Health and Lifestyle

Daily average of Covid-19 cases from Aug. 15-21 down by 15%

MANILA – The daily average of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) cases went down by 15 percent for the period Aug.15 to 21, the Department of Health (DOH) reported Monday.From 4,001 per day on Aug. 8 to 14, the number decreased to 3,412 daily in the recent week.The latest case bulletin showed... Read More

Expert ‘notes’ slow spread of monkeypox in PH

MANILA – An infectious disease expert on Monday said the spread of monkeypox in the country is considered slow after the second and third cases of the disease were detected several weeks after the first case.The first case, a 31-year-old Filipino who arrived from overseas, was first detected... Read More

DOH-Calabarzon launches program to protect learners from dengue

MANILA – The Department of Health-Center for Health Development (DOH-CHD) Calabarzon (Cavite, Laguna Batangas, Rizal, Quezon) on Tuesday launched a program in Laguna aimed at ensuring the safety and welfare of students for the upcoming opening of classes on Aug. 22.“It is important that... Read More

Teachers urged to watch out for learners' mental health

MANILA – Ahead of the opening of classes next week, a professor from the De La Salle University on Wednesday urged fellow teachers to watch out for the learners' mental health.In a webinar, Maria Caridad Tarroja, who teaches psychology, said both students and teachers have adjusted to remote... Read More

PH detects 1K new cases of Omicron BA.5 subvariant

MANILA–The country has detected 1,011 more cases of the Omicron BA.5 subvariant of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19), the Department of Health (DOH) reported Tuesday.In a Viber message to reporters, the DOH said at least one person from all regions except Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in... Read More

DOH for revision of vax law if 'state of calamity' not extended

MANILA –The Department of Health (DOH) is recommending the amendment of Republic Act (RA) 11525 or the act expediting the vaccine procurement and administration process, providing funds thereof, and for other purposes.The DOH said this is in case the state of calamity declaration due to the... Read More

Contacts of 1st monkeypox case asymptomatic 'til end of isolation

MANILA –The 10 close contacts of the first monkeypox case in the country exhibited no symptoms related to the infection until the end of their required quarantine period.In a media briefing Tuesday, Department of Health (DOH) Officer-in-Charge Maria Rosario Vergeire said “the quarantine... Read More

DOH no longer supports use of schools as quarantine facilities

MANILA –The Department of Health (DOH) no longer supports the use of schools as isolation and quarantine facilities for coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) cases.“Since we have already allowed home quarantine, the need for these outside, external quarantine and isolation facilities [has]... Read More

Dengue cases up 131% from Jan. 1-July 30

MANILA – The Philippines has logged 102,619 dengue cases from January 1 to July 30 this year, 131 percent higher than the figure in the same period in 2021, the Department of Health (DOH) said Monday.In a Viber message to reporters, the DOH noted that cases for the same period last year... Read More

Easing of Covid restrictions depends on PH 'wall of immunity'

MANILA – Some of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) restrictions could be lifted if the country is able to increase its "wall of immunity" through vaccination, specifically the administration of booster shots, a health official said Friday.“This came also from the President himself,... Read More

72M Filipinos fully vaccinated; 16.8M receive 1st booster shot

MANILA – More than 72 million Filipinos have been fully vaccinated against the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) as of August 11, the Department of Health (DOH) said Friday.In a media forum, DOH officer-in-charge Maria Rosario Vergeire said 6.8 million among the fully vaccinated are senior... Read More

PH detects 225 more cases of 3 Omicron subvariants

MANILA – The country has detected 225 more cases of three Omicron subvariants -- 190 BA.5, 34 BA.4, and one BA.2.12.1 -- all based on the genome sequencing results as of August 9.Of the total BA.5 tally, 162 cases were from the Davao Region Western, 23 from Soccksargen, three from Bangsamoro... Read More

Close contacts of 1st monkeypox case still in isolation: DOH

MANILA – The 10 close contacts of the first monkeypox case in the country are still undergoing the required quarantine period.“And [they] have remained asymptomatic,” the Department of Health told reporters on Thursday in a Viber message.On July 29, the DOH reported the first... Read More

1.3M booster doses administered via PinasLakas drive

MANILA – A total of 1,301,394 booster doses of Covid-19 vaccines have been administered through the PinasLakas campaign.In a Viber message to reporters Thursday, the Department of Health said the doses were given from July 26 to Aug. 9.“We have 17,514 fully-vaccinated individuals for the... Read More

Dengue cases in NegOr surpass 2021 figures

DUMAGUETE CITY – The number of dengue cases in Negros Oriental that covers the first seven months of this year has surpassed the total number of dengue cases in the same period last year, a health official said Wednesday.Assistant Provincial Health Officer Dr. Liland Estacion, in an interview... Read More

DOH to propose anew redefinition of 'fully vaccinated'

MANILA – The Department of Health (DOH) is proposing anew to the Office of the President the redefinition of the term "fully vaccinated" which currently include the primary series or first two doses of Covid-19 vaccine.In a television interview on Wednesday, DOH officer-in-charge Maria Rosario... Read More

DOH studying state of calamity due to Covid-19 extension

MANILA – The Department of Health (DOH) is still studying the effect of lifting the state of calamity declaration due to coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) as it is expected to lapse in a month.Under Proclamation 1218, former President Rodrigo Duterte extended the state of calamity throughout... Read More

More than 1.5M Filipinos get 2nd booster dose

MANILA – More than 1.5 million health care workers, senior citizens, and persons who are immunocompromised or have comorbidities have received their second booster dose of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) vaccine.Department of Health (DOH) Officer-in-Charge Maria Rosario Vergeire said... Read More

PH detects 906 more cases of Omicron BA.5 subvariant

MANILA – The country has detected 906 additional cases of the Omicron BA.5 subvariant of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19), the Department of Health (DOH) reported Tuesday.In an online media forum, DOH officer-in-charge Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said at least 10 individuals... Read More

Daily average of Covid-19 cases from Aug. 1-7 up by 13%

MANILA – The country's daily average of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) cases went up by 13 percent from Aug. 1 to 7, the Department of Health (DOH) reported Monday.From 3,443 per day from July 25 to 31, the number of Covid-19 cases reached 3,904 daily from Aug. 1 to 7.The latest case... Read More