PRRD heeds front-liners’ call; reverts NCR, other areas to MECQ

MANILA, Aug 3 (Mabuhay) — President Rodrigo Duterte has reverted Metro Manila to modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) from Aug. 4 to 18 as coronavirus disease (Covid-19) cases in the country exceeded 100,000. In a late-night public address on Sunday, Duterte...

DOH eyes five hospitals for Sinovac vaccine trials

MANILA, Aug 31 (Mabuhay) — The Department of Health is eyeing five hospitals for the Phase 3 of the clinical trials of anti-COVID-19 vaccine manufactured by China-based Sinovac Biotech, Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said Monday. Vergeire said that these five...

Metro Manila should be placed under ECQ anew, Sotto and Lacson agree

MANILA, Aug 1 (Mabuhay) — Senate President Vicente Sotto III and Senator Panfilo Lacson both agree that Metro Manila should be placed again under the much stricter enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) as the cases of COVID-19 in the country continue to increase. The two...

DOH supports call of medical groups for proper quarantine enforcement

MANILA, Aug 1 (Mabuhay) — The Department of Health (DOH) on Saturday said it supports the appeal of medical frontline workers to ensure that community quarantine is properly enforced. This was after health frontline workers asked the government to revert to a stricter...

Doctor urges 2-week NCR ECQ as ‘breather’ for exhausted frontliners

MANILA, Aug 1 (Mabuhay) — The government should again place Metro Manila under an enhanced community quarantine (ECQ), even just for two weeks, to give health workers a time to recuperate from exhaustion due to the non-stop admission of COVID-19 patients in hospitals,...

Philippines logs 3,954 new COVID-19 cases, 38k recoveries

MANILA, July 31 (Mabuhay) — There are now 89,374 Filipinos infected with the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) after the Department of Health (DOH) reported a record-high 3,954 new cases on Thursday, 1,320 of which were “fresh” or newly validated and 2,634 were reported...

Gatchalian urges transparency in study of nuclear energy

MANILA, July 31 (Mabuhay) — Senator Sherwin Gatchalian on Thursday urged the inter-agency committee assigned to study the possible use of nuclear energy to proceed with utmost transparency to the public, saying that nuclear power is a ‘risky’ business. On Wednesday,...

20 million Filipinos to get free COVID-19 vaccine — Finance chief Dominguez

MANILA, July 31 (Mabuhay)– At least 20 million Filipinos will be provided with COVID-19 vaccine for free, Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III said. At a briefing in Malacañang Thursday night and aired Friday morning, Dominguez said the government is capable of financing...

Palace thanks China commitment for Covid-19 vaccine access

MANILA, July 31 (Mabuhay) — Malacañang on Thursday thanked China for its commitment to prioritize the Philippines’ request for immediate access to the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) vaccine it is developing. In a virtual press briefing, Presidential Spokesperson Harry...

Duterte places Cebu City, keeps NCR under GCQ

MANILA, July 31 (Mabuhay) — President Rodrigo Duterte has downgraded the quarantine classification in Cebu City to a less restrictive general community quarantine (GCQ) from a more stringent modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ). In a taped public address aired on...