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 […]

Logistical problems delay delivery of Sputnik V vaccines

THE ARRIVAL of about 15,000 doses of Russian-made Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine this week had been delayed due to logistical problems, according to the Presidential Palace. The shipment had been canceled because there were no direct flights from Russia, presidential spokesman Herminio “Harry” L. Roque, Jr. said in a statement on Wednesday, adding that the […]

Bacolod City logs 20% positivity rate as it ramps up COVID-19 testing

MEDICAL workers in Bacolod City take swab samples for coronavirus testing in this October 2020 photo. — BACOLOD CITY EOC BACOLOD City has been ramping up coronavirus testing operations, with focus on individuals and sectors at high risk of infection, and immediately isolating those who test positive. The “Emergency Operations Center (EOC) is maximizing its […]

Philippines records 401 coronavirus deaths, highest daily increase

MANILA – The Philippines’ health ministry on Friday reported 401 new coronavirus deaths, the highest single-day spike in fatalities since the start of the pandemic, and 12,225 additional infections. In a bulletin, the ministry said total confirmed cases had risen to 840,554, while confirmed deaths had reached 14,520. It said 213 cases previously tagged as […]

Duterte extends ECQ in Metro Manila, nearby provinces

Philippine President Rodrigo R. Duterte extended the stringent lockdown enforced in the country’s capital and nearby provinces until April 11, in an attempt to curb a renewed spike in coronavirus infections. The Health department on Saturday reported 12,576 new coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases, putting the healthcare system under a further strain. The implementation of […]

Manila bans foreign travelers amid fresh spike in infections

THE PHILIPPINES has banned foreign travelers and returning Filipinos who are not migrant workers, as it faces a fresh spike in coronavirus infections, according to the Presidential Palace. The National Task Force Against COVID-19 issued a memo on Tuesday ordering agencies to enforce the travel restrictions from Mar. 20 to Apr. 19, presidential spokesman Herminio […]

Eisai to Support Construction of Screening Framework for the Novel Coronavirus Infection in Kenya

TOKYO, Mar 4, 2021 – (JCN Newswire via – Eisai Co., Ltd. announced today that it has decided to assent to and support a project led by CA Medlynks Kenya, Ltd., a subsidiary of the healthcare startup company engaged in improving healthcare access in Africa, Connect Afya Co., Ltd., which aims to build a […]