DILG advises poor families to wear face masks at home
In this July 15, 2020 photo, members of the MPD Station 3 round up some 37 individuals, including two minors, for violating the citywide curfew and not wearing of face mask ordinances as they spend the night at a basketball court in Sta. Cruz, Manila.
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DILG advises poor families to wear face masks at home
(Philstar.com) - August 10, 2020 - 10:57am

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Interior and Local Government on Monday urged families to wear face masks even when inside their residences.

Interior Secretary Eduardo Año said this was particularly crucial for families who encounter difficulties with practicing social distancing in their homes.

This comes after Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr., chief implementer of the government’s pandemic response, last Thursday flagged densely populated areas which impede social distancing as particularly susceptible to COVID-19 transmission. 

"Let's consider that transmission now is per family....rich or poor, its the whole family...what's most important is if they can't [practice social distancing], they should wear a mask. Face shields are also advisable," Año told GMA News in Filipino.

He added that this was crucial for households with elderly members who are especially vulnerable to the coronavirus disease.

Galvez last week also emphasized that common areas in workplaces such as canteens and smoking areas are critical areas for the transmission of the disease.

"They should really wear a mask, those who are poor, and if possible, everyone should stay at home. If one leaves, they should be given distance, especially if they went to the market or to work, they should be wearing masks and keeping their distance," Año added in Filipino.

The interior secretary further encouraged that face shields be worn not just in transport vehicles but in other public areas as well.

To address a surge in coronavirus infections, Metro Manila along with other nearby provinces was recently reverted to a modified enhanced community quarantine. 

It has been 146 days since the Philippines was placed under lockdown, marking the longest community quarantine in the world.

Latest data from the Department of Health places the national COVID-19 caseload at 129, 913 and fatalities at 2,270. — Bella Perez-Rubio

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LATEST UPDATE: August 18, 2020 - 4:47pm

Metro Manila and other “highrisk” areas were placed under a modified enhanced community quarantine last May 16, which is more relaxed than ECQ, but has more restrictions compared with the general community quarantine (GCQ). Bookmark this page for updates. Photo by The STAR/Michael Varcas

August 18, 2020 - 4:47pm

Sen. Bong Revilla, who earlier tested positive for COVID-19, was rushed to the hospital, according to his wife Bacoor Mayor Lani Mercado.

"He is being rushed to the hospital. His latest X-ray shows that he has developed pneumonia and isolation in a regular facility is no longer ideal," Mercado says in a Facebook post Tuesday.

August 18, 2020 - 4:23pm

The Department of Health reports 4,836 additional COVID-19 cases in the country, pushing the total number of confirmed cases in the country to 169,213.

The DOH also logs 182 new recoveries, bringing the total of recovered patients to 112,861. The national death toll is now at 2,687 with the addition of 7 new reported deaths.

Total active cases (net of COVID-19 deaths and recoveries) in the Philippines is now at 53,665.

August 17, 2020 - 4:27pm

The Department of Health reports 3,314 additional confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the Philippines, bringing the total cases on the country to 164,474.

The health department also announced 237 new recoveries, pushing the total of recovered patients to 112,759. The national death toll is now at 2,681 following 18 new reported deaths.

The total active COVID-19 cases (net of deaths and recoveries) in the Philippines is now at 49,034.

August 17, 2020 - 2:52pm

President Rodrigo Duterte is under "perpetual isolation" as a precaution against COVID-19, presidential spokesperson Harry Roque says.

According to Roque, there is a velvet rope keeping people six feet away from the president.

In August, Duterte had a meeting with DILG Secretary Eduardo Ano, who later on tested positive for the virus once again.

August 6, 2020 - 4:15pm

The Department of Health on Thursday reports 3,561 additional COVID-19 cases in the country based on tests from 89 out of 98 operational labs. This pushes the national tally of coronavirus cases in the Philippines to 119,460.

The health department also announcs 569 new recoveries, raising the total number of recoveries to 66,867. The national death toll is now at 2,150 with 28 additional fatalities.

The country's total active cases (net of COVID-19 deaths and recoveries) is now at 50,473.

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