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COVID-19 pandemic: Latest situation in the Philippines – November 2020

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COVID-19 pandemic: Latest situation in the Philippines – November 2020

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 should the public expect in terms of the economy and vaccine development?

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LATEST UPDATES

PH COVID-19 cases now at 427,797

COVID-19 cases in the Philippines are now at 427,797 after the Department of Health (DOH) reported additional 1,893 cases on Saturday, November 28.

There were also 79 new deaths recorded, bringing the coronavirus death toll to 8,333. Meanwhile, recoveries are up by 474, raising the total to 388,062.

Of the total cases, 31,402 are active.

Pauline Macaraeg

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Heftier penalties for quarantine violators in Cebu City

The Cebu City Council has approved heftier penalties for quarantine violators in Cebu City.

The amendment passed by the Cebu City Council increased the fine from P500 to P1,000 for first time violators, P2,000 for a second offense, while those who commit a violation 3 or more times face a fine of up to P5,000.

Community service hours – ranging from 4 to 12 hours – can be done in lieu of fines. The city increased penalties in response to the slight spike in cases in the city this November, which saw its daily new cases double from October.

Ryan Macasero

DOH encourages new doctors to stay in PH amid pandemic

The Department of Health congratulated the 3,538 passers of the November 2020 Physician Licensure Examination (PLE), saying the agency has standardized government salaries to be competitive for doctors who will work in the public sector.

Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said on Saturday, November 28, tha the government has a wide range of training programs the new doctors may be interested in so they may train in the Philippines instead of going abroad.

Hinihikayat natin sila na manatili dito, at tayo ay magsilbi sa ating bayan, at tulungan niyo ang gobyerno para magkaroon tayo ng mas maayos at robust na health system (We are encouraging them to stay here, serve our country, and help our government so we can have a better and more robust health system),” said Vergeire in a November 28 Laging Handa briefing.

On November 21, President Rodrigo Duterte lifted the deployment ban on nurses and other healthcare workers.

Michelle Abad

Thirdy Ravena tests positive for COVID-19

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Clinical trials for COVID-19 vaccines in PH may begin in December 2020

Clinical trials for COVID-19 vaccines in PH may begin in December 2020

The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) said on Friday, November 27, that clinical trials for COVID-19 vaccines in the country may begin this December.

In a virtual press briefing, DOST Director Jaime Montoya said that Chinese vaccine makers Clover Biopharmaceutical and Sinovac passed the review of the vaccine expert panel. They are now waiting to get the final approval from the Food and Drug Administration. 

Montoya said that if the review goes smoothly, clinical trials may begin by late December at the earliest to early January 2021.

The World Health Organization’s Solidarity Trial is also scheduled to begin in December.

Bonz Magsambol

PH coronavirus cases now at 425,918

The Philippines now has 425,918 confirmed COVID-19 cases after the Department of Health (DOH) reported 1,631 additional cases on Friday, November 27.

The DOH reported 46 new deaths due to the coronavirus disease, bringing the death toll to 8,255. Recoveries are up by 370, raising total recoveries to 387,616.

Of the total cases, 30,047 are active.

Bonz Magsambol

DOH bulletin: COVID-19 cases as of November 27, 2020

PH coronavirus cases near 425,000

The Philippines now has 424,297 confirmed COVID-19 cases after the Department of Health (DOH) reported 1,392 additional cases on Thursday, November 26.

The DOH reported 27 new deaths due to the coronavirus disease, bringing the death toll to 8,242 while recoveries are up by 328, raising total recoveries to 387,266.

Of the total cases, 28,789 are active.

Bonz Magsambol

DOH bulletin: COVID-19 cases as of November 26, 2020