an online media forum, Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said the current... Read More

COVAX to deliver 17M more vax doses after PRRD admin

MANILA – The Philippines will receive at least 17 million more doses of coronavirus vaccines from the World Health Organization-led COVAX facility after the end of President Rodrigo Duterte’s term.Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr., chief of the National Task Force Against Covid-19 (NTF),... Read More

Covid testing for on-site workers in Alert Level 1 areas waived

MANILA – Unvaccinated employees required to do on-site work in areas under coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) Alert Level 1 classification will no longer be required to undergo real-time-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) testing, Malacañang announced Tuesday.Acting presidential... Read More

Metro Manila stays under Alert Level 1 until July 15

MANILA – Metro Manila will still be under Alert Level 1 until July 15, Malacañang announced Tuesday.Acting presidential spokesperson and Communications Secretary Martin Andanar said this comes after the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) updated the matrices to be used for the Alert Level... Read More

Covid-19 daily cases average for June 20-26 up by 53%

MANILA – The country's daily average of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) cases went up by 53 percent from June 20 to 26, the Department of Health (DOH) reported Monday.From 436 per day from June 13 to 19, the number of Covid-19 cases reached 662 daily from June 20 to 26.The latest case... Read More

Health workers, heroes of this generation: NTF chief

MANILA – The work and sacrifices of healthcare workers and front-liners in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic have saved millions of lives, making them heroes of this generation, National Task Force Against Covid-19 chief implementer Carlito Galvez Jr. said Thursday.Galvez, who is also... Read More

Hospital liquidation needed for One Covid allowance disbursement

MANILA – Proper liquidation reports from hospitals are needed for the disbursement of the One Covid allowance (OCA), Department of Health (DOH) Secretary Francisco Duque III said Thursday.In a television interview, Duque said the DOH cannot “disburse public funds without proper... Read More

Cebu, nat'l govt settle row over mask policy: DILG

MANILA – The national government and the Cebu provincial government have agreed to end the face-off on the enforcement of the mask mandate, Interior Secretary Eduardo Año said on Thursday.Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of a gun exhibit in Mandaluyong City, Año said he... Read More