Anti-CoVID-19 Pandemic

Covid close to endemic phase; declaration 'just a matter of time'

MANILA – The Covid-19 situation is moving toward the endemic phase considering the Covid-19 metrics, an infectious disease expert said Thursday.In a televised public briefing, Dr. Edsel Salvaña said in an endemic phase, the damage brought about by a certain disease is... Read More

IATF continues to work: Palace

MANILA – The Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) continues to perform its duties amid the prevailing coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic, Malacañang said Thursday. “Ang masasabi lang po natin ay tuloy-tuloy naman po ang... Read More

NCR cities urge public to get booster shots as Covid cases rise

MANILA – The local government units in the National Capital Region urged residents to avail of the booster shots amid the increase of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) cases in the country.In Navotas City, the local government on Wednesday called on its residents to avail of the Covid-19... Read More

Senators propose measures to boost Covid-19 vax campaign

MANILA–Senators see the need for more coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) vaccinations and booster shots as the number of cases in the country starts to rise again.Senator Christopher "Bong" Go on Wednesday urged the government to strengthen its information campaign on Covid-19 vaccination,... Read More

Continue wearing masks as BA.5 cases rise: health expert

MANILA – An infectious disease expert is advising the public to continue wearing face masks amid the rising cases of Omicron subvariants in the country.In a Facebook post Wednesday, Dr. Edsel Salvaña said masks should be worn even outdoors as the Omicron BA.5 subvariant is “super... Read More

Covid-19 daily cases up in Ilocos Region

MALASIQUI, Pangasinan – The Department of Health Center for Health Development in Ilocos Region (DOH-CHD-1) has recorded 23 daily average of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) cases in the region from June 26 to July 2.In an interview on Tuesday, DOH-CHD-1 Covid-19 focal person, Dr. Rheuel... Read More

Covid-19 vax sites soon up in schools, public markets: DOH

MANILA – The Department of Health (DOH) is setting up vaccination sites in areas commonly visited by the public, such as schools, public markets and churches within a community, to ramp up the Covid-19 booster shot uptake.In an online media forum on Tuesday, Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario... Read More

71M Filipinos fully vaxxed vs. Covid, over 950K get 2nd booster

MANILA – About 71 million Filipinos are fully vaccinated against the coronavirus and over 954,000 Filipinos have received their second booster shot, a health official said Tuesday.Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said almost 15.3 million individuals have an up-to-date vaccination... Read More

PH detects 79 more cases of 3 Omicron subvariants

MANILA – The country has detected 79 additional cases of three Omicron subvariants -- 60 BA.5, 17 BA.2.12.1 and two BA.4 -- all logged from July 7 to 11.Of the total BA.5 tally, 58 cases were from Western Visayas, and one each from Davao Region and Soccsksargen."Isang indibidwal ay... Read More

2nd booster doses reach 42K Manila residents

MANILA – The city government of Manila has administered over 40,000 doses of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) second booster jabs as of Monday.The Covid-19 second booster shot is offered to health care workers, senior citizens, and immunocompromised adults.As of 5 p.m. Monday, 42,181... Read More

Marcos on his way to ‘complete recovery’: lead physician

MANILA – President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. is on his way to a “complete recovery” after testing positive for Covid-19 on Friday, his lead physician said Monday. In a health bulletin, Dr. Samuel Zacate said Marcos is still under home isolation but is not... Read More

Daily average of Covid-19 cases from July 4-10 up by 39%

MANILA – The country's daily average of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) cases went up by 39 percent from July 4 to 10, the Department of Health (DOH) reported Monday.From 1,057 per day from June 27 to July 3, the number of Covid-19 cases reached 1,467 daily from July 4 to 10.The latest... Read More

Covid-19 positivity rate in some areas now over 10%

MANILA – An infectious diseases expert on Monday said Covid-19 cases have started to rise as positivity rates recorded in some areas are now above 10 percent.In a televised public briefing Monday, Dr. Rontgene Solante said this is higher than the 5 percent threshold recommended by the World... Read More

Covid fails to slow down PBBM; still works while in isolation

MANILA – Despite testing positive for Covid-19, President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. is doing fine and continues to work in isolation, giving out directives to his cabinet officials in the comfort of his home, Press Secretary Trixie Cruz-Angeles on Sunday said.Angeles said the President was visited... Read More

Over 1M pandemic-hit OFWs assisted by OWWA

MANILA – Over 1 million overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) displaced by the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) have been assisted by the government since the start of the pandemic two years ago, the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) reported Friday.“From May 2020 to July 6,... Read More

PBBM wants further study of Covid-19 alert level system: DOH

MANILA – President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. has ordered the Department of Health (DOH) to further study the Covid-19 Alert Level System to make it more appropriate for the country’s current situation.In a televised public briefing Friday, Health Undersecretary Maria... Read More

Health exec says booster shots not mandatory

MANILA – The government and the Department of Health have not released a statement that administration of Covid-19 vaccine booster shots is mandatory, a health official said Thursday.“Gusto po nating klaruhin ano, wala pong binigay na statement ang ating gobiyerno, ang kagawaran na ang... Read More

PH remains low risk for Covid-19 despite rise in new cases

MANILA – All regions in the country remain under low-risk classification for Covid-19 despite increase in the number of new infections.In an online media forum Thursday, Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said the country logged 8,248 new cases from June 30 to July 6 with an average... Read More

PH detects 97 more cases of Omicron BA.5 subvariant

MANILA – The country has detected 97 additional cases of Omicron BA.5 subvariant, the Department of Health (DOH) reported Thursday.Earlier, about 43 BA.5 cases were detected which brought the total number of new infections to 140 for this week.Of the total BA.5 tally, 99 cases were from... Read More

Unused Covid-19 funds returned to nat'l treasury: DILG

MANILA – A ranking official of the Department of the Interior and Local (DILG) on Tuesday said the unused funds for the hiring of contact tracers and other pandemic programs have been returned to the national treasury.“Aside from the contact tracers being given by the DILG out of our... Read More