Philippines won’t revive coronavirus restrictions

THE PHILIPPINE government is unlikely to revive restrictions despite a World Health Organization (WHO) decision to keep the highest alert for the coronavirus, a Health official said on Tuesday. “We abide by the global declaration of a public health emergency,” Health officer-in-charge Maria Rosario S. Vergeire told a news briefing. But the country doesn’t have […]

Philippines expects coronavirus spike during Christmas holidays

PHILIPPINE health authorities expect a spike in coronavirus infections during the holidays in the absence of restrictions. Daily infections could hit 1,114 to 2,294 by the end of December, while active cases could reach 18,000, the Department of Health (DoH) said on Tuesday. “With increased mobility, social gatherings and eased restrictions, we expect spikes to […]

CoA vows to audit Health department’s COVID vaccine purchases

THE COMMISSION on Audit’s (CoA) chairman, whose nomination was confirmed on Wednesday, vowed to audit coronavirus vaccine purchases of the Health department. The agency is not bound by confidentiality agreements signed by the Department of Health (DoH) and vaccine suppliers, national auditor Gamaliel A. Cordoba told lawmakers of the Commission on Appointments. “We will demand […]