PH retains 50th spot in Bloomberg’s COVID resilience ranking

John Eric Mendoza 02/26/2022

MANILA, Philippines — Despite measures in place and ramped up vaccination programs, the Philippines’ status hardly changed in Bloomberg’s COVID-19 resilience ranking among nations amid the highly transmissible Omicron threat at the start of the year. The…

Norway lifts final Covid curbs on social distancing

Agence France Presse 02/12/2022

OSLO — Norway on Saturday lifted its final Covid restrictions, scrapping social distancing and masks in crowded spaces despite a surge in Omicron infections. “The metre is disappearing. We are taking away the recommendation on social distancing,”…

Fewer new cases, more recoveries of COVID-19 in Cebu City

Delta Dyrecka Letigio 02/08/2022

CEBU CITY, Philippines — There are now more recoveries of the COVID-19 than newly reported cases daily in Cebu City. The city has recorded only 75 new cases as compared to 605 recoveries on February 8, 2022.…

Kim Chiu shares sneak peek of her life as an “independent girl”

Micah Sophia C. Marcellones 01/28/2022

CEBU, Philippines — Actress-host Kim Chiu recently shared snippets from her life living as an “independent girl” on her YouTube vlog. The actress revealed that her sister evicted her from home, “Sabi niya ‘Bahala ka na, malaki…

Cebu City to prioritize typhoon rehabilitation over COVID threat

Delta Dyrecka Letigio 01/07/2022

CEBU CITY, Philippines — Cebu City will prioritize typhoon rehabilitation over the threat of the Omicron variant. This was the pronouncement of Mayor Michael Rama following his meeting with officials of the Cebu Provincial government, Mandaue City,…

No Omicron detected in Region 7 yet as samples sent for sequencing

Morexette Marie B. Erram 01/05/2022

CEBU CITY, Philippines – Health officials in Central Visayas urged the public to brace for the highly transmissible Omicron variant even if it has not yet been detected here.  An official from the Department of Health in…

EOC reminders for sites holding Misa De Gallo: Follow health protocols

Delta Dyrecka Letigio 12/11/2021

CEBU CITY, Philippines — The Cebu City Emergency Operations Center (EOC) is reminding all the sites outside the churches that plan to hold the Misa De Gallo to follow health protocols at all times. Councilor Joel Garganera,…

‘Highly unlikely’ existing vaccines will fail against Omicron—WHO

Agence France Presse - @inquirerdotnet 12/08/2021

  GENEVA — Omicron does not appear to cause more severe disease than previous Covid variants and is “highly unlikely” to fully dodge vaccine protections, a top WHO official told AFP Tuesday. Speaking to AFP, the World…

Omicron threat causes postponement of Ancajas-Ioka title fight in Japan

Glendale G. Rosal 12/04/2021

CEBU CITY, Philippines — The much-awaited New Year’s Eve world title unification showdown between Jerwin Ancajas and Kazuto Ioka in Japan was the latest casualty of the emerging Omicron variant of COVID-19 with the fight being postponed. …

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.…

Face shield policy to return once Omicron enters PH, higher alert levels imposed

Neil Arwin Mercado - Reporter / @NAMercadoINQ 11/29/2021

MANILA, Philippines — The mandatory face shield policy will be implemented again once the Omicron variant of COVID-19 enters the Philippines, and higher alert levels will be imposed in affected areas, Interior Secretary Eduardo Año said Monday.…

Babala ni Quiboloy sa mga bumabanat sa kanya: Makikita n’yo ang mas matindi pa sa Omicron virus

Ervin Santiago 11/29/2021

NAGBABALA ang religious leader na si Pastor Apollo Quiboloy ng Kingdom of Jesus Christ na may mas matindi pang COVID variant ang darating kapag ipinagpatuloy ang “pang-uusig” sa kanya. Ito ang bahagi ng pagdedepensa ni Quiboloy sa…

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