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

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COVID-19 pandemic: Latest situation in the Philippines – May 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,” 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 bulletin: COVID-19 cases as of May 22, 2022

Rappler.com

Vaccine czar Galvez tests positive for COVID-19

Vaccine czar Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr. tested positive for COVID-19 on Sunday, May 22, and is now under isolation with his family.

In a statement, Galvez said he is experiencing mild symptoms but remains “in high spirits.” He urged people he came in contact with over the past week to have themselves tested.

“While I am under isolation, I will continue to monitor the country’s peace processes and vaccination efforts,” added Galvez, who is also the presidential peace adviser.

Rappler.com

COVID-19 Weekly Watch: Omicron subvariants come to PH. Frequent boosters next?

‘NEW NORMAL.’ All seats are taken in a train in Metro Manila on the first day of Alert Level 1.

Coronavirus cases continue to fall in the Philippines, with an average of some 160 new cases reported daily in the previous week. The Department of Health (DOH) says the country remains at “minimal risk” for COVID-19.

Roughly 62% of all Filipinos have been fully vaccinated. 

This week of May 22, 2022, we look at what another Omicron subvariant means for the Philippines’ pandemic response, booster updates, and how scientists assess potential futures for the virus.

Read the full outlook here.

Sofia Tomacruz
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Philippines expands 2nd COVID-19 booster rollout to seniors, health workers

Philippines expands 2nd COVID-19 booster rollout to seniors, health workers

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

Rappler.com
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LIST: Metro Manila, other areas to remain under Alert Level 1 until May 31

LIST: Metro Manila, other areas to remain under Alert Level 1 until May 31
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Philippines detects 14 cases of Omicron BA.2.12.1

Philippines detects 14 cases of Omicron BA.2.12.1

More places under Alert Level 1 until May 15

On Monday, May 2, the government’s coronavirus task force placed the following additional areas under Alert Level 1 starting Tuesday, May 3:

  • Nueva Vizcaya
  • Misamis Occidental
  • Talisay City, Cebu
  • Antipas, North Cotabato
  • Banga, North Cotabato

They form part of areas under Alert Level 1 until May 15. 

Sofia Tomacruz

Philippines planning to give Myanmar 5 million Sputnik V vaccines

The Philippines is considering donating to Myanmar five million doses of Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine that are close to expiry, a senior health official said on Monday, May 2.

The donation would be the first by the Philippines to another nation, after it scrambled for much of last year to procure vaccines for its 110 million population.

Health officials have said the Philippines now has ample supplies.

Authorities are seeking clearance to donate the Russian vaccines through the Myanmar Red Cross Society, health undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire told a regular news conference.

According its health ministry, less than half of the 53 million population have received two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine in Myanmar, a country in turmoil since the military seized power 15 months ago.

That compares to nearly 67.9 million people vaccinated in the Philippines, which has battled one of the worst COVID-19 crises in Asia.

Reuters

DOH bulletin: COVID-19 cases as of May 1, 2022

Rappler.com