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

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

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?

Metro Manila and other parts of the country have eased into the “new normal” starting March, owing to lower cases. Will this be sustained? How is the Department of Health addressing the evolving situation? What should the public expect in terms of the economy? What are the latest updates from the World Health Organization?

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: If health protocols followed, daily COVID-19 cases may drop to 70 by end-April

COVID-19 infections continue to drop in the country, and if the public will continue to comply with public health standards, daily cases are seen to drop to 70 by the end of April, the Department of Health (DOH) said on Tuesday, March 29.

Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said that this projection is based on the status quo, which means that the country will retain the current mobility patterns and keep complying with the minimum public health standards and vaccinations.

“Nationally, we will have daily cases of 70 to 268,” Vergeire said. However, if the public will not be compliant with health standards, daily infections may shoot up to 270. 

Bonz Magsambol

DOH bulletin: COVID-19 cases as of March 27, 2022

Rappler.com

Gov’t to hold special vaccination days in Davao, Cebu province, BARMM

The government is set to hold special vaccination days from March 29 to 31 in Davao region, Cebu province, and Cotabato City, and March 30 to April 1 in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, to boost the country’s COVID-19 vaccine coverage.

Read more.

Rappler.com

Philippines allows entry of fully vaccinated foreigners starting April 1

Malacañang says foreign travelers should present “acceptable proof of vaccination.”

Read more.

Bonz Magsambol

DOH bulletin: COVID-19 cases as of March 20, 2022

Rappler.com

Duque: PH likely to remain under Alert Level 1 until end of Duterte’s term

The health secretary says the government will focus on helping Alert Level 2 areas to be deescalated to Alert Level 1.

Read more.

Bonz Magsambol

Two years later, what’s changed with COVID-19 in the Philippines?

NEW NORMAL. An influx of commuters is seen at the LRT-1 in Manila as the IATF lowers COVID-19 quarantine restrictions to Alert Level 1, allowing 100% capacity in public transportations, on March 1, 2022.

Two years after the coronavirus pandemic shuttered the Philippines, most parts of the country have fully reopened, with the Duterte government pressed to usher in a “new normal” and jumpstart the road to recovery. 

Vaccinations are in full swing, students have started returning to schools, while restaurants, cinemas, and stores have opened for business. Millions of Filipinos likewise appear ready to move beyond the pandemic. 

But between then and now, over 57,000 Filipinos have died and more than 3.67 million more have gotten sick with COVID-19. Only 57% of all Filipinos have gotten fully vaccinated. 

Rappler reviews some of the major changes that have taken place locally, two years on. 

Read the full article here.

Sofia Tomacruz, Bonz Magsambol

Ending the pandemic: Vaccinating the elderly, masking up, and other strategies

A SENIOR CITIZEN gets her Jansen COVID-19 vaccine in Barangay Holy Spirit, Quezon City. Rappler file photo

Omicron is not the end of viral evolution and there is no guarantee that the next variant will not be even more transmissible than Omicron while simultaneously being more virulent than Delta.

Rather than merely wishing that the transition to the endemic state will be brought about by succeeding Omicron-like variants, we should undertake the difficult and unfinished public health actions that will make endemicity more likely. 

If we could only do one thing, the most effective way to end the pandemic would be to vaccinate the elderly. About 2.6 million elderly Filipinos are still unprotected from the virus.

Read the detailed recommendations by Dr. John Wong of the public health research firm EpiMetrics here.

Rappler.com

DOH bulletin: COVID-19 cases as of March 13, 2022

Rappler.com

Philippines grants emergency use of Sinovac vaccine for kids 6 and up

The Philippines’ Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted emergency use authorization (EUA) for the Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine for children aged 6 and above, providing another vaccine option for this age group in the country.

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Bonz Magsambol