Anti-CoVID-19 Pandemic

Over 66K booster doses given on 1st day of special vax week

MANILA – The Department of Health (DOH) has administered 66,576 first booster doses of Covid-19 vaccines in the Visayas and Mindanao on the first day of the Special Vaccination Week.The vaccination week started Sept. 26.“Mayroon ding inclement weather sa ibang bahagi ng Visayas kaya... Read More

Daily average of new Covid-19 cases in PH up 22%

MANILA – The daily average of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) cases went up by 22 percent for the period Sept. 19 to 25, the Department of Health (DOH) reported Monday.From 2,101 per day recorded from Sept. 12 to 18, the number increased to 2,556 daily in the recent week.The latest case... Read More

NCR Covid-19 positivity rate now 18.5%: OCTA

MANILA – The positivity rate -- the number of people testing for Covid-19 -- in the National Capital Region (NCR) increased to 18.5 percent as of Sept. 24 from last week’s 15.7 percent, the OCTA Research Group said Monday.“This has already exceeded the positivity rate of 17.5... Read More

DOH holds ‘Bakunahang Bayan’ to ramp up booster coverage

MANILA – The Department of Health-Center for Health Development (DOH-CHD) in the Calabarzon Region will further intensify its Covid-19 booster coverage with the “Bakunahang Bayan: PinasLakas Special Vaccination Days” in Trece Martires City, Cavite starting Monday.Ariel Valencia,... Read More

Easing border restrictions risky; wear face mask: expert

MANILA – Other variants of the coronavirus would enter the country when border restrictions for foreign travellers are eased, a health expert said Wednesday.University of the Philippines-Philippine General Hospital chair Dr. Ted Herbosa, who was medical adviser of the defunct National Task... Read More

IATF to reconvene soon: DOH

MANILA – The Inter Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) will reconvene in the coming weeks to discuss the directives of President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.In a media briefing Tuesday, Department of Health officer-in-charge Maria... Read More

Only 3 Covid-19 deaths per day in Sept.: DOH

MANILA – The Philippines has recorded an average of only three Covid-19 deaths per day this month so far, lower than the 17 fatalities daily count in August, a health official said Tuesday.In a media briefing, Department of Health (DOH) officer-in-charge Maria Rosario Vergeire said current... Read More

DOH logs 693 more cases of 2 Omicron subvariants

MANILA – The country has detected 693 more cases of two Omicron subvariants of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19), the Department of Health (DOH) reported Tuesday.The DOH said 677 of the total count are BA.5 cases and 16 are BA.4 cases.Of the 677 BA.5 cases, 50 are from the Ilocos Region;... Read More

PH daily Covid-19 cases down by 4% from Sept. 12-18

MANILA – The daily average of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) cases went down by 4 percent for the period Sept. 12 to 18, the Department of Health (DOH) reported Monday.From 2,197 per day recorded from Sept. 9 to 11, the number decreased to 2,101 daily in the recent week.The latest case... Read More

Annual, bi-annual Covid-19 vaccination possible in PH: expert

MANILA – Vaccination against Covid-19 yearly or bi-annually is possible as immunity wanes over time, an infectious disease expert said Monday.In a televised public briefing, Dr. Rontgene Solante said the priority of the annual or bi-annual inoculation against Covid-19 would be the vulnerable... Read More

PH Covid-19 cases expected to rise as restrictions ease

MANILA – Coronavirus cases are expected to rise with increased mobility, resumption of face-to-face classes and easing of face mask mandate, an infectious disease expert said Monday.In a televised public briefing, Dr. Rontgene Solante said the country's boosted population is low.As of Sept.... Read More

Covid-19 won't end anytime soon, says infectious disease expert

MANILA – The coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic would not end in two to three months, an infectious disease expert said Monday.In a televised public briefing, Dr. Rontgene Solante said the country’s Covid-19 numbers are low compared to those reported in January or September... Read More

PH detects 165 add'l cases of Omicron, 4 cases of Delta

MANILA – The country has detected 165 more cases of two Omicron subvariants and four new cases of Delta variant of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19), the Department of Health (DOH) reported Friday.In a presentation, the DOH said 163 of the total count for the Omicron subvariants are BA.5... Read More

NCR moderate risk for Covid-19, positivity rate now at 16.4%: DOH

MANILA – The National Capital Region (NCR) is back to moderate risk classification for Covid-19 with its positivity rate now at 16.4 percent, a health official said Friday.Positivity rate is the number of people tested positive for Covid-19 in a certain area.“’Pag tiningnan natin,... Read More

2.5M persons boosted vs. Covid-19 thru PinasLakas drive

MANILA – The PinasLakas campaign has vaccinated 30,363 senior citizens and administered first booster doses to 2,558,086 individuals as of September 14.In an online forum, Department of Health Public Operations Center Division Chief, Dr. Carmela Granada, said the number of fully vaccinated... Read More

PH positivity rate rises to 12.5% as of Sept. 13

MANILA – The Department of Health on Thursday (DOH) said it is seeing a slow, continued decline in coronavirus cases in the recent week.In a Viber message to reporters, the DOH said the positivity rate or number of people testing positive for the virus increased to 12.5 percent as of Sept. 13,... Read More

State of calamity extension to strengthen PH Covid response: DILG

MANILA – The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) on Thursday welcomed President Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos Jr.'s move to extend the country's state of calamity due to the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic.In a statement, Interior Secretary Benjamin... Read More

Boosting vax coverage among elderly still top priority: NCSC

MANILA – The National Commission on Senior Citizens (NCSC) still sees a need to accelerate Covid-19 vaccine coverage among the elderly, especially those in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM).NCSC Chairperson Franklin Quijano acknowledged how Covid-19 vaccine hesitancy... Read More

Pangasinan positivity rate climbs to 10.9%: OCTA

MANILA – The positivity rate or the number of people testing positive for Covid-19 in Pangasinan increased to 10.9 percent as of Sept. 12, the OCTA Research Group said on Wednesday.Over Twitter, OCTA Research Group fellow Dr. Guido David said the figure is a 4-point increase from 6.9 percent... Read More

EO on face mask not tied to alert level system: DOH

MANILA – The executive order allowing the voluntary wearing of face masks outdoors is not tied to the alert level system for coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19), a health official said Tuesday.“That’s something to be clear. Kahit na mayroon tayong Alert Level 2 na mga areas ngayon... Read More