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COVID-19 pandemic: Latest situation in the Philippines – October 2021

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COVID-19 pandemic: Latest situation in the Philippines – October 2021

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

How many people have tested positive for COVID-19 in the Philippines? How many have recovered, and how many have died? What is President Rodrigo Duterte doing about it?

What are the latest updates from the World Health Organization regarding the vaccines? How is the Department of Health addressing the variants? What should the public expect in terms of the economy, quarantine classifications, and the vaccine rollout?

Bookmark and refresh this page for the latest news updates, opinion articles, and analysis pieces about the COVID-19 pandemic in the Philippines.

LATEST UPDATES

DOH bulletin: COVID-19 cases as of October 28, 2021

Guevarra: IATF on same page on workers’ vaccination issue

Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra said that the government’s coronavirus task force, which includes Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III, are on the same page on the “non-compulsory nature of vaccination as an additional requirement for employment.”

Guevarra said he clarified this point during a recent Inter-Agency Task Force meeting where he “emphasized that the COVID-19 Vaccination Program Act of 2021 was clear on the non-compulsory nature of vaccination as an additional requirement for employment.”

“Unless amended or modified by Congress, it is the existing and applicable law,” he said, adding that while Bello was not at the meeting, the labor department was duly represented. “The DOLE duly noted our advice and stated that it will align its policy pronouncements accordingly.”

Guevarra made the clarification after Bello misinterpreted an IATF resolution lowering the restrictions in certain areas to Alert Level 3 as providing legal basis for employers to compel their workers to get vaccinated.

896,000 AstraZeneca vaccine doses from Japan arrive in PH

A shipment of 896,000 AstraZeneca vaccine doses from the Japanese government arrived in the Philippines on Thursday, October 28.

Japanese Ambassador to Manila Koshikawa Kazuhiko led the arrival ceremony and was joined by Secretary Carlito Galvez, Jr. in welcoming the delivery of the doses of Japan-manufactured AstraZeneca vaccine. The second batch to complete the 1.96-million doses pledged by Japan to the Philippines will arrive on October 30.

The Japanese embassy said in a statement that during the ceremony that Koshikawa “reaffirmed Japan’s readiness to complement the Philippines’ pandemic response measures and roll out initiatives that serve as added boost toward reaching its goal of herd immunity.”

Philippines logs 3,218 COVID-19 cases, lowest in 5 months

Active cases also dip to 50,152, the lowest since July 21.

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Bonz Magsambol

DOH bulletin: COVID-19 cases as of October 27, 2021

DOH bulletin: COVID-19 cases as of October 25, 2021

3rd day with over 5,000 new cases, as PH total breaches 2.75 million

The Philippines now has 2,756,923 confirmed COVID-19 cases after the Department of Health (DOH) reported 5,279 new cases on Sunday, October 24. This is the third straight day that over 5,000 new cases were tallied.

The DOH also reported 208 new deaths, bringing the death toll to 41,793. Meanwhile, recoveries were up by 7,312, raising total recoveries to 2,654,173.

Of the total cases, 60,957 or 2.2% are active.

Two laboratories failed to submit data to the DOH in time for Sunday’s bulletin.

Further study needed to use virgin coconut oil vs COVID-19 – DOST

The Department of Science and Technology said that further study is still needed for the Philippines to be able to use virgin coconut oil and herbal plants lagundi and tawa-tawa against COVID-19.

Read more here.

Aika Rey

Philippines’ COVID-19 cases now at 2,751,667

The Philippines now has 2,751,667 confirmed COVID-19 cases after the Department of Health (DOH) reported 5,807 new cases on Saturday, October 23. This is the second straight day the country recorded over 5,000 new cases

The DOH also reported 65 deaths on Saturday, bringing the death toll to 41,585. Meanwhile, the recoveries were up by 9,578, raising the total to 2,647,031.

Of the total cases, 63,051 or 2.3% are active. This is the lowest number of active cases since August 2, when it was at 62,615.

The DOH said all of the laboratories were operational on Thursday, October 21, but two failed to submit data on time. Based on the past two weeks, this laboratory accounts for 0.16% of all samples and 0.01% of positive cases.

Pauline Macaraeg

DOH bulletin: COVID-19 cases as of October 23, 2021