Anti-CoVID-19 Pandemic

DOH logs 852 new cases of Omicron subvariant

MANILA – The country has detected 852 more cases of the Omicron subvariants of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19), the Department of Health (DOH) reported Tuesday.In a presentation, the DOH said 839 of the total tallies are BA.5 cases; 11, BA.4; one, BA.2.75; and one, BA.2.12.1.Of the 839... Read More

Covid-19 vax for kids aged 4, below still under study: DOH

MANILA – The Department of Health (DOH) is still studying the vaccination of children four years old and below against the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).In a media forum on Tuesday, DOH officer-in-charge Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said such vaccination would need to go through... Read More

Gov't asked to study vax for kids aged 3 to 5

MANILA – A House leader on Tuesday asked the national government and the Department of Health (DOH) to study and consider the vaccination of children aged between 3 to 5 years old against the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).In a press conference, Deputy Majority Leader Lorenz Defensor said... Read More

PBBM extends state of calamity until year-end

MANILA – President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. has signed a proclamation extending the period of state calamity throughout the Philippines due to the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) until Dec. 31, 2022."Now, therefore, I Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr., President of the... Read More

Masks also protect us from other contagious diseases, says expert

MANILA – The wearing of face mask is protection against other communicable diseases and not just coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19), a health expert said Monday.In a televised public briefing, Philippine Foundation for Vaccination Executive Director Dr. Lulu Bravo echoed the advice of... Read More

Rizal positivity rate now 17.4% as of Sept. 10: OCTA

MANILA – The positivity rate or the number of people testing positive for Covid-19 in Rizal province increased to 17.4 percent as of Sept. 10 but its average daily attack rate remained low at 3.73, the OCTA Research Group said on Monday.Over Twitter, OCTA Research Group fellow Dr. Guido David... Read More

DOH in talks with manufacturers of new generation Covid-19 jabs

MANILA – The Department of Health (DOH) is in talks with the manufacturers of new generation vaccines against the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19), a health official said Friday.In a media briefing, DOH Officer in-Charge Maria Rosario Vergeire said the new Covid-19 jabs, which are... Read More

NCR Covid-19 positivity rate rises to 12.7%: OCTA

MANILA – The positivity rate, the number of people testing for Covid-19, in the National Capital Region (NCR) increased to 12.7 percent as of Sept. 7, the OCTA Research Group said Thursday.In a televised public briefing, OCTA Research Group fellow Dr. Butch Ong noted that the figure is a 0.6... Read More

Optional mask wearing may not affect Covid-19 cases quickly: OCTA

MANILA – The optional wearing of face masks outdoors may not affect the number of corona virus disease (2019) infections if it becomes a policy, the OCTA Research Group said Thursday.This, after the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID)... Read More

Continue wearing face masks: DOH

MANILA – The Department of Health is urging the public to continue wearing face masks, whether these are required or not, as it is still the best way to protect oneself against the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).In a Viber message to reporters, DOH officer-in-charge Maria Rosario Vergeire... Read More

Optional wearing of face masks outdoors thumbed down

MANILA – An infectious disease expert on Tuesday said the optional wearing of face masks in public open spaces is not advisable at this time.Dr. Rontgene Solante was reacting to the dry run of voluntary wearing of face mask in Cebu City which already started and expected to end in... Read More

College students less likely to get severe Covid-19: expert

MANILA – The age group to which higher education students belong is not classified as high risk or vulnerable to Covid-19, an infectious disease expert said Tuesday.In a televised public briefing, Dr. Rontgene Solante explained the Department of Health's support to the policy of the Higher... Read More

IATF 'carefully studying' proposals to relax mask mandate: DILG

MANILA – Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Benjamin Abalos Jr. on Tuesday said the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) is carefully studying the proposals to relax the country's mask mandate.In an interview with CNN... Read More

NCR Covid-19 positivity rate slightly dips to 12.1%: OCTA

MANILA – The positivity rate, the number of people testing for Covid-19, in the National Capital Region (NCR) has slightly decreased to 12.1 percent as of Sept. 3, the OCTA Research Group said Tuesday.In a tweet, OCTA Research Group fellow Dr. Guido David noted that the figure is a 0.8 percent... Read More

PH daily average of Covid-19 cases down 10%

MANILA – The daily average of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) cases went down by 10 percent for the period Aug. 29 to Sept. 4, the Department of Health (DOH) reported Monday.From 2,752 per day recorded from Aug. 22 to 28, the number decreased to 2,449 daily in the recent week.The latest... Read More

PH detects over 600 add'l cases of Omicron BA.5 subvariant

MANILA – The country has detected 624 more cases of the Omicron BA.5 subvariant of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19), the Department of Health (DOH) reported Monday.In a presentation, the DOH said 605 of the total cases are from all the regions while the remaining 19 are returning... Read More

Baguio residents urged to report results of Covid self-testing

BAGUIO CITY – An official of the City Health Services Office (HSO) has again urged residents to report the results of self-administered Covid-19 tests so they could be given proper assistance and treatment."There are now low-cost self-test kits from online transactions, used in homes when... Read More

IATF to discuss bid on Cebu City as pilot area for optional masks

MANILA – The Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) will look into the proposal to make Cebu City the pilot area for the implementation of the optional wearing of face masks.In a media briefing Friday, Department of Health (DOH) Officer in Charge,... Read More

Covid-19 vaccination activities to continue in schools: DOH

MANILA – Vaccination drive against the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) will continue in schools as part of the PinasLakas campaign, a health official said Friday.“So, hindi po titigil ang bakunahan sa mga eskwelahan, klinaklaro natin at kinaklaro din ng Department of Education... Read More

DBM vows swift processing of request for Covid allowance

MANILA – The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) pledged on Thursday to expedite the processing of the request to release around PHP63 billion for the provision of the One Covid-19 Allowance (OCA).The DBM said it will facilitate the immediate release of funds for medical front-liners'... Read More