DOH: 28,471 new COVID-19 cases in PH; active cases now 284,458

Cathrine Gonzales - Reporter 01/18/2022

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Health (DOH) confirmed on Tuesday 28,471 additional COVID-19 cases—a figure lower than Monday’s 37,070 cases but with fewer tests. With 34,892 recoveries, the total number of active cases slightly went down…

DTI, DOH set purchase cap for paracetamol and other medicines

Daphne Galvez 01/11/2022

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and the Department of Health (DOH) have set a purchase limit for paracetamol and other drugs amid reports of shortage of medicines along with the rise of…

DOH readying for ‘probable’ Alert Level 4 in NCR, says Duque

Catherine Gonzales 01/09/2022

MANILA, Philippines — There is a probability that Metro Manila will be placed under Alert Level 4 amid the rising number of COVID-19 cases, Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said Saturday. According to Duque, the healthcare utilization…

DOH studying use of antigen self-test kits

Christia Marie Ramos 01/05/2022

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Health (DOH) is studying whether to recommend the use of antigen self-test kits to detect COVID-19, Health Undersecretary Ma. Rosario Vergeire said Wednesday. “Pinagaaralan po ‘yan [We are studying that],” Vergeire…

Threat of rising COVID-19 infections sends Metro Manila back to Alert Level 3

Leila B. Salaverria, Tina G. Santos 01/01/2022

MANILA, Philippines — Malacañang announced that Metro Manila (also known as the National Capital Region)  would be placed under Alert Level 3 from Jan. 3 to 15 after the Department of Health (DOH) warned the public of…

Still risky to toot your way to 2022

Tina G. Santos 12/29/2021

MANILA, Philippines — “Torotot,’’ the toy trumpets or horns traditionally used as noisemakers to welcome the New Year, may turn out to be just as harmful as powerful firecrackers, with the coronavirus pandemic far from over and…

DOH detects Omicron variant in 2 travelers from Japan, Nigeria

Gabriel Pabico Lalu 12/15/2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Health (DOH) has confirmed having detected the COVID-19 Omicron variant in two travelers who recently arrived in the Philippines from Japan and Nigeria. A press release from the DOH on Wednesday…

South Africa traveler tests positive for different COVID-19 variant — DOH

Daniza Fernandez 12/12/2021

MANILA, Philippines — A traveler from South Africa has tested positive for the B.1.1.203 COVID-19 variant which the Department of Health (DOH) on Saturday said is “not a variant of concern or interest” adding that no traveler…

600K jabs in CV on National Vaxx Days

Delta Dyrecka Letigio 12/05/2021

CEBU CITY, Philippines — Health personnel in Central Visayas inoculated over 600,000 individuals during the three-day National Vaccination Days from November 29 to December 1, 2021. Data from the Visayas Vaccination Operations Center (VVOC) show that a…

Omicron variant threat real but not cause for panic – DOH

Leila B. Salaverria, Marlon Ramos 12/05/2021

MANILA, Philippines — Although the threat posed by the new COVID-19 variant is real, the Department of Health (DOH) urges the public not to panic and to remain vigilant against the virus by strictly observing proper health…

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…

Booster shots included in 3-day nat’l vaccination drive

Daniza Fernandez 11/28/2021

MANILA, Philippines — The administration of booster shots is included in the government’s three-day national vaccination day on November 29 to December 1, Department of Health (DOH) Director Dr. Beverly Ho said on Saturday. During the Laging…

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