OMICRON UPDATE: PHILIPPINES PREPS UP HEALTH SYSTEMS CAPACITY VS. OMICRON

DOH ready for possible Omicron variant wave MANILA – The country is ready for a possible Omicron variant wave which Department of Health (DOH) Undersecretary Leopoldo Vega said on Monday seems to be upon the Philippines as the Covid-19 infections continue to increase.“Well, it looks like the Omicron wave is upon us,” Vega,… Read More Continue reading OMICRON UPDATE: PHILIPPINES PREPS UP HEALTH SYSTEMS CAPACITY VS. OMICRON

Go urges Filipinos to stay united amid challenges

As Christmas fills the air, Senator Christopher “Bong” Go called on Filipinos to strengthen the bayanihan spirit and continue cooperating with the government while expressing compassion for their compatriots.In his Christmas message, Go assured the public that the country will soon recover from the challenges posed by the recent calamity and the pandemic through President Rodrigo Duterte’s leadership and the Filipino people’s continued cooperation. “Mahal kong mga kababayan, napakarami nating pinagdaanan ngayong taon (We have gone through so many challenges this year),” Go said. “Subalit, dahil sa ating patuloy na pagmamalasakit at pagbabayanihan, at sa maayos na pamumuno ni Pangulong Duterte, dahan-dahan na nating … Continue reading Go urges Filipinos to stay united amid challenges

WHO: MORE THAN 3.3M PEOPLE DIED FROM COVID-19 IN 2021  

More deaths than from HIV (human immunodeficiency virus), malaria and tuberculosis combined in 2020 5.35M TOTAL NUMBER OF COVID-19 DEATHS AS OF DECEMBER 20, 2021 GENEVA – More than 3.3 million people have lost their lives to Covid-19 this year – more deaths than from HIV (human immunodeficiency virus), malaria and tuberculosis combined in 2020, the head of the World Health Organization (WHO) said Monday. WHO Director-General Tedros Ghebreyesus said the novel coronavirus continues to claim around 50,000 lives worldwide every week, but he told journalists that “2022 should be the year we end the pandemic” with the tools the world … Continue reading WHO: MORE THAN 3.3M PEOPLE DIED FROM COVID-19 IN 2021  

DUTERTE WANTS BOOSTER SHOTS, FACE SHIELDS FOR ALL PINOYS VS. OMICRON VARIANT

‘Take advantage’ of booster shots, Duterte urges public MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday enjoined the public to “take advantage” of the country’s sufficient supply of vaccines against the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) and get their booster shots to … Continue reading DUTERTE WANTS BOOSTER SHOTS, FACE SHIELDS FOR ALL PINOYS VS. OMICRON VARIANT

ISKO MORENO COURTS DUTERTE SUPPORT FOR PRESIDENTIAL BID WITH PRAISE

Commends President’s response to Covid-19 pandemic President Rodrigo Duterte deserves credit for the success of the country’s coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) response. Despite their differences, Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko” Moreno Domagoso praised Duterte for steering the national government’s commendable vaccination drive. “Pangamba at takot sa impeksyon, pangamba at takot sa hanapbuhay, dahil dito, nagdulot ito ng konting pagkakalito (Apprehension and fear of the infection, worry and fear in employment. These caused a bit confusion) but life must go on. We give credit where credit is due,” he said in an interview during his tour of markets here on Friday. “Totoo naman kapuri-puri … Continue reading ISKO MORENO COURTS DUTERTE SUPPORT FOR PRESIDENTIAL BID WITH PRAISE

No Omicron case yet in Philippines

DOH: Individuals who arrived from three African countries under tight watch A health official on Friday said there are still no Omicron variant cases in the country. During an online media forum, Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire reported the government is performing intensive backtracing and re-testing of the individuals who arrived in the country from three African countries. “We are doing our biosurveillance regularly and we’re also doing backtracing, nagre-retrospective sampling din tayo (we’re also doing retrospective sampling,” she said. The government has strengthened its arrival protocols for countries not under the red list by extending the facility-based quarantine to five days for … Continue reading No Omicron case yet in Philippines

7.6-M VACCINATED IN NATIONAL VACCINATION DAYS

Bayanihan Bakunahan; campaign extended to Friday The government reiterated that it is no time to be complacent despite the improvements in the country’s vaccination and COVID-19 cases, as around 21 million individuals have yet to receive their first dose. As of 6:00 a.m. of Dec. 2, a total of 7,628,432 have been vaccinated in the three-day Bayanihan Bakunahan drive, including the 2,713,731 vaccinated on Nov. 29, 2,466,728 on Nov. 30, and 2,447,973 on Dec. 1. The National Vaccines Operation Center (NVOC) said 85% of these numbers are first doses, bringing the first dose recipient tally to 55.4 million nationwide. NVOC … Continue reading 7.6-M VACCINATED IN NATIONAL VACCINATION DAYS