COVID-19 pandemic: Latest situation in the Philippines – February 2022

COVID-19 pandemic: Latest situation in the Philippines – February 2022


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, including the Omicron variant? What should the public expect in terms of the economy? What’s the status of the country’s vaccination rollout among the general public, children, and in the provinces? What about booster shots?

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Sandiganbayan resumes in-court hearings
ANTI-GRAFT COURT. The Sandiganbayan in Quezon City.

The anti-graft court Sandiganbayan will resume in-court hearings on  Wednesday, February 16, after these were suspended for six weeks due to the latest COVID-19 surge. 

Office and court hours will be from 8 am to 4:30 pm, according to the Administrative Order (AO) No. 017-2022 issued by Presiding Justice Amparo Cabotaje-Tang. 

Only 80% capacity will be allowed in the justices’ chambers and all Sandiganbayan offices. The rest of the workforce will continue working from home. 

Minimum health standards and physical distancing will be strictly observed, the AO said. 

DOH bulletin: COVID-19 cases as of February 15, 2022

Philippines recognizes vaccination cards of Malaysia, Ireland

The Philippines is now recognizing vaccination cards issued by the governments of Malaysia and Ireland.

The Interagency Task Force announced this in a resolution dated February 14.

For 1 week straight, PH COVID-19 cases dip below 5,000

Bonz Magsambol

For one week straight, daily COVID-19 cases in the Philippines dipped below 5,000 after the Department of Health (DOH) reported 2,730 new infections on Monday, February 14.

This brings the country’s total caseload to 3,639,942. Read more.

DOH bulletin: COVID-19 cases as of February 14, 2022

Metro Manila to stay on Alert Level 2 until February 28

Metro Manila will remain on Alert Level 2, the second lowest alert level for COVID-19, until February 28, Acting Presidential Spokesperson and Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles said on Monday, February 14. 

The government’s coronavirus task force also placed seven areas in the Visayas and Mindanao under Alert Level 3 from Wednesday, February 16, until the end of the month.

Details here.

3,050 new COVID-19 cases on February 13

The Philippines now has 3,637,280 confirmed COVID-19 cases after the Department of Health (DOH) reported 3,050 new cases on Sunday, February 13. It is the new lowest reported one-day tally of new cases in 2022 so far.

The DOH reported no new deaths due to the coronavirus disease. However, it noted that this is due to “technical issues in extracting data” from its COVIDKaya system. The death toll remains at 54,930.

Meanwhile, recoveries were up by 5,811, raising the total to 3,500,956.

Of the total cases, 81,394 or 2.2% are active.

DOH bulletin: COVID-19 cases as of February 12, 2022

Over 52,000 children aged 5 to 11 vaccinated in first week of rollout

Loreben Tuquero

A total of 52,262 children aged 5 to 11 have been vaccinated since the initial rollout began on Monday, February 7, Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said during a Laging Handa briefing on Saturday, February 12.

Of these, Vergeire said there were only four reported reactions, which were minor and were managed immediately. “Meron pong nagpantal, meron hong sumakit ang ulo, at ito naman po ay agad po nating namanage at nakauwi naman po ang ating mga kabataan,” Vergeire said.

She added that they will prioritize larger areas, including Central Visayas and the Davao Region, for next week. 

DOH bulletin: COVID-19 cases as of February 11, 2022