Pres. Duterte advises Filipinos to wear masks properly, wash hands often amid UK variant entry

  (Eagle News) — President Rodrigo Duterte appealed to all Filipinos to strictly follow minimum health protocols such as wearing of face masks, frequent hand washing and social distancing amid the entry of the highly infectious B.1.1.7 variant of the COVID-19 virus that was first detected in the United Kingdom. The 75-year old Philippine leader noted the rising COVID-19 cases in the country, which have now reached more than 500,000. If the situation worsens, the […]

PHL COVID-19 cases reach 516,166; recoveries climb to 475,423

(Eagle News) — COVID-19 cases in the country breached the 516,000 mark on Tuesday, Jan. 26, after the Department of Health reported 1,173 additional cases. The DOH said of the total 516,166 cases, 30,357 were active. Of these, 84.9 percent were mild, 8.4 percent asymptomatic, 3.8 percent critical, 2.5 percent severe, and 0.5 percent were moderate. The areas with the most COVID-19 cases reported today were Cebu City with 84, Davao City with 67, Cavite […]

Pres. Duterte says critics of gov’t vaccine program “muddling” issue with corruption claim

Dares those questioning vaccine deals to go talk to him   (Eagle News) — President Rodrigo Duterte hit critics of the government whom he said are muddling the government’s vaccine acquisition program with repeated claims of corruption. Duterte said he is also taking exception to politicians who claimed that they have prevented corruption from happening in the government transactions on the vaccine. “Again, to the Filipino people, ‘yung gustong maniwala doon sa mga opposition pati […]

President Duterte appoints CA Justice Lopez to Supreme Court

(Eagle News) — Court of Appeals Justice Jhosep Ylarde Lopez has been appointed to the Supreme Court. President Rodrigo Duterte signed his appointment on Jan. 25. Lopez replaced CA Associate Justice Priscilla Baltazar Padilla, who opted for early retirement. Padilla was appointed by President Duterte to the High Court in July last year. Before his stint at the CA, Lopez was chief Manila City prosecutor and served as Manila City councilor. He is a graduate […]

President Duterte urges children aged 10 to 14 to stay at home due to UK COVID-19 variant

(Eagle News) — President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday, Jan. 25, urged children aged 10 to 14 to stay at home with the UK COVID-19 variant already in the country. The President made the appeal days after Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque announced the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases decision to allow those aged 10 to 65 to leave their residences in modified general community quarantine areas. Roque had said local government […]

PHL COVID-19 cases reach 514,996; recoveries at 475,422

(Eagle News) — COVID-19 cases in the country breached the 514,000 mark on Monday, Jan. 25, after the Department of Health reported 1,581 additional cases. The DOH said of the total 514,996 cases, 29,282 or 5.7 percent were active. Of these, 84.3 percent were mild, 8.6 percent asymptomatic, 4.1 percent critical, 2.6 percent severe, and 0.51 percent moderate. The areas with the most COVID-19 cases reported today were Quezon City with 89, Cebu City with […]

DOH recommends lockdown extension in Bontoc as clustering of UK variant cases noted

At least 11 cases of B.1.17 variant came from 1 barangay in Bontoc   (Eagle News) – The Department of Health is recommending the lockdown extension in Bontoc for another two weeks as majority of the recent COVID-19 cases found positive for the UK variant came from the province. The DOH have monitored the clustering of cases in Bontoc province based on positive samples for the B.1.1.7 variant, or the highly infectious variant first detected […]

DOH: 38 close contacts of 13 patients with UK variant test positive for COVID-19

(Eagle News) — At least 38 close contacts of 13 patients who tested positive for the United Kingdom COVID-19 virus variant in the country have tested positive for COVID-19. Health Undersecretary Ma. Rosario Vergeire said of the 38, 34 were close contacts of the 12 UK variant patients in Bontoc, Mt. Province while four were close contacts of the patient in La Trinidad, Benguet. According to Vergeire, all in all, 144 were identified as close […]

PHL at 32nd spot for weeks among countries with COVID-19 cases, based on Johns Hopkins data

PHL is 2nd ASEAN country with most COVID-19 cases after Indonesia   (Eagle News) – The Philippines has dropped to no. 32 among countries with the most number of COVID-19 cases from 19th place four months ago. This was according to the virus dashboard of the Johns Hopkins University (JHU) on Monday, Jan. 25. The country has 513,619 COVID-19 cases and 10,242 deaths as of that date. Even the Philippine government has observed that the […]

DOH approves COVID-19 saliva tests as PHL Red Cross starts roll-out

Only PRC can do saliva tests for now   (Eagle News) – The Department of Health has approved the conduct of saliva testing for COVID-19 testing as the Philippine Red Cross rolls out its saliva testing today, Monday, Jan. 25. But the DOH said that only the PRC is authorized to conduct the saliva tests for COVID-19. Initially, the PRC has designated its Logistics and Multi-Purpose Center in Mandaluyong and its laboratory in Port Area […]

Immigration bureau: 510 foreigners nabbed last year for violating Philippine immigration laws

(Eagle News) — Over 500 foreigners were arrested last year for violating Philippine immigration laws, the Bureau of Immigration said. According to the bureau, the 510 foreigners arrested in enforcement operations conducted by agents from the intelligence division were significantly lower than the more than 2,000 foreigners apprehended by bureau agents in 2019. Bureau intelligence chief Fortunato Manahan Jr. said among those arrested were 332 Chinese nationals in Tarlac in December. He said they were […]

DFA: 3 more Filipinos from the Americas recover from COVID-19

(Eagle News) — Three more overseas Filipinos have recovered from COVID-19. The Department of Foreign Affairs said the additional recoveries pushed the COVID-19 recovery total among Filipinos abroad to 8820. The department said the three additional recoveries were based on a lone report from the Americas. No additional COVID-19 cases nor deaths were reported among overseas Filipinos. The COVID-19 tally and COVID-19 death toll among Filipinos abroad therefore remain at 13,779 and 945, respectively. Based […]