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WHO to resume hydroxychloroquine coronavirus trials

Jun 04, 2020 - 12:22 AM

More than 3,500 patients have been recruited across 35 countries to take part in the trials

TRIALS TO RESUME. In this file photo taken on May 20, 2020 pills of Hydroxychloroquine sit on a tray at Rock Canyon Pharmacy in Provo, Utah. File photo by George Frey/AFP

'Worst year ever': Managing your anger in 2020

Jun 03, 2020 - 7:30 PM

How can you not be furious? You clamor for change yet you're still to blame at the end of the day. Here's what you can do.

'Palusot ang IRR': Sotto urges DOH to fast-track compensation of health workers

Jun 03, 2020 - 6:31 PM

'While I understand that this pandemic is an unprecendented crisis, let it not be a reason for your failure to do what is expected of you as a secretary of health and the chairperson of the IATF,' Senate President Vicente Sotto III tells DOH Secretary Francisco Duque III

CORONAVIRUS. Healthcare workers cheer as they send off a COVID-19 survivor on May 28, 2020. Photo by Ben Nabong/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

[OPINION] Why are we still defining 'mass testing' when dengue's about to arrive?

Jun 02, 2020 - 12:58 PM

'As the government is still defining terms, trying to find the most appropriate alibi for their indecisiveness, the country is slowly drifting towards a more precarious situation, because another infectious visitor is about to return with the incoming wet season'

Pandemic antibiotics surge will cause more deaths – WHO

Jun 02, 2020 - 9:23 AM

WHO's Director-General calls the threat of antimicrobial resistance 'one of the most urgent challenges of our time'

WHO says it wants to keep working with U.S.

Jun 01, 2020 - 11:55 PM

WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus says US involvement with the organization has made a 'great difference' over the decades and 'it is WHO's wish for this collaboration to continue'

WORK WITH US. This handout image provided by the World Health Organization on May 16, 2020, shows WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus attending a virtual press conference on May 16, 2020 at the WHO headquarters in Geneva. AFP PHOTO/World Health Organization/Christopher Black

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

PhilHealth eyes libel over claim late payments forcing 300 hospitals to close

May 30, 2020 - 8:01 PM

Private Hospitals Association of the Philippines chief Rustico Jimenez is practically blackmailing PhilHealth into ‘paying out public funds without due diligence,’ says the government-owned corporation

How to get some sleep during a pandemic

May 30, 2020 - 6:53 PM

Here are some tips from an expert on how to fix our messed up body clocks

Trump cuts ties with WHO mid-pandemic, as Europe speeds reopening

May 30, 2020 - 10:46 AM

The US is the WHO's biggest financial contributor, having given $400 million to the UN agency in 2019

US President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference on the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, DC on April 27, 2020. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN / AFP)

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

[ANALYSIS] Where we stand in fight vs coronavirus: What DOH data tells us

May 29, 2020 - 9:33 AM

Only one measure suggests continued elevated risk from the pandemic: the number of confirmed cases

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

Do not cut health spending during downturn, WHO warns

May 28, 2020 - 10:42 PM

'We are concerned that countries will respond to this crisis in the same way they did to the recession 10 years ago...by cutting public spending on health,' says Hans Kluge, WHO regional director for Europe

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

[PODCAST] Making Space: Upholding reproductive health rights in a pandemic

May 28, 2020 - 2:45 PM

With the Philippine health system overwhelmed by the ongoing pandemic, are there enough resources to cater to non-coronavirus concerns?

[OPINION] We have a ton of time now – so why are we more anxious?

May 28, 2020 - 2:00 PM

'The fear of death itself is not what is crippling us during this time; it is the fear of not being who we truly are'

WHO launches new foundation for private donations

May 28, 2020 - 10:25 AM

The UN health agency launches the independently-run WHO Foundation, which the organization hopes will give it greater control to direct philanthropic and public donations

KITS. Officials check medical equipment and coronavirus testing kits provided by the World Health Organization at the al-Maktum International airport in Dubai on March 2, 2020. Photo by Karim Sahib/AFP

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


Detours from home: Baking to feel a little less lonely

May 27, 2020 - 4:38 PM

Seeing the yeast bloom, smelling vanilla, touching the fermenting dough brings me comfort

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


Dutch mink workers may be 1st known humans infected by animals – WHO

May 26, 2020 - 10:43 PM

'But we are still collecting and reviewing more data to understand if animals and pets can spread [COVID-19],' the World Health Organization says

MINK FARM. This general view shows barrier tape cordoning off buildings of a mink farm at Beek en Donk, eastern Netherlands on April 26, 2020, after tests showed that animals within had been infected with the new coronavirus. File photo by Rob Engelaar/ANP/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

PH coronavirus cases reach 14,669, with 886 deaths

May 26, 2020 - 4:38 PM

The Department of Health reports 350 new confirmed COVID-19 cases – the country's biggest single-day tally since April 6

BLOOD TEST. A health worker examines a blood sample with a rapid antibody test kit for COVID-19 at the City Hall of Sta. Rosa, Laguna on May 21, 2020. Photo by Mary Grace dela Cerna/Rappler

Following WHO advice, DOH suspends giving hydroxychloroquine to patients

May 26, 2020 - 1:19 PM

This comes after the publication of a study that indicated that using the drug may increase the risk of death among COVID-19 patients

TESTING. A nurse undergoes swabbing of specimen for COVID-19 n Mandaluyong City on April 16, 2020. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Brazil stands by hydroxychloroquine despite WHO suspension

May 26, 2020 - 10:07 AM

Studies, however, question the drug's safety and efficacy, including a recent study that finds the drugs actually increase the risk of death

PILLS. An employee of a pharmaceutical factory shows pills of the hydroxychloroquine drug. Photo by Louai Beshara/AFP

WHO stops hydroxychloroquine trials over safety concerns

May 26, 2020 - 12:43 AM

(UPDATED) WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus says the decision comes after the publication of a study in the Lancet indicating that using the drug on COVID-19 patients could increase their likelihood of dying

TRIALS SUSPENDED. Packets of a Nivaquine, tablets containing chloroquine, and Plaqueril, tablets containing hydroxychloroquine. File photo by Gerard Julien/AFP

Private hospitals’ group asks Duterte to replace Duque as health chief

May 25, 2020 - 8:22 PM

The Private Hospitals Association of the Philippines says PhilHealth, which is chaired by Francisco Duque III, has given hospitals the runaround when it comes to reimbursements

CALL FOR REPLACEMENT. File photo of Health Secretary Francisco Duque III. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

PH coronavirus cases climb to 14,319, deaths at 873

May 25, 2020 - 4:47 PM

The Department of Health counts 284 new cases, 5 more deaths, and 74 more recoveries

QUARANTINE. Vendors sells face masks in the Noveleta Public Market in Cavite on May 16, 2020.  Photo by Dennis Abrina/Rappler

Coronavirus cases in PH top 14,000

May 24, 2020 - 4:30 PM

The Department of Health also reports a total of 868 deaths and 3,249 recoveries as of Sunday, May 24

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

Opposition: Duque compromises govt campaign vs coronavirus

May 23, 2020 - 8:08 PM

(UPDATED) Senator Franklin Drilon also slams the slow validation of positive results

CALL VS DUQUE. Senate Minority Floor Leader Franklin Drilon says on Saturday he realized he should have joined the earlier Senate resolution to call for the resignation of Health Secretary Francisco Duque III. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler


LOOK: In Batangas, isolation facility for inmates is outside prison

May 23, 2020 - 7:26 PM

There are 20 rooms for male prisoners and 20 rooms for female prisoners

ISOLATION FACILITY. DOH-CALABARZON Regional Director Eduardo C. Janairo looks at an isolation secured with iron bars to house persons deprived of liberty (PDL) at the The Batangas Provincial Isolation Facility located at Brgy Malainin, Ibaan, Batangas. Photo from DOH Calabarzon Press Release


PH coronavirus cases now at 13,777

May 23, 2020 - 4:13 PM

The Department of Health reports 180 new confirmed COVID-19 cases and 6 more deaths

DISTANCING. Residents of Barangay Culiat in Quezon City, observe physical distancing as they line up for COVID-19 rapid tests on May 21, 2020, at the Vargas Lane Covered Court. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Africa coronavirus cases top 100,000

May 23, 2020 - 10:19 AM

The virus spreads to every country in the continent, with the highest death tolls occurring in countries in northern Africa

Health workers fill out documents before performing tests for COVID-19 coronavirus on other health workers at the screening and testing tents set up at the Charlotte Maxeke Hospital in Johannesburg, on April 15, 2020. (Photo by Michele Spatari / AFP)

Filipino farmers, fisherfolk most vulnerable to heat-related illnesses due to climate change

May 23, 2020 - 8:03 AM

An expert says prolonged heat exposure increases the vulnerability of farmers and fisherfolk to 'climate-sensitive' illnesses, such as heat stress and heat stroke

A DAY'S WORK. Fisherfolk dock a fishing boat along the shore of Barangay Paltic in Dingalan, Aurora. Photo by Kathleen Lei Limayo

PH health workers with coronavirus reach 2,336

May 22, 2020 - 6:26 PM

The Department of Health removes retired health workers from the tally, reducing the number of fatalities from 35 to 31

FRONTLINERS. A man with a disinfection spray walks outside the Mega Swabbing Tent at the Philippine Sports Stadium, Philippine Arena in Bulacan on May 20, 2020, Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

PH coronavirus cases now at 13,597

May 22, 2020 - 4:06 PM

The Department of Health says there are 163 more people confirmed to have the coronavirus disease

MEGA SWABBING TENT. 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 May 20, 2020. hoto by Darren Langit/Rappler

Minding the gaps: Why coronavirus counts by DOH, LGUs differ

May 22, 2020 - 3:00 PM

Experts urge better coordination among reporting agencies at the national and local levels as accurate data builds public trust and aids in decision-making

After backlash, PhilHealth lowers COVID-19 testing rate to P4,210

May 22, 2020 - 1:52 PM

'This is a victory for better governance and anti-corruption drive. Our triumph has proven that our collective voice is stronger than ever,' Senator Franklin Drilon says

Duterte wants probe into pricier testing equipment requested by DOH

May 22, 2020 - 1:01 PM

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III earlier defended the purchase, saying the US-made machines are compatible with those used by Philippine laboratories

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte reviews a document while holding a meeting with members of the Inter-Agency Task Force on the Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) at the Malago Clubhouse in Malacañang on May 4, 2020. TOTO LOZANO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO