VVOC: Infected vaxxed in Central Visayas young adults from working class

THE Visayas Vaccination Operations Center (VVOC) said the vaccinated young adults in Central Visayas who topped the figures for breakthrough infections were from the working class. VVOC spokesperson Dr. Mary Jean Loreche said of the 13,596 total breakthrough infections in the region, 8,209 or 60 percent belonged to the young adult category (18 to 35 […]

AMRO cuts Philippine growth outlook

The Philippine economy is expected to grow by 4.3% this year — slower than originally expected — due to recurring coronavirus infection surges in the region, according to the ASEAN+3 Macroeconomic Research Office (AMRO).  AMRO’s latest estimate published on Friday is weaker than the 6.9% forecast it gave in March, and is near the lower end of the government’s 4-5% full-year growth target.  The research […]

Vaxxed young adults have highest breakthrough infections in CV

VACCINATED young adults in Central Visayas topped the figures for breakthrough infections for Covid-19, the Visayas Vaccination Operations Center (VVOC) said. Of the 13,596 total breakthrough infections in the region, 8,209 or 60 percent belonged to the young adults (21 to 30 years old). VVOC spokesperson Dr. Mary Jean Loreche on Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2021, […]

Philippines says 17,000 more people infected

The Philippines reported 17,447 coronavirus infections on Friday — the second-highest daily tally since the pandemic started last year — amid a fresh surge spurred by a more contagious Delta variant, according to the Department of Health (DoH).  This brought the total to 1.91 million, while deaths rose to 32,841 after 113 more patients died, it said in a bulletin. Recoveries increased by 6,771 to 1.74 million, it added.  The percentage of people who tested positive for the virus had also risen […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Philippines detects Brazil, local COVID-19 variants as cases surge

MANILA – The Philippines on Saturday reported a spike in coronavirus infections and its first case of the highly contagious variant first identified in Brazil, while confirming nearly 100 infections of a new variant discovered locally. A Filipino returning from Brazil tested positive for the P.1 Brazil variant after 752 samples were sequenced at the […]