Pinoys from UK, 19 other nations must complete 14-day quarantine

MANILA, Jan 1 (Mabuhay)– Filipinos arriving from the United Kingdom and 19 other countries where a potentially more transmissible coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) variant was found must complete their 14-day quarantine at a government facility, notwithstanding a negative...

Over 700 Pinoy front-liners contract Covid-19 in UK

MANILA, Dec 31 (Mabuhay)– Over 700 Filipino front-liners in the United Kingdom have so far been infected with the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19), the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) reported on Wednesday. Based on the report of the Philippine Overseas Labor...

New SARS-COV-2 variant doesn’t make vaccines ineffective

MANILA, Dec 28 (Mabuhay)– It is early to tell whether the existence of the new variant of SARS-CoV-2 found in the United Kingdom will affect the development of vaccines against the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) and the immunity of those who have been inoculated in...

New COVID strain may cause holiday surge to worsen if it enters PH — expert

MANILA, Dec 23 (Mabuhay) — The more infectious new COVID-19 variant may worsen the Philippines’ holiday surge if it enters the country, an infectious disease expert said Wednesday. President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered the suspension of flights from the UK to the...

Gov’t urged to close borders to UK travelers due to new COVID-19 strain

MANILA, Dec 22 (Mabuhay) — A public health expert on Tuesday urged government to close its borders to the United Kingdom following the discovery of a new strain of COVID-19. The Philippines can implement border control for a week and wait for the World Health...

IATF to tackle new Covid-19 strain in UK in next meeting

MANILA, Dec 22 (Mabuhay) — The Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) will be discussing efforts to prevent the entry of a new strain of coronavirus emerging in the United Kingdom (UK), Malacañang said Monday. Presidential...

DOH: No new strain of virus causing COVID-19 in Philippines yet

MANILA, Dec 21 (Mabuhay) — The Department of Health (DOH) has yet to see a new strain of the virus that causes COVID-19 in the Philippines, Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said Monday. Vergeire was responding to a query on a new strain of the virus that causes...

Garin on vaccine mess: Wait for Ona’s side

MANILA (Mabuhay) -– Department of Health officer-in-charge Janette Garin on Tuesday assured the public that the controversy involving the questionable purchase of pneumonia vaccines will not affect the agency’s delivery of services. Garin said there have been delays in the...

Aquino: Ona’s fate hangs in the balance

MANILA (Mabuhay) – President Benigno Aquino III admitted on Monday that the fate of Health Secretary Enrique Ona depends on his answers to questions on the government’s health programs. Asked if Ona still has his trust and confidence, Aquino said: “[The answer] will come after...