Philippines at high risk amid coronavirus surge

By Kyle Aristophere T. Atienza, Reporter THE PHILIPPINES is now at high-risk from the coronavirus after fresh surge in infections probably triggered by a more contagious Delta variant, health authorities said on Monday. “Nationally, our case classification is now high-risk,” Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario S. Vergeire told an online news briefing. The Philippines had an […]

Manila, other urban areas tagged as ‘high risk’   

RESIDENTS belonging to A1-A5 categories line up for their first dose of the Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine at the Caloocan Central Elementary School. — PHILIPPINE STAR/ MICHAEL VARCAS By Kyle Aristophere T. Atienza, Reporter  A GROUP of public health researchers on Wednesday flagged a “significant” increase in daily coronavirus infections Manila and Makati, neighboring cities within the capital region.     In its latest […]

PBA 46th season gets green light

An inter-agency task force against the coronavirus on Thursday allowed the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) to restart its 46th season, subject to compliance with health protocols.  The Games and Amusement Board would ensure players comply with health standards amid a coronavirus pandemic, presidential spokesperson Herminio L. Roque, Jr. told a televised news briefing on Friday.  The PBA’s 46th season was scheduled to open on July 16 in Pasig City. It […]

Peso weakens on further Delta variant cases

The peso weakened against the dollar Friday after the government confirmed the detection in the Philippines of more cases of the highly-infectious Delta variant of COVID-19.  The peso ended at P50.235 to the dollar, against its P50.22 close Thursday, according to the Bankers Association of the Philippines’ (BAP).  The peso opened at P50.20, hitting a low of P50.25. Its intraday best was P50.15.  Dollar volume was $841.6 million, down from Thursday’s tally of $1.41 billion.  Week-on-week, the peso weakened from its P50.08 […]

COVID-19 deaths top 23,000; two cities flagged

By Kyle Aristophere T. Atienza, Reporter THE HEALTH department on Wednesday flagged hospitals in two cities near the Philippine capital that are near their breaking point, as coronavirus deaths nationwide breached 23,000. The cities of Makati and Muntinlupa have been overwhelmed by COVID-19 infections despite falling healthcare use rate in the capital region, Health Undersecretary […]

Free-testing bill for jobseekers filed in Senate

A SENATE BILL is proposing to require free coronavirus testing for all jobseekers. Senator Juan Edgardo M. Angara filed Senate Bill No. 2291 which will require the government to pay for testing costs of those seeking employment. “Through this proposed measure, the government by covering the additional pre-employment cost (of) COVID-19 tests, promotes the safety […]