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Daily average of new Covid-19 cases in PH down 10%

MANILA – The daily average of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) cases went down by 10 percent from Sept. 26 to Oct. 2, the Department of Health (DOH) reported Monday.From 2,556 per day recorded from Sept. 19 to 25, the number decreased to 2,288 daily in the recent week.The latest case... Read More

Incentives, scholarships key to solving health workers shortage

MANILA – Provision of incentives and scholarships could help the shortage of healthcare workers in the country, the Philippine Federation of Professional Associations (PFPA) said Monday.In a televised public briefing, PFPA Vice President Dr. Benito Atienza said many young people in the country... Read More

106K nurses needed in health facilities nationwide: DOH

MANILA – The Philippines needs a total of 106,000 nurses in public and private hospitals nationwide, a health official said Thursday.In a media briefing, Department of Health (DOH) officer-in-charge Maria Rosario Vergeire said the country needs other healthcare professionals like doctors,... Read More

DOH sees rise in Covid-19 hospital admissions in 6 metro cities

MANILA – The Department of Health (DOH) is seeing an increase in the number of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) hospital admissions in six Metro Manila local government units (LGUs).In a media briefing Thursday, DOH officer-in-charge Maria Rosario Vergeire said closely monitored are the... Read More

Cebu, Metro Cebu remain 'low risk' for Covid-19

MANILA – Cebu province and Metro Cebu remain under low risk classification for Covid-19 as the no mask policy experiment remains implemented for over two weeks now, the OCTA Research Group said Wednesday.In a message to reporters, OCTA Research Group fellow Ranjit Rye said new cases in Cebu... Read More

NCR reaches 50% of target for 1st booster coverage

MANILA – About 5,067,530 Filipinos in the National Capital Region have received their first booster dose of the Covid-19 vaccine as of Sept. 23.In a statement Wednesday, Department of Health-Metro Manila Center for Health Development regional chief Gloria Balboa said the tally is 50.17 percent... Read More

PH detects 1,238 add'l Omicron, 9 new Delta cases

MANILA – The country has detected 1,238 more cases of four Omicron subvariants and nine new cases of Delta variant of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19), the Department of Health (DOH) reported Tuesday.The DOH said 1,200 of the total count for the Omicron subvariants are BA.5 cases, 33... Read More

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

21 health facilities damaged by 'Karding'

MANILA – A total of 21 health facilities nationwide were damaged by Typhoon Karding's onslaught over the weekend, a health official said Tuesday.In a media briefing, Department of Health (DOH) officer-in-charge Maria Rosario Vergeire said the reported damage were minor and no Covid-19 vaccines... Read More

Acute gastro, cholera cases up in Iloilo City

ILOILO CITY – The number of acute gastroenteritis (AGE) cases here has reached 713 with the addition of 12 more on Sept. 25 while cholera cases climbed to 30 with seven new confirmed cases, the City Health Office reported on Monday.“Of the seven (cholera) cases, two were from Mandurriao,... 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

PinasLakas adjusts target for booster vax coverage to 30%

MANILA – The target of PinasLakas campaign for booster vaccination coverage has been adjusted, from 50 percent down to 30 percent, for the first 100 days of the Marcos administration.In a Viber message on Thursday, Department of Health officer-in-charge Maria Rosario Vergeire noted that the... 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

Alzheimer's patients worldwide may reach 139M by 2050

ANKARA – The number of Alzheimer's patients in the world may reach 139 million by 2050, the latest report of the World Health Organization (WHO) revealed.There are currently more than 55 million Alzheimer's patients worldwide, with that number expected to rise to 78 million by 2030 and 139... 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