Philippines logs 8,122 new COVID-19 infections

Robie de Guzman   •   April 14, 2021   •   234

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippines on Wednesday recorded 8,122 new novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) infections, bringing the total tally to 892,880, the Department of Health (DOH) said.

In its bulletin, the DOH said the latest figure pushed the country’s total active cases to 173,047.

The agency, however, noted that the tally does not include data from 12 laboratories that failed to submit their reports on time.

It further explained that the low case count is due to the low testing output of laboratories on April 12.

The DOH also announced that the total recoveries rose to 704,386 after 501 more patients recovered from the viral respiratory disease.

The death toll climbed to 15,447 with 162 new fatalities.

DOJ, DILG crafting guidelines for Duterte order to detain people improperly wearing face masks

Robie de Guzman   •   May 6, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) are crafting guidelines for the latest order of President Rodrigo Duterte to detain those who are improperly wearing face masks in public, Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra said Thursday.

In a message to reporters, Guevarra said the guidelines will include details on the booking and detention processes, as well as the investigation and the filing of charges against those who will be apprehended.

The DOJ chief, however, stressed that Duterte’s order takes effect immediately even if the guidelines are still being formulated.

“The President’s directive takes effect immediately even without the guidelines. Existing laws and ordinances define the prohibited acts and impose the corresponding penalties therefore, and the relevant rules of court govern the procedure,” Guevarra said.

He also advised the public to wear face masks properly and to follow the law to avoid being detained.

“The best way to avoid being arrested while the guidelines are being formulated is to wear a face mask and obey the law,” he said.

On Wednesday, Duterte ordered the Philippine National Police to impose a stricter mask mandate to stem the spread of COVID-19 that mostly affected urban centers.

DOH studying possibility of mixing vaccine brands – FDA

Robie de Guzman   •   May 6, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Health (DOH) is currently looking into the possibility of mixing different brands of vaccines against novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said Thursday.

FDA director general Eric Domingo said the DOH is already drafting a set of guidelines that will allow a person to receive different brands of COVID-19 vaccines for first and second dose in case of severe allergic reaction and other adverse effects.

Aaralin po ngayon yan ng Department of Health, in fact, meron naman po talagang ongoing meetings ang Department of Health on that dahil meron po talagang instances na for example naturukan ka ng bakuna ng first dose tapos nagka-severe allergy ka so hindi ka na puwede sa second dose nun at kailangang isipin ngayon yung magiging alternative,” Domingo said during the Laging Handa briefing.

“Gumagawa na ng guidelines ngayon ang DOH kung paano ‘yung interchangeability or mixing ng vaccines in case the second dose cannot be given na identical doon sa first dose,” he added.

Domingo said this after President Rodrigo Duterte said he has requested China to recall the 1,000 doses of Sinopharm vaccines it donated following criticisms over his decision to receive a jab that has yet to secure an emergency use authorization from the FDA.

Duterte received his first dose of Sinopharm vaccine on Monday night.

Malacañang earlier said that the vaccine dose used on the president was covered by the compassionate special permit issued by the FDA for the Presidential Security Group.

PH logs 6,637 new COVID-19 infections

Robie de Guzman   •   May 6, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippines’ tally of novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) climbed to 1,080,172 on Thursday after the Department of Health (DOH) reported 6,637 additional infections.

In its 4 p.m. bulletin, the DOH said the latest figure pushed the country’s total active cases to 63,170.

Of this, 94.3 percent are mild, 1.9 percent are asymptomatic, 1.6 percent are severe and 1.2 percent are in critical condition.

The department noted that the low number of case count on Thursday was due to lower number of samples received by laboratories on Tuesday.

Ngayong 4 PM, Mayo 6, 2021, ang Department of Health ay nakapagtala ng 6,637 na karagdagang kaso ng COVID-19. Samantala…

Posted by Department of Health (Philippines) on Thursday, May 6, 2021

The DOH also reported an increase by 6,091 in the number of recoveries, bringing the total recovered patients to 999,011.

The death toll rose to 17,991 with 191 new fatalities.

The DOH also reported in its bulletin a positivity rate of 14.7 percent out of 44,997 tests.

It said the case count reflected in the bulletin was based on tests conducted on May 4.

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