Cabaero: Is travel ban enough?

This time, the government acted fast by imposing a travel ban on countries that reported cases of the new variant of the virus that causes the coronavirus disease (Covid-19). While necessary, the ban is not all that is expected of our government as parts of the world brace themselves for another deadly surge of Sar-CoV-2 […]

Mandaue EOC: 4th Delta recovered

THE Mandaue City Emergency Operations Center (EOC) said the reported fourth case of the Delta variant in the city may have already recovered. This after the Department of Health Central Visayas (DOH 7) announced on Monday, Aug. 30, 2021 that 24 locals and two returning overseas Filipinos (ROFs) were additional cases of the Delta variant […]

Libre: Fighting delta

WHEN we thought that they had beaten the Covid-19 virus, New Zealanders woke one morning to learn that the more contagious delta variant had come to threaten the normalcy in life for some time now. One reported community case of a 58-year-old man who became symptomatic on Aug. 14 was enough to trigger the New […]

EXPLAINER: Guv Gwen, Dr. Salvana tangle on which policy to blame, Capitol’s or IATF’s. Seven takeaways on verbal tussle. Columnist-doc says science is ‘as good as fingerprinting, do not lie’

AN AUGUST 10 column by Dr. Edsel Maurice Salvana in the Manila Bulletin lit the fire. Salvana, an epidemiologist and member of IATF’s panel of advisers, alleged in his newspaper column the surge of the Delta variant in Mindanao was due to the policy of Cebu Province for returning Filipinos from abroad. The following day, […]

Cebu reps want Salvana to retract statement

EIGHT legislators from Cebu Province have released a joint statement demanding a retraction from infectious disease specialist Dr. Edsel Salvana for his published statement blaming the recent surge in coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) cases in Cebu on the Provincial Government’s “less stringent protocols.” In a statement released on Aug. 16, Reps. Eduardo Gullas, Pablo John […]

Doctor ‘who blamed’ Cebu protocols for case surge: I have data to prove it

THE member of the Technical Advisory Group of the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases who blamed the recent surge in coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) cases here in Cebu on the Provincial Government’s “less stringent protocols” says he has full detailed data to back his claims. However, Dr. Edsel Salvana […]

Cabaero: Answer is Delta

What will make vaccine skeptics change their minds? Vaccination advocates have struggled with this question, but now we know that one of the answers is the Delta variant. The number of people going to vaccination centers to get inoculated against the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) has been growing since local transmission of the Delta variant was […]

2 patients in Cordova among Delta deaths

TWO patients in Cordova, Cebu were among the eight deaths from coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) caused by the Delta variant. The others were one each from San Nicolas, Ilocos Norte; Balanga, Bataan; Pandan, Antique; and Pandacan, Manila. Two other mortalities were returning overseas Filipinos (ROF). Five were male, 27 to 78 years old, Department of […]

Libre: Delta variant

I just had my second Covid-19 vaccination on July 29, 2021. While writing this piece, my right arm is a bit heavy, but I’m not really bothered knowing that I’ve done my share in making the world safer from the dreaded virus. Even with most countries rolling out the vaccine, still there are those who […]