COVID-19 third wave in Philippines

January 24, 2022 | 4:08pm
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COVID-19 third wave in Philippines
15 hours ago

The Philippines' COVID-19 tally climbs to 3,442,056 with 24,938 new cases reported Monday.

Active cases are at 262,997 or 7.6% of total. The death toll reaches 53,519 with 47 new deaths.

The positivity rate is 40.6%.

1 day ago

The DOH logs 29,828 new COVID-19 cases in the country, the 11th highest single daily rise since the pandemic started.

Active cases are at 273,580 or 8% of the total, registering a decrease for the second consecutive day.

The positivity rate is 41.8%, which is the lowest since January 5.

1 day ago

Iloilo City is moved to severe outbreak classification, along with Baguio City, following new high COVID-19 cases reported on January 22.

OCTA Research fellow Guido David notes that Cebu City and Lapu Lapu City also logged new highs on the same date.

Meanwhile, Metro Manila was downgraded from severe outbreak to a very high risk classification.

3 days ago

The Department of Health reports that over three million individuals have recovered from COVID-19 while it records an additional 32,744 infections.

January 20, 2022

The Philippines records 31,173 new COVID-19 cases, pushing the total to 3,324,478.

Active cases are at 275,364 or 8.3% of total.

The positivity rate is still high at 43.3%.

January 19, 2022

The DOH logs 22,958 new COVID-19 cases in the country, pushing the total to 3,293,625.

Active cases are at 270,728 or 8.2% of total.

The positivity rate is at 43.5%.

January 18, 2022

The DOH reports 28,471 new COVID-19 cases with a positivity rate of 43.4%.

Active cases are at 284,458 or 8.7% of the total cases.

January 18, 2022

Labor group TUCP frowned at the Labor Advisory released by the labor department to govern paid isolation and quarantine leave as “lackadaisically crafted and unacceptable.”

The Labor Advisory is clearly insensitive to the situation of both workers and employers, the labor group said, adding, “DOLE opted to just "go through the motions", never bothering to come up with incentives or tax credits for employers for them to accord the benefits of paid isolation and quarantine leave to their workers.”

TUCP claimed to have earlier proposed that the DOLE  explore options with the BIR, the DTI, or SSS, “but they never bothered to look into this. 

The Labor Advisory only "urges" employers to provide paid isolation and quarantine leave, TUCP said, explaining further, “this provides only an illusory safety net for thousands of workers now isolating or going into quarantine.” -- The STAR/Artemio Dumlao

January 17, 2022

The Philippines logs 37,070 new COVID-19 cases, the fourth highest single daily rise since the pandemic began.

Active cases hit a new record high for the sixth straight day with 290,938 cases or 9% of the total.

The positivity rate is 46%.

January 17, 2022

Daily growth rate in Metro Manila is now at -1%, which means that cases in the capital region could be decreasing, OCTA Research says.

OCTA fellow Guido David says Metro Manila has recorded a lower number of new COVID-19 cases over the past four days.

"While this trend is encouraging, suggesting the possibility that cases in the NCR have peaked, the possibility still remains that visibility of the situation in the NCR is clouded because of limitations in testing," OCTA reports.

January 16, 2022

The DOH reports 37,154 new COVID-19 cases in the Philippines, the third highest single daily rise since the start of the pandemic.

Active cases are at 287,856 or 9%, a new record high for the fifth straight day.

The possibility rate is at 47.4%.

January 15, 2022

The Department of Health reports 39,004 new COVID-19 infections, topping the previous record of 37,207 cases set just a day before.

The new COVID-19 infections bring the country’s total caseload to 3,168,379. Of this, 280,813 are currently sick.

January 14, 2022

Citing the spike in virus cases, the Department of Education suspends classes in public schools in Metro Manila until January 22.

Private schools, meanwhile, can opt to call off classes and other activities depending on the developments of the pandemic.

January 14, 2022

Curfew hours are back in Cavite province.

The provincial government is again imposing a 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. cutoff for motorists and pedestrians under Ordinance 342-2022 as COVID-19 cases spike.

January 14, 2022

COVID-19 infections are not projected to peak anytime "soon," Health Undersecretary Rosario Vergeire says at a press conference.

"Sa aming projections, it's going to happen towards the end of January or even as late as the second week of February," Vergeire says.

January 13, 2022

The Philippines logs a new record high of 34,021 new COVID-19 cases, pushing the tally to 3,092,409.

Active cases are at 237,387 or 7.7% of total, another record high for the second straight day.

The country's positivity rate is at 47.9% as of January 11.

January 11, 2022

Metro Manila's hospital bed occupancy rate is seen to top 70% next week as COVID-19 infections continue to rise, non-government research firm OCTA says.

Current occupancy is at 57%, based on Department of Health data.

January 11, 2022

Interior Secretary Eduardo Año has tested positive for COVID-19 but is asymptomatic, he says in a statement.

He says he will continue to work while under isolation.

"I encourage everyone to get vaccinated and boostered as soon as possible, and to continue following health protocols," he also says.

January 10, 2022

Baguio City Rep. Marquez Go announced on Monday that he and his wife have tested positive of the COVID-19 virus.

Go and his wife Soledad thus appealed to people who have direct and close contact with them for the past few days to undergo self-quarantine, monitor themselves, and get tested when symptoms arise. 

"Contract tracing efforts are also being conducted by our city," the lawmaker said.

He however assured that he and his wife are only with mild symptoms.  "And I'm confident through God’s grace that we will recover quickly."  — The STAR/Artemio Dumlao

January 10, 2022

The Philippine General Hospital's outpatient department will be closed tomorrow for walk-in consultations and unscheduled visits, the University of the Philippines announces.

Telemedicine consultations, meanwhile, will continue.

PGH has been one of the designated main hospitals dealing with moderate to severe COVID-19 cases.

January 10, 2022

Rep. Juan Miguel “Mikey” Arroyo (Pampanga) says he tested positive for COVID-19.

In a Facebook post, Arroyo says he took an antigen test at 7 a.m. today but he remains asymptomatic as of the moment.

"l follow health protocols. Naka-mask ako (I wear a mask) when people face me, I practice social distancing so we have to be very careful,” Arroyo says.

Arroyo is the son of former president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.

January 9, 2022

The Department of Health reports a 44% COVID-19 positivity rate in its latest bulletin.

The Philippines also records 28,707 new infections, the highest single-day tally since the pandemic began. This breaks the record set yesterday.

The emergence of the SARS-CoV-2 Omicron variant is believed to be behind the sharp spike of COVID-19 cases around the world.

January 9, 2022

The OCTA Research Group forecasts another single-day high in new COVID-19 infections.

The think tank says it is possible that the count can reach 30,000 today, Sunday, a day after the Philippines recorded its highest-ever daily tally.

January 9, 2022

Rep. Alfred Vargas (Quezon City) tests positive for COVID-19 amid a sharp surge in new cases.

The report of Vargas contracting SARS-CoV-2 is a day after the highest single-day COVID-19 tally recorded in the Philippines since the pandemic started.

Bite-sized updates on the emerging coronavirus Omicron variant outbreak and third wave of the pandemic in the Philippines. — Photo by The STAR/Miguel de Guzman

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