COVID numbers may top past surges, says OCTA

HEALTH workers attended to coronavirus patients at the chapel of the Quezon City General Hospital on Aug. 2. — PHILIPPINE STAR/ MICHAEL VARCAS CORONAVIRUS infections in the Philippines would probably continue rising and top past surges due to the highly mutated Omicron variant, according to researchers from the country’s premier university. Metro Manila’s daily positivity […]

More hot money enters Philippines

By Luz Wendy T. Noble, Reporter  More foreign portfolio investments entered the Philippines than they left in November, amid improving economic conditions that boosted investor sentiment, according to the central bank.  So-called hot money posted a net inflow of $109.56 million last month, 52% lower than a year earlier, based on Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) data released on Friday. But it was a turnaround from […]

Philippines to allow entry of more foreign tourists amid decreasing cases

Fully vaccinated people from countries that do not require a visa will be allowed to enter the Philippines next month, the government said. The travelers from so-called non-visa-required countries should have stayed “exclusively” in an area tagged as low-risk from the coronavirus for two weeks, President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s spokesman Karlo Alexei B. Nograles said […]

100,000 Filipinos got additional shots versus coronavirus — DoH

More than 100,000 Filipinos have received additional shots against the coronavirus, according to Philippine health authorities. The country had injected 102,102 additional doses as of Nov. 24, Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario S. Vergeire told a virtual news briefing on Thursday. She said 69,971 health workers and 21,139 seniors have received booster shots. Almost 11,000 seriously […]

PHL starts COVID booster jabs for elderly, seriously ill

SENIOR citizens and those with serious illnesses in the Philippines started getting booster shots against coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) on Monday after the country has fully vaccinated nearly half of its target adult population. Secretary Carlito G. Galvez, Jr., the country’s vaccine czar, told a ceremonial injection of booster shots that the country’s supply of […]