Vaccine experts’ decision for 2nd booster shot out soon

The recommendation of the Health Technology Assessment Council (HTAC) for the rollout of the second booster administration will be out soon, Vaccine Expert Panel chairperson Dr. Nina Gloriani said on Thursday. At the Laging Handa public briefing, Gloriani said the National Vaccination Operations Center (NVOC) is ready to fully implement the administration of second booster shots to eligible populations as soon as the HTAC officially issues its recommendation. Eligible for a second booster dose are those belonging to the vulnerable population such as healthcare workers, the elderly, and persons with…

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DOH-10 receives part of donated P10-M vaccine materials by LDSC

The Department of Health in Northern Mindanao (DOH-10) received Wednesday part of the PHP10 million worth of vaccine storage and cards donated by the Latter-Day Saints Charities (LDSC) nationwide. During a turnover ceremony, Dr. Jose Llacuna Jr., DOH-10 director, received four cold storage transport boxes and 30,000 vaccine cards for the region. Llacuna said the storage boxes are not for all Covid-19 vaccine brands, but they will be used in other immunization programs as stipulated in the deed of donation between DOH and LDSC. “There are two (Covid-19) vaccines that…

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Vaccine expert panel recommends booster shot for 12-17 years old

The country’s vaccine expert panel (VEP) has recommended the administration of the first booster dose for children ages 12 to 17 years old as face-to-face classes would start soon. “Actually, meron na rin kaming rekomendasyon nai-submit sa FDA [Food and Drug Administration] pero nasa HTAC [Health Technology Assessment Council] pa ulit ‘yung ating final decision and recommendation especially ‘yung for 12 to 17 (Actually, we have also submitted a recommendation to the FDA but the final decisions especially for the 12 to 17 [years old] is still with HTAC),” VEP…

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Medical certificate required for 2nd booster shot of A3 group

Immunocompromised persons or those belonging to the A3 population need to present a medical certificate allowing them to receive their coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) second booster shot, the vaccine expert panel (VEP) said Thursday. In a televised public briefing, VEP chairperson, Dr. Nina Gloriani, disclosed that the administration of second booster shot or fourth dose may start any time soon as the final recommendation of the Health Technology Assessment Council is now with the Office of the Health Secretary. “Actually, ready na po ‘yung ating NVOC [National Vaccination Operations Center],…

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Residents urged to be vigilant as strong quake hits DavOr anew

Although the two strong earthquakes that hit Davao Oriental this week did not cause a tsunami threat, Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) director Renato Solidum Jr. said the public must remain vigilant against strong earthquakes or tsunamis in the area. The magnitude 6.2 and magnitude 6.1 quakes this week were caused by movement along the Philippine Trench, Solidum told the Philippine News Agency in an interview on Thursday. “It (magnitude 6.1 quake early Thursday) had the same epicentral area as the (magnitude 6.2) quake last Tuesday. This supports…

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6 dead, at least 9 wounded in Sacramento shooting

Six people were killed and at least nine others were wounded in a shooting in downtown Sacramento, the capital city of the US state of California, local police said Sunday. “Officers located at least 15 shooting victims, including six who are deceased,” a spokesperson for the Sacramento Police Department said in a statement. The suspect opened fire outside a restaurant and fled the scene, the police said. The incident occurred at 2 a.m. (0900 GMT) when police officers were called for an active shooter in the area of 10th Street…

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Rebel couple’s death ‘huge setback’ for CPP-NPA in central Negros

The Philippine Army’s 94th Infantry Battalion (IB) considers the death of rebel-couple Elbert and Jessa Quillano a “huge setback” for the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army (CPP-NPA) operations in central Negros. Identified as the platoon leader and medical officer, respectively, of the NPA’s Sentro de Grabidad Platoon of Central Negros Front 2, the two died during a clash with soldiers in Barangay Buenavista, Himamaylan City, Negros Occidental on April 1. Lt. Col. Van Donald Almonte, commander of 94IB, urged the communist rebels to stop their recruitment activities and…

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MisOr cops nab ‘sabungeros’ for violating health protocols

At least 303 cockfighting aficionados in Barangay Mandangoa, Balingasag, Misamis Oriental were arrested for violating standard health protocols over the weekend. In an interview Monday, Lt. Theofratus Pia, Misamis Oriental Police Provincial Office’s (MORPPO) spokesperson, said the suspects violated an Inter-Agency Task Force’s (IATF) resolution prohibiting the activities that require physical placement of bets and exchanging of cash. Pia, however, said the same rule allows legally-sanctioned gambling activities such as cockfighting when it is done using technology-based platforms or in cashless transactions. He said the MORPPO, together with the Balingasag…

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Maintenance medicines for seniors now free in QC health centers

Elderly citizens in Quezon City won’t have to spend anymore for certain maintenance medicines starting Tuesday. The city government announced Monday that the Senior Citizens Maintenance Medicine Program will cover hypertension, diabetes, and high cholesterol. Health centers will make available for free and until supplies last losartan (50mg/tab) and amlodipine (5mg/tab) for hypertension; metformin (500mg/tab) for those with diabetes; and simvastatin (20mg/tab) for those high cholesterol. Senior citizens must register at https://quezoncity.gov.ph/covid-19-watch/hospitals-and-health-centers-directory/. They must also have their senior citizen identification and medical prescriptions when going to health centers. They will…

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Marcos vows to propel economy better than pre-pandemic level

Presidential candidate Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos recently vowed to lead the economy to a much-better position than where it was prior to the pandemic after he was elected in the scheduled May 9 elections. Marcos said his aim is to fast-track the government system “as soon as the new administration takes over and make it work to ensure immediate economic recovery.” “Lagi kong sinasabi na ang ambisyon ko ay dalhin ang Pilipinas hindi kung saan tayo nanggaling, yung kalagayan natin bago magkaroon ng pandemya, kundi pasikatin at lalo pang pasiglahin ang…

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NegOcc seeks de-escalation of more LGUs to Alert Level 1

The Negros Occidental provincial government is pushing for the inclusion of more local government units (LGUs) under Alert Level 1, the lowest category in the country’s coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) community quarantine system. Provincial Administrator Rayfrando Diaz II on Monday welcomed the Department of Health’s (DOH) approval of the province’s proposal to assign an alert level for each city and municipality. “We are happy we have five LGUs separately de-escalated to Alert Level 1. (We) hope by April 16, the others can also be included,” he told reporters. From April…

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Hunt on for killers of 4 family members in S. Kudarat

Amassive manhunt is underway against three suspects believed to be behind the killing of a family of four in the coastal Lebak municipality, police said Thursday. Joint military-police tracking teams are also coordinating with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) after reports indicated that those involved in Wednesday’s attack were MILF members, Maj. Joel Martinez, Lebak police chief, said. Martinez identified the victims as Jimmy Lapat Capiceño Sr., 59, his wife Aida, 58, and two of the couple’s young grandchildren, all of Barangay Datu Karon. Martinez said another grandchild was…

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Northern Samar town attains zero open defecation tag

The Department of Health (DOH) has recognized the town of Bobon, Northern Samar for achieving Zero Open Defecation (ZOD) status. The DOH announced on Thursday that the town met the criteria based on validation by a team from the regional office, local government units, and the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (Unicef). “This is to encourage more municipalities in the region to vie for this very noble and effective strategy to promote environmental sanitation and a healthy Eastern Visayas,” said DOH regional information officer Jelyn Lopez Malibago in a…

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Expiry date on vax cards ‘good strategy’ to push booster shot

Placing an expiration date on vaccination cards would be a “good strategy” to encourage the fully vaccinated to receive their booster shots, a health official said Thursday. National Vaccination Operations Center (NVOC) chief Myrna Cabotaje said the action would require “stricter checking” of the vaccination cards, which contain details about the shot received and the dates these were administered. “Yung ating mga nagche-check, kasi basta pinakita mo ‘yung vaccine card, hindi naman tinitignan kung sa iyo, hindi naman tinitignan kung (The checkers do not inspect if the vaccine card is…

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Booster shots protect diabetics from Covid-19, hospitalization

Persons with diabetes who received their booster shots are less likely to get hospitalized due to the coronavirus, a health expert said Thursday. In a televised public briefing, Philippine Society of Endocrinology Diabetes and Metabolism member Dr. Carol Montano said the number of patients with diabetes who were hospitalized because of Covid-19 had gone down, both locally and abroad, since the administration of booster shots started. Citing studies of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American Diabetes Association, Montano said booster shots provide extra layer of…

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Discussions underway to redefine ‘fully vaxxed’: NVOC

There is an ongoing discussion among experts and government officials if there is a need to redefine the term “fully vaccinated” with the inclusion of the booster shot requirement, National Vaccination Operations Center (NVOC) chairperson, Dr. Myna Cabotaje, said Thursday. Cabotaje noted that the term “fully vaccinated” applies to those who received the primary series of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) vaccines and is based on the earlier definition by the World Health Organization (WHO). “We are looking at the possibility of adding a booster dose. Baka pwedeng fully vaccinated, updated…

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Leyte quake damages 40 houses: DSWD

The magnitude 5.3 earthquake that struck Leyte on March 21 has damaged at least 40 houses in Burauen, Leyte, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) reported on Friday. In a statement, the DSWD regional office here said their office conducted a rapid assessment this week in some villages of Burauen, Leyte, the epicenter of the tremor. “Of the 40 houses, only one is tagged as totally destroyed. The local government also conducted an assessment. Our office is ready to extend assistance if needed,” the DSWD added. On March…

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Gov’t to hold special vax drives in BARMM, Cebu next week

The government will hold targeted national vaccination days in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) and Cebu province next week to ramp up the country’s inoculation coverage, a health official said Friday. In a Palace briefing, Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said the vaccination drive in Cebu will run from March 29 to 31 and in BARMM from March 30 to April 1. “Abangan po ng ating mga kababayan sa lugar na iyan, pupunta po ang ating deployed teams para matulungan ang regions na ito upang tumaas ang…

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Bacolod City to expand Covid-19 vax drive in villages

The Emergency Operations Center Task Force (EOC-TF) here is expanding its coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) vaccination campaign in the barangays and deploying additional personnel for mobile operations to reach more residents in the coming weeks. EOC-TF executive director Em Ang said on Friday they will no longer set up inoculation areas in shopping malls visited by a lesser number of people and will instead assign more vaccinators and other staff to the barangays. “We have decided to close (some mall) sites by the end of this month. Those that will…

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Fair weather, isolated rains continue to prevail across PH

Fair weather will be experienced in most parts of the country, with isolated rains likely in the afternoon and evening Friday, the weather bureau said. The intertropical convergence zone (ITCZ) affecting southern Mindanao will bring scattered rain showers and thunderstorms over Soccsksargen and Davao Region. “There is a slow chance to have a tropical cyclone until the end of March. However, a low pressure area (LPA) may possibly develop along the ITCZ, and this may affect Mindanao, Palawan, and the Visayas. Take precautions,” Benison Estareja of the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical…

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Covid-19 cases continue to dip since Omicron wave in January

The number of coronavirus cases in the country is on a steady decline since the Omicron wave last January, a health official said Friday. The number of infections in the recent week has gone down by 15 percent compared to last week, Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said in a Palace briefing. “Sa kasalukuyan, tinatayang 454 cases ang mayroon tayo kada araw, mas mababa ito ng kaunti kumpara noong nag-umpisa tayo nung nakaraang Disyembre na nasa 490 cases kada araw bago tayo tamaan ng Omicron (Currently, we have an average…

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PH logs 1K severe Covid-19 cases, 591 deaths in past week

The Department of Health (DOH) on Monday reported 4,131 new cases of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) for the recent week. In its latest case bulletin, the DOH noted that the figures cover the period of February 28 to March 6 with a daily average cases of 590 or 35 percent lower than the new infections reported prior to the week in review. For the same period, three were severe and critical cases which brought the total cases admitted in hospitals to 1,006. Only 19.6 percent or 704 out of…

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Iloilo City eyes downgrade to Alert Level 0

Iloilo City is eyeing a shift to Alert Level 0 but the Department of Health regional office in Western Visayas is still waiting for the national Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging and Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) to issue guidelines on how to go about with the declaration. Based on the growth in cases, average daily attack rate (ADAR), health care utilization rate (HCUR), and vaccination status, Western Visayas is on Alert Level 1, according to DOH Senior Program Health Officer John Richard Lapascua in a virtual presser on…

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Over 250 poultry in MisOr test negative for bird flu

Some 269 chickens and ducks from different farms in Misamis Oriental province have tested negative for the Avian Influenza virus (bird flu), the provincial veterinary office (ProVet) said on Monday. Dr. Benjamin Resma, the provincial veterinarian, said they began collecting blood samples from the poultry animals as a precautionary measure after the virus was reported in Pampanga last January. In Mindanao, he said bird flu had entered Tacurong City in Sultan Kudarat province last week. He said the ProVet collected 29 samples of chickens and ducks from Alubijid town, and…

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Eastern Visayas logs zero new Covid-19 cases

For the first time this year, Eastern Visayas has recorded zero new Covid-19 cases on Monday after weeks of decline, the Department of Health (DOH) regional office here said. No new confirmed case was detected among the 150 samples examined by three laboratories in the region based on the result released on Monday. The region also reported seven new recoveries. “This is our first time to record zero new Covid-19 cases this year. We had one day without a new case last year. We continue to call the public not…

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San Juan readies 19th batch of food packs for residents

The San Juan City government will start distributing the 19th wave of food packs for its residents on Thursday Claim stubs for the 45,000 packs will be distributed house-to-house to avoid crowding, according to a social media post of Mayor Francis Zamora. Based on its latest Covid-19 bulletin, five out of San Juan’s 21 villages account for the seven active Covid-19 cases — two each in Greenhills and West Crame and one each in Isabelita, Pedro Cruz, and Sta. Lucia. Of the 21,246 confirmed cases for the past two years,…

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Magnitude 6.4 quake jolts Occidental Mindoro

A magnitude 6.4 earthquake struck off the coast of Occidental Mindoro Monday morning, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) reported. The tectonic quake struck 110 kilometers northwest of the municipality of Lubang at 5:05 a.m. The earthquake was 28 kilometers deep. Intensity IV was felt in Lubang, Occidental Mindoro; Intensity III in Nasugbu, Batangas; Tagaytay City, Amadeo, Maragondon, Mendez, and Alfonso Cavite; Quezon City; Taguig City; Mandaluyong City; Makati City; Navotas City; Pasig City; Plaridel, Bulacan. Intensity II was reported in Talisay, Batangas; Palauig, San Felipe, and Castillejos,…

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DOH studying administration of 2nd booster shot

The Department of Health (DOH) is studying the administration of a second booster shot to fully vaccinated senior citizens and individuals with comorbidities, a health official said. Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire made this statement after the vaccine expert panel (VEP) recommended a second booster shot or fourth dose of Covid-19 jabs to the concerned priority groups. “The recommendation of a second booster dose for senior citizens and the moderate to severely immunocompromised individuals stems from the decrease in antibody titers seen in studies and their increased risk towards morbidities…

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Floods sweep away houses in Maguindanao

At least nine houses made of semi-concrete materials were washed away by flash floods and mudflows in the upland town of Upi in Maguindanao, an official said Wednesday. Upi Mayor Ramon Piang has ordered the town disaster office to provide temporary shelter for families affected by the floodwaters since Monday and Tuesday due to continuous heavy downpours. “We are now attending to the affected families,” he said in an interview by reporters. A resident, Saldy Sandig, said the mudslide occurred in Purok 3A, Barangay Nuro, Upi, Maguindanao at past 2…

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NegOcc receives additional 85K Pfizer, Sinovac jabs

The Negros Occidental provincial government received an additional 84,900 doses of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) jabs from the Department of Health (DOH) on Wednesday. The vaccines arrived as the province seeks to boost inoculation among its senior citizens and minors in the coming days. Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson said the province needs to prioritize vaccination among the elderly population since a large number of Negrense senior citizens are still unvaccinated. Earlier, Provincial Administrator Rayfrando Diaz II said Presidential Adviser for Covid-19 Response Vivencio Dizon assured the province of additional vaccine…

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Easing Covid-19 restrictions in Davao City, good sign

Some Dabawenyos on Wednesday welcomed the lifting of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) restrictions as a good sign to start and bounce back from the pandemic. In an interview, Ellen Estacaan, school information coordinator of San Roque Central Elementary School, said she is optimistic about the face-to-face (F2F) classes with the easing of the restrictions. “I am looking forward to an F2F class with my learners. And soon we can start our limited F2F classes to those learners whose parents are also willing to send their children back to school,” she…

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Zambo City residents warned vs. bad weather

The city government has advised residents, especially those in the coastal and low-lying areas, to be vigilant amid the prevailing bad weather condition in Mindanao. Mayor Maria Isabelle Climaco-Salazar said Wednesday the city is experiencing inclement weather due to the low pressure area (LPA) disturbance occurring in Mindanao and parts of the Visayas. “There may be floods and landslides due to continuous rain,” Salazar said. She has also alerted the Barangay Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, through the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office, to keep a close…

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4th ‘Bakunahan’ drive targets 1.8-M vaccinees

The government is aiming to vaccinate against the coronavirus 1.8 million individuals in the fourth “Bayanihan, Bakunahan” drive, a health official said. In a message to reporters Tuesday night, Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said the upcoming national vaccination drive (NVD) from March 10 to 12 is “contextualized” in consideration of areas with low vaccination rates and coverage. “Further, individuals due for second doses, the remaining senior citizen population (A2), as well as adolescents are among those set to be prioritized in the upcoming NVD4,” she said. She added that…

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Negros NPA leader, comrade killed in clash with gov’t troops

A Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army (CPP-NPA) leader and his comrade were killed in an encounter with troops of the Philippine Army’s 62nd Infantry Battalion (IB) in Barangay Amin, Isabela, Negros Occidental early Wednesday morning. The 62IB identified one of the fatalities as Virgilio Marco “Bedam” Tamban, commanding officer of Sandatahang Yunit Pampropaganda (SYP) Platoon Lenovo, tagged by the military as a “notorious hitman”, while the other one has yet to be identified. One of their comrades, still unnamed, was captured with two cal.45 pistols and a hand…

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Floods, landslides displace 300 SoCot town residents

At least 300 individuals were temporarily displaced after flash floods hit parts of the municipality of Lake Sebu and the near environs in South Cotabato the past two days. In an interview on Wednesday, Rolly Aquino, officer-in-charge of the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO), said the evacuees were from the villages of Takunel and Poblacion, and two other sub-villages submerged by floodwaters following hours of moderate to heavy rains. A low pressure area affected parts of Mindanao and the Visayas on Monday and Tuesday. “The internally displaced…

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Central Luzon LGUs asked to ramp up vax efforts vs. Covid-19

Local government units in Central Luzon are called to ramp up their Covid-19 vaccination drive and address vaccine hesitancy in some areas. Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Eduardo Año on Wednesday said although the region has vaccinated 70 percent of its target population, more has to be done. As of March 7, data from the Department of Health-Central Luzon Center for Health Development show that there are 7,670,282 fully vaccinated residents in the region which is equivalent to 75.46 percent of the total 80 percent target…

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4th nat’l vax drive: DOH targets 80K residents in E. Visayas

The Department of Health (DOH) is eyeing to administer coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) vaccines to 80,000 individuals in Eastern Visayas during the fourth round of three-day National Vaccination Days from March 10 to 12. Department of Health Eastern Visayas regional director Exuperia Sabalberino said in a statement on Wednesday the vaccination drive will target those individuals with due second doses, missed second doses, remaining senior citizens, remaining adolescent population, and booster doses in the health and economic sector. The 80,000 target is the region’s contribution to the 1.8 million nationwide…

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Floods affect over 2K families in Davao City

Over 2,000 families have been affected while no casualties have so far been reported from floods caused by bad weather on Monday night, the Davao City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (CDRRMO) through the City Information Office (CIO) reported Wednesday. “We are happy to note that we did not record casualties. We call the Dabawenyos to remain on high alert for possible flooding incidents,” CDRRMO head Alfredo Baloran said in an advisory. However, he reported that a landslide occurred and affected a two-lane road at Sitio Malapangi, Barangay Malabog,…

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7 Luzon provinces ‘very low risk’ for Covid-19: OCTA

The OCTA Research Group on Wednesday said several provinces in Calabarzon and Central Luzon are now classified as very low risk for the coronavirus. Citing the latest data from the Department of Health, OCTA Research Group Fellow Guido David said the growth rates in new Covid-19 cases in the provinces of Aurora, Bulacan, Laguna, Pampanga, Quezon, Rizal and Zambales range from –20 percent to –58 percent while their reproduction number or number of individuals case can infect is between 0.14 and 0.20. Aurora’s healthcare utilization rate (HCUR) is 0 percent;…

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Drop in Covid-19 numbers due to protocols, high vax rate: Duque

The country’s lower coronavirus figures could be attributed to Filipinos’ adherence to the minimum public health standards and the high vaccination rate, Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said. In his presentation to President Rodrigo Duterte Monday night, Duque reported a 31 percent decrease in the daily average cases for the week of March 1 to 7 at 899 infections compared to the previous week – February 22 to 28 – at 1,306 infections. “One differentiator compared to many of these countries, I should like to believe, is our very good…

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Iloilo City explores ‘options’ amid AstraZeneca vax surplus

The legal office of the city government here is looking for possible solutions following a surplus of supply of AstraZeneca vaccines due to late delivery. “We might be going by way of legal remedy. We do not want to already expose what remedies we are planning to do but we are already studying all the other legal remedies available,” said Iloilo City Mayor Jerry P. Treñas in a press conference on Monday. The city legal office is already studying what to file and if there is a legal basis, the…

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4th nat’l vax drive targets over 34K seniors in Antique

The Integrated Provincial Health Office (IPHO) is targeting to vaccinate 34,719 senior citizens from this province during the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) national vaccination set on March 10 to 12. “We encourage the seniors to avail of the Covid-19 vaccination on March 10 to 12 so that they would be protected and feel confident when they go out of their homes as they return back to their normal lives,” said IPHO information officer Irene Dulduco in an interview Tuesday. She said seniors are vulnerable to Covid-19 so there is a…

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Covid-19 active cases in Zambo City continue to drop

Active cases of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) here have been declining for the past 30 days, the city health office reported Tuesday. Dr. Dulce Amor Miravite, city health officer, said active cases dropped by as much as 1,885 from 1,961 on February 7 to only 76 cases as of March 7. Miravite said 74 or 97.36 percent of the active cases were acquired through community transmission; one authorized person outside residence; and one from a police precinct-level detainee. The current positivity rate of the city is 12.5 percent or…

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Targeted vaccination for elderly, minors eyed in Iloilo City

The city government here will be identifying barangays with a low vaccination rate to account for the number of unvaccinated senior citizens. This as the Iloilo City’s inoculation program will embark on a targeted vaccination to reach out to the elderly and pediatric age groups, Dr. Roland Jay Fortuna, Iloilo City focal person on Covid-19, said on Monday. Fortuna said that the vaccination of senior citizens or the A2 sector is now among the parameters for the escalation or the de-escalation of the alert level system. In addition to barangays,…

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PH logs over 1K Covid-19 recoveries

The Department of Health (DOH) on Friday reported 1,062 new recoveries and 853 additional cases of Covid-19. Its daily Covid-19 tally shows that 784 or 92 percent of the new cases occurred within the recent 14 days. During this period, it said 170 cases or 22 percent were detected in the National Capital Region (NCR), 128 or 16 percent in Region 4-A, and 94 or 12 percent in Region 7. To date, there are 50,230 active cases in the country—slightly lower than Thursday’s 50,458. The majority or 91.1 percent of…

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Region 7 nat’l vax days to target seniors

The “Bayanihan, Bakunahan” national vaccination days in Cebu will target about 160,000 senior citizens to transition to the new normal under the lowest alert level of quarantine restrictions against coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19). In this fourth leg of the national vaccination drive, the Central Visayas region has a total target of 222,063 doses to be administered. Dr. Mary Jean Loreche, Department of Health (DOH)-Region 7 chief pathologist, said in a presser Friday at the Visayas Vaccination Operations Center (VVOC) the elderly in Central Visayas is included in the target for…

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Zambo City marks 338 dengue cases with 9 deaths

The city health office on Friday reminded residents to practice the four “S” strategy against dengue, an acute viral infection that affects mostly children and infants, following a continuing increase in the number of cases here. Dr. Dulce Amor Miravite, city health officer, issued the reminder as dengue cases in the city reached the 338 mark with nine mortalities since January this year. The four “S” campaign stands for: Search and destroy mosquito-breeding sites; secure Self-protection measures like wearing long pants and long-sleeve shirts and daily use of mosquito repellent;…

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2 DI leaders killed in Lanao Sur battle

Two of the eight Dawlah Islamiya-Maute Group (DI-MG) terrorists killed in Lanao del Sur government offensive were sub-leaders, a top military official said Friday. Brig. Gen. Jose Maria Cuerpo II, Army’s 103rd Infantry Brigade commander, identified them as Abu Dimam and Abu Jihad, whose remains recovered in the vicinity of the fallen DI-MG lair in Barangay Ilalag, Maguing, Lanao del Sur. The lair of the Islamic State for Iraq and Syria (ISIS)-inspired DI-MG headed by Faharudin Hadji Satar alias Abu Zacariah fell into the hands of the government troops following…

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IOM donates electronic devices to MOH-BARMM for vax campaign

The health services of the Ministry of Health in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (MOH – BARMM) got the needed boost in its vaccination campaign after a United Nations agency donated equipment and facilities for the region. On Thursday morning, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) donated electronic devices and other information, educational, and communication (IEC) materials to the MOH in support of the region’s vaccination campaign. IOM Program Officer Matthew Bidder formally turned over to MOH Deputy Minister Dr. Zul Qarneyn Abas and Director-General Dr. Amirel Usman…

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Marcos to bat for Miriam’s pandemic preparedness bill

Against a backdrop of a waning pandemic and a bright prospect of a nation rising from challenges brought about by Covid19, presidential candidate Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos Jr. on Thursday said there is a need to revisit the pandemic preparedness bill that was filed by former senator Miriam Santiago. The move is to ensure “that the country will be ready to address any health issue of this magnitude that could threaten and disrupt public health system in the future.” Santiago, who ran for president with Marcos as her running-mate during the…

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