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Easing of Metro Manila quarantine restrictions after July 15 unlikely – Roque

Jul 14, 2020 - 12:01 AM

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque says current data does not indicate quarantine restrictions can be relaxed further in the coming weeks

CASES RISE. Personnel from the North Avenue MRT 3 Station in Quezon City check passengers on July 6, 2020, after 186 of its workers tested positive for COVID-19. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

SBMA extends grace period for rents, business fees

Jul 13, 2020 - 10:40 PM

Subic Bay Marine Exploratorium Inc, meanwhile, thinks the government could better help businesses by not imposing rent during the lockdown period

Cavite town reimposes liquor ban to prevent coronavirus spread

Jul 13, 2020 - 7:51 PM

(UPDATED) The liquor ban in Carmona starts on Monday, July 13, as it reports more COVID-19 cases

WELCOME arch of Carmona, Cavite, at its boundary with Biñan City, Laguna. Photo by Dennis Abrina/Rappler

New Anti-COVID czar Magalong to 'radically’ change PH contact tracing system

Jul 13, 2020 - 7:48 PM

Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong plans to bring his tested contact tracing strategy nationwide as he trains more tracers in interviewing and using a new digital 'contract tracing e-system'

INVESTIGATOR. Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong is the Philippines' new tracing czar. File photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

Philippines coronavirus cases climb further over 57,000

Jul 13, 2020 - 6:15 PM

The Department of Health notes the rise in cases is 'gradual,' and that the country's health system is able to cope with the increasing number of cases

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

St Luke’s, Makati Med declare full capacity of COVID-19 beds

Jul 13, 2020 - 6:08 PM

(UPDATED) The National Kidney and Transplant Institute has reached the 'danger zone' – meaning, it's nearing full capacity of its designated beds for COVID-19 patients

FULL CAPACITY. St Luke's Medical Center says its COVID-19 beds are now full. Photo from St Luke's Medical Center Facebook page

Malacañang names 3 more 'anti-COVID czars'

Jul 13, 2020 - 4:38 PM

Public Works Secretary Mark Villar is 'isolation czar,' Baguio Mayor Benjamin Magalong is 'tracing czar,' and Health Undersecretary Leopoldo Vega is 'treatment czar'

CASES FOUND. Commuters board augmentation buses along EDSA-Taft on July 7, 2020, avoiding the MRT as its personnel undergo testing. Photo by KD Madrilejos/Rappler

PNPA cadets to undergo coronavirus testing

Jul 13, 2020 - 4:11 PM

The Philippine National Police Academy will test its cadets for COVID-19 in the wake of two cadets' deaths due to heat stroke and electrolyte imbalance

GRADUATION. Graduates from the Philippine National Police Academy 'Maragtas' Class of 2018 march at Camp Castañeda in Silang, Cavite on March 21, 2018. Malacañang photo

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

Philippine coronavirus cases breach 56,000

Jul 13, 2020 - 9:35 AM

The Department of Health gives the updated figures for Sunday on Monday morning, July 13, after health officials failed to deliver an update on Sunday itself – a first since the outbreak started

COVID ZONE. Health workers are clad in personal protective equipment during the coronavirus outbreak. Photo by Dennis Abrina/Rappler

ADVISORIES: Coronavirus Pandemic Response | July 13-19, 2020

Jul 13, 2020 - 8:51 AM

Bookmark this page for July 13-19 advisories on services, schedules, and other activities as local governments, businesses, institutions, and organizations respond to the coronavirus crisis

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

50 more Filipinos abroad get coronavirus; total at 8,854

Jul 12, 2020 - 9:40 PM

The Department of Foreign Affairs reports 17 new deaths on Sunday, July 12, raising the death toll to 611

PANDEMIC. A man wearing a face mask walks in the Central district of Hong Kong on July 9, 2020, as the city experiences new local outbreaks of the COVID-19 coronavirus. Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

The dream and life a boy left behind

Jul 12, 2020 - 8:10 PM

Help finds its way to the family of Ricky Benig, 19, whose death spotlighted how students at the fringes of society struggle with the requirements of distance learning

General caption:Romeo Benig, 62, and Maria, 60, of Barangay Fidel Surtida, Sto Domingo town in Albay, work hard but their meager earnings could not get their children internet access and gadgets for their online classes. Photo by Rhaydz B. Barcia/Rappler

Phishing is top PH cybercrime during pandemic – authorities

Jul 12, 2020 - 6:42 PM

Online selling scams and the proliferation of misinformation that cause panic among the public are the other cybercrimes often committed as Filipinos grapple with the COVID-19 outbreak, says the National Bureau of Investigation NBI-Cyber Crimes Division

Pisay scholars make free storybook to teach children about COVID-19

Jul 12, 2020 - 5:26 PM

A group of graduating scholars from Philippine Science High School– Western Visayas campus makes 'Kids Against COVID-19' to help children understand the pandemic

FOR THE YOUTH. 'Kids against COVID-19' is both a storybook and a coloring book for children aged three to seven years old. Cover photo from Publiscience website, reader photo courtesy of Jean Suobiron-Larroder

Bacoor city gov't extends Zapote 1 lockdown to July 24

Jul 12, 2020 - 5:02 PM

COVID-19 cases in the barangay continue to increase, prompting Mayor Lani Mercado-Revilla to extend the localized lockdown

Members of Bacoor PNP and Philipine Army officers manning the localized lockdown that extend until July 24, 2020 due to rising cases of COVID 19 in the village

LIST: Where to get drive-through coronavirus tests in the PH

Jul 12, 2020 - 11:49 AM

Rappler lists where you can get drive-through novel coronavirus tests

QUICK TESTS. A drive-thru testing facility in Taguig City, Metro Manila. Photo from Taguig City local government

Ogie Alcasid tests negative for coronavirus after initial results showed he was positive

Jul 11, 2020 - 9:09 PM

The actor says he was asymptomatic the whole time

OGIE ALCASID. The singer says he tested negative for coronavirus after two earlier rapid tests showed he was positive. File photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

MRT3 on limited operations starting July 13

Jul 11, 2020 - 7:44 PM

MRT3 will deploy 12 train sets throughout the day

LIMITED OPERATIONS. Workers sanitize and disinfect the seats and handrails before letting commuters in the coaches at the MRT3 Taft Station in Pasay City following the resumption of operation of the train systems in Metro Manila under the general community quarantine on June 1, 2020. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

PH tallies 9 straight days of over 1K daily virus infections, total rises to 54,222

Jul 11, 2020 - 6:03 PM

The Philippines also records 807 new recoveries, the most in a single day

CORONAVIRUS. A dispatcher checks on the temperature while a the driver collects fare of passengers boarding a UV Express, at a Terminal in North Edsa Quezon City on June 29, 2020, in compliance with the COVID-19 health protocol. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

1 new confirmed coronavirus case among Filipinos abroad; total at 8,804

Jul 11, 2020 - 5:33 PM

No new deaths are recorded among overseas Filipinos with COVID-19

People wearing facemasks walk on an overpass in Beijing on June 1, 2020. (Photo by Noel CELIS / AFP)

In Cavite, DLSU Medical Center doctor dies from COVID-19

Jul 11, 2020 - 8:45 AM

The DLSUMC Facebook account says anesthesiologist Regina Uy-Alegado died due to COVID-19

DLSUMC. The De La Salle University Medical Center in Dasmariñas, Cavite. Photo by Dennis Abrina/Rappler

Creating a bubble: How PH football will resume training

Jul 10, 2020 - 6:52 PM

Filipino professional football teams can now resume training as players prepare for a 'bubble' in Carmona

BACK TO TRAINING. Three-time Philippines Football League champion Ceres-Negros FC is set to go back to training to defend its title. Photo by Ceres-Negros FC

PH coronavirus cases now at 52,914

Jul 10, 2020 - 4:52 PM

The Department of Health reports 1,233 new cases, marking the 8th consecutive day that over a thousand more cases are recorded

HOMEWARD BOUND. Locally stranded individuals line up for rapid testing before boarding buses to get back to their provinces under the Hatid Tulong program at the Quirino Grandstand in Manila on July 4, 2020. Photo by Ben Nabong/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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Masbate town confirms first coronavirus cases

Jul 10, 2020 - 12:35 PM

Mandaon town's first coronavirus cases are a 4-year-old boy and a 29-year-old woman who traveled from Subic, Zambales. Both are asymptomatic.

Lapu-Lapu City enlists citizens to be 'Responsible Warrior-Texters' to fight virus

Jul 10, 2020 - 8:26 AM

The citizen/texter must report those without a face mask, wandering senior citizens, those without quarantine passes, and other related violations

RECOVERIES: Lapu-Lapu City Mayor Junard “Ahong” Chan congratulates the 26 new fully recovered patients who will be coming home from the isolation facility. Photo from Junard “Ahong” Chan official Facebook page

3,000 Dubai OFWs seek PH consulate's help for repatriation

Jul 10, 2020 - 7:57 AM

Most of those seeking assistance are jobless overseas Filipino workers affected by the coronavirus pandemic

Number of Filipinos abroad with coronavirus now at 8,792

Jul 10, 2020 - 12:23 AM

The death toll nears 600

PHYSICAL DISTANCING. Customers adhere to social distancing as they queue to enter a recently reopened Pret-A-Manger in London on May 4, 2020. Photo by Tolga Akmen/AFP

More than 1,000 Philippine cops infected with coronavirus

Jul 10, 2020 - 12:11 AM

Some 455 police personnel have recovered, while 9 succumbed to the disease

FRONTLINERS. Members of the PNP-SAF attend a briefing on the implementation of the hard lockdown in the 1st district of Tondo, Manila on Monday midnight, May 4. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Former senator Sonny Osmeña recovers from COVID-19

Jul 09, 2020 - 11:42 PM

Osmeña, who most recently served two terms as mayor of Toledo City in Cebu, is now at home after being confined in a hospital for 20 days

SONNY OSMEÑA. Former senator Sonny Osmeña recovers from the coronavirus. Screengrab from Toledo City video

Roque admits 'slow' ramp-up of testing capacity at start of pandemic

Jul 09, 2020 - 7:14 PM

Harry Roque, spokesperson of the COVID-19 task force, says testing capacity should have been immediately expanded as early as the country's first imported case

COUNTRY PLAYS CATCH-UP. Presidential Spokesperson and IATF Spokesperson Harry Roque admits lapses in the government's coronavirus response. Malacañang file photo

Philippine coronavirus cases rise to 51,754 but no new death reported

Jul 09, 2020 - 6:02 PM

The country has had 7 consecutive days of over 1,000 new cases reported in a day

COMMUTING IN COVID-19 TIME. Bus passengers get their temperature checked before boarding. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Bicol tightens border control after spike in COVID-19 cases

Jul 09, 2020 - 12:09 PM

The Bicol Regional Peace and Order Council implements the measure after the region recorded its highest spike in coronavirus cases. All of the new cases are returning residents.

NEW MEASURES. Members of the Bicol Regional Peace and Order Council led by Albay Governor Al Francis Bichara in a huddle after their meeting on July 8, 2020. Photo from the Facebook page of Mayor Noel Ebriega Rosal

Trapped for 110 days in NAIA, Estonian finally flies home

Jul 09, 2020 - 8:47 AM

'To the travelers who might get stuck like me, don’t be afraid or don’t be ashamed to go public with the problem. You have to make the situation known…because I believe this is a violation of my rights,' says Estonian Roman Trofimov

STRANDED. Estonain Roman Trofimov boards a flight departing the Philippines after being trapped in NAIA for 110 days due to grounded flights and lockdown restrictions. Photo from Trofimov's Facebook

Northern Mindanao needs P198B in 2 years to recover from effects of pandemic

Jul 08, 2020 - 11:42 PM

Of the P197.6 billion needed for the Regional Recovery Program, P150.2 billion or 76% should go to social services, says the regional development council

INVESTMENTS NEEDED. Workers at the Bulua Westbound Terminal and Vegetable Landing in Cagayan de Oro sort vegetables before they are distributed to the city's public markets. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

17 DLSU Medical Center frontliners test positive for coronavirus

Jul 08, 2020 - 10:41 PM

The De La Salle University Medical Center says the coronavirus has infected 7 nurses, 7 support staff, and 3 doctors

DLSUMC. The De La Salle University Medical Center in Dasmariñas, Cavite. Photo by Dennis Abrina/Rappler

PH coronavirus cases breach 50,000 with record 2,539 new cases

Jul 08, 2020 - 9:35 PM

(UPDATED) Total coronavirus cases in the country reach 50,359

DISINFECTION. North Avenue MRT 3 Station in Quezon City, personnel in full PPEs on Monday, July 6, 2020, disinfects passengers to maintain the strict health protocol imposed by the management after hundreds of workers have tested positive for the COVID-19. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

74 more Filipinos abroad contract coronavirus; total at 8,762

Jul 08, 2020 - 9:08 PM

The Middle East region continues to report the largest number of Filipinos infected with the coronavirus

CASES RISING. Pedestrians wearing protective masks due to the COVID-19 coronavirus, walk along a street in the Iranian capital Tehran on June 28, 2020. Photo by Atta Kenare/AFP

Dominguez disowns questionable provisions in economic bills

Jul 08, 2020 - 8:15 PM

Questionable provisions – such as those exempting companies from competition and procurement laws – did not come from the executive branch, says Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III

COMPETITION. Finance Secretary Sonny Dominguez in a Senate hearing. Photo by Angie de Silva

PH eyes start of COVID-19 vaccine trials by October 2020

Jul 08, 2020 - 8:10 PM

The Philippines is currently in talks with the World Health Organization to join solidarity trials and is also collaborating with at least 5 other developers to test potential vaccines

CORONAVAC. In this picture taken on April 29, 2020, a package of the experimental vaccine test for the coronavirus is pictured at the Quality Control Laboratory at the Sinovac Biotech facilities in Beijing, one of the vaccines being considered by the Philippines for trials. Photo by Nicolas Asfouri/AFP

Red Cross opens molecular lab in Batangas City

Jul 08, 2020 - 7:34 PM

The COVID-19 testing facility of the Philippine Red Cross in Batangas City is the biggest in the Calabarzon

The Philippine Red Cross opened today its molecular laboratory in Batangas City after having been certified as an accredited COVID-19 testing center by the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine. Photo by Philippine Red Cross

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

Over 200,000 students transfer from private to public schools amid pandemic

Jul 08, 2020 - 4:40 PM

Education Secretary Leonor Briones attributes the transfer of students to public schools to the economic downturn, with many parents losing their jobs

PROTECTION. Students at the Araullo High School wear face masks as protection against the novel coronavirus. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Due to lockdowns, we don't know Duterte's approval ratings during pandemic

Jul 08, 2020 - 4:26 PM

Pulse Asia and Social Weather Stations are unable to conduct their usual March and June surveys, preventing the public from seeing how the early months of the pandemic affected President Rodrigo Duterte's popularity

ASSESSING DUTERTE. President Rodrigo Duterte addresses the public amid the coronavirus health crisis. Malacañang photo

Howie Severino detained for lowering face mask to drink water

Jul 08, 2020 - 2:43 PM

Journalist Howie Severino says he was brought to the Amoranto Stadium, where he saw 'hundreds of people' required to attend a seminar on the coronavirus

DETAINED. Howie Severino during the Democracy Forum at the Ateneo Law School in Makati on February 12, 2018. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Tacloban City to launch COVID-19 contact tracing app

Jul 08, 2020 - 1:43 PM

City Administrator Aldrin Quebec says the Tacloban COVID-19 SCAN System will not only help the city government, but also commercial establishments in identifying people who are potentially exposed to the new virus

CONTACT TRACING APP. Tacloban City will launch its COVID-19 SCAN system on July 16, 2020. Screenshot from Tacloban City Information Office Facebook page