‘Patient zero’ of new COVID-19 variant in PH now asymptomatic — QC mayor

MANILA, Jan 16 (Mabuhay) — After previously showing symptoms of pneumonia, the country’s first case of the new COVID-19 variant is now asymptomatic and is waiting for medical clearance, Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte said Saturday. In a public press briefing, Belmonte...

UAE, Hungary now included in PH travel ban

MANILA, Jan 16 (Mabuhay) — Travelers from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Hungary are temporarily barred from entering the Philippines to halt the spread of a more infectious variant of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19), Malacañang announced on Friday. The two...

PH extends travel ban to over 30 countries until end of January

MANILA, Jan 15 (Mabuhay) — The Philippines has extended the travel ban on countries with confirmed cases of B.1.1.7 SARS-CoV-2 variant, or the United Kingdom (UK) variant, until the end of January, Malacañang announced on Friday. To curb the spread of the new variant in the...

PH Red Cross holds pilot saliva Covid-19 testing

MANILA, Jan 13 (Mabuhay) — The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) on Tuesday launched its saliva RT-PCR pilot testing for Covid-19 in compliance with the requirements of the Department of Health (DOH). PRC chairman Senator Richard Gordon said if given the green light, the new...

Solon urges compassion for foreigners stranded due to pandemic

MANILA, Jan 12 (Mabuhay) — A lawmaker is calling on the government to be hospitable and compassionate with foreigners stranded in the Philippines due to travel restrictions brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic. Bohol Representative Alexie Tutor on Monday filed House...

China not on travel restriction list: Palace

MANILA, Jan 8 (Mabuhay) — China is not on the Philippines’ list of nations covered by a temporary travel ban to curb the spread of the new strain of coronavirus because international agencies have yet to confirm that it has indeed entered the East Asian country, Malacañang...

PH expands ban to Austria travelers over new COVID-19 variant

MANILA, Jan 9 (Mabuhay) — Foreign travelers from Austria are banned from entering the Philippines starting Jan. 10 until Jan. 15, Malacañang said Friday, after the new South African COVID-19 variant was detected in the European country. “Relative to the detection of a...

PH bans entry of foreigners from 6 more countries

MANILA, Jan 7 (Mabuhay) — The Philippines has added six more countries to the list of nations covered by temporary travel restrictions to prevent the spread of the new strain of coronavirus discovered in the United Kingdom, Malacañang announced on Wednesday night. “The...

Hong Kong: Traveler from Philippines had UK variant of COVID-19

MANILA, Jan 6 (Mabuhay) — A passenger from the Philippines has been identified by Hong Kong authorities as having tested positive for the UK variant of COVID-19. Dr. Chuang Shuk-kwan, head of the Communicable Disease Branch of Hong Kong’s Center for Health Protection,...

No presence of UK variant of new coronavirus yet in Philippines –DOH

MANILA, Jan 6 (Mabuhay) — The UK variant of the SARS-CoV-2 virus causing COVID-19 disease, identified as B.1.1.7, has not been detected in the country just yet, the Department of Health (DOH) said Wednesday. The DOH issued the statement after Hong Kong health authorities...