Vaccine access for all

Guillermo M. Luz - @inquirerdotnet 08/21/2021

As we have experienced throughout this pandemic period, it’s been a constant rollercoaster ride of ups and downs. Just when we thought we were hitting our stride with vaccinations across the country, the Delta variant started to…

Alcoy closes beaches to non-residents

Dyrecka Letigio 08/20/2021

CEBU CITY, Philippines — The Municipality of Alcoy, in the southern part of Cebu, has closed off its famous beaches from non-residents to prevent a further rise in COVID-19 cases. In Executive Order (EO) No. 2021-034, Mayor…

Rama urges Labella to look into Carbon market deal, garbage problems

Dyrecka Letigio 08/19/2021

CEBU CITY, Philippines — Cebu City Vice Mayor Michael Rama has turned over the mayoral functions of the city back to Mayor Edgardo Labella on August 19, 2021. “I am happy that my dear friend and partner…

New Zealand thrown into lockdown over single suspected Delta case

08/17/2021

WELLINGTON — Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern put New Zealand under strict lockdown on Tuesday after the country’s first coronavirus case in six months was reported in the largest city of Auckland. Ardern’s “go hard, go early” strategy has helped…

Cebu lawmakers slam IATF advisor over column

Morexette Marie B. Erram 08/17/2021

CEBU CITY, Philippines – Lawmakers in Cebu slammed a member of the national government’s anti-COVID task force over his column recounting how they warned the province of threats of the more transmissible Delta variant. In a joint…

DOH detects first case of Lambda variant; reports 182 additional Delta cases

Zacarian Sarao 08/15/2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Health (DOH) announced the detection of the first case of the COVID-19 Lambda variant on Sunday, August 15, 2021, along with an additional 182 cases of the Delta variant. The DOH…

Dr. Salvaña: I am not blaming Cebu

Morexette Marie B. Erram 08/15/2021

CEBU CITY, Philippines – “I am not blaming Cebu.” This was the response of Dr. Edsel Salvaña to criticisms hurled against him by several local officials in Cebu, particularly Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia. In a post on his…

Garcia: National policy on not swabbing upon arrival ’caused’ rise of Delta variant

Dyrecka Letigio 08/14/2021

CEBU CITY, Philippines — Cebu Governor Garcia hit back at Doctor Edsel Salvana, an Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) adviser, who claimed that the surge of the Delta variant cases in Mindanao was due to the leniency of…

Mandaue to use automated texting for faster dissemination of vaccination schedules

Mary Rose Sagarino 08/13/2021

  MANDAUE CITY, Philippines- The Mandaue City Government is planning to have automated texting for faster messaging of vaccination schedules to registrants. As COVID-19 cases are continuously increasing and with the presence of the more transmissible Delta…

IATF member challenged: Show data, don’t blame Cebu on Delta variant

Morexette Marie B. Erram 08/11/2021

CEBU CITY, Philippines – A column linking Cebu’s swab-upon-arrival policy and the Delta variant, written by a member of the national government’s anti-COVID task force, did not sit well with local officials here. Cebu Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia…

11 localities in Cebu province back to MECQ

Morexette Marie B. Erram 08/10/2021

CEBU CITY, Philippines – At least 11 localities in Cebu province were reverted to Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (MECQ) to stem the increasing cases of COVID-19. Several mayors here announced on social media that starting Wednesday, August…

DOH: Gov’t discussing how to regulate sale of oxygen tanks

Catherine Gonzales 08/10/2021

MANILA, Philippines — The government is discussing how it can regulate the sale of oxygen tanks in preparation for the possible impact of the COVID-19 Delta variant in the country’s healthcare system, the Department of Health (DOH)…

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