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522 test positive for COVID-19 in ongoing mass testing of rail line personnel

(Eagle News) — Over 500 have so far tested positive in the ongoing mass testing of rail line employees, Department of Transportation data showed. According to the DOTr, as of 5 p.m. of April 6, 131 of the 860 MRT-3 personnel who underwent swab tests  tested positive for COVID-19. In the Philippine National Railways, 131 of the 1,013 personnel who were tested were found to have the virus. The remaining of the total 1,729 PNR […]

Immigration bureau: Foreigners traveling without their Filipino kin can’t enter PHL during travel ban

(Eagle News) — Foreigners can’t enter the Philippines without their Filipino kin during the travel ban. The Bureau of Immigration issued the clarification following reports some foreign nationals  were denied entry at the airports for attempting to come to the country without their Filipino spouse, children, or parent. According to Bureau Commissioner Jaime Morente, existing guidelines on international travel set by the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases do not allow […]

DOTr: Conversion of two COVID-19 quarantine facilities into treatment facilities to help decongest hospitals underway

(Eagle News) — The Department of Transportation and the Philippine Ports Authority have begun the conversion of two managed quarantine facilities into isolation facilities for the treatment of COVID-19 patients. In a statement, the DOTr said the conversion of the Eva Macapagal Super Terminal in Pier 15, Manila and the Port of Capinpin Quarantine Facility in Orion, Bataan was in response to the “urgent need of hospitals and other medical facilities, which are now full […]

Palace cancels Pres. Duterte’s “Talk to the Nation,” other activities as PSG reports 45 active COVID cases

Pres. Duterte “safe, in good health”; 45 PSG men who tested positive mostly assigned in Palace gates, says PSG chief   (Eagle News) – Malacanang cancelled the scheduled “Talk to the Nation” of President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday night, April 7, amid reports that at least 45 members of the Presidential Security Group (PSG) had tested positive for COVID-19. “The Palace confirms that President Rodrigo Roa Duterte will not have a Talk to the People […]

PHL FDA okays use of Sinovac vaccines for the elderly

FDA gives green light after PHL vaccine expert panel recommendation on Sinovac use for senior citizens, citing its safety and efficacy   (Eagle News) – The Philippines’ Food and Drug Administration approved on Wednesday, April 7, the use of Sinovac vaccines for the elderly. FDA Director-General Undersecretary Eric Domingo said that they approved the Sinovac vaccine with the brand name Coronavac for use in the elderly or those aged 60 and above after the recommendation […]

DOH reports 6,414 more COVID-19 cases; PHL total now at 819,164

  (Eagle News) — Philippine COVID-19 cases reached 819,164 on Wednesday, April 7, after the Department of Health reported 6,414 additional cases. According to DOH data, of the total cases, 158,701 were active. Of these, 97.5 percent were mild, 1.2 percent asymptomatic, 0.5 percent critical, 0.5 percent were severe, and 0.3 percent were moderate. Recoveries rose to 646,404, including the 163 additional ones. The COVID-19 death toll also rose, now at 14,059, with the addition […]

PHL files another diplomatic protest vs China

(Eagle News) — The Philippines is filing another diplomatic protest against China over the presence of Chinese fishing vessels and maritime assets in the vicinity of Julian Felipe Reef in the West Philippine Sea. Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. made the announcement in a Tweet on Wednesday, April 7, while sharing a Department of National Defense infographic quoting Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana’s response to the Chinese embassy’s justification of why the vessels were there. […]

146 more Filipinos abroad contract COVID-19

(Eagle News) — Over 100 more Filipinos abroad have tested positive for COVID-19. According to Department of Foreign Affairs recent data, the additional 146 cases pushed the COVID-19 cases among Filipinos abroad to 16569. “To date, the total number of countries and territories with confirmed cases among Filipinos abroad is now at 91, following new reports received from a country in Asia and the Pacific,” the DFA said. Nine more fatalities were reported, also pushing […]

Defense Sec. Lorenzana tests positive for COVID-19, undergoes isolation

Concerns arise as Lorenzana was in IATF meeting with Pres. Duterte just last week   (Eagle News) – Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said he had tested positive for COVID-19. Lorenzana, 72, in a statement, said that he received his test results on Tuesday, April 6, that showed he was positive for the virus, and would thus be “undergoing isolation” to avoid infecting other people. “The result of my RT-PCR test today, 06 April 2021, came […]

PHL gov’t moves to increase COVID-bed capacity to decongest overwhelmed hospitals

110-bed modular hospital in Quezon City opens; more set to open this week – Palace   (Eagle News) – The Philippine government moved to increase COVID-19 bed capacity in Metro Manila amid increasingly overwhelmed hospitals as virus cases continued its spike. On Tuesday, April 6, the 110-bed modular hospital at the Quezon Institute was opened. This will be for moderate to severe COVID-19 cases. Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Secretary Mark Villar said […]

DOH reports 9,373 additional COVID-19 cases

(Eagle News)–COVID-19 cases in the Philippines reached 812760 on Tuesday, April 6, after the Department of Health reported 9373 additional cases. According to DOH data, of the total cases, 152562 were active. Of these, 97.5 percent were mild, 1.1 percent asymptomatic, 0.5 percent were critical, 0.5 percent were severe, and 0.31 percent were moderate. Recoveries rose to 646381 including the 313 additional ones. Over 300, or 382, additional deaths pushed the death toll to 13817. […]

Former President Joseph Estrada on mechanical ventilation after pneumonia worsened, son says

(Eagle News) — Former President Joseph Estrada is now on mechanical ventilation after his pneumonia  worsened. This is according to his son, former Jinggoy Estrada, who gave the update in a Facebook post on Tuesday, April 6. According to the former senator, his father’s condition “suffered (the) setback” on Monday, April 5. “Because of this and the resulting increase in oxygen requirement, his doctors decided to place him on mechanical ventilation,” he said. “This was […]