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IATF approves use of automatic contact tracing via smart messaging system

Maris Federez   •   April 11, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) on Saturday (April 10) approved the recommendation of the National Economic and Development Authority to use automatic contact tracing through smart messaging...

NCR Plus, 3 other areas under MECQ until April 30 — Palace

Aileen Cerrudo   •   April 11, 2021

MANILA — The NCR Plus will be placed under modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) until the end of  April, according to Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque. Jr. In a press briefing...

Phl adds 11,681 new COVID-19 cases to active tally

Maris Federez   •   April 11, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Health (DOH) on Sunday (April 11) recorded 11,681 additional coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases in the Philippines. This brings the total number of active COVID-19...

Duterte still weighing pros and cons on quarantine classification of NCR+ area

Maris Federez   •   April 11, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte has yet to make up his mind on whether to extend or lift the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) status imposed on Metro Manila and...

PNP records 2 COVID-19 deaths, cases up by 215

Aileen Cerrudo   •   April 11, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—Two more personnel of the Philippine National Police (PNP) have died due to complications after testing positive for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) while cases among the PNP went up...

PNP-CIDG to assist FDA in going after unregulated distribution of ivermectin

Aileen Cerrudo   •   April 11, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine National Police-Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (PNP-CIDG) announced that it would assist the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in going after unregulated sale and distribution...

No need for ivermectin clinical trial in PH — DOST

Aileen Cerrudo   •   April 10, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—There is no need to conduct clinical trials in the Philippines for ivermectin, according to the Department of Science and Technology (DOST). The DOST’s  Philippine Council for Health Research...

COVID-19 vax did not cause stroke of vaccinee in Caloocan — DOH, FDA

Aileen Cerrudo   •   April 10, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—The Department of Health (DOH) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have clarified reports that a 54-year-old man from Caloocan City experienced a serious adverse event after his...

Duterte to deliver public address on April 12, Roque says

Aileen Cerrudo   •   April 10, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—President Rodrigo Duterte will deliver his public address on Monday (April 12), Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque Jr. confirmed. In a text message to reporters on Saturday (April 10), the...

Philippines logs 12,674 new COVID-19 infections

Robie de Guzman   •   April 10, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippines on Saturday recorded 12,674 new novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases, pushing the cumulative tally to 853,209, the Department of Health (DOH) said. In its latest...


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