‘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...

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...