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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

Vitamin E: More than your beauty vitamin

Jul 13, 2020 - 2:02 PM

This antioxidant helps boost your overall health too

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

WHO urges aggressive virus measures as flare-ups spark new closures

Jul 11, 2020 - 9:43 AM

The World Health Organization urges countries grappling with coronavirus to step up control measures, saying it is still possible to rein it in, as some countries clamped fresh restrictions on citizens

AGGRESSIVE MEASURES. World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus attends a press conference organised by the Geneva Association of United Nations Correspondents (ACANU) amid the COVID-19 outbreak on July 3, 2020. Photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

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?

WHO launches pandemic response probe

Jul 09, 2020 - 9:12 PM

The Independent Panel for Pandemic Preparedness and Response will be headed by former New Zealand prime minister Helen Clark and former Liberian president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

PROBE. The building hosting the World Health Organization headquarters is pictured on April 28, 2009 in Geneva. File photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

[OPINION] Medicine needs to evolve with Darwin

Jul 09, 2020 - 3:24 PM

'[B]iology should always be the principal core of medical education, not just a preface to it'

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

WHO declares Sri Lanka, Maldives measles-free

Jul 08, 2020 - 9:11 PM

The declarations come amid measles outbreaks in developed countries, including the United States

WHO. In this file photo taken on March 9, 2020, the logo of the World Health Organization is seen at its headquarters in Geneva. File photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

'Overly deferential': How Supreme Court shielded Duterte from disclosing health

Jul 08, 2020 - 8:49 PM

Justices come up with all sorts of arguments to favor Duterte in the health petition, and dissenting Justice Caguioa says it 'clearly signals an overly deferential attitude to a sitting President'

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 to clear the air over quarantine

Jul 08, 2020 - 2:49 PM

What else could be missing in your fancy home office? Perhaps some fresh air.

WHO reviewing new evidence on airborne coronavirus range

Jul 08, 2020 - 10:33 AM

The virus has 'taken the world hostage,' says WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

The St. Peter Parish in Quezon City prepare for the resumption of church services to the public on June 2, 2020. At present, only 10 persons are allowed to participate in masses inside the churches. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Ignoring outrage, Trump makes good on WHO pullout

Jul 08, 2020 - 9:19 AM

'This won't protect American lives or interests – it leaves Americans sick and America alone,' says Senator Robert Menendez

WHO monitoring China bubonic plague situation

Jul 07, 2020 - 8:59 PM

'At the moment, we are not considering it high-risk but we're watching it, monitoring it carefully,' says WHO spokeswoman Margaret Harris

Detours from home: Curbing adulthood anxiety with a childhood hobby

Jul 07, 2020 - 4:54 PM

I know that at least within the confines of paper, I can shape my anxiety into a figure of joy

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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Where is the Supreme Court's full decision junking Duterte health case?

Jul 04, 2020 - 7:32 PM

Two months have passed, and even the petitioner has not yet received the full decision that would explain why the justices dismissed his petition

PRESIDENT. President Rodrigo Duterte delivers a speech before military commanders of the Western Mindanao Command in Zamboanga City on July 3, 2020, his first public event since the pandemic. Screenshot courtesy of RTVM

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

WHO urges countries to 'wake up' and halt virus

Jul 04, 2020 - 10:14 AM

'People need to wake up. The data is not lying. The situation on the ground is not lying,' WHO emergencies director Michael Ryan says at a briefing hosted by the UN correspondents' association in Geneva

WAKE UP, HALT VIRUS. WHO Health Emergencies Program head Michael Ryan attends a press conference organized by Geneva Association of United Nations Correspondents (ACANU) amid the COVID-19 outbreak, caused by the novel coronavirus, on July 3, 2020 at the WHO headquarters in Geneva. Photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

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

The best defense against viruses? More than face masks, a balanced immune system

Jul 03, 2020 - 4:18 PM

Learn more about immunomodulators like CM-Glucan and how it helps you keep a balanced immune system

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

Over 160,000 coronavirus cases reported every day in past week – WHO

Jul 02, 2020 - 12:22 AM

(UPDATED) 'These countries face a long, hard road ahead,' says WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, stressing though that 'no matter what situation a country is in, it can be turned around'

PLASTIC. A man waits for a train in a subway station during the coronavirus outbreak on April 13, 2020 in New York City. File photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images

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

Detours from home: Good things happen when you don’t panic

Jun 30, 2020 - 4:59 PM

In my case, I was able to start a successful small business

Drinking water with invisible contaminants poses health risks – experts

Jun 30, 2020 - 2:28 PM

Support your immune system by drinking clean and safe water

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

As surrogacy booms, fears Ukraine becoming 'online baby store'

Jun 30, 2020 - 11:04 AM

In some cases parents discover they have no genetic link with children born to surrogates

WHO says pandemic 'not even close' to over as toll passes 500,000

Jun 30, 2020 - 8:01 AM

In another grim milestone, the number of infections recorded worldwide rises to more than 10 million

Rows of beds inside the male section at a COVID-19 coronavirus isolation centre at the Sani Abacha stadium in Kano, Nigeria, on April 7, 2020. - The centre is being built with donations from Kano-born Aliko Dangote, a Nigerian businessman and philanthropist and Africa's richest man. (Photo by AMINU ABUBAKAR / AFP)

Cebu to have Provincial Traditional Health Care board

Jun 29, 2020 - 6:06 PM

Undaunted by criticisms over promoting steam inhalation to prevent COVID-19, Cebu Governor Gwendolyn Garcia continues to champion traditional health care practices

STEAM INHALATION. Philippine medical societies say steam inhalation is not proven to cure COVID-19. Photo from Shutterstock

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

Philippines leads in rise of virus cases in entire Western Pacific

Jun 28, 2020 - 1:37 PM

(UPDATED) The Philippines surpasses Singapore and China by a big gap in the number of new coronavirus cases

PRECAUTIONS. The Philippine National Railways (PNR) and the Office of the President's Hatid Tulong program assist 115 locally stranded individuals board a train bound for the Bicol Region at the PNR Tutuban station on Saturday midnight, June 20, 2020. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Over $30 billion needed to develop COVID-19 tests, treatments, vaccines – WHO

Jun 26, 2020 - 11:31 PM

So far, $3.4 billion has been pledged, while an additional $27.9 billion is needed over the next 12 months

WHO. The logo of the World Health Organization is pictured on the facade of the WHO headquarters on October 24, 2017 in Geneva. File photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

UK teen who threw French boy off gallery balcony jailed for life

Jun 26, 2020 - 8:35 PM

(UPDATED) The teenager says he carried out the attack because he had not been given proper treatment for mental health issues

How eating healthier helped these people lose weight while in quarantine

Jun 26, 2020 - 5:00 PM

'It’s not about depriving oneself but eating the right food,' said Our Awesome Planet blogger Anton Diaz

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

Economic carnage forecast as virus cases surge in Americas

Jun 25, 2020 - 1:07 AM

(UPDATED) The International Monetary Funds says that many countries will face a recession more than double that which they suffered during the global financial crisis in 2008-2009

FACES. In this file photo, commuters wearing face masks ride a metro train in Tokyo on February 8, 2020. File photo by Charly Triballeau/AFP