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COVID-19 cases in the Philippines rise to 1,247,899

( – June 3, 2021 – 4:00pm MANILA, Philippines — Local health authorities on Thursday reported 7,217 additional coronavirus cases, bringing the total number of infections in the country to 1,247,899. What’s new today? The House of Representatives on Wednesday approved a measure further extending the validity of Bayanihan to Recover as One Act or Bayanihan 2 to…

Those who refuse to get vaccinated vs COVID-19 may be arrested, Duterte warns

The Mandaluyong City Medical Center Mega Vaccination Site. Photo taken on Monday, June 7, 2021. (File photo by NIÑO JESUS ORBETA / Philippine Daily Inquirer) MANILA, Philippines — People who refuse to get vaccinated against COVID-19 may be arrested, President Rodrigo Duterte warned during his taped weekly Monday night briefing. “They are hard-headed.  Don’t get…

Philippines reaches 5 million COVID-19 vaccine doses administered — official

( – May 30, 2021 – 11:14am MANILA, Philippines — Vaccine czar Carlito Galvez Jr. on Sunday said the Philippines has administered over five million doses of COVID-19 vaccine as May nears its end. Galvez touted over radio dzMM the said figure that came nearly three months since the much-needed inoculation efforts in the country…

Philippines sees 7,228 more COVID-19 cases

( – June 6, 2021 – 4:01pm MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Health on Sunday reported 7,228 new coronavirus cases, pushing the country’s total count to 1,269,478. Today’s development saw active cases up by 3,574 from June 5’s 55,790. DOH said three laboratories did not turn in screening results.  Active cases: 59,337 or 4.7%…

Philippines starts vaccinating economic frontliners vs COVID-19

Gaea Katreena Cabico ( – June 7, 2021 – 11:31am MANILA, Philippines — The Philippines finally started on Monday the vaccination of the working population, or economic frontliners, against COVID-19. About 35 million Filipinos belong to the fourth priority group, which is composed of workers in the government, private and informal sectors. Some 50 frontliners…

Philippines vaccinates 127,000 essential workers vs COVID-19

A medical worker transfers a COVID-19 vaccine dose into a syringe during an inoculation program inside the Makati Coliseum, which was converted turned into a vaccination site, on May 5, 2021. Basilio H. Sepe, ABS-CBN News MANILA – The Philippines has vaccinated 127,614 workers a week since the national government began inoculating Filipinos employed in…

Philippines ends May with 6,684 new COVID-19 cases

( – May 31, 2021 – 4:01pm MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Health on Monday reported 6,684 additional COVID-19 cases, closing the month with a total of 1,230,301. Today’s figures came ahead of the new quarantine classifications for June. Malacañang has said that President Rodrigo Duterte will make the announcement tonight in his weekly…

1M more Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine doses arrive in the Philippines

One million more doses of the Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine arrived in the Philippines on Monday, bringing the country’s total supply of the vaccine brand to 12 million doses. The one million doses arrived at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) around 7:30 a.m., according to a report of Mao dela Cruz on Dobol B TV.…

Philippines now a ‘low risk’ area for COVID-19 — DOH

Gaea Katreena Cabico ( – July 1, 2021 – 2:42pm MANILA, Philippines — The Philippines is now a “low-risk” area after the growth rate of the virus and the average daily attack rate declined, the Department of Health said Thursday. Dr. Alethea De Guzman, the officer in charge of the DOH Epidemiology Bureau, said the…

Philippines’ Duterte threatens to jail those who refuse COVID-19 vaccine

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte is threatening to jail any citizen who refuses to get a COVID-19 vaccine as the country grapples with low vaccination rates and one of the worst coronavirus outbreaks in Asia.“You choose,” he said during a televised address on Monday. “Vaccine, or I will have you jailed.”Duterte issued the threat amid reports…


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