Gov't requires facility isolation for mild, asymptomatic COVID-19 patients
This September 5, 2020 photo shows the Mega Isolation Facility at the CarSiGMA (Carmona-Silang-General Mariano Alvarez) Gymnasium.
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Gov't requires facility isolation for mild, asymptomatic COVID-19 patients
Gaea Katreena Cabico ( - September 25, 2020 - 9:10am

MANILA, Philippines — Facility-based isolation is now required for all mild and asymptomatic COVID-19 patients in the country, except if they are considered vulnerable.

The government’s inter-agency task force (IATF) approved this directive on COVID-19, presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said in a statement Thursday night.

“We likewise notify the public that facility-based isolation shall be required for confirmed asymptomatic and mild COVID-19 cases,” Roque said.

Those exempted from the rule are patients considered vulnerable or having comorbidities by a local health worker and that their homes meet the requirements for home isolation under the Joint Administrative Order 2020-0001 issued by the Department of Health and the Department of the Interior and Local Government. Among the requirements are a separate room and bathroom for a coronavirus case.

“Another exception would be when the Ligtas COVID-19 Centers within the region are fully occupied and the local government unit does not have sufficient isolation facilities,” Roque said.

It was Interior Secretary Eduardo Año who first floated the proposal of banning home quarantine for coronavirus patients.

Roque also announced that Iloilo City would be placed under a modified enhanced community quarantine beginning September 25 until October 9.

The Philippines has 296,775 confirmed COVID-19 infections, with 5,127 deaths.

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LATEST UPDATE: October 22, 2020 - 6:44pm

Other regions and provinces in the Philippines considered moderate and low-risk areas will be placed under general community quarantine starting May 1. Bookmark this page for updates. (Main image by The STAR/Edd Gumban)

October 22, 2020 - 6:44pm

About 60% of adult Filipinos deem the efforts of public transportation owners' actions in preventing the spread of COVID-19 among their employees adequate.

The national mobile survey conducted from September 17 to 20 also found that 27% of the respondents consider them inadequate while 13% are undecided.

The poll was conducted using mobile phone and computer-assisted telephone interviewing among 1,249 adult Filipinos nationwide. Error margin is at ±3% for national percentages, ±6% for Metro Manila, ±5% for Balance Luzon, ±6% for the Visayas, and ±6% for Mindanao.

October 22, 2020 - 4:07pm

The Department of Health reports 1,644 additional coronavirus cases in the country, pushing the national caseload to 363,888.

The DOH also records 632 new recoveries, bringing the total of recovered cases to 312,222. The Philippines' death toll now stands at 6,783 with 38 new deaths.

Total active cases (net of COVID-19 deaths and recoveries) in the country is now at 44,772.

October 21, 2020 - 4:06pm

The Department of Health reports 1,509 newly confirmed COVID-19 cases in the country, raising the national tally to 362,243.

The DOH also records 911 additional recoveries, pushing the total of recovered patients to 311,506. The national death toll now stands at 6,747 with 60 new deaths reported.

With these figures, the total of active cases (net of deaths and recoveries) in the country is now at 43,990.

October 20, 2020 - 4:05pm

The Department of Health reports 1,640 additional COVID-19 cases in the Philippines, pushing the national tally to 360,775.

The DOH also records 369 new recoveries, bringing the total of recovered patients to 310,642. The country's death toll is now at 6,690 with 17 new deaths reported.

October 20, 2020 - 12:57pm

The cities of Pasay and Taguig announce that they have formally issued measures cutting curfew hours to 12 a.m. to 4 a.m.

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