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DOH: Expect reported deaths, recoveries to increase as more LGU data come

Jul 13, 2020 - 3:56 PM

The Department of Health continues to urge the public to follow health standards, like mask wearing and physical distancing to prevent deaths from returning to the high numbers seen in March

CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK. Market goers seen at the Pritil Public Market on May 2, 2020, a day before the implementation of the 48 hours Hard Lockdown at District 1 Tondo, Manila. File photo by KD Madrilejos/Rappler

DOH clarifies home quarantine allowed, but stresses rules should be followed

Jul 13, 2020 - 12:20 PM

DOH Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire says while the government is not discouraging home quarantine, patients should transfer to temporary monitoring facilities if they cannot properly isolate themselves at home

TEMPORARY QUARANTINE CENTER. DPWH Secretary Mark Villar and DPWH Regional Director Ador Canlas inspect the first mobile quarantine facility at CCP Complex. Photo by DPWH

DOH misses daily COVID-19 update due to ‘significant volume of data’

Jul 13, 2020 - 1:57 AM

The DOH says it is 'seeing an increase in the number of reported cases, recoveries, and deaths in the country' based on its initial findings on the numbers for Sunday, July 12

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

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: COVID-19 labs have backlog of over 12,000 tests as cases rise

Jul 10, 2020 - 2:44 PM

The Department of Health also says limited testing supplies and expanded testing protocol contributed to the backlog

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[PODCAST] Ang Department of Health sa gitna ng pandemya

Jul 09, 2020 - 10:31 PM

Ano ang mga kontrobersiyang hinaharap ng Department of Health sa gitna ng coronavirus pandemic?

As COVID-19 numbers rise, DOH taps Alden Richards as 'BIDA champion'

Jul 08, 2020 - 10:50 PM

The Philippines' Health Department launches an information campaign to remind the public of safeguards against coronavirus transmission

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

How complete is DOH's coronavirus dataset?

Jul 07, 2020 - 3:20 PM

(UPDATED) Data points like location and dates help in efforts like contact tracing and data analysis, and serve as a guide for the government's virus responses

DOH to introduce 'new way' of reporting COVID-19 cases

Jul 07, 2020 - 11:32 AM

'By July 10, we would be introducing our new way of reporting cases where there would be no fresh and late cases anymore,' says Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire

NEW CASE REPORTING. 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

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

Citing old data, DOH mistakenly identifies emerging COVID-19 hot spots in Metro Manila

Jul 06, 2020 - 7:00 PM

(UPDATED) The Department of Health clarifies hours later that Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire was reading data from June. The cases in 3 of the cities initially identified have since 'significantly declined.'

HOTSPOT. Passengers wait for 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

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

Patients in need of remdesivir can get special FDA permits

Jul 01, 2020 - 9:49 PM

Currently, the Philippines only administers remdesivir to hospitalized patients with severe cases of coronavirus

ON TRIAL. One vial of the drug Remdesivir at the University Hospital Eppendorf (UKE) in Hamburg, northern Germany on April 8, 2020. Photo by Ulrich Perrey/AFP


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

Robredo rejects calls for Duque’s resignation in the middle of health crisis

Jun 25, 2020 - 12:18 PM

'I’m not in favor of parang ruffling everything in the midst of it all kasi baka lalong... maging sintunado lahat ng ginagawa natin,' says Vice President Leni Robredo

STILL TRUSTED. DOH Secretary Francisco Duque III (R) talks to President Rodrigo Duterte confers during a meeting with members of the Inter-Agency Task Force on the Emerging Infectious Diseases at the Matina Enclaves in Davao City on June 4, 2020. File photo by Robinson Nia Al Jr/Presidential Photo

DOH: Despite high single-day coronavirus case increases, most are 'mild'

Jun 24, 2020 - 6:42 PM

The health department says overall, the increases are 'gradual' and can still be accommodated by the current health system

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


Central Visayas' critical care capacity in 'warning zone,' says DOH

Jun 23, 2020 - 4:32 PM

(UPDATED) 'We need to monitor closely the critical care capacity in Region 7,' says the Department of Health

STRICTER QUARANTINE. Vehicles from Mandaue City encounter heavy traffic in a quarantine checkpoint as they enter Cebu City that is now under ECQ due to rise of COVID-19 cases until June 30, 2020. Photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

'Very low' chance of virus infection in air-conditioned vehicle if with mask, seated apart

Jun 23, 2020 - 3:07 PM

DOH Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire reiterates the importance of following health protocols to prevent the spread of the coronavirus in shared vehicles

'VERY LOW.' The Department of Health says there is a 'very low' risk of contracting COVID-19 in an air-conditioned vehicle. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

IN CHARTS: COVID-19 cases in the Philippines

Jun 22, 2020 - 7:10 PM

(6th UPDATE) The 2,539 total new cases reported on July 8 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

DOH clarifies Central Visayas still under GCQ

Jun 19, 2020 - 2:06 PM

The DOH says, Region VII, which includes the province of Cebu, 'is still under GCQ, except for Cebu City, which is under enhanced community quarantine; and Talisay City, which is under modified ECQ'

STRICTER QUARANTINE. Vehicles from Mandaue City encounter heavy traffic in a quarantine checkpoint as they enter Cebu City that is now under Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) due to rise of Covid19 cases until June 30, 2020. Photo by Gelo Litonjua/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


DOH: Dexamethasone 'not magic pill' for COVID-19

Jun 17, 2020 - 3:36 PM

While the potential effectiveness of the drug can be a breakthrough in science, Health Undersecretary Maria Vergeire says the public should wait for the peer review of the clinical trial

CASES STILL RISING. A suspected COVID-19 patient is brought to the East Avenue Medical Center. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Ombudsman probes Duque, DOH for alleged coronavirus anomalies

Jun 17, 2020 - 2:35 PM

(4th UPDATE) Ombudsman Samuel Martires says his field investigators were 'given the runaround by some DOH officials'

OMBUDSMAN INVESTIGATION. The Office of the Ombudsman will investigate Health Secretary Francisco Duque III for alleged anomalies in the handling of the coronavirus pandemic. Photo by Darren Langit/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

PH coronavirus cases rise to 24,175

Jun 11, 2020 - 5:26 PM

The Department of Health reports 443 new cases on Thursday, June 11

SWAB TESTING IN NOVELETA, CAVITE.- Swab testing in newly opened Noveleta Medcare Hospital is still ongoing even though the entire province of Cavite downgraded to General Community Quarantine starting May 16, 2020. Photo by Dennis Abrina/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

2nd coronavirus testing facility in Cavite gets DOH approval

Jun 10, 2020 - 10:45 PM

The facility has two RT-PCR machines which can each handle 400 tests a day

FAST FACTS: How gov’t coronavirus labs manage test samples

Jun 10, 2020 - 10:24 PM

Under the system, sub-national laboratories will receive and process specimens for a region or specific areas

TESTING CAPACITY. Health workers collect swabs from people at  Noveleta Medcare Hospita on May 16, 2020. Photo by Dennis Abrina/Rappler

PH coronavirus cases climb to 23,732, death toll rises to 1,027

Jun 10, 2020 - 5:13 PM

The Department of Health counts 740 new cases, 10 more deaths, and 159 additional recoveries

OUTBREAK. 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 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

PH coronavirus cases rise to 22,992, deaths now at 1,017

Jun 09, 2020 - 5:00 PM

The Department of Health reports 518 new cases and 6 more deaths due to COVID-19

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

NCMH records spike in mental health consults during coronavirus lockdown

Jun 08, 2020 - 10:53 PM

National Center for Mental Health psychiatrist Bernard Argamosa says their crisis hotline received an average of 30 to 35 calls per day and 400 calls per month during the lockdown

QUARANTINE. Commuters enter Metro Manila through the community quarantine control point at the Susana Heights-SLEX exit during the Metro Manila lockdown on March 16, 2020. Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

After PNP doctor’s death, DOH repeats advice vs large-scale disinfectant spraying

Jun 08, 2020 - 6:35 PM

Department of Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire reiterates there is insufficient evidence that the practice is an effective strategy in killing the coronavirus

FRONTLINER. Police Captain Casey Gutierrez. Photo from Shella Distor's Facebook page

Philippine coronavirus cases exceed 22,000, deaths now at 1,011

Jun 08, 2020 - 5:14 PM

The Department of Health counts 579 new cases, 8 more deaths, and 107 additional recoveries

QUARANTINE MEASURES. 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

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