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Why are coronavirus cases still increasing in the Philippines?

Jul 10, 2020 - 4:45 PM

The Department of Health continues to stress it is essential that people follow health protocols like wearing a face mask, frequently washing hands, and practicing physical distancing

VIRUS TRHEAT. A woman wears protective mask on a foot bridge while vehicles queue in traffic along EDSA highway in Makati City on Tuesday, June 2, 2020. Photo by Dante Diosina Jr/Rappler

DOH reminds hospitals: Refer mild COVID-19 cases to treatment centers

Jul 08, 2020 - 5:00 PM

Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire says hospitals should help facilitate transfers of mild coronavirus cases to treatment centers, not just refuse to admit them

MANAGING PATIENTS. Health workers prep test kits before testing suspected COVID-19 patients in Sta. Ana Hospital in Manila on April 17, 2020. File photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

11 Metro Manila hospitals report COVID-19 ICU beds now full

Jul 06, 2020 - 9:35 PM

The Department of Health orders hospitals to increase the number of beds dedicated to coronavirus patients following the growing number of cases

CASES RISE. A barangay worker disinfect the streets of Barangay 60 in Tondo, Manila after it was placed under hard lockdown due to increasing number of COVID19 cases as health workers conduct rapid testing and swab tests to residents on June 19,2020.  Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

As coronavirus cases rise, DOH reiterates: Stay home, follow health protocols

Jul 06, 2020 - 11:18 AM

While the nation tries to adjust to the virus, Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire stresses it is important the public continues to follow basics like frequent hand washing and wearing a mask

HEALTH PROTOCOLS. Traffic enforcers remind commuters along Commonwealth Avenue, QC to practice physical distancing, during the morning rush hour on Monday, June 22, 2020. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Record 2,434 new coronavirus cases in PH push total above 44,000

Jul 05, 2020 - 6:45 PM

The Department of Health also reports 7 more deaths and a record 489 additional recoveries on Sunday, July 5

PHYSICAL DISTANCING. Commuters waiting for buses observe physical distancing as they queue along EDSA in Quezon City on July 3, 2020. Photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

DOH to stop giving patients lopinavir, ritonavir following experts' advice

Jul 05, 2020 - 3:09 PM

The decision follows the World Health Organization's announcement it was stopping solidarity trials for the antiretroviral drugs after it failed to reduce mortality in COVID-19 patients

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PH coronavirus cases surpass 41,000

Jul 04, 2020 - 5:37 PM

1,494 new cases, the second highest tallied in a single day, send the country's total infections close to breaching 42,000

MASS TESTS. The Land Transportation Office in Quezon City on June 18, 2020, holds a rapid test of all of its employees. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

PH coronavirus cases breach 40,000 with record 1,531 new patients

Jul 03, 2020 - 5:36 PM

The Department of Health also reports a record 400 recoveries in a single day, as total confirmed cases reach 40,336, and the death toll rises to 1,280

SAFETY MEASURES. Jeepney drivers and operators place dividers and other physical distancing measures on their passenger jeepneys at a terminal in Bacoor, Cavite on Monday, June 29, despite the uncertainty of them returning to operation as presidential spokesman Harry Roque said that only "roadworthy" passenger jeepneys will be allowed. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Philippine coronavirus cases rise to 38,805

Jul 02, 2020 - 5:50 PM

The relatively low rise in new cases is due to a 'temporary' change in the Department of Health's reporting system supposedly intended to improve analysis of coronavirus numbers

RAPID TEST. The Quezon City Government puts up COVID-Rapid test booths at City Hall on , July 1, 2020, for its trace-isolate-treat strategy in combating COVID-19. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Expired Bayanihan Law stalls compensation for coronavirus-hit health workers

Jul 02, 2020 - 2:00 PM

Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire says the Department of Health is in talks with other agencies for possible alternative funding sources

HIGH RISK. Manila health workers sanitize and take off their personal protective equipment after they conduct community testing for COVID-19 at San Andres, Manila on May 1, 2020. File photo by Dante Diosina Jr/Rappler

2,326 repatriates test positive for coronavirus

Jul 01, 2020 - 9:25 PM

The Department of Health (DOH) does not answer how many locally stranded individuals are positive for the virus

TESTS FOR REPATRIATES. Returning residents under the Balik Probinsya Program are swabbed upon arrival in Leyte on May 21, 2020. Photo from the Leyte provincial government Facebook page


DOH says deployment of more doctors to Cebu City voluntary for now

Jun 30, 2020 - 6:15 PM

The Department of Health acknowledges the issues raised with its initial plan to deploy rural health physicians from other areas to Cebu City

FRONT LINE. Health workers in Sitio Zapatera, Barangay Luz, Cebu City prepare to transfer positive COVID-19 patients into an isolation area on April 21, 2020. File photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

DOH-Western Visayas suspends deployment of doctors to Cebu City

Jun 30, 2020 - 12:34 PM

'Deployment will be temporarily held in abeyance until issues and concerns are settled with all concerned physicians and other stakeholders,' says DOH-Western Visayas Director Marlyn Convocar

FRONTLINER. A healthcare worker at the Western Visayas Medical Center Sub-National Laboratory. Photo from Western Visayas Medical Center Sub-National Laboratory Facebook page

DOH sends more doctors to Cebu City, but rural physicians hit 'lack of consultation'

Jun 28, 2020 - 7:55 PM

Some physicians from the Doctors to the Barrios program say the Department of Health did not consult them about their redeployment to Cebu City, adding that this would jeopardize health in far-flung areas

BATTLING CORONAVIRUS. Health workers in Sitio Zapatera, Barangay Luz, Cebu City prepare to transfer positive COVID-19 patients into an isolation area on April 21, 2020. Photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

PH coronavirus cases jump to 35,455, death toll at 1,244

Jun 28, 2020 - 4:35 PM

The Department of Health reports 653 new cases, 8 more deaths, and 258 additional recoveries on Sunday, June 28

PHYSICAL DISTANCING. Passengers coming from nearby provinces queue outside the PITX in Paranaque City on June 23, 2020, to board buses that will transport them to any point in Metro Manila. Photo by KD Madriejos/Rappler

IN CHARTS: COVID-19 cases in the Philippines

Jun 22, 2020 - 7:10 PM

(5th UPDATE) The 2,434 total new cases reported on July 5 constitute the highest one-day spike so far. Among ASEAN countries, the Philippines, thus far, has the highest rate of active cases, and the lowest case recovery rate.

PH coronavirus cases climb past 30,000, death toll at 1,169

Jun 21, 2020 - 6:01 PM

The Department of Health reports 653 new cases, 19 additional deaths, and 243 more recoveries on Sunday, June 21

RAPID TESTING. The Land Transportation Office in Quezon City on June 18, 2020, holds a rapid testing for all of its employees. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

PH coronavirus cases breach 27,000

Jun 17, 2020 - 5:25 PM

The coronavirus death toll is now at 1,108

CORONAVIRUS. Workers wear Personal Protective Equipment inside the Manila Disaster Risk Reduction Building in Delpan, Tondo on June 2, 2020. Photo by Dante Diosina JR/Rappler


PH coronavirus cases reach 26,781

Jun 16, 2020 - 5:04 PM

(UPDATED) The Department of Health reports 364 new confirmed cases, 5 new deaths, and 301 more recoveries

PROTECTIVE WEAR. Workers in Barangay Panghulo, Malabon, make face masks and other personal protective equipment against the coronavirus on June 2, 2020. Photo by Czar Dancel/Rappler

PH coronavirus cases surpass 26,000

Jun 15, 2020 - 5:38 PM

The Department of Health reports 490 new cases, 10 more deaths, and 298 additional recoveries on Monday, June 15

RESTARTING ECONOMY. Passengers returning to work wait for augmentation buses along Commonwealth Avenue Quezon City on June 1, 2020, the first day of the general community quarantine in NCR. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

DOH: Recent spike in coronavirus deaths due to 'late reports'

Jun 14, 2020 - 4:05 PM

Only 4 of 22 coronavirus deaths reported on June 13 died within June, while the rest died in previous months, says the Department of Health

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES. In this file photo, DOH Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire gives updates on the status of the COVID-19 in the Philippines on February 17, 2020. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

PH coronavirus cases reach 24,787

Jun 12, 2020 - 5:44 PM

(UPDATED) The Department of Health reports 615 new cases of COVID-19, with the death toll now at 1,052, and total recoveries at 5,454

RAPID TEST. A government worker gets tested for the novel coronavirus in Sta. Rosa City, Laguna on May 21, 2020. Photo by Mary Grace dela Cerna/Rappler

UP experts flag gaps in DOH coronavirus data

Jun 12, 2020 - 8:00 AM

If left unresolved, the lack of accurate and accessible data can undermine efforts to contain the spread of the virus, say the experts, who now work closely with the health department

QUARANTINE MEASURES. Workers sanitize and disinfect seats and handrails before letting commuters in the coaches at the MRT3 Taft Station in Pasay City on June 1, 2020. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Task force orders StaySafe developer to give users' data to DOH

Jun 11, 2020 - 3:42 PM

IATF-EID warns it will revoke StaySafe's official status if the developer does not comply with new directives. Yet it was the task force itself that endorsed the app before it went through technical vetting.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte holds a meeting with members of the Inter-Agency Task Force on the Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) at the Matina Enclaves in Davao City on June 4, 2020. JOEY DALUMPINES/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

DOH explains spike in COVID-19 cases since easing of lockdown

Jun 09, 2020 - 7:08 PM

(UPDATED) Since the national government eased community quarantine in Metro Manila and other parts of the country, daily fresh cases have been higher than in the previous weeks

HIGHER DAILY CASES. Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire gives updates on the status of the novel coronavirus in the Philippines in this February 21, 2020. File photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Finally, more coronavirus-hit health workers receive gov't compensation

Jun 07, 2020 - 4:40 PM

The Department of Health says families of 25 out of 32 health workers who died due to the coronavirus received funds promised to them, while checks for 10 of the 42 health workers severely infected are ready

HIGH RISK. Workers wear personal protective equipment inside the Manila Disaster Risk Reduction Building in Delpan, Tondo on June 2, 2020.  Photo by Dante Diosina JR/Rappler

PH coronavirus cases now at 21,340, death toll nears 1,000

Jun 06, 2020 - 4:41 PM

The Department of Health reports 714 new cases as of 4 pm on Saturday, June 6

CORONAVIRUS. Health workers disinfect the the Novaliches District Hospital along Quirino Highway on May 26, 2020. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Duterte taps Davao City hospital chief as health undersecretary

Jun 05, 2020 - 10:10 PM

The President appoints doctor Leopoldo Vega into the Department of Health after threatening to fire officials over the delay in the compensation of health workers affected by COVID-19

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte is given a tour around Southern Philippines Medical Center Children's Cancer Institute (SPMC-CCI) in Davao City by SPMC Chief Leopoldo Vega on December 28, 2019. KARL NORMAN ALONZO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

First COVID-19 death compensation check delivered June 4 – DOH

Jun 05, 2020 - 5:35 PM

DOH says 10 more checks are to be delivered within Metro Manila, two are already sent to Davao, while the rest are already received by the department's regional offices

HEALTH WORKERS. Manila health workers sanitize and take off their (PPE) Personal Protective Equipment after they conduct community rapid testing for COVID-19 at San Andres, Manila on May 1, 2020. Photo by Dante Diosina Jr/Rappler

PH coronavirus cases rise to 20,626

Jun 05, 2020 - 4:47 PM

The Department of Health says that of the 244 new cases, 168 are 'fresh' cases while 76 are 'late' cases

MASS TESTING. Health workers continue COVID-19 swabbing during a mass testing at the SB Plaza in Novaliches in Quezon City on May 22, 2020. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

After backlash, Duque takes responsibility for health workers' compensation mess

Jun 05, 2020 - 4:37 PM

'While I expressed disappointment towards some members of my team, I acknowledge that this is still my responsibility as SOH,' Health Secretary Francisco Duque III says in a tweet

COMPENSATION MESS. Health Secretary Francisco Duque III takes responsibility over delayed health workers benefits. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

PH coronavirus cases surpass 20,000

Jun 04, 2020 - 5:22 PM

The government reports 634 more confirmed positive cases on Thursday, June 4, bringing the total to 20,382

An unusual number of rush hour commuters queue and observe physical distancing during the resumption of MRT operations on the first day of the General of Community Quarantine in NCR on June 1, 2020. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

DOH: Funds for minor programs realigned for COVID-19 response

Jun 04, 2020 - 2:56 PM

'We're only delaying the implementation of the minor programs and soft components of the programs so we could use the funds for COVID-19 response,' says Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES. DOH Assistant Secretary Maria Rosario Vergeire gives updates on the status of the novel coronavirus in the Philippines on February 17, 2020. File Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

PH coronavirus cases exceed 19,000

Jun 03, 2020 - 5:17 PM

The 751 confirmations on Wednesday raised the running tally of COVID-19 cases to 19,748

CORONAVIRUS IMPACT. Around 100 homeless people around Metro Manila are given free food and temporary shelter by the DSWD since the coronavirus lockdown. Photo by Dante Diosina Jr/Rappler


DOH: 'Fresh, late' case classifications to continue until backlogs cleared

Jun 02, 2020 - 5:10 PM

'This is a temporary way of reporting because we would want to be as transparent as possible to show the public the complete information,' says Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire

COVID-19 UPDATES. DOH Assistant Secretary Maria Rosario Vergeire gives updates on the status of the novel coronavirus in the Philippines on February 21, 2020. File photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

PH coronavirus cases near 19,000

Jun 02, 2020 - 4:49 PM

The Department of Health reports 359 more confirmed coronavirus cases, of which 176 are 'fresh' cases and 183 are 'late' cases from the testing backlog

WARNING. A barangay volunteer posts an advisory poster on how to avoid COVID-19 at the main entrance of Certeza Compound in Barangay Culiat, Quezon City on May 28, 2020. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

PH coronavirus cases now at 18,638

Jun 01, 2020 - 5:40 PM

There are 552 more coronavirus cases, 3 new deaths, and 70 new recoveries on Monday, June 1

CASES RISE. Disinfection at the mega swabbing tent at the Philippine Sports Stadium, Philippine Arena in Bulacan on Wednesday, May 20, 2020. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

‘Fresh’ or ‘late’ cases? DOH still validating 6,800 coronavirus tests

Jun 01, 2020 - 5:29 PM

The health department says the backlog comes from 14 laboratories that have yet to submit a list of all test results conducted since the beginning of their operations

TESTING BACKLOG. Police officers along with other front line workers undergo mass testing at he San Juan Elementary School on May 12, 2020. Photo by KD Madrilejos/Rappler

Coronavirus cases in PH rise to 18,086

May 31, 2020 - 9:07 PM

The Department of Health also reports 957 deaths and 3,909 recoveries as of Sunday, May 31

Health workers continue COVID-19 swabbing during a mass testing at the SB Plaza in Novaliches in Quezon City on May 22, 2020. Novaliches proper is one of the 34 Barangays under extreme enhanced community quarantine due to a number of coronavirus cases. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

PH coronavirus cases reach 17,224

May 30, 2020 - 9:04 PM

Bulk of the new cases – whether fresh or late – still come from Metro Manila which will ease into general community quarantine beginning Monday, June 1

TEST, TEST, TEST. A health worker waits for patients to be tested for COVID-19 at a swabbing center in Manila on May 28, 2020. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Data cleanup, backlogged cases cause delay in DOH's coronavirus updates

May 29, 2020 - 11:09 PM

The health department hires more data encoders to help catch up with the testing backlog. Its Central Visayas office stops providing daily updates.

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES. File photo of Department of Health Secretary Francisco Duque III holding a press conference on March 4, 2020. File photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

New record high: PH confirms 1,046 more coronavirus cases

May 29, 2020 - 9:52 PM

The Philippines has 16,634 coronavirus cases as of Friday, May 29

MASS TESTING. Health workers of Barangay Old Balara, Quezon City, swab the nose and mouth of suspected COVID-19 patients, using a test called polymerase chain reaction (PCR) at the newly airconditioned one-stop tent during a continuous mass testing for COVID-19 on May 13, 2020. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Number of health workers infected with coronavirus reaches 2,480

May 29, 2020 - 9:23 PM

The Department of Health reports 28 new coronavirus cases among health workers

HEALTH WORKERS. Medical Technologists hired by Philippine Coast Guard man their stations as Health Secretary Francisco Duque III inspects the new swabbing center at Palacio de Manila in Malate on May 5, 2020. Photo by KD Madrilejos/Rappler

Sanofi says ‘no favoritism’ when COVID-19 vaccines become available

May 29, 2020 - 7:29 PM

There are now 110 candidate vaccines for COVID-19, which the DOH is eyeing to be given primarily to 'vulnerable' sectors of the population

CLOSED. File photo of Mourenx site from Sanofi's official website

DOH aims for 'zero backlog' in COVID-19 testing

May 28, 2020 - 11:05 PM

'By tomorrow, we can start fresh with our laboratories,' Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire says on Thursday, May 28

TESTING. Health workers take a blood sample from a household who had contact to a suspected COVID-19 patient during a rapid diagnostic mass testing on April, 27, 2020. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Highest increase so far: PH reports 539 new coronavirus cases

May 28, 2020 - 4:24 PM

The highest rise in new cases comes as the government mulls relaxing quarantine measures in Metro Manila where over half of the new cases come from

Senator Manny Pacquiao and Chief Implementer of the COVID-19 response, Secretary Carlito Galvez, Jr. inspects the Mega Swabbing Tent at the Philippine Sports Stadium, Philippine Arena in Bulacan on Wednesday, May 20, 2020, Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

PH coronavirus cases breach 15,000

May 27, 2020 - 4:43 PM

The total death toll is 904

TESTING. Manila health workers sanitize and take off their (PPE) Personal Protective Equipment after they conduct community rapid testing for COVID-19 at San Andres, Manila on May 1, 2020. Photo by Dante Diosina Jr/Rappler


DOH allows continued hydroxychloroquine treatment if already started

May 27, 2020 - 3:03 PM

Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire says this should be under close monitoring of the patients' physicians, who will advise if the treatment has to be stopped

EXPERIMENTAL DRUG. An employee of a Syrian pharmaceutical factory shows pills of the hydroxychloroquine drug, used in Syria to prevent or cure COVID-19, on April 28,2020 in the government controlled central city of Homs. Photo by Louai Beshara / AFP


PH needs 94,000 contact tracers – DOH

May 26, 2020 - 8:07 PM

(UPDATED) To address the gaps, the Department of Health says the country is doing emergency hiring of contact tracers

FRONTLINERS. Health workers gather before starting to test suspected COVID-19 patients in Sta. Ana Hospital in Manila on April 17, 2020. Photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

PH healthcare workers who contracted COVID-19 now 2,420

May 26, 2020 - 6:10 PM

There have been no COVID-19 fatalities among health workers since May 10, says the Department of Health

SWAB TEST. Health workers take a swab sample from a policeman at the San Juan Elementary School on May 12, 2020. Photo by KD Madrilejos/Rappler