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More than 3,500 patients have been recruited across 35 countries to take part in the trials
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'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
The 751 confirmations on Wednesday raised the running tally of COVID-19 cases to 19,748
'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
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
'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'
WHO's Director-General calls the threat of antimicrobial resistance 'one of the most urgent challenges of our time'
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'
There are 552 more coronavirus cases, 3 new deaths, and 70 new recoveries on Monday, June 1
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
The Department of Health also reports 957 deaths and 3,909 recoveries as of Sunday, May 31
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
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
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The US is the WHO's biggest financial contributor, having given $400 million to the UN agency in 2019
The health department hires more data encoders to help catch up with the testing backlog. Its Central Visayas office stops providing daily updates.
The Philippines has 16,634 coronavirus cases as of Friday, May 29
The Department of Health reports 28 new coronavirus cases among health workers
There are now 110 candidate vaccines for COVID-19, which the DOH is eyeing to be given primarily to 'vulnerable' sectors of the population
Only one measure suggests continued elevated risk from the pandemic: the number of confirmed cases
'By tomorrow, we can start fresh with our laboratories,' Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire says on Thursday, May 28
'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
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
With the Philippine health system overwhelmed by the ongoing pandemic, are there enough resources to cater to non-coronavirus concerns?
'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'
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
Seeing the yeast bloom, smelling vanilla, touching the fermenting dough brings me comfort
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
'But we are still collecting and reviewing more data to understand if animals and pets can spread [COVID-19],' the World Health Organization says
(UPDATED) To address the gaps, the Department of Health says the country is doing emergency hiring of contact tracers
There have been no COVID-19 fatalities among health workers since May 10, says the Department of Health
The Department of Health reports 350 new confirmed COVID-19 cases – the country's biggest single-day tally since April 6
This comes after the publication of a study that indicated that using the drug may increase the risk of death among COVID-19 patients
Studies, however, question the drug's safety and efficacy, including a recent study that finds the drugs actually increase the risk of death
(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
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
The Department of Health counts 284 new cases, 5 more deaths, and 74 more recoveries
The Department of Health also reports a total of 868 deaths and 3,249 recoveries as of Sunday, May 24
(UPDATED) Senator Franklin Drilon also slams the slow validation of positive results
There are 20 rooms for male prisoners and 20 rooms for female prisoners
The Department of Health reports 180 new confirmed COVID-19 cases and 6 more deaths
The virus spreads to every country in the continent, with the highest death tolls occurring in countries in northern Africa
An expert says prolonged heat exposure increases the vulnerability of farmers and fisherfolk to 'climate-sensitive' illnesses, such as heat stress and heat stroke
The Department of Health removes retired health workers from the tally, reducing the number of fatalities from 35 to 31
The Department of Health says there are 163 more people confirmed to have the coronavirus disease
Experts urge better coordination among reporting agencies at the national and local levels as accurate data builds public trust and aids in decision-making
'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
Health Secretary Francisco Duque III earlier defended the purchase, saying the US-made machines are compatible with those used by Philippine laboratories