Sotto backs re-deployment of police, military to enforce health rules

MANILA, Mar 10 (Mabuhay) –Senate President Vicente Sotto III on Tuesday backed the possible redeployment of police and military personnel to enforce minimum health standards in public places amid the rising cases of COVID-19 in the country. Sotto was reacting to the...

Palace rules out return to full lockdown amid rise in COVID-19 cases

MANILA, Mar 9 (Mabuhay) — The country does not need to go into full-scale lockdown even amid the surge of COVID-19 cases as this could be addressed in other ways, presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said on Monday. Roque cited that there are 60% to 75% available beds in...

Popular brand CopperMask ‘not good’ for COVID-19 prevention, reiterates DOH

MANILA, Mar 8 (Mabuhay) –Face masks with gaps such as that of the popular CopperMask appeared to be not as effective in protecting users against COVID-19, the Department of Health on Monday reiterated, as reported cases of the respiratory disease rose anew. “Tayo po sa DOH...

Philippines reports 3,045 new COVID-19 cases, highest count in 2021

MANILA, Mar 6 (Mabuhay) — The Department of Health (DOH) on Friday reported a record-high 3,045 new coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) infections, bringing the total to 587,704, as five laboratories failed to submit data on time. This is the highest reported daily case...

76.5 percent of Filipino nurses willing to take COVID-19 vaccine — group

MANILA, Feb 22 (Mabuhay) — Three out of four Filipino nurses are willing to be vaccinated against COVID-19, a survey bared Sunday, as the deadly disease continues to rage in the Philippines where nearly 15,000 healthcare workers have been infected. According to Filipino...

Senator wants COVID-19 vaccine priority list put into law

MANILA, Feb 15 (Mabuhay) — The Philippines should put into law guidelines for the prioritization of its COVID-19 vaccination program as a safeguard against politics, a lawmaker said. Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon on Sunday reiterated that the prioritization should...

Vaccine simulation done in under 3 hours — DOH exec

MANILA, Feb 11 (Mabuhay)– The government on Wednesday was able to deliver dummy COVID-19 vaccines from the airport to an inoculation facility in under three hours, cutting down delivery time from the previous four hours. “Mula sa four hours and 20 minutes na target...

No immediate easing of restrictions even after vaccine rollout

MANILA, Feb 11 (Mabuhay) — The national government will not be easing quarantine classifications immediately after it kicks off its Covid-19 vaccination drive, a Palace official said Wednesday. In an interview over PTV-4, Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles said that even if a...

IATF EXPANDS LIST OF FOREIGNERS ALLOWED TO ENTER PH

MANILA, Feb 5 (Mabuhay) — The Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) has expanded the list of foreigners who can enter the Philippines amid the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic. Foreigners who have visas issued as...

NO COVID-19 SPIKE IN NCR DUE TO HOLIDAYS, BLACK NAZARENE FEAST — OCTA

MANILA, Feb 4 (Mabuhay) — The trend of new COVID-19 cases in Metro Manila has leveled off, with the previous fear of a possible spike after the holidays and the Black Nazarene feast not materializing, according to the latest OCTA Research report. According to the team,...