First case of monkeypox detected in PH

Neil Arwin Mercado - Reporter / @NAMercadoINQ 07/29/2022

Updated 2:05 p.m., 2:16 p.m. MANILA, Philippines — The first case of monkeypox has been detected in the Philippines, the Department of Health (DOH) reported Friday. DOH’s Dr. Beverly Ho said the case is a 31-year-old Filipino…

Unvaccinated triathletes will be barred from 70.3 Ironman race in Cebu

Futch Anthony Inso 06/23/2022

LAPU-LAPU CITY, Philippines — Unvaccinated athletes will not be allowed to participate in the upcoming 70.3 Ironman Triathlon on August 7, 2022. This was agreed upon during the first Coordination Meeting of the technical working group at…

Loreche appointed as next CCMC chief

Delta Dyrecka Letigio 06/22/2022

CEBU CITY, Philippines — Dr. Mary Jean Loreche has been appointed by Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama as the next Cebu City Medical Center (CCMC) head. The mayor said in a phone interview with reporters on June…

Public-private partnership against COVID-19

Guillermo M. Luz - @inquirerdotnet 05/19/2022

Over the last 25 months, a public-private partnership has quietly been working behind the scenes with the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) in the battle against COVID-19. Known as Task Force…

37 urban public schools in Cebu City to start limited F2F on May 30

Delta Dyrecka Letigio 05/17/2022

  CEBU CITY, Philippines — There will be 37 public schools in the urban barangays in Cebu City that will start limited face-to-face (F2F) classes on May 30, 2022. The Department of Education (DepEd) Cebu City said…

‘Protokills’

Ann Cuisia - @inquirerdotnet 04/04/2022

The outbreak of COVID-19 has created a global health crisis. Several strategies were implemented to combat and control its spread including wearing masks, hand hygiene, social distancing, and even the use of a reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction…

COVID-19 crushes dreams of some Bar examinees

Delta Dyrecka Letigio 02/03/2022

CEBU CITY, Philippines — Manuel (not his real name) is a fire arson investigator for the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) in a local government unit (LGU) in Cebu island and is supposed to take the Bar…

Chan welcomes IATF move to do away with mandatory quarantine to arriving passengers from ‘green’ countries

Futch Anthony Inso 10/16/2021

LAPU-LAPU CITY, Philippines — Lapu-Lapu City Mayor Junard “Ahong” Chan has welcomed the decision of the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-MEID) to no longer observe a mandatory quarantine to arriving passengers,…

RT-PCR , rapid antigen tests no longer needed for Cebu inbound travellers

Mae Fhel Gom-os 10/01/2021

CEBU CITY, Philippines — Starting Friday, October 1, 2021, all persons travelling to Cebu Province will no longer be required to present negative reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) nor the Rapid Antigen Test results upon entry. In…

Rapid testing

Michael L. Tan - @inquirerdotnet 09/29/2021

Two weeks ago I wrote about rapid antigen (lateral flow) tests that can detect if you have been infected with COVID-19 by testing for the protein fragments of the virus in saliva, or nose and throat swabs.…

COVID test costs: Windfall for the rich, plague for the poor

Kurt Dela Peña - Content Researcher Writer / @inquirerdotnet 09/06/2021

MANILA, Philippines—One of the surest ways for businesses to rake in profits is to have a captive market but as the Philippines and the rest of the world grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic, a huge portion of…

4 Cebu City workers found positive for COVID-19, stopped in Samboan port

Dyrecka Dyrecka Letigio 08/06/2021

CEBU CITY, Philippines — Four construction workers from Cebu City were prevented from boarding a boat in a wharf in Samboan town in southern Cebu after the Philippine Coast Guard found them positive for COVID-19.  Councilor Joel…

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