DOH: Pagbabakuna sa NCR Plus areas, isa sa mga dahilan ng pagbaba ng kaso ng COVID-19

Robie de Guzman   •   June 15, 2021   •   427

MANILA, Philippines – Unti-unti nang bumababa ang kaso ng COVID-19 sa National Capital Region (NCR) Plus, ayon sa Department of Health (DOH).

Sa isang media briefing, sinabi ni DOH Epidemiology Bureau OIC-Director 3 Dr. Alethea de Guzman na isa sa mga  nakikitang dahilan ng pagbagal ng kaso ay ang patuloy na pagbabakuna kontra COVID-19.

Gayunman, iginiit ng opisyal na kailangan pa ring bantayan ang sitwasyon dahil nananatili pa itong “fragile” o maaari pa ring tumaas sa mga susunod na araw.

“Itong pagbaba ng kaso lalo na sa NCR Plus ay tinatawag naming ‘fragile’, ibig sabihin magkaroon po tayo ng superspreading events. It’s possible po talaga na dadami na naman, magkakarron tayo ng spike of cases,” ani De Guzman.

“The trends can go either way it can go up again or it can really go down,” dagdag pa niya.

Batay aniya sa monitoring ng DOH, may “plateauing” na o pagpatag ng mga kaso sa buong bansa simula ngayong buwan ng Hunyo.

Sa nakalipas na linggo, nasa mahigit 6,000 ang naitatalang average COVID-19 cases sa bansa kada araw habang nasa mahigit 800 sa NCR.

Bagaman hindi ito masyadong gumagalaw, sinabi ni De Guzman na kailangan pa itong mapababa at higit na bantayan ang paggalaw naman ng kaso sa ibang rehiyon.

“Maganda iyong naging performance ng NCR pero patuloy iyong pagbabantay sa kaniya,” ani De Guzman.

“Ito iyong panahon that we are closely monitoring each and every area so that we’ll see kung ano ang trend, kung nag-plateau siya. Higit na babantayan dahil baka bigla siyang mag-uptick or baka unti-unti siyang tumataas,” dagdag pa niya.

Nakakita naman ang DOH ng pagtaas ng kaso sa ilang probinsiya, lalo na sa Visayas at Mindanao.

Sa ngayon, nasa high risk ang classification ng Region 2, CARAGA, at Region 6 dahil sa mahigit 60 hanggang 70 porsiyentong average daily attack rate at hospital care utilization rate.

Upang makatulong sa pagbaba ng kaso sa naturang mga rehiyon, sinabi ni De Guzman na flexible naman ang pagtatalaga ng vaccine supply at maaaring magpasya ang National Vaccination Operations Center kung ilang porsyento sa vaccine supply ng bansa pwedeng ipadala sa isang lugar.

“We will review our high risk areas so that we can see the augmentation we can give. But I guess we need to level off that right now. Padating pa lang ang mga bakuna, so as soon as the vaccines arrive we will be able to augment especially dito sa high critical risk areas natin,” ang sabi ng opisyal.

“The reason why we want to increase allocation in high-risk areas, number one gusto natin, sino ba pina-prioritize sa bakuna? These are the health workers, we want them to be immediately vaccinated, because we don’t want an overwhelmed health system to be further overwhelmed by additional healthcare workers getting sick,” dagdag pa niya.

Muli ring pina-alalahanan ng DOH ang mga lokal na pamahalaan na istriktong ipatupad ang istriktong health protocols, pabilisin ang detection at isolation process upang maagapan ang hawaan ng COVID-19. RRD (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Aiko Miguel)

 

Phl logs lowest new COVID-19 cases since July 2020 at 665

Maris Federez   •   November 30, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Health (DOH) recorded 665 new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases Monday (November 29), the lowest single-day count since July 2020.

This brings the country’s tally since the onset of the pandemic to 2,832,375.

Meanwhile, active infections continued to dip to 16,289.

Of these cases, 48.1 percent are mild, 23.82 percent are moderate, 15.6 percent are severe, 6.6 percent are in critical condition and 6.0 percent have no symptoms.

Meanwhile, total recoveries rose to 2,767,585 after 993 more patients recuperated from the disease.

On the other hand, COVID-related deaths climbed to 48,501 with 141 new fatalities.

The DOH noted in its report that all accredited testing laboratories in the country were operational on November 27 but five laboratories failed to submit data on time.

Meanwhile, the Johns Hopkins University reported that the overall global COVID-19 caseload has reached 261,519,267; while the deaths have surged to 5,199,920.

The US, the report said, is the worst-hit country with the world`s highest number of cases and deaths at 48,229,273 and 776,639, respectively.

 

NCR to remain under COVID-19 Alert Level 2 until Dec. 15

Maris Federez   •   November 29, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) approved on Monday (November 29) the recommendation to still place the National Capital Region under COVID-19 Alert Level 2.

In an advisory released Monday night, acting presidential spokesperson, Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles said that the following areas have also been placed under Alert Level 2:

  • Cordillera Administrative Region: Benguet, Abra, Kalinga, Baguio City, Mountain Province, and Ifugao;
  • Region I: Dagupan City, Ilocos Sur, Ilocos Norte, La Union, and Pangasinan;
  • Region II: Batanes, Cagayan, Isabela, Nueva Vizcaya, Quirino, and City of Santiago;
  • Region III: Angeles City, Aurora, Bataan, Bulacan, Nueva Ecija, Olongapo City, Pampanga, Zambales, and Tarlac;
  • Region IV-A: Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, Quezon, and Lucena City;
  • Region IV-B: Occidental Mindoro, Oriental Mindoro, Puerto Princesa City, Marinduque, Romblon, and Palawan;
  • Region V: Albay, Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, Catanduanes, Sorsogon, Masbate, and Naga City;
  • Region VI: Aklan, Antique, Bacolod City, Capiz, Guimaras, Iloilo, Iloilo City, and Negros Occidental;
  • Region VII: Bohol, Cebu, Cebu City, Lapu-Lapu City, Mandaue City, Negros Oriental, and Siquijor;
  • Region VIII: Biliran, Eastern Samar, Leyte, Northern Samar, Ormoc City, Southern Leyte, Tacloban City, and Western Samar;
  • Region IX: City of Isabela, Zamboanga City, Zamboanga del Norte, Zamboanga del Sur, and Zamboanga Sibugay;
  • Region X: Bukidnon, Cagayan de Oro City, Camiguin, Iligan City, Lanao del Norte, Misamis Occidental, and Misamis Oriental;
  • Region XI: Davao City, Davao del Norte, Davao de Oro, Davao del Sur, Davao Occidental, and Davao Oriental;
  • Region XII: General Santos City, North Cotabato, Sarangani, South Cotabato, and Sultan Kudarat;
  • Region XIII (Caraga) Butuan City, Surigao del Norte, Agusan del Sur, Surigao del Sur, Dinagat Islands, and Agusan del Norte; and
  • The Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao: Basilan, Cotabato City, Tawi-Tawi, Sulu, Lanao del Sur, and Maguindanao.

The province of Apayao, however, shall be placed under Alert Level 3.

Nograles added that the said Alert Level shall be effective from December 1 to 15, 2021.

PH Immigration bureau reminds airline firms: Board passengers only from allowable countries

Robie de Guzman   •   November 29, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Bureau of Immigration (BI) on Monday reminded airline companies to carefully check the documents of travelers prior to boarding, to ensure that only those allowed entry may fly to the Philippines.

The bureau issued the reminder after the Philippine government expanded the “Red” list of countries due to the looming threat of the Omicron COVID-19 variant.

The Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-MEID) recently announced entry restrictions for inbound passengers coming from several areas in South Africa and seven countries in Europe that have reported cases of the new coronavirus variant.

The “Red” list now includes South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Eswatini and Mozambique, Austria, Czech Republic, Hungary, The Netherlands, Switzerland, Belgium and Italy. The new policy is effective from November 28 until December 15.

“We are conducting 100% passport inspection to ensure that we see the complete travel history of the arriving passengers,” BI Port Operations Division Chief Atty. Carlos Capulong said in a statement.

Capulong said passengers who are inadmissible but were allowed to board will be denied entry to the country and  will warrant a penalty to the erring airline.

The IATF resolution stated that travelers, regardless of vaccination status, who are coming from or who have been to the Red List areas within the last 14 days prior to their arrival will not be allowed to enter the Philippines.

Only Filipinos returning to the country via government-initiated or non-government-initiated repatriation and Bayanihan flights may be allowed entry. However, they will be subject to the prevailing entry, testing, and quarantine protocols for Red List territories.

Passengers already in transit and all those who have been to the said Red List areas within 14 days before their arrival to the Philippines, who arrive before 12:01 a.m. of November 30, 2021, shall not be subject to this restriction from entry.

“They shall nevertheless be required to undergo facility-based quarantine for 14 days with testing on the 7th day, with day 1 being the date of arrival, notwithstanding a negative RT-PCR result,” the IATF said.

Passengers who have already arrived prior to November 28, and are currently undergoing quarantine pursuant to the classifications of their country of origin, shall complete their respective testing and quarantine protocols.

Passengers, whether Filipinos or foreigners, merely transiting through the Red List areas, will not be deemed as having come from these areas if they stayed in the airport the whole time and were not cleared for entry into such country by its immigration authorities.

“Upon their arrival in the Philippines, passengers covered by the immediately preceding paragraph shall comply with existing testing and quarantine protocols,” the task force said.

The Philippine government also temporarily suspended the resolution providing for the entry of fully vaccinated nationals of non-visa required countries.

“For now, the current general travel restrictions stand. Only Filipinos, balikbayan, and those with long term visas from green and yellow list countries may be allowed entry,” the immigration bureau said.

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