Duterte tightens quarantine over NCR because of Delta variant

President Rodrigo R. Duterte on Friday approved the recommendation of his pandemic task force to enforce stricter quarantine rules in Manila, the capital, and nearby cities amid the threat of the more contagious coronavirus variant that is ravaging Southeast Asian countries, according to the presidential palace.   The National Capital Region (NCR) would be placed under a general […]

Briones: No need to panic

THERE has been a sense of urgency since the delta variant of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) arrived on Philippine shores. Blamed for the deaths of hundreds if not thousands in India and Indonesia, the Duterte administration has great reason to be alarmed. The World Health Organization (WHO) describes the delta variant as a variant […]

Editorial: Strategies

It may help if the public understands the strategy that our health care system is implementing amid new threats. The highly transmissible Delta variant, which swamped India’s health care system, has been detected in 16 additional cases, 11 of which were local ones. The local cases came from Northern Mindanao (six), National Capital Region (two), […]

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 […]

Editorial: ‘Play it safe’

Viruses and their ninja moves. There are 11 Sars-CoV-2 mutations that governments and public health experts in the world are closely monitoring, but most potentially disastrous is the Delta variant, first identified in India in December 2020. The same variant reportedly caused 10 percent the Covid-19 cases in the US, and is starting to hit […]

Editorial: Difficult dance

Something is amiss in the views concerning protocols for inbound overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) and returning overseas Filipinos (ROFs). It gets lost in the partisan brawl, driving the argument further away from science that inspired the guidelines. The context behind Resolution 114, issued on May 6, 2021, needs repeating. The Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) for […]

Editorial: Variant nomenclature

DEPARTMENT of Health (DOH) 7 spokesperson Dr. Mary Jean Loreche and other Cebu officials cried foul over the naming of the P.3 variant as the Central Visayas variant in a publication material with an infographic that carried the logos of the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) and the hashtags #workingPCOO and #LagingHandaPH, among others. “The […]

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 […]