highest number of COVID-19 cases

The World Health Organization pointed out that it was “not relevant” that the Philippines now accounted for the highest number of COVID-19 cases in the Western Pacific region as it emphasized that instead, the focus should be on ensuring that the health system in the country is not overloaded. While the Philippines currently has the most cases in the region, Dr. Takeshi Kasai, regional director of the WHO Western Pacific,

Rapid Antibody Test

There’s no need to ban the use of rapid antibody testing in the country, the Health Department said but cautioned against using this form of testing to screen people for potential coronavirus infection. Health organizations sounded the alarm about the use of rapid antibody testing, warning that tests could establish a false sense of security that may have led to the spread of the virus. But DOH Undersecretary Maria Rosario

“DOH Sees Potential to Raise Response to the Increasing cases of COVID-19”

The Department of Health (DOH) acknowledged that although reimposing a two-week lockdown on Metro Manila and four neighboring provinces would not be adequate to contain the spread of the new coronavirus, it would help the government buy time to recalibrate and improve its response to the pandemic. Health Under-Secretary Maria Rosario Vergeire stressed that Metro Manila, Cavite, Laguna, Bulacan, and Rizal’s 14-day updated enhanced community quarantine would serve only as

Philippines over COVID-19

The chief implementer of the national task force COVID-19 Article. Carlito Galvez Jr. admitted on Thursday that prior to the pandemic, the country could not prepare and invest in its health facilities. Galvez added that there are other variables that came into play which is why the situation of the country should not be contrasted with the COVID-19 response of other countries. They see that they were unable, as a


Philippine General Hospital (PGH) has attained COVID-19 capability in Manila but maintains it is not overloaded. Dr. Jonas del Rosario, the PGH spokesman, said Thursday that there are actually 172 COVID-19 patients at the facility, including 145 reported instances. The others are suspicious vectors of the latest COVID-19-causing coronavirus. He added that their bed condition is full on top of that. They even want to presume they have 172 now


The Department of Health (DOH) related the rise in COVID-19 cases to its expanded monitoring capability and inability by the public to follow the minimum safety requirements it imposed to monitor the dissemination of the emerging coronavirus that triggers the extreme respiratory disease. According to Maria Rosario Vergeire, Health Under-Secretary, the rise in the number of people reporting positive for SARS-CoV-2, the causative virus of COVID-19, was partially attributed to


CEBU CITY – As Cebu City now becomes a new hotspot for Covid-19 cases, the health facilities in the city are now near a critical level. Department of Health Spokesperson Usec. Maria Rosario Vergeire said that 61 of its 80 barangays reported new cases in the past two weeks and 50-80% of the hospital beds and mechanical ventilators are already being used. Vergeire revealed that the reason why the city was

Trillanes wants Robredo to lead COVID-19 task force

MANILA – Former Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV has urged Malacañang to appoint Vice President Leni Robredo as head of the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Disease (IATF-EID) if the government wants to successfully win its fight against the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Trillanes said that if Malacañang really wants to flatten the curve, then they should appoint Robredo as the IATF chairman. He believes Robredo can do

One of 215 people under investigation (PUIs) for a possible novel coronavirus (nCoV) infection died Thursday due to 'other causes,' according to the Department of Health on Friday.

One of 215 people under investigation (PUIs) for a possible novel coronavirus (nCoV) infection died Thursday due to ‘other causes,’ according to the Department of Health on Friday. The second PUI death confirmed yesterday was a case of pneumonia in a patient with underlying pulmonary disease, ‘DOH spokesman Undersecretary Eric Domingo told a press conference in Manila. No other details were disclosed. The first case of PUI death was an


On Thursday, the Department of Health (DOH) again pressed for a ban on firecrackers and pyrotechnic devices in the country, stressing that even legal items caused injuries during the recent holiday celebrations. He said that they would only be used in “well-controlled and well-organized” neighborhood firework displays. At least 164 reported cases of firecracker-related injuries were reported during recent revelries, according to the DOH. Most were reported in Metro Manila,