Cebu tops list of areas with most new COVID-19 cases on Friday

Cathrine Gonzales - Reporter / @cgonzalesINQ 01/29/2022

MANILA, Philippines — Cebu Island, which is made up of Cebu Province, Cebu City, Lapu-Lapu City and Mandaue City, had the most number of new COVID-19 cases on Friday, independent analytics group OCTA Research said Saturday, citing…

Vaccine expert warns against deliberate COVID-19 infection

Cathrine Gonzales - Reporter / @cgonzalesINQ 01/21/2022

MANILA, Philippines — The public should not deliberately get themselves infected with the SARS-CoV-2 virus in order to get natural immunity against COVID-19, the chairperson of the Vaccine Expert Panel (VEP) said Friday. VEP chair Dr. Nina…

Novak Djokovic loses fight against Australia deportation

Agence France Presse 01/16/2022

Novak Djokovic lost his final bid to avoid deportation from Australia on Sunday, ending a sensational 11-day battle over his COVID-19 vaccination status and dashing his dream of a record 21st Grand Slam. In a few dry…

SC reschedules 2020/21 Bar Examination to February 4 and 6

Tetch Torres-Tupas - Reporter / @T2TupasINQ 01/14/2022

MANILA, Philippines — The Supreme Court (SC) has postponed the conduct of the 2020/21 Bar Examination on January 23 and 25 and rescheduled it to February 4 (Friday) and 6 (Sunday) because a number of examinees were…

12 Manila rescue volunteers spend New Year’s Day in ‘Odette’-hit Cebu

Christia Marie Ramos - Reporter / @CMRamosINQ 01/02/2022

MANILA, Philippines — Twelve volunteers from the Manila Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (MDRRMO) spent their New Year’s Day in Typhoon Odette-hit Cebu as they continue conducting clearing operations and providing affected residents with clean drinking…

Violence against women insults God, pope says in New Year’s speech

Reuters 01/01/2022

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis used his New Year’s message on Saturday to issue a clarion call for an end to violence against women, saying it was insulting to God. Francis, 85, celebrated a Mass in St.…

Anti-Terror Law constitutional except for two parts, says SC

Tetch Torres-Tupas - Reporter / @T2TupasINQ 12/09/2021

MANILA, Philippines—The Supreme Court declares as unconstitutional two portions of the feared Republic Act 11479 or the Anti-Terrorism Act. In an advisory issued by the Public Information Office (PIO), voting 12-3, the High Court strikes down for…

Italian tries to dodge Covid jab using fake arm

Agence France Presse 12/04/2021

ROME–An Italian man who wanted a coronavirus vaccine certificate without actually having the jab tried to play the system by presenting health workers with a fake arm, an official said Friday. Despite the realistic skin color, nobody…

DOH urges LGUs to conduct active COVID case finding after low testing output

Cathrine Gonzales - Reporter / @cgonzalesINQ 12/04/2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Health (DOH) has encouraged local government units (LGUs) anew to conduct active case finding for suspected COVID-19 patients after recording a decrease in testing output. According to Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario…

DOH: Booster doses for fully vaxxed adults to start on December

Cathrine Gonzales - Reporter / @cgonzalesINQ 12/02/2021

MANILA, Philippines — All fully vaccinated adults will be eligible to receive COVID-19 booster doses starting December 3, according to the Department of Health (DOH). “All fully vaccinated adults are eligible to receive COVID-19 booster shots starting…

First known US Omicron case found in fully vaccinated overseas traveler

Reuters 12/02/2021

WASHINGTON — The United States on Wednesday identified its first known case of Omicron, discovered in a fully vaccinated patient who traveled to South Africa, as scientists continue to study the risks the new COVID variant could pose.…

Gov’t fails to hit 9 million target in 3-day nat’l COVID-19 vax drive

Daphne Galvez - Reporter / @DYGalvezINQ 12/02/2021

MANILA, Philippines — The government fell short in achieving its goal of inoculating 9 million individuals during the three-day national COVID-19 vaccination drive from Nov. 29 to Dec. 1. Health Undersecretary Myrna Cabotaje on Thursday reported that…

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