COVID-19 Timeline

Updates by Jessie de Grano, Anna Divinagracia, Victoria Albitos, Jen Ranielle Santos, Sofia Isabel Baja, Fran Fabricante, Sofia Ortigas, Natalia Arana, Gabriela Balin, and Lei Jo Presaldo

Translated by Jessie de Grano, Kaye San Miguel, Gwen Valimento, Victoria Albitos, Alex Cruz, Anna Divinagracia, Cebo Cruz, Dona Marabe, Jen Ranielle Santos, Thea Dominique Sinsin, Fran Fabricante, Natalia Arana, and Gabriela Balin

Latest Update: September 21, 2020

DECEMBER 2019

Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water. Why? Washing your hands with soap and water or using alcohol-based hand rub kills viruses that may be on your hands.

World Health Organization
  • December 31, 2019

    Isang bagong uri ng coronavirus ang natuklasan sa Wuhan, China, sa gitna ng mga kaso ng pneumonia (Ravelo & Jerving, 2020).

    A novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) is identified in Wuhan, China amidst pneumonia cases (Ravelo & Jerving, 2020).

    Ravelo, J. L., Jerving, S. (2020). COVID-19 — a timeline of the coronavirus outbreak. DevEx. Retrieved from https://www.devex.com/news/covid-19-a-timeline-of-the-coronavirus-outbreak-96396

JANUARY 2020

Avoid going to crowded places. Why? Where people come together in crowds, you are more likely to come into close contact with someone that has COVID-19 and it is more difficult to maintain physical distance of 1 meter (3 feet).

World Health Organization
  • January 9, 2020

    Naitala ang unang kamatayang naiugnay sa 2019-nCoV sa Tsina (Ravelo & Jerving, 2020).

    The first death related to 2019-nCoV in China is documented (Ravelo & Jerving, 2020).

    Ravelo, J. L., Jerving, S. (2020). COVID-19 — a timeline of the coronavirus outbreak. DevEx. Retrieved from https://www.devex.com/news/covid-19-a-timeline-of-the-coronavirus-outbreak-96396

  • January 23, 2020

    Ang Manila International Airport Authority ay nagsimulang mag-ingat. Tinaasan ang dalas ng paglilinis o sanitation sa mga paliparan sa Metro Manila (Rappler, 2020).

    Manila International Airport Authority exercises caution. Sanitation is escalated in airports across Metro Manila (Rappler, 2020).

    Rappler. (2020). PH suspends flights to and from Wuhan, China, amid virus outbreak. Retrieved from https://www.rappler.com/nation/250111-civil-aeronautics-board-miaa-tighten-security-measures-novel-coronavirus-outbreak

  • January 27, 2020

    14 na tao sa Pilipinas ay pinaghihinalaan na nahawaan ng sakit (CNN Philippines Staff, 2020). 

    (Aklan, Palawan, Cebu, Metro Manila)

    14 individuals are suspected for being infected across the Philippines (CNN Philippines Staff, 2020).

    (Aklan, Palawan, Cebu, Metro Manila)

    CNN Philippines Staff. (2020). 14 under probe for suspected coronavirus in PH. CNN Philippines. Retrieved from https://cnnphilippines.com/news/2020/1/27/Philippines-DOH-11-patients-under-investigation-coronavirus.html

  • January 28, 2020

    Ang mga mula sa Hubei Province, Tsina ay pinagbawalang makakuha ng visa upang makapasok ng Pilipinas (Tomacruz, 2020). 

    Pinagtipon ng Kagawaran ng Kalusugan (Department of Health) ang Inter-Agency Task Force para sa tugon sa sakit (DOH, 2020).

    Travelers from Hubei Province, China are made unable to receive visas to enter the Philippines (Tomacruz, 2020). 

    The Department of Health (DOH) convenes Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) for response to virus (DOH, 2020).

    Tomacruz, S. (2020). PH suspends visa issuance for travelers from Hubei over coronavirus scare. Rappler. Retrieved from https://www.rappler.com/nation/250465-philippines-suspends-visa-issuance-travelers-hubei-china-coronavirus-scare

    Department of Health. (2020). DOH convenes first Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) for the management of emerging infectious diseases meeting. Retrieved from https://www.doh.gov.ph/node/19270

  • January 29, 2020

    Nag-aatubili si Pangulong Duterte at Health Secretary Duque sa pagbabawal ng pagpasok ng mga galing sa Tsina. Ito raw ay nagpapahiwatig ng pagbubukod ng Tsina (Peralta, 2020). 

    Ayon kay Health Secretary Duque, nailatag na ang mga hakbang upang masubaybayan ang sakit (Peralta, 2020). 

    Ang isang pasyenteng nagmula sa Tsina na nasa San Lazaro Hospital sa Maynila ay namatay dahil sa pulmonya o pneumonia (Gregorio, 2020). Ang pasyenteng ito ay pinag-iimbestigahan para sa 2019-nCoV.

    Ang mga test para sa 2019-nCoV ay maaari nang magawa sa Pilipinas (Paris, 2020).

    President Duterte and Health Secretary Duque are reluctant to ban flights coming in from China, as this would imply the singling out of the country (Peralta, 2020). 

    According to Health Secreatry Duque, measures to monitor the virus have been mounted (Peralta, 2020).

    A patient from China staying in San Lazaro Hospital in Manila being investigated for 2019-nCoV dies from pneumonia (Gregorio, 2020). 

    Tests for 2019-nCoV may now be done in the Philippines (Paris, 2020).

    Peralta, J. (2020). Duterte not keen on banning travel to China amid coronavirus scare. CNN Philippines. Retrieved from https://cnnphilippines.com/news/2020/1/29/duterte-on-china-travel-ban.html

    Gregorio, X. (2020). San Lazaro Hospital patient dies of pneumonia, was under observation for coronavirus. CNN Philippines. Retrieved from https://www.cnnphilippines.com/news/2020/1/29/Wuhan-coronavirus-investigation-death-Philippines.html

    Paris, J. (2020). Philippines now has capability to test samples for novel coronavirus – Duque. Rappler. Retrieved from https://www.rappler.com/nation/250501-duque-says-philippines-now-has-capability-test-samples-novel-coronavirus

  • January 30, 2020

    Ang isang babae mula sa Wuhan, Tsina ay nagpositibo para sa 2019-nCoV. Siya ang unang naitalang kaso sa Pilipinas (Gregorio, 2020).

    Idineklara ng World Health Organization ang novel coronavirus bilang public health emergency of international concern (Gallegos, 2020).

    A Chinese female who came from Wuhan tests positive for 2019-nCoV, the first in the Philippines (Gregorio, 2020). 

    The novel coronavirus is declared by the World Health Organization as a public health emergency of international concern (Gallegos, 2020).

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    Gregorio, X. (2020). Philippines confirms first case of novel coronavirus. Rappler. Retrieved from https://cnnphilippines.com/news/2020/1/30/Philippines-coronavirus-case.html

    Gallegos, A. (2020). WHO declares public health emergency for novel coronavirus. Medscape Medical News. Retrieved from https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/924596

  • January 31, 2020

    Ang mga manlalakbay mula sa Hubei Province, Tsina ay pinagbawalan pumasok sa Pilipinas. Ito ay tugon ni Pangulong Duterte sa gitna ng pag-akit ng publiko at ng iba pang mga senador (CNN Philippines Staff, 2020).

    Travelers from the Hubei Province, China are barred from entering the Philippines, a response from President Duterte amid clamor from the public and from senators (CNN Philippines Staff, 2020).

    PH CASESPH DEATHSPH RECOVERIES
    100

    CNN Philippines Staff. (2020). Duterte orders travel ban from China province amid coronavirus scare. CNN Philippines. Retrieved from https://cnnphilippines.com/news/2020/1/31/Philippines-novel-coronavirus-China-travel-ban.html

FEBRUARY 2020

Stay home and self-isolate even with minor symptoms such as cough, headache, mild fever, until you recover. Have someone bring you supplies. If you need to leave your house, wear a mask to avoid infecting others. Why? Avoiding contact with others will protect them from possible COVID-19 and other viruses.

World Health Organization
  • February 2, 2020

    Ikalawang pasyenteng naglakbay kasama ng unang kaso ay nakumpirma na positibo sa 2019-nCoV (DOH, 2020).

    Mga manlalakbay galing Tsina, Hong Kong, at Macau ay bawal nang pumasok ng bansa ayon sa pagdeklara ni Pangulong Duterte (Jalea & Gregorio, 2020).

    The second patient, a traveling companion of first case, is confirmed to be positive for 2019-nCoV (DOH, 2020). 

    Travellers from China, Hong Kong, and Macau are barred from entry, as declared by President Duterte (Jalea & Gregorio, 2020).

    PH CASESPH DEATHSPH RECOVERIES
    210

    Jalea, G., Gregorio, X. (2020). Duterte widens travel ban on mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau. CNN Philippines. Retrieved from https://cnnphilippines.com/news/2020/2/2/Duterte-travel-ban-mainland-China-Hong-Kong-Macau.html

    Department of Health (2020). DOH reveals more negative 2019-nCoV cases’ confirms first nCoV ard death in PH. Retrieved from https://www.doh.gov.ph/press-release/DOH-reveals-more-negative-2019-nCoV-cases-confirms-first-nCoV-ARD-death-in-PH

  • February 3, 2020

    Duterte: “Maayos ang lahat sa bansa.” (Philippine Star, 2020)

    Duterte: “Everything is well in the country.” (Philippine Star, 2020)

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    Philippine Star. (2020). WATCH: ‘Everything is well’: Duterte assures nation on novel coronavirus risk. Retrieved from https://www.philstar.com/other-sections/news-videos/2020/02/04/1990295/watch-everything-well-duterte-assures-nation-novel-coronavirus-risk

  • February 10, 2020

    Unang paggaling ng kaso sa Pilipinas

    First recovery in the PH

    PH CASESPH DEATHSPH RECOVERIES
    311
  • February 11, 2020

    2019-nCoV ay opisyal na pinangalanang COVID-19.

    2019-nCoV is officially named COVID-19.

    PH CASESPH DEATHSPH RECOVERIES
    311

    Ravelo, J. L., Jerving, S. (2020). COVID-19 — a timeline of the coronavirus outbreak. DevEx. Retrieved from https://www.devex.com/news/covid-19-a-timeline-of-the-coronavirus-outbreak-96396

  • February 13, 2020

    Duterte: “Hindi kailangang mag-alala dahil wala pang Filipino ang nahawaan.” (CNN Philippine Staff, 2020)

    Duterte: “There is no need to worry as no Filipinos have been infected.” (CNN Philippine Staff, 2020)

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    CNN Philippine Staff. (2020). Duterte appeals for calm, vigilance amid coronavirus scare. CNN Philippines. Retrieved from https://cnnphilippines.com/news/2020/2/13/Novel-coronavirus-disease-Philippines-Duterte.html

  • February 14, 2020

    Ayon sa Sekretarya ng Turismo, Romulo-Puyat, ang mga piyesta at ibang mga lokal na kaganapan ay maaaring magpatuloy (CNN Philippine Staff, 2020).

    According to Tourism Secretary Romulo-Puyat, fiestas and other local events may continue (CNN Philippine Staff, 2020).

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    CNN Philippines Staff. (2020). Festivities may proceed with precautionary health measures – Tourism chief. Retrieved from https://cnnphilippines.com/news/2020/2/14/local-festivities-push-through-.html

  • February 18, 2020

    Ayon sa DOH, ang publiko ay maaaring mag “engage in public gatherings as long as they follow precautionary measures” (Ravelo & Jerving, 2020).

    According to the DOH, the public may “engage in public gatherings as long as they follow precautionary measures” (Ravelo & Jerving, 2020).

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    Ravelo, J. L., Jerving, S. (2020). COVID-19 — a timeline of the coronavirus outbreak. DevEx. Retrieved from https://www.devex.com/news/covid-19-a-timeline-of-the-coronavirus-outbreak-96396

MARCH 2020

If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention, but call by telephone in advance if possible and follow the directions of your local health authority. Why? National and local authorities will have the most up to date information on the situation in your area. Calling in advance will allow your health care provider to quickly direct you to the right health facility. This will also protect you and help prevent spread of viruses and other infections.

World Health Organization
  • March 6, 2020

    2 Pilipino ang nakumpirmang positibo sa COVID-19 (DOH, 2020).

    2 Filipinos are confirmed to be positive for COVID-19 (DOH, 2020).

    PH CASESPH DEATHSPH RECOVERIES
    511

    Department of Health (2020). DOH confirms two more cases of COVID-19 in PH. Retrieved from https://www.doh.gov.ph/doh-press-release/DOH-CONFIRMS-TWO%20MORE-CASES-OF-COVID-19-IN-PH

  • March 7, 2020

    Kinumpirma ng DOH ang lokal na transmisyon. Ang alertong Code Red-Sublevel 1 ay idineklara.

    DOH confirms local transmission. Code Red-Sublevel 1 alert is declared (DOH, 2020).

    PH CASESPH DEATHSPH RECOVERIES
    1011

    Department of Health (2020).DOH reports 4 new COVID-19 patients; cases up to 10. Retrieved from https://www.doh.gov.ph/doh-press-release/DOH-REPORTS-4-NEW-COVID-19-PATIENTS%3B-CASES-UP-TO-10

  • March 9, 2020

    Pangulong Duterte ay nagdeklara ng emergency sa kalusugan ng publiko (Tomacruz, 2020).

    Ang mungkahi na ang Metro Manila ay mag-lockdown bilang tugon sa lumalaking numero ng mga kaso ay itinanggi ni Pangulong Duterte (Nakpil, 2020).

    Duterte declares a public health emergency (Tomacruz, 2020). 

    The suggested Metro Manila lockdown in response to the growing number of cases is rejected by President Duterte (Nakpil, 2020).

    PH CASESPH DEATHSPH RECOVERIES
    2011

    Nakpil, D. (2020). Duterte rejects Metro Manila lockdown despite rising coronavirus cases in PH. CNN Philippines. Retrieved from https://cnnphilippines.com/news/2020/3/9/Duterte-rejects-Metro-Manila-lockdown-despite-rise-PH-coronavirus-cases.html

    Tomacruz, S. (2020). Duterte declares state of public health emergency amid rise in coronavirus cases. Rappler. Retrieved from https://www.rappler.com/nation/253833-duterte-declares-state-public-health-emergency-rise-coronavirus-cases-march-2020

  • March 11, 2020

    Inilalarawan bilang isang pandemya ng WHO ang COVID-19 (Ravelo & Jerving, 2020).

    Idineklara ang unang lokal na kamatayan dahil sa COVID-19 (Magsambol, 2020). Ipinahayag ni Duque ang kakulangan ng mga kagamitan para sa mga health workers at ang pagkaantala ng kumpirmasyon ng mga kaso na may kaugnay sa virus.

    COVID-19 is characterized as a pandemic by the WHO (Ravelo & Jerving, 2020).

    The first local death due to COVID-19 is declared (Magsambol, 2020). Duque declares a lack of supplies for health workers and a delay of testing and confirmation of cases.

    PH CASESPH DEATHSPH RECOVERIES
    4921

    Ravelo, J. L., Jerving, S. (2020). COVID-19 — a timeline of the coronavirus outbreak. DevEx. Retrieved from https://www.devex.com/news/covid-19-a-timeline-of-the-coronavirus-outbreak-96396

    Magsambol, B. (2020). DOH confirms 16 new cases of coronavirus in PH; total now 49. Rappler. Retrieved from https://www.rappler.com/nation/254134-doh-confirms-new-cases-coronavirus-philippines-march-11-2020

  • March 12, 2020

    Ang pagbabawal sa paglalakbay ay aplikado na sa mga bansang may kumpirmadong pasyente na may COVID-10 (CNN Philippines Staff, 2020).

    Idineklara ni Pangulong Duterte ang lockdown na maitutupad simula sa Marso 15. Ang alerto para sa coronavirus ay nakataas na sa Code Red-Sublevel 2 (Talabong, 2020). Sa parehong kumperensya, pinasalamatan si Pangulong Xi Jinping para sa kanyang willingness to help.”

    The travel ban has been applied for all countries with confirmed COVID-19 patients (CNN Philippines Staff, 2020). 

    President Duterte has declared for a lockdown to be enforced starting on March 15. The coronavirus alert is raised to Code Red-Sublevel 2 (Talabong, 2020). In the same conference, President Xi Jinping is thanked for “willingness to help.”

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    CNN Philippines Staff. (2020). Philippines expands travel ban to all countries with local COVID-19 transmission. CNN Philippines. Retrieved from https://www.cnnphilippines.com/news/2020/3/12/Philippines-expands-travel-ban-to-all-countries-with-local-COVID-19-transmission.html

    Talabong, R. (2020). Metro Manila to be placed on lockdown due to coronavirus outbreak. Rappler. Retrieved from https://www.rappler.com/nation/254101-metro-manila-placed-on-lockdown-coronavirus-outbreak

  • March 13, 2020

    Sinubukang gawin ang mga paraan ng social distancing sa MRT-3, na nagdulot ng abala sa mga manggagawang walang ibang paraan ng transportasyon. (Rey, 2020). 

    Negatibo ang resulta ng COVID-19 test ni Duterte (CNN Philippines Staff, 2020).

    Trials of social distancing measures are tested at the MRT-3, resulting in trouble for workers who have no other methods of transportation (Rey, 2020). 

    Duterte tests negative for COVID-19 (CNN Philippines Staff, 2020).

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    Rey, A. (2020). MRT3 holds dry run of social distancing at stations. Rappler. Retrieved from https://www.rappler.com/nation/254389-mrt-dry-run-social-distancing-stop-coronavirus-spread

    CNN Philippines Staff (2020). Duterte tests negative for coronavirus. CNN Philippines. Retrieved from https://www.cnnphilippines.com/news/2020/3/13/Duterte-tests-negative-for-coronavirus.html

  • March 14, 2020

    Libu-libong mga Pilipino sa Metro Manila ay nahaharap sa banta na mai-stranded sa bisperas ng lockdown.

    Thousands of Filipinos in Metro Manila are faced with the threat of being stranded on the eve of the lockdown.

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    Baizas, G. (2020). Questions Filipinos are asking about the coronavirus lockdown. Rappler. Retrieved from https://www.rappler.com/nation/254361-questions-filipinos-metro-manila-coronavirus-lockdown

  • March 15, 2020

    Ipinatupad na ang lockdown sa Metro Manila. Milyun-milyong Pilipino ang nahaharap sa banta ng pagkawala ng mga trabaho. Ang mga checkpoints ay nagkukulang sa mga kagamitan. Ang mga patakaran ng lockdown ay nag-iiba depende sa lugar.

    The lockdown on Metro Manila is enforced. Millions are faced with the threat of a loss of jobs. Checkpoints face a lack of equipment. Lockdown rules vary from place to place.

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    140122

    Rappler. (2020). WATCH: Traffic builds up on first morning of Metro Manila lockdown. Retrieved from https://www.rappler.com/nation/254574-video-updates-first-morning-metro-manila-lockdown-coronavirus-march-2020

  • March 16, 2020

    Nahihirapan ang mga manggagawang bumiyahe dahil sa ipinatupad na lockdown. Ipinasailalim ang Metro Manila sa isang enhanced na pangkomunidad na kuwarantin kung saan kinakailangang manatili ang lahat sa kanilang mga tirahan.

    Commuting workers struggle with the enforced lockdown. Metro Manila is to be placed under enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ), requiring almost all to stay at home (Ibañez, 2020).

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    142122

    Ibañez, J. P. (2020). Duterte locks down Luzon. BusinessWorld. Retrieved from https://www.bworldonline.com/duterte-locks-down-luzon/

  • March 17, 2020

    DOJ: Maaaring arestuhin ng pulisya ang mga lumalabag sa mga patakaran ng lockdown (Buan, 2020).

    Idineklara ni Pangulong Duterte ang state of calamity sa Pilipinas (Rey, 2020).

    DOJ: Police may arrest violators of lockdown rules (Buan, 2020).  

    President Duterte declares a state of calamity in the Philippines (Rey, 2020).

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    Buan, L. (2020). DOJ: Police can arrest violators of Luzon lockdown even if they do not resist. Rappler.  Retrieved from https://www.rappler.com/nation/254887-doj-says-police-can-arrest-violators-luzon-lockdown-even-without-warrants

    Rey, A. (2020).Duterte declares state of calamity in PH due to coronavirus. Rappler. Retrieved from https://www.rappler.com/nation/254910-duterte-declares-state-calamity-philippines-coronavirus

  • March 20, 2020

    Ayon kay Vergeire, tagapagsalita ng DOH, ang mass testing ay hindi kasalukuyang kailangan. Naantala ang testing (Cepeda, 2020).

    According to DOH spokesperson Vergeire, mass testing is not needed at the moment. Testing is delayed to pile-ups (Cepeda, 2020).

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    Cepeda, M. (2020). DOH admits PH health care system ‘challenged’ by virus testing demand. Rappler. Retrieved from https://www.rappler.com/nation/255247-doh-admits-philippine-health-care-system-challenged-coronavirus-testing-demand

  • March 22, 2020

    Nakakuha ng hiling ang Kongreso mula sa Pangulong Duterte na ideklara ang mga kaganapan sa bansa bilang isang pambansang emergency at bigyan siya ng emergency powers.

    The Congress is faced with a request from President Duterte to declare a “national emergency” and give him emergency powers (Tomacruz, 2020).

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    Tomacruz, S. (2020). Duterte asks Congress for ’emergency powers’ to address coronavirus outbreak. Rappler. Retrieved from https://www.rappler.com/nation/255476-duterte-asks-congress-emergency-powers-address-coronavirus-outbreak

  • March 23, 2020

    Ang Bayanihan to Heal as One Act (RA11469) kung saan nasasama ang pagkakaloob ng special powers ay inaprubahan na.

    Kasama sa special powers ang mga sunusunod:

    • ₱5,000 hanggang ₱8,000 na tulong na salapi para sa mga kabahayan na may mababang kita
    • ₱100,000 para sa mga healthworker na maaaring magkaroon ng COVID-19 na impeksyon
    • Pagmamahala ng medikal na kilusan

    Isinabi ng DOH na hindi naisagawa ang VIP treatment para sa mga pulitiko (Mendoza, 2020).

    The Bayanihan to Heal as One Act (RA11469), including the granting of special powers, was approved. 

    Special powers include: 

    • ₱5,000 to ₱8,000 subsidy for low-income households
    • ₱100,000 for health workers who may contract COVID-19 infection
    • Direction of medical movements

    DOH denies VIP treatment for politicians (Mendoza, 2020).

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    Mendoza, J. E. (2020). DoH denies VIP treatment for politicians on covid-19 testing. Manila Times. Retrieved from https://www.manilatimes.net/2020/03/23/second-headline/doh-denies-vip-treatment-for-politicians-on-covid-19-testing/705208/

  • March 25, 2020

    Binatikos si Senador Koko Pimentel sa kanyang pagbisita sa kanyang asawang buntis sa Makati Medical Center (MMC) dahil ito ay labag sa protocol. Siya ay nagpositibo sa COVID-19 Rey, 2020).

    Hindi ito inimbestigahan ng DOJ pagkatapos ng isang apelang makiramay na lang.

    Senator Koko Pimentel is called out for visit to his pregnant wife at the Makati Medical Center (MMC), breaking protocol. He tests positive for COVID-19 (Rey, 2020).   

    The DOJ is not investigating this after an appeal for compassion.

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    Rey, A. (2020). Pimentel tests positive for coronavirus. Rappler. Retrieved from https://www.rappler.com/nation/255806-koko-pimentel-tests-positive-coronavirus

APRIL 2020

Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth. Why? Hands touch many surfaces and can pick up viruses. Once contaminated, hands can transfer the virus to your eyes, nose or mouth. From there, the virus can enter your body and infect you.

World Health Organization
  • April 1, 2020

    “SHOOT THEM DEAD” 

    “Gulo, barilan, o patayan, I will not hesitate to let my soldiers shoot you.” 

    Ipinag-utos ni Pangulong Duterte ang pag-aksyon ng pulisya at militar sa mga lumalabag sa quarantine protocols sa isang address sa bansa (Tomacruz, 2020).

    Hindi kasama sa address na ito ang mga konkretong plano para sa P265 bilyong nakalaan para sa tugon laban sa COVID-19.

    Mayor Vico Sotto ng Lungsod ng Pasig ay ipinatawag ng NBI para sa kanyang paglabag sa Bayanihan to Heal as One Act. sa gitna ng agarang at direktang pagtulong sa mamamayan ng lungsod.

    “SHOOT THEM DEAD” 

    “Gulo, barilan, o patayan, I will not hesitate to let my soldiers shoot you.” 

    President Duterte orders police and military action for violators of quarantine protocol in an address to the nation (Tomacruz, 2020). Not included in this address are concrete plans for the P265 Billion allocated for the COVID-19 response. 

    Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto is summoned by the NBI for violations against the Bayanihan to Heal as One Act. amidst immediate and direct help to citizens of the city (Buan, 2020).

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    Buan, L. (2020). NBI summons Vico Sotto for ‘violating’ Bayanihan Law. Rappler. Retrieved from https://www.rappler.com/nation/256660-nbi-summons-vico-sotto-violating-bayanihan-law-coronavirus

    Tomacruz, S. (2020). ‘Shoot them dead’: Duterte orders troops to kill quarantine violators. Rappler. Retrieved from https://www.rappler.com/nation/256705-duterte-orders-troops-shoot-kill-coronavirus-quarantine-violators

  • April 2, 2020

    Tinawag ang atensyon ni Vice-President Robredo ng sidential Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC) sa “pakikipag kompetensya” nito sa pagsisikap ng pambansang gobyerno sa kabila ng kanyang agarang aksyon. (Cepeda & Tomacruz, 2020).

    Inaasahang magsimula ang mass testing para sa COVID-19 ng Abril 14, ayon kay Presidential Peace Adviser Galvez (Santos, 2020).

    Vice-President Robredo is called by the Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC) for “competing” with national government efforts despite her immediate action (Cepeda & Tomacruz, 2020). 

    Mass testing for COVID-19 is expected to start by April 14, as stated by Presidential Peace Adviser Galvez (Santos, 2020).

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    2,66310751

    Cepeda, M., Tomacruz, S. (2020). NBI urged to probe Robredo for helping frontliners, ‘competing’ with gov’t. Rappler. Retrieved from https://www.rappler.com/nation/256769-nbi-urged-probe-robredo-helping-frontliners-competing-government-coronavirus-response

    Santos, E. (2020). PH eyes ‘massive testing’ of suspected COVID-19 cases by April 14. CNN Philippines. Retrieved from https://cnnphilippines.com/news/2020/4/2/philippines-massive-testing-covid-19.html

  • April 4, 2020

    Pinahintulutan na ng Food and Drug Administration ang paggamit ng COVID-19 testing kit na gawa ng mga siyentista ng UP para sa masa (Magsambol, 2020).

    COVID-19 testing kits developed by UP scientists are approved for mass use by the Food and Drug Administration (Magsambol, 2020).

    PH CASESPH DEATHSPH RECOVERIES
    3,09414457

    Magsambol, B. (2020). U.P.-developed coronavirus test kits ready for mass use beginning April 4. Rappler. Retrieved from https://www.rappler.com/nation/256929-up-developed-coronavirus-testing-kits-ready-mass-use-starting-april-4-2020

  • April 6, 2020

    “Tingnan natin.”

    Iniisip ni Pangulong Duterte na pahabain ang enhanced na pangkomunidad ng kuwarantin hanggang Abril 30.

    “Itong COVID na ito, ito talaga ‘yung tunay na at the start sinabi ko sa inyo bantay kayo dito, bantay tayo” 

    Sinabi ni Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte na binalaan ang mga Pilipino hinggil sa COVID-19. Taliwas ito sa mga nakaraang address mula Enero hanggang Pebrero na nakasaad na ang lahat ay maayos at ang virus ay lilipas, bukod sa iba pang mga pahayag, at pagkaantala sa pagpapatupad ng pagbabawal sa paglalakbay.

    “Tingnan natin.” (Let’s see.)

    President Duterte is eye-ing the extension of the enhanced community quarantine to April 30. 

    “Itong COVID na ito, ito talaga ‘yung tunay na at the start sinabi ko sa inyo bantay kayo dito, bantay tayo” 

    President Rodrigo Duterte states that Filipinos were warned regarding COVID-19. This is in contradiction to previous addresses from January and February stating that everything is well and that the virus will pass, among other statements, and delays in enforcing travel bans.

    PH CASESPH DEATHSPH RECOVERIES
    3,42416373

    Tomacruz, S. (2020). Duterte ‘inclined’ to extend Luzon lockdown until April 30. Rappler. Retrieved from https://www.rappler.com/nation/257192-duterte-inclined-extend-luzon-lockdown-until-april-30-2020

    Rappler. (2020). FALSE: Duterte warned about coronavirus threat ‘at the start’. Retrieved from https://www.rappler.com/newsbreak/fact-check/257369-duterte-warned-coronavirus-threat-at-the-start

  • April 7, 2020

    Ang enhanced community quarantine sa Luzon ay pinahaba hanggang Abril 30 (Tomacruz, 2020).

    Luzon enhanced community quarantine is extended until April 30 (Tomacruz, 2020).

    PH CASESPH DEATHSPH RECOVERIES
    3,76417784

    Tomacruz, S. (2020). Duterte extends Luzon lockdown until April 30. Rappler. Retrieved from https://www.rappler.com/nation/256432-duterte-extends-luzon-lockdown-april-30-2020-coronavirus-pandemic

  • April 9, 2020

    Ayon kay Duque, ang Pilipinas ay napakahusay sa pagmonitor sa sitwasyon base sa bilang ng mga kaso kahit na walang mass testing (Magsambol, 2020).

    Duque states that the Philippines is excelling in monitoring the situation based on the number of cases despite the lack of mass testing at the moment (Magsambol, 2020).

    PH CASESPH DEATHSPH RECOVERIES
    4,076203124

    Magsambol, B. (2020). FACT CHECK: Duque claims PH has ‘low’ coronavirus infection. Rappler. Retrieved from https://www.rappler.com/newsbreak/fact-check/257462-fact-check-duque-claims-philippines-low-coronavirus-infection

  • April 13, 2020

    Ang Pilipinas ang nagiging nangungunang bansa sa Timog Silangang Asya sa bilang ng kaso ng COVID-19.

    Nakatakdang magsisimula ang mass testing sa Abril 14, sabi ng DOH (Magsambol, 2020).

    The Philippines becomes the leading country in Southeast Asia in terms of number of COVID-19 cases.  

    Mass testing is set to begin on April 14, as stated by the DOH (Magsambol, 2020).

    PH CASESPH DEATHSPH RECOVERIES
    4,932315242

    Magsambol, B. (2020). PH coronavirus cases jump to 4,932, death toll hits 315. Rappler. Retrieved from https://www.rappler.com/nation/257805-coronavirus-cases-philippines-april-13-2020

    Magsambol, B. (2020). Mass testing will cover severe to critical cases, vulnerable population – DOH. Rappler. Retrieved from https://www.rappler.com/nation/257831-doh-coronavirus-mass-testing-coverage

  • April 16, 2020

    Si Duque ay tinatawag ng mga senador na magbitiw dahil sa failure of leadership, negligence, lack of foresight, and inefficiency” (Rey, 2020).

    Duque is called to resign by senators due to “failure of leadership, negligence, lack of foresight, and inefficiency” (Rey, 2020).

    PH CASESPH DEATHSPH RECOVERIES
    5,660362435

    Rey, A. (2020). 14 senators call on Duque to resign over ‘failed’ coronavirus response. Rappler. Retrieved from https://www.rappler.com/nation/258116-resign-senators-tell-duque-failed-coronavirus-response

  • April 17, 2020

    18 sa masikip na Quezon City Jail ay nagpositibo para sa COVID-19 (Talabong, 2020).

    18 at the crowded Quezon City Jail test positive for COVID-19 (Talabong, 2020).

    PH CASESPH DEATHSPH RECOVERIES
    5,878387487

    Talabong, R. (2020). 18 Quezon City jail inmates, personnel test positive for coronavirus. Rappler. Retrieved from https://www.rappler.com/nation/258219-jail-inmates-personnel-quezon-city-tests-positive-coronavirus

  • April 18, 2020

    Ang mga lokal na yunit ng gobyerno ay binigyan ng kapangyarihan ng IATF upang manguna sa pagtugon sa COVID-19 (Rappler, 2020). 

    Ang nakaraang mga tugon ng LGU, kasama na si Mayor Sotto ng Lungsod ng Pasig, ay pinuna ng pambansang pamahalaan.

    Local government units are given the lead to respond to COVID-19 by the IATF (Rappler, 2020).

    Previous LGU responses, including those of Pasig City Mayor Sotto, were criticized by the national government.

    PH CASESPH DEATHSPH RECOVERIES
    6,087397516

    Rappler. 2020. LGUs will now lead fight vs coronavirus – IATF. Retrieved from https://www.rappler.com/nation/258319-local-governments-lead-philippines-fight-coronavirus-pandemic

  • April 20, 2020

    Idineklara ng pamahalaan ang P246.3 billion para sa tugon sa COVID-19 (Rey, 2020). 

    Nagsimula na ang pag-uusap ng AFP tungkol sa “martial law-like lockdown” subalit wala pang idineklara si Pangulong Duterte (Santos, 2020).

    P246.3 billion savings is declared by the national government for COVID-19 response (Rey, 2020). 

    Conversations regarding a “martial law-like lockdown” have been started among AFP. However, President Duterte has not declared anything (Santos, 2020).

    PH CASESPH DEATHSPH RECOVERIES
    6,459428613

    Rey, A. (2020). Duterte declares P246.28 billion savings for coronavirus measures. Rappler. Retrieved from https://www.rappler.com/nation/258526-duterte-savings-coronavirus-measures-april-20-2020

    Santos, D. (2020). AFP confirms leaked memo on preps for ‘martial law-like’ lockdown legit. CNN Philippines. Retrieved from https://www.cnnphilippines.com/news/2020/4/19/afp-leaked-memo-preps-lockdown.html

  • April 22, 2020

    Si Winston Ragos, isang dating sundalo ng Hukbong Katihan ng Pilipinas o Philippine Army ay nabaril at napatay dahil sa sinasabing paglabag sa patakaran ng kuwarantena o quarantine.

    Ang pulis ng Quezon City ay hinaharap ng kaso para sa pagpatay ng tao o homicide charges (CNN Philippines Staff, 2020).

    Winston Ragos, a former soldier of the Philippine Army, is shot dead for allegedly violating quarantine. 

    Quezon City cop is faced with homicide charges (CNN Philippines Staff, 2020).

    PH CASESPH DEATHSPH RECOVERIES
    6,710446693

    CNN Philippines Staff. (2020). Cop faces homicide raps for fatally shooting Army veteran in checkpoint. CNN Philippines. Retrieved from https://www.cnnphilippines.com/news/2020/4/24/Winston-Ragos-shooting-police-Daniel-Florendo-case.html

  • April 24, 2020

    Ang enhanced community quarantine sa Luzon ay pinahaba hanggang Mayo 15 (Ranada, 2020).

    Luzon enhanced community quarantine is extended until May 15 (Ranada, 2020).

    PH CASESPH DEATHSPH RECOVERIES
    7,192477762

    Ranada, P. (2020). Metro Manila, other ‘high-risk’ Luzon areas to remain on lockdown. Rappler. Retrieved from https://www.rappler.com/nation/258496-metro-manila-calabarzon-bulacan-to-remain-on-lockdown

  • April 28, 2020

    Inaresto ang isang fish vendor mula sa Lungsod ng Quezon dahil sa “hindi pagtupad ng pagsusuot ng face mask at pagdala ng quarantine pass” (Talabong, 2020). Iniuulat ng mga saksi na binubugbog ang lalaki ng mga pulis. Nagsimula ang mga imbestigasyon sa insidente.

    A fish vendor from Quezon City was apprehended “failing to wear a face mask and bringing a quarantine pass” (Talabong, 2020). Witnesses report the man being mauled by police. Investigations have begun on the incident.

    PH CASESPH DEATHSPH RECOVERIES
    7,958530975

    Talabong, R. (2020). QC officials maul, drag fish vendor for not wearing face mask. Rappler. Retrieved from https://www.rappler.com/nation/259289-quezon-city-officials-maul-drag-fish-vendor-not-wearing-face-mask

  • April 29, 2020

    Ayon sa Kagawaran ng Kalusugan (Department of Health), maaaring hindi maabot ang inaasahang 8,000 na bilang ng testing para sa COVID-19 kada araw pagdating ng Abril 30 (Magsambol, 2020).

    According to the Department of Health, testing for COVID-19 might not reach the targeted 8,000 per day by April 30 (Magsambol, 2020).

    PH CASESPH DEATHSPH RECOVERIES
    8,2125581,023

    Magsambol, B. (2020). DOH: PH may miss April 30 target of 8,000 coronavirus tests per day. Rappler. Retrieved from https://www.rappler.com/nation/259372-doh-says-philippines-may-not-reach-target-number-daily-coronavirus-tests-by-april-30-2020

MAY 2020

Maintain at least 1 metre (3 feet) distance between yourself and others. Why? When someone coughs, sneezes, or speaks they spray small liquid droplets from their nose or mouth which may contain virus. If you are too close, you can breathe in the droplets, including the COVID-19 virus if the person has the disease.

World Health Organization
  • May 1, 2020

    Nilabas ng gobyerno ang “”Omnibus Guidelines on the Implementation of Community Quarantine in the Philippines.” Ang Metro Manila, kabilang na rin ang iba pang mga probinsya, ay mananantiling naka-Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ), habang ang iba pang mga probinsya sa bansa ay sasailalim sa General Community Quarantine (GCQ) (Ranada, 2020).

    Ang Philippine Offshore Gaming Operations (POGOs) ay pinayagang magbukas muli, kahit na ito ay itinuturing non-essential service (Rivas, 2020).

    The national government released the  “Omnibus Guidelines on the Implementation of Community Quarantine in the Philippines.” Metro Manila along with other provinces remain on Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) while the rest of the Philippines transitions to General Community Quarantine (GQC) (Ranada, 2020).

    Philippine offshore gaming operations (POGOs), despite being a non-essential service, are permitted to reopen (Rivas, 2020).

    PH CASESPH DEATHSPH RECOVERIES
    8,7725791,084

    Ranada, P. (2020). DOCUMENT: Omnibus guidelines on enhanced, general community quarantine. Rappler. Retrieved from https://www.rappler.com/newsbreak/84-documents/259657-document-omnibus-guidelines-enhanced-general-community-quarantine

    Rivas, R. (2020). Gambling-dependent Philippines allows POGOs to resume operations. Rappler. Retrieved from https://www.rappler.com/business/259599-gambling-dependent-philippines-allows-pogos-resume-operations-coronavirus

  • May 4, 2020

    Apat na pangunahing coronavirus testing center ang inaasahan na magbukas sa Metro Manila at Bulacan. 5,000 na test para sa COVID-19 ang naisasagawa bawat araw. 30,000 na test kada araw ang inaasahan sa pagtapos ng Mayo (Tomacruz, 2020).

    Four major coronavirus testing centers are set to open in Metro Manila and in Bulacan. Tests for COVID-19 are at an average of 5,000 per day. 30,000 tests per day are envisioned by the end of May (Tomacruz, 2020).

    PH CASESPH DEATHSPH RECOVERIES
    9,4856231,315

    Tomacruz, S. (2020). PH to open 4 ‘mega’ coronavirus swabbing centers in Metro Manila, Bulacan. Rappler. Retrieved from https://www.rappler.com/nation/259868-philippines-open-mega-coronavirus-swabbing-centers

  • May 5, 2020

    Ang ABS-CBN, isa sa mga pinakamalaking media outlets ng Pilipinas, ay ipinasara ng National Telecommunications Commission (NTC), sa kabila ng pagiging pangunahing magpagkukuhanan ng impormasyon ukol sa COVID-19 (Rivas, 2020).

    Maaaring basahin ang pahayag ng WiTech dito:

    ABS-CBN, one of the Philippines’ biggest media outlets, was ordered to shut down by the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC), despite being a leading source of information during the COVID-19 pandemic (Rivas, 2020). 

    Read WiTech’s statement here:

    PH CASESPH DEATHSPH RECOVERIES
    9,6846371,408

    Rivas, R. (2020). ABS-CBN goes off-air after NTC order. Rappler. Retrieved from https://www.rappler.com/nation/259990-abs-cbn-goes-off-air-ntc-order-may-5-2020

  • May 6, 2020

    Nakatakdang susuriin ng Senado ang tugon ng Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases sa pandemya (Rey, 2020).

    The Senate is set to look into the response of the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases to the pandemic (Rey, 2020).

    PH CASESPH DEATHSPH RECOVERIES
    10,0046581,506

    Rey, A. (2020). Senate to probe gov’t coronavirus measures starting May 11. Rappler. Retrieved from https://www.rappler.com/nation/260106-senate-probe-coronavirus-measures-starting-may-11-2020

  • May 7, 2020

    Ayon sa Pangasiwaan ng Estadistika ng Pilipinas o Philippine Statistics Authority, ang gross domestic product (GDP) para sa unang tatlong buwan ng taon ay lumiit o nag-contract ng 0.2%. Ayon kay Rivas (2020), ang huling pagliliit o pag-contract ng ekonomiya ay higit pa sa dalawang dekadang nakaraan.

    According to the Philippine Statistics Authority, the gross domestic product (GDP) for the first three months of the year “contracted by 0.2%.” According to Rivas (2020), the last shrinking of the economy was more than 2 decades ago.

    PH CASESPH DEATHSPH RECOVERIES
    10,3436851,618

    Rivas, R. (2020). Philippine economy shrinks for first time in 22 years. Rappler. Retrieved from https://www.rappler.com/business/260156-gross-domestic-product-philippines-q1-2020

  • May 8, 2020

    Ayon sa Kagawaran ng Kalusugan, ang kurba ng coronavirus ay nagsimula nang pumatag, sa kabila ng kakulangan ng mass testing (Ranada & Magsambol, 2020).

    According to the Department of Health, the curve of coronavirus cases has begun to flatten despite the lack of mass testing (Ranada & Magsambol, 2020).

    PH CASESPH DEATHSPH RECOVERIES
    10,4636961,734

    Ranada, P., & Magsambol, B. (2020). DOH claims PH is ‘flattening curve’ based on positivity rate. Rappler. Retrieved from https://www.rappler.com/nation/260313-doh-claims-philippines-flattening-curve-coronavirus-positivity-rate

  • May 11, 2020

    Limitado lamang ang pinapayagang mga flight na nagmumula sa ibang bansa. Lahat ng dadating sa Pilipinas ay kinakailangang sumailalim sa pagsuri at quarantine (Tomacruz, 2020).

    Limited incoming international flights have been permitted. Those arriving in the Philippines are subject to testing and quarantine (Tomacruz, 2020).

    PH CASESPH DEATHSPH RECOVERIES
    11,0867261,999

    Tomacruz, S. (2020). All arriving Filipinos and foreigners to undergo mandatory testing, quarantine. Rappler. Retrieved from https://www.rappler.com/nation/260539-all-arriving-filipinos-foreigners-undergo-mandatory-testing-quarantine-coronavirus

  • May 12, 2020

    Mula Ika-15 ng Mayo, sasailalim sa Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) ang Metro Manila, Laguna, at Cebu, ayon kay Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque. Ang iba pang lugar sa bansa ay manantiling nasa ilalim ng General Community Quarantine o Modifiied General Community Quarantine (Ranada, 2020).

    Natagpuan na pinagdiriwang ang kaarawan ni Major General Debold Sinas, pinuno ng National Capital Region Police, nong Mayo 8 sa kabila ng mga quarantine regulations. Tinanggihan ang pagganap ng pagdiriwang (Talabong, 2020).

    Metro Manila, Laguna, and Cebu City are to be placed on Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) starting May 15 according to Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque. Other areas in the Philippines are to remain on General Community Quarantine or Modified General Community Quarantine (Ranada, 2020). 

    Major General Debold Sinas, a chief of the National Capital Region Police, was found to have held a birthday celebration last May 8 despite quarantine regulations. This event was denied (Talabong, 2020).

    PH CASESPH DEATHSPH RECOVERIES
    11,3507512,106

    Ranada, P. (2020). Metro Manila, Cebu City, Laguna under ‘modified’ ECQ until May 31. Rappler. Retrieved from https://www.rappler.com/nation/260622-metro-manila-cebu-city-laguna-to-remain-under-modified-ecq

    Talabong, R. (2020). LOOK: Birthday salu-salo for NCRPO chief Sinas amid ECQ. Rappler. Retrieved from https://www.rappler.com/nation/260657-ncrpo-chief-sinas-birthday-celebration-ecq-may-2020

  • May 14, 2020

    Nag-landfall ang Bagyong Ambo sa Pilipinas. Libo-libong tao ang kinakailangang lumikas mula sa kanilang mga tahanan. Naisakatuparan ang social distancing at ito ay sinunod sa mga evacuation centers (Gotinga, 2020).

    Typhoon Ambo makes landfall in the Philippines. Thousands are forced to evacuate their homes. Social distancing is implemented and practiced in evacuation centers (Gotinga, 2020).

    PH CASESPH DEATHSPH RECOVERIES
    11,8767902,337

    Gotinga, J. (2020). Social distancing ‘per family’ at Typhoon Ambo evacuation centers. Rappler. Retrieved from https://www.rappler.com/nation/260899-social-distancing-per-family-typhoon-ambo-evacuation-centers

  • May 18, 2020

    Ayon kay Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque, responsibilidad ng mga kasapi sa pribadong sektor ang pagtaas ng kakayahan para sa testing para sa COVID19 (Tomacruz, 2020).

    According to Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque, the private sector shall be responsible for increasing testing for COVID-19 (Tomacruz, 2020).

    PH CASESPH DEATHSPH RECOVERIES
    12,7188312,729

    Tomacruz, S. (2020). Government to rely on private sector to boost coronavirus testing capacity. Rappler. Retrieved from https://www.rappler.com/nation/261275-government-rely-private-sector-boost-coronavirus-testing-capacity

  • May 19, 2020

    Ayon kay Health Secretary Duque, nasa pangalawang wave na ng mga kasong coronavirus ang Pilipinas. Sinasabing ang unang wave ay ang tatlong kaso ng coronavirus noong Enero (Abad, 2020).

    According to Health Secretary Duque, the Philippines is already on its second wave of coronavirus cases. The first wave was supposedly the three cases of COVID-19 in January (Abad, 2020).

    PH CASESPH DEATHSPH RECOVERIES
    12,9428372,843

    Abad, M. (2020). Duque on worst-case scenario: PH approaching 3rd wave of coronavirus infections. Rappler. Retrieved from https://www.rappler.com/nation/261393-duque-explains-coronavirus-worst-case-scenario-philippines

  • May 20, 2020

    Ayon sa Kagawaran ng Paggawa at Empleyo o Department of Labor and Employment, halos 5 milyon ng mga Filipino ang posibleng nawalan o mawawalan ng trabaho dahil sa COVID-19. Ang mga plano para sa pagbawi. Kabilang sa mga plano na ito ang mga oportunidad para sa trabaho (Rey, 2020).

    According to the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), almost 5 million Filipinos have possibly lost or will lose their jobs due to COVID-19. Recovery plans, including job opportunities, will be set in motion (Rey, 2020).

    PH CASESPH DEATHSPH RECOVERIES
    13,2218422,932

    Rey, A. (2020). DOLE sees 5 million jobs losses due to pandemic. Rappler. Retrieved from https://www.rappler.com/nation/261529-dole-sees-5-million-jobs-lost-coronavirus-pandemic

  • May 23, 2020

    Pinayagan na ang Pilipinas na sumali sa mga trial ng mga bakuna para coronavirus na ibinubuo ng mga kumpanya mula sa Taiwan at Tsina (Gotinga, 2020). 

    Ang pagbuo ng lunas o bakuna, at global na distribyusyon ay makapagbibigay ng malaking tulong sa pagbalik ng mundo sa pangkaraniwang buhay.

    The Philippines is now permitted to join the trials of coronavirus vaccines being developed by companies in Taiwan and China (Gotinga, 2020).

    The development of a cure or a vaccine and global distribution would greatly aid the transition of the world to normal life.

    PH CASESPH DEATHSPH RECOVERIES
    13,7778633,177

    Gotinga, J. (2020). Gov’t allows PH to join clinical trials for coronavirus vaccine. Rappler. Retrieved from https://www.rappler.com/nation/261802-government-allows-philippines-join-clinical-trials-coronavirus-vaccine

  • May 25, 2020

    Ayon sa CNN Philippines Staff, ang bilang ng mga kaso ng sexual exploitation ng mga bata ay tumaas ng higit pa sa 250% sa nakaraang mga buwan. Ayon sa Kagawaran ng Katarungan o Department of Justice, halos 300,000 na kaso ng sexual exploitation ng bata ay naitala. 

    Ang bilang na ito ay posibleng naidulot ng pagtaas ng paggamit ng mga mobile device at Internet sa kuwarentinas.

    According to the CNN Philippines Staff (2020), cases of sexual exploitation of children have increased by more than 250% in the previous months. According to the Department of Justice, almost 300,000 cases of child sexual exploitation were noted. 

    This number could be because of the increased usage of mobile devices and Internet during the quarantine.

    PH CASESPH DEATHSPH RECOVERIES
    14,3198733,323

    CNN Philippines Staff. (2020). Reports of online sexual exploitation of children skyrocket during lockdown. CNN Philippines. Retrieved from https://www.cnnphilippines.com/news/2020/5/25/child-sexual-exploitation-lockdown.html

  • May 28, 2020

    539 na kaso ng coronavirus ang naitala. Ito ang pinakamalaking bilang na naitala sa isang araw. Ang bilang na ito ay naidudulot sa pagdami ng kakayahan para malaman kung may coronavirus ang isang tao. Ang iba pang mga positibong kaso na hindi pa nakukumpirma ay naitatala rin (Ranada, 2020).

    Ayon kay Pangulong Duterte, ang General Community Quarantine (GCQ) ay ipapatupad sa Metro Manila simula sa ika-1 ng Hunyo (CNN Philippines Staff, 2020). Ang Modified General Community Quarantine (MGCQ) ay ipapatupad sa mga lugar sa labas ng Metro Manila.

    539 coronavirus cases were reported. This is the highest number reported in a single day. The number could be attributed to the increased testing and validation capacity. Other positive cases that have not yet been validated are also taken note of (Ranada, 2020). 

    According to President Duterte, General Community Quarantine (GCQ) will be enforced in Metro Manila starting June 1 (CNN Philippines Staff, 2020). Modified General Community Quarantine (MGCQ) will be placed in places outside of Metro Manila.

    PH CASESPH DEATHSPH RECOVERIES
    15,5889213,598

    Ranada, P. (2020). Highest increase so far: PH reports 539 new coronavirus cases. Rappler. Retrieved from https://www.rappler.com/nation/262218-coronavirus-cases-philippines-may-28-2020

    CNN Philippines Staff. (2020). Metro Manila eases to GCQ on June 1. CNN Philippines. Retrieved from https://www.cnnphilippines.com/news/2020/5/28/Duterte-Metro-Manila-community-quarantine-MECQ-GCQ-decision.html

  • May 30, 2020

    Inaasahan ng gobyerno na pahabain as Bayanihan to Heal as One Act hanggang Setyembre upang mabigyan si Pangulong Duterte ng tatlo pang buwan ng special powers para sa tugon sa pandemya (Ranada, 2020). 

    Ang ayuda na pera para sa mga nangangailangan sa panahon ng pandemya ay ititigil na para sa buwan ng Hunyo. Ang balitang ito ay kasabay ng pagpapatupad ng General Community Quarantine (GCQ) (Ranada, 2020).

    The Bayanihan to Heal as One Act is looking to be extended by the national government until September, giving President Duterte 3 more months of special powers for the response to the pandemic (Ranada, 2020). 

    Monetary aid for those in need during the pandemic shall be halted for the month of June. This is supposedly in line with the transition to General Community Quarantine (GCQ) (Ranada, 2020).

    PH CASESPH DEATHSPH RECOVERIES
    17,2249503,808

    Ranada, P. (2020). Malacañang seeks 90-day extension of Duterte special powers for COVID-19. Rappler. Retrieved from https://www.rappler.com/nation/262397-malacanang-seeks-90-day-extension-duterte-special-powers-coronavirus

    Ranada, P. (2020). No coronavirus emergency cash aid for June – Roque. Rappler. Retrieved from https://www.rappler.com/nation/262399-no-coronavirus-cash-aid-june-2020

JUNE 2020

Make sure you, and the people around you, follow good respiratory hygiene. This means covering your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then dispose of the used tissue immediately and wash your hands. Why? Droplets spread virus. By following good respiratory hygiene, you protect the people around you from viruses such as cold, flu, and COVID-19.

World Health Organization
  • June 5, 2020

    Higit pa 7M na Pilipino ang naitala na walang trabaho. Ang unemployment rate ay ang pinakamataas na naitala kailanman sa 17.7% (Lopez, 2020).

    More than 7M Filipinos are recorded as unemployed. The unemployment rate is the highest recorded rate ever at 17.7% (Lopez, 2020).

    PH CASESPH DEATHSPH RECOVERIES
    20,6269874,330

    Lopez, M.L. (2020). 7.3 million Filipinos jobless in April amid COVID-19 pandemic – PSA. CNN Philippines. Retrieved from https://www.cnnphilippines.com/business/2020/6/5/unemployment-April-2020-COVID-19.html

  • June 7, 2020

    Inaprubahan ng grupong nangunguna sa tugon sa pandemya ang pagbukas ng barber shop at hair salon sa mga lugar na nasa ilalim ng GCQ. Ang paggupit lang ng buhok ang pinapayagan. Ang mga negosyo na ito ay kinakailangang sumundo sa health protocols (Modesto, 2020).

    The task force leading the pandemic response has approved the reopening of barber shops and hair salons in areas under the GCQ. Only haircuts are allowed. Such businesses are required to observe health protocols (Modesto, 2020).

    PH CASESPH DEATHSPH RECOVERIES
    21,8951,0034,530

    Modesto, C.A. (2020). Beauty salons, barbershops are allowed on June 7, but only haircuts allowed. CNN Philippines. Retrieved from https://cnnphilippines.com/business/2020/5/30/barbershop-salons-to-reopen-limited-capacity-gcq.html

  • June 8, 2020

    Inaasahan ng Komisyon sa Lalong Mataas na Edukasyon o Commission on Higher Education na tataasan ng mga pribadong kolehiyo at unibersidad ang matrikula dahil sa pagkalugi ng kita at pagbaba ng bilang ng mga mag-aaral na nagpapatala sa pasukan (Magsambol, 2020). 

    Mahigit 5 indibiduwal mula sa Convent of Basilica Minore del Santo Nino de Cebu ang nagpositibo sa coronavirus (Sitchon, 2020).

    Nagtala ang National Center for Mental Health ng pagtaas ng bilang ng mga tawag mula sa mga Pilipinong may mga problema pagdating sa kalusugan ng kaisipan o mental health (Tomacruz, 2020).

    The Commission on Higher Education expects private colleges and universities to increase tuition fees due to decline in enrolment and revenue losses (Magsambol, 2020).

    At least 5 individuals from the Convent of Basilica Minore del Santo Nino de Cebu tested positive for the coronavirus (Sitchon, 2020).

    The National Center for Mental Health recorded an increase in the number of calls from Filipinos facing mental health issues (Tomacruz, 2020).

    PH CASESPH DEATHSPH RECOVERIES
    22,4741,0114,637

    Magsambol, R. (2020). CHED expects tuition hike in colleges, universities due to revenue losses. Rappler. Retrieved from https://www.rappler.com/nation/263246-ched-tuition-hike-expected-colleges-universities-pandemic-revenue-losses

    Sitchon, J.T. (2020). 5 persons from Cebu City’s Basilica convent test positive from coronavirus. Rappler. Retrieved from https://www.rappler.com/nation/263253-cebu-city-basilica-convent-coronavirus-cases

    Tomacruz, S. (2020). NCMH records spike in mental health consults during coronavirus lockdown. Rappler. Retrieved from https://www.rappler.com/nation/263232-national-center-mental-health-records-spike-hotline-calls-during-coronavirus-lockdown

  • June 9, 2020

    Ayon sa World Bank, hindi pa umaabot sa pinakamalaking bilang ang mga kaso ng COVID-19 sa Pilipinas, at posibleng lumiit ang ekonomiya ng 1.9% sa 2020 (Rivas, 2020).

    Iminungkahi ni Manny Pangilinan ng PLDT ang pagpapatayo ng mga high-tech na greenhouse, pambansang sistema ng pagkakakilanlan, at online na pagsusuring pang-medikal bilang ilan sa mga digital na solusyon para sa bagong normal. Dagdag ni Pangilinan na handang tumulong ang mga pribadong kumpanya sa gobyerno (Rivas, 2020).

    Isinasaad ni Maria Rosario Vergeire, ang pangalawang ministrong pangkalusugan o Health Undersecretary, na ang pagtaas ng mga kaso ng COVID-19 ay hindi nagpapatunay ng pagtaas ng mga kaso — ito’y isang pagpapatunay lamang ng pagpapabuti ng pagtuklas ng mga kaso at pag-uulat nito (Magsambol, 2020).

    The World Bank reported that the Philippines’ COVID-19 cases have not yet peaked, and projects that the economy will shrink by 1.9% in 2020 (Rivas, 2020).

    PLDT’s Manny Pangilinan proposes high-tech greenhouses, national identification systems, and online medical diagnosis as some of the digital solutions for the new normal. Pangilinan adds that private companies are willing to help the government (Rivas, 2020).

    Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire states that the spike in COVID-19 cases does not mean an increase in cases — only an improvement in detection and reporting (Magsambol, 2020).

    PH CASESPH DEATHSPH RECOVERIES
    22,9921,0174,736

    Rivas, R. (2020). Philippine economy to shrink by 1.9% in 2020, says World Bank. Rappler. Retrieved from https://www.rappler.com/business/263285-world-bank-philippine-economy-forecast-june-2020 

    Rivas, R. (2020). Digital shift: Manny Pangilinan eyes high-tech greenhouses, e-learning. Rappler. Retrieved from https://www.rappler.com/business/263327-manny-pangilinan-eyes-high-tech-greenhouses-electronic-learning

    Magsambol, B. (2020). DOH explains spike in COVID-19 cases since easing of lockdown. Rappler. Retrieved from https://www.rappler.com/nation/263335-doh-explains-spike-coronavirus-covid-19-cases-june-2020

  • June 10, 2020

    Sa pamamagitan ng pagtawag, tiniyak ni Narendra Modi, Punong Ministro ng India, kay Pangulong Duterte ang paghatid sa Pilipinas ng mga gamot at produktong parmasyutiko, kabilang ang posibleng gamot sa COVID-19 na hydroxychloroquine (Ranada, 2020).

    Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi assures President Duterte over a phone call that a supply of medicines and pharmaceutical products, including the possible treatment drug hydroxychloroquine, will be delivered to the Philippines (Ranada, 2020).

    PH CASESPH DEATHSPH RECOVERIES
    23,7321,0274,895

    Ranada, P. (2020). Duterte-Modi phone call: India assures PH of coronavirus medical supplies. Rappler. Retrieved from https://www.rappler.com/nation/263439-duterte-modi-phone-call-india-assures-philippines-coronavirus-medical-supplies

  • June 11, 2020

    Iniulat ng Bureau of Jail Management and Penology na 745 na bilanggo at 125 na empleyado ang nagpositibo sa coronavirus. Ang Cebu City Jail ay patuloy na isa sa mga pinaka-apektadong kulungan (Talabong, 2020). 

    Ang Balik Probinsya Program ni Senador Bong Go ay nasuspinde ng hindi bababa sa isang buwan upang unahin ang pagbabalik ng mga OFW at priority individuals na nananatili sa Metro Manila (Ranada, 2020). 

    Si Mariah Jocson, isang Filipina na nagtratrabaho sa barko, ay nagpakamatay habang naghihintay sa suspendidong pabalik na paglipad. Ang kanyang kamatayan ay ang pangalawang pagpapakamatay sa mga OFW sa pandemya (Tomacruz, 2020). 

    Sa pamamagitan ng pagtawag sa bisperas ng Araw ng Kalayaan, tiniyak ni Pangulong Xi Jinping ng Tsina kay Pangulong Duterte ang tulong sa panahon ng pandemya. Ayon sa Palasyo, ipinangako ni Xi na magiging priyoridad ang Pilipinas kung makakabuo ng bakuna ang Tsina, isang mabait na kapitbahay (Ranada, 2020).

    The Bureau of Jail Management and Penology reports that 745 prisoners and 125 personnel have tested positive for the coronavirus. Cebu City Jail continues to be among the worst-hit prison facilities (Talabong, 2020).

    Senator Bong Go’s Balik Probinsya program has been suspended for at least a month to give way for the return of OFWs and priority individuals stranded in Metro Manila (Ranada, 2020).

    Mariah Jocson, a Filipina cruise ship worker, committed suicide while awaiting suspended repatriation flights. Her death is the second suicide among OFWs during the pandemic (Tomacruz, 2020).

    On a phone call on the eve of Independence Day, President Duterte was assured by Chinese President Xi Jinping of assistance during the pandemic. According to the Palace, Xi promised the Philippines would be a priority if China, a friendly neighbor, successfully develops a vaccine (Ranada, 2020).

    PH CASESPH DEATHSPH RECOVERIES
    24,1751,0365,165

    Talabong, R. (2020). 745 prisoners, 125 personnel in Philippine jails test positive for coronavirus. Rappler. Retrieved from https://www.rappler.com/nation/263519-coronavirus-cases-jails-philippines-june-11-2020

    Ranada, P. (2020). Bong Go’s Balik Probinsya trips suspended. Rappler. Retrieved from https://www.rappler.com/nation/263514-bong-go-balik-probinsya-trips-suspended

    Tomacruz, S. (2020). Filipina cruise ship worker dies by suicide awaiting repatriation. Rappler. Retrieved from https://www.rappler.com/nation/263543-filipino-seafarer-dies-by-suicide-awaiting-repatriation

    Ranada, P. (2020). Xi to Duterte: PH will be ‘priority’ recipient of China coronavirus vaccine. Rappler. Retrieved from https://www.rappler.com/nation/263629-xi-jinping-tells-duterte-philippines-priority-recipients-chinese-coronavirus-vaccine

  • June 14, 2020

    Ayon sa Department of Justice, 68 na mga kawani nito ang nagpositibo sa coronavirus matapos sumailalim sa rapid antibody testing. Ayon kay Secretary Guevarra, marami sa kanila ang sumailalim sa swab testing upang kumpirmahin kung mayroon silang virus (Talabong, 2020).

    Inihayag ng Kagawaran ng Kalusugan o Department of Health na, noong kalagitnaan ng Hunyo, nagpapakita ng “pagbabang pagkahilig” ang rate ng pagkamatay dahil sa COVID-19 (Rappler, 2020).

    Pinuna ni Pangalawang Pangulong Robredo ang administrasyong Duterte dahil sa kawalan ng malinaw na sistema pagdating sa mga stranded na manggagawa. Binanggit ni Robredo ang kaso ni Michelle Silvertino, isang single mother na natagpuan na walang malay sa isang footbridge habang naghihintay ng panlalawigang bus. Siya ay namatay nang makarating sa ospital (Tomacruz, 2020).

    The Department of Justice stated that 68 of its employees have contracted the coronavirus after undergoing rapid antibody testing. According to Secretary Guevarra, many of them have undergone swab testing to confirm if they have the virus (Talabong, 2020).

    The Department of Health announced that, as of mid-June, the country’s COVID-19 fatality rate has been showing a “downward trend” (Rappler, 2020).

    Vice President Robredo criticized the Duterte administration for lack of a clear system with regard to stranded workers. Robredo cites the case of Michelle Silvertino, a single mother who was found unconscious on a footbridge while waiting for a bus to her province. Michelle was pronounced dead on arrival (Tomacruz, 2020).

    PH CASESPH DEATHSPH RECOVERIES
    25,9301,0885,954

    Talabong, R. (2020). 68 DOJ employees test positive in coronavirus rapid test. Rappler. Retrieved from https://www.rappler.com/nation/263769-doj-employees-test-positive-coronavirus-rapid-test

    Rappler. (2020). DOH: Recent spike in coronavirus deaths due to ‘late reports.’ Retrieved from https://www.rappler.com/nation/263776-doh-recent-spike-coronavirus-deaths-june-2020-late-reports

    Tomacruz, S. (2020). Robredo hits gaps in transport of stranded workers after Silvertino’s death. Rappler. Retrieved from https://www.rappler.com/nation/263795-robredo-hits-gaps-transport-stranded-workers-silvertino-death

  • June 15, 2020

    Pinayagan ng COVID-19 Inter-Agency Task Force ang 30% na kapasidad na pagtakbo ng mga restawran sa ilalim ng general community quarantine (GCQ). Ang social distancing at iba pang protokol na pangkulusagan ay kailangang sundin ng mga negosyo (CNN Philippines, 2020).

    The COVID-19 Inter-Agency Task Force allows 30% operating capacity of restaurants under the general community quarantine (GCQ). Social distancing and other health protocols must be observed by such establishments (CNN Philippines, 2020).

    PH CASESPH DEATHSPH RECOVERIES
    26,4201,0986,252

    CNN Philippines. (2020). IATF OKs reopening restaurant dine-in under GCQ areas. Retrieved from https://www.cnnphilippines.com/news/2020/6/11/GCQ-Metro-Manila-Cebu-restaurant-dine-in-COVID-19.html

  • June 16, 2020

    Itinala ng Mountain Province ang unang kaso ng COVID-19 matapos maging huling lalawigan ng Cordillera na hindi pa naaabot ng sakit (Cimatu, 2020).

    Ipinahaba ang general community quarantine (GCQ) ng Metro Manila hanggang Hunyo 30, habang ang Cebu City naman ay inilagay sa ilalim ng enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) dahil sa mabilis na pagtaas ng bilang ng kaso. Ipinangalan ang Cebu City na COVID-19 epicenter ng Visayas, at ito ay ang nag-iisang lungsod na nasa ilalim ng ECQ (CNN Philippines, 2020).

    Mountain Province records its first COVID-19 case after being the last Cordillera province standing (Cimatu, 2020).

    Metro Manila’s general community quarantine (GCQ) has been extended until June 30, while Cebu City will be placed under enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) due to the increasing number of cases. Cebu City has been named as the COVID-19 epicenter in the Visayas and is the only city under ECQ (CNN Philippines, 2020).

    PH CASESPH DEATHSPH RECOVERIES
    26,7811,1036,552

    Cimatu, F. (2020). Mountain Province records 1st coronavirus case. Rappler. Retrieved from https://www.rappler.com/nation/263998-mountain-province-first-coronavirus-case-june-16-2020

    CNN Philippines. (2020). Metro Manila stays under GCQ, Cebu City reverts to strictest ECQ. Retrieved from https://www.cnnphilippines.com/news/2020/6/16/Metro-Manila-GCQ-Cebu-City-ECQ-June-30-COVID-19.html

  • June 17, 2020

    Isang araw lamang nang mabuksan muli ang isla ng Boracay para sa mga turista mula Western Visayas, tinanggal mula sa tungkulin ang pinuno ng Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) sa rehiyon matapos maglibot ang isang empleyado ng BFP sa isla habang naghihintay ng resulta para sa COVID-19. Kalauan ay natagpuang positibo ang empleyado (Talabong, 2020).

    Nagpasya ang Opisina ng Ombudsman na siyasatin ang Kagawaran ng Kalusugan at ang kalihim nito, si Fransisco Duque III, dahil sa mga anomalia at iregularidad tulad ng pag-uulat ng mga kaso ng COVID-19 at ang pagkaantala ng pagkuha ng mga personal na kagamitan sa proteksiyon o personal protective equipment (Buan, 2020).

    Just one day after Boracay Island was opened for Western Visayas tourists, the Western Visayas chief of the Bureau of Fire Protection was relieved of duty after one fire personnel “roamed” the island while waiting for COVID-19 test results. The results were later found to be positive (Talabong, 2020).

    The Office of the Ombudsman has decided to investigate the Department of Health and its secretary, Fransisco Duque III, for anomalies and irregularities such as the reporting of COVID-19 cases and the delay in procurement of personal protective equipment (Buan, 2020).

    PH CASESPH DEATHSPH RECOVERIES
    27,2381,1086,820

    Talabong, R. (2020). BFP exec fired after virus-positive staffer ‘roamed’ Boracay. Rappler. Retrieved from https://www.rappler.com/nation/264090-bfp-executive-fired-after-coronavirus-positive-staff-roamed-boracay

    Buan, L. (2020). Ombudsman probes Duque, DOH for alleged coronavirus anomalies. Rappler. Retrieved from https://www.rappler.com/nation/264067-ombudsman-probes-doh-duque-coronavirus-anomalies

  • June 18, 2020

    Sinisikap ng mahigit 14 na mambabatas mula sa Silangang Visayas na suriin ang programang “Hatid Probinsya.” Ayon sa mga mambabatas, ligtas sa coronavirus ang rehiyon hanggang sa ipinatupad ang programa (Cepeda, 2020).

    Inaresto ang mag-ama mula sa Pangasinan dahil sa paglabag sa mga quarantine at social distancing guidelines matapos mag-backriding sa motorsiklo papunta sa trabaho. Ipinaliwanag ng mag-ama na hindi maaaring gamitin ang pampublikong transportasyon at kinakailangan pumunta sa trabaho upang makakuha ng pagkain. Nabanggit ng mga nababahalang mamamayan ang double standards sa gayong mga sitwasyon — kabilang ang kaso ni Koko Pimintel at Debold Sinas (Rappler, 2020).

    At least 14 lawmakers from Eastern Visayas seek to review the “Hatid Probinsya” program. The lawmakers say the region was free of coronavirus cases until the program was implemented (Cepeda, 2020).

    A father and son from Pangasinan were arrested for violating quarantine and social distancing policies after backriding on a motorcycle to work. The violators explained that public transportation was not available and that work was imperative to put food on the table. Concerned citizens have cited the double standards in such situations — including the case of Koko Pimintel and Debold Sinas (Rappler, 2020).

    PH CASESPH DEATHSPH RECOVERIES
    27,7991,1167,090

    Cepeda, M. (2020). E. Visayas lawmakers seek review of ‘Hatid Probinsya’ after spike in coronavirus cases. Rappler. Retrieved from https://www.rappler.com/nation/264156-eastern-visayas-lawmakers-seek-review-hatid-probinsya-spike-coronavirus-cases

    Rappler. (2020). Father and son headed to work arrested for backriding in Pangasinan. Retrieved from https://www.rappler.com/nation/264235-father-son-headed-work-arrested-backriding

  • June 19, 2020

    Ayon kay dating task force adviser Dr. Tony Leachon, hindi ipinabatid ng gobyerno sa publiko ang kanilang mga panukala ukol sa COVID-19. Dagdag ni Leachon: “The failure to communicate is the first reason why you fail. You have to cut through the noise.” (Magsambol, 2020).

    Binuksan ng Philippine Red Cross ang bagong bio-molecular laboratory sa Clark Freeport Zone. Ayon kay Senador Richard Gordon, chairman at punong ehekutibo ng PRC, magpapalakas ng pagsusuri ng mga kaso ng COVID-19 ang pagbukas ng bagong laboratoryo (Malig, 2020).

    According to former task force adviser Dr. Tony Leachon, the government has failed to communicate its plans for COVID-19 to the public. Leachon adds: “The failure to communicate is the first reason why you fail. You have to cut through the noise.” (Magsambol, 2020).

    The Philippine Red Cross has opened a new bio-molecular laboratory in Clark Freeport Zone. Senator Richard Gordon, PRC chairman and chief executive officer, said the opening of the new laboratory will boost the testing capacity for COVID-19 (Malig, 2020).

    PH CASESPH DEATHSPH RECOVERIES
    28,4591,1307,378

    Magsambol, B. (2020). Leachon says gov’t failed to communicate COVID-19 game plan. Rappler. Retrieved from https://www.rappler.com/nation/264378-former-task-force-adviser-government-failed-to-communicate-coronavirus-game-plan

    Malig, J. (2020). PH Red Cross opens bio-molecular lab at Clark Freeport. Rappler. Retrieved from https://www.rappler.com/nation/264294-bio-molecular-lab-opens-clark-freeport

  • June 20, 2020

    Dahil sa biglaang pagtaas ng kaso ng coronavirus sa Cebu City, binabalak ng pamahalaan na suriin ang tugon ng COVID-19 sa lungsod at isinaalang-alang nila ang pagpapapasok ng isang “Visayas deputy implementer” upang bantayan ng mga plano sa rehiyon. Kasama sa pagsusuri ang pagtatag ng mga serbisyong outpatient sa lungsod (Ranada, 2020).

    Kasunod ng pag-aresto sa mag-ama dahil sa pag-backriding sa motorsiklo, papagayan ng gobyerno ang pag-backriding at gagawan ito ng patnubay upang mapanatiling ligtas ito. Tutukuyin ng mga ahensyang itinalaga ang pinakaligtas na paraan upang mabawasan ang rate ng transmisyon ng virus (Ranada, 2020).

    Due to the recent spike in coronavirus cases in Cebu City, the national government plans to assess the city’s COVID-19 response and considers introducing a “Visayas deputy implementer” to oversee the plans in the region. The evaluation will include an establishment of outpatient services in the city (Ranada, 2020).

    Following the arrest of a father and son due to motorcycle backriding, the national government will soon allow backriding and will draw up guidelines to keep the practice safe. The agencies assigned are tasked to determine the safest manner to reduce the rate of transmission of the virus (Ranada, 2020).

    PH CASESPH DEATHSPH RECOVERIES
    29,4001,1507,650

    Ranada, P. (2020). National task force to ‘evaluate’ Cebu City’s COVID-19 response. Rappler. Retrieved from https://www.rappler.com/nation/264346-national-task-force-to-evaluate-cebu-city-covid-19-response

    Ranada, P. (2020). Motorcycle backriding to be allowed once IATF sets guidelines. Rappler. Retrieved from https://www.rappler.com/nation/264350-motorcycle-backriding-to-be-allowed-once-iatf-sets-guidelines

  • June 22, 2020

    Kasunod ng kahilingan ng Saudi Arabia, binabalak ni Foreign Secretary Teddy Boy Locsin Jr. ang pagbalik ng mga 282 Pilipinong manggawang namatay sa Saudi Arabia (Tomacruz, 2020).

    Deskontentado sa Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) ang kinatawan ng Anakalusugan na si Mike Defensor matapos ilagay sa panganib sa COVID-19 ang mga Pilipinong tumatanggap ng pera. Ang orihinal na plano ng DSWD ay ang paghatid ng pera sa bawat bahay, ngunit hindi ito ang palaging sinusunod (Abad, 2020).

    Following the request of Saudi Arabia, Foreign Secretary Teddy Boy Locsin Jr. is working to return the bodies of 282 Filipino workers who died in Saudi Arabia (Tomacruz, 2020).

    Anakalusugan Representative Mike Defensor slams the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) for endangering crowded Filipinos into contracting COVID-19 as they receive monetary aid. The DSWD’s original plan was to deliver the cash on a house-to-house basis, yet this was not always observed (Abad, 2020).

    PH CASESPH DEATHSPH RECOVERIES
    30,6821,1778,143

    Tomacruz, S. (2020). PH aims to bring home bodies of deceased OFWs from Saudi Arabia this week. Rappler. Retrieved from https://www.rappler.com/nation/264455-philippines-aims-bring-home-bodies-deceased-ofws-saudi-arabia-june-2020

    Abad, M. (2020). Lawmaker slams DSWD for distribution policies that caused crowds. Rappler. Retrieved from https://www.rappler.com/nation/264486-lawmaker-slams-dswd-distribution-policies-caused-crowds

  • June 23, 2020

    Ayon kay Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire, hangga’t magsusuot ng mask ang mga indibiduwal sa loob ng sasakyang naka-air-condition, “mababa” ang panganib sa virus. Ipinaalala ni Vergeire sa publiko na naililipat ang virus sa pamamagitan ng nga droplets, hindi sa hangin. May iilang mga pag-aaral na nagsasaad na posible ang paglilipat ng virus sa pamamagitan ng hangin, subalit hindi depinitibo ang mga ito. Ayon sa mga patnubay pang-kuwarentenas, apat lamang ang pasaherong pinapayagan sa loob ng pribadong sasakyan (Magsambol, 2020).

    Ayon sa Department of Health, nasa “warning zone” na ang kakayahan ng kritikal na pangangalaga sa Central Visayas. Sa lungsod ng Cebu, ang epicenter ng pandemya sa Visayas, halos lahat ng kagamitan at kama sa ospital ang ginagamit at okupado. Higit ang mga kaso ng COVID-19 sa rehiyon kaysa sa mga kaso sa Metro Manila (Magsambol, 2020).

    Kinansela ng kapulisan ng Central Visayas ang bisa ng lahat ng quarantine passes sa lungsod ng Cebu dahil sa pagtaas ng mga kaso ng COVID-19 sa rehiyon. Frontliners at essential workers lamang ang pinapagayang lumabas. Mahigpit na ipapatupad ang mga gabay sa rehiyon (Macasero, 2020).

    According to Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire, as long as individuals in an air-conditioned vehicle wear masks, the risk of contracting the virus is “very low.” Vergeire reminded the public that the virus is transmitted, not airborne, but through droplets. Some studies suggest that airborne transmission is possible, however none are conclusive. Based on the quarantine guidelines, only four passengers are allowed in private vehicles at a time (Magsambol, 2020).

    According to the Department of Health, Central Visayas’ critical care capacity is already in the “warning zone.” In Cebu City, the epicenter of the pandemic in the Visayas, almost all equipment and hospital beds are being used and occupied. COVID-19 cases in the region have exceeded the number of cases in Metro Manila (Magsambol, 2020).

    The Central Visayas police cancelled the validity of all quarantine passes in Cebu City due to the increase in COVID-19 cases in the region. Only exempted frontliners and essential workers should be allowed on the streets. Guidelines will be tightly enforced in the region (Macasero, 2020).

    PH CASESPH DEATHSPH RECOVERIES
    31,8251,1868,442

    Magsambol, B. (2020). ‘Very low’ chance of virus infection in air-conditioned vehicle if with mask, seated apart. Rappler. Retrieved from https://www.rappler.com/nation/264580-doh-says-wear-mask-observe-physical-distancing-airconditioned-vehicles

    Magsambol, B. (2020). Central Visayas’ critical care capacity in ‘warning zone,’ says DOH. Rappler. Retrieved from https://www.rappler.com/nation/264597-doh-says-cebu-critical-care-facilities-warning-zone

    Macasero, R. (2020). Central Visayas police cancel all Cebu City quarantine passes. Rappler. Retrieved from https://www.rappler.com/nation/264640-central-visayas-police-cancel-validity-cebu-city-quarantine-passes

  • June 24, 2020

    Nagsampa ng reklamo ang Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) laban kay Rolen Paulino Jr., alkalde ng lungsod ng Olongapo, matapos nitong mag-ayos ng isang pagtitipon sa pamamahagi ng social amelioration cards at pumayag sa backriding sa motorsiklo. Ayon sa DILG, binigyan ang alkalde ng pagkakataong magpaliwanag bago ang desisyon na magsampa ng reklamo (Talabong, 2020). 

    Ayon kay Hans Cacdac, pinuno ng Overseas Workers Welfare Administration, ang P18.8 bilyon na pondo mula sa mga kontribusyon ng OFW ay maaaring bumaba sa P10 bilyon sa pagtatapos ng 2020 dahil sa mga gastos sa tugon ng pandemya. Humiling ng tulong si Cacdac mula sa Kongreso sa gastusin ng pagkain, tirahan, at transportasyon (Rey, 2020).

    Sa kabila ng mataas na pang-araw na pagtaas sa mga kaso ng COVID-19, karamihan dito ay “mild cases” lamang, ayon sa Department of Health. Ayon naman sa Health Undersecretary, mataas ang posibiledad na gumaling ang bansa sa pandemya (Buan, 2020).

    The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) filed a complaint against Olongapo City Mayor Rolen Paulino Jr. after the latter organized a mass gathering for distribution of social amelioration cards and allowed motorcycle backriding. According to the DILG, the mayor was given a chance to explain the infractions prior to the decision to file the complaint (Talabong, 2020).

    According to Overseas Workers Welfare Administration chief Hans Cacdac, the P18.8 billion fund coming from OFW contributions may be depleted to P10 billion by the end of 2020 due to the costs of the pandemic response. Cacdac requested assistance from Congress to shoulder food, accommodation, and transportation costs (Rey, 2020).

    Despite high single-day rises in COVID-19 cases, most of them are “mild cases,” says the Department of Health. According to the Heath Undersecretary, there is a high chance that the country will recover from this pandemic (Buan, 2020).

    PH CASESPH DEATHSPH RECOVERIES
    32,2951,2048,656

    Talabong, R. (2020). DILG files complaint vs Olongapo mayor for breaking lockdown rules. Rappler. Retrieved from https://www.rappler.com/nation/264681-dilg-files-complaint-olongapo-mayor-breaking-coronavirus-lockdown-rules

    Rey, A. (2020). If pandemic persists, OWWA funds to be depleted end of 2021. Rappler. Retrieved from https://www.rappler.com/nation/264694-cacdac-owwa-funds-to-be-depleted-2021-if-coronavirus-pandemic-persists

    Buan, L. (2020). DOH: Despite high single-day coronavirus case increases, most are ‘mild.’ Rappler. Retrieved from https://www.rappler.com/nation/264726-doh-says-despite-high-day-coronavirus-case-increases-most-mild

  • June 25, 2020

    Ayon kay Pangalawang Pangulong Leni Robredo, hindi agad kumilos ang Pilipinas hinggil sa coronavirus at ngayo’y naghahabol sa pagtugon dito. Binanggit ni Robredo ang naantala na tugon ng bansa hinggil sa pagkansela ng mga flights mula sa Tsina. Ginagawan ng Pangalawang Pangulo ng paraan ang kakulangan ng pamahalaan sa pamamagitan ng pagpapataas ng pondo para sa kagamitang pang-ospital at sa pagtutulong sa mga frontliners (Cepeda, 2020).

    Upang lalo pang paigtingin ang pagtupad sa mga patnubay sa kuwarentina, nagtalaga ng pambansang coronavirus task force ng mas maraming sundalo at kapulisan, kabilang na ang Special Action Task Force, sa epicenter ng Visayas, ang lungsod ng Cebu (Ranada, 2020).

    Nagbukas ang coronavirus testing lab sa Sta. Ana Hospital sa lungsod ng Maynila matapos payagan ng Department of Health. May kakayahang sumuri ng humigit kumulang 200 na kaso araw-araw, higit sa pagdoble ang kakayahan ng lab na sumuri sa mga kaso ng coronavirus sa lungsod (Talabong, 2020).

    Pinabulaanan ng medikal na lipunan ng Pilipinas ang paniniwala na isang epektibong paraan ng pagpatay sa SARS-CoV2 virus na nagdudulot ng COVID-19 ang pagsasagawa ng “tu-ob” o steam inhalation. Sa katunayan, ayon sa medikal na lipunan, maaaring magdulot ng potensyal na pinsala ang pagsasagawa nito. Iginiit nila ang pahayag na ito matapos mag-isyu ng memorandum si Gwendolyn Garcia, gobernador ng Cebu, na nagpapayo sa mga empleyado ng lokal na pamahalaan na magsagawa ng “tu-ob” dalawang beses sa isang araw upang labanan ang virus (Tomacruz, 2020). 

    According to Vice President Leni Robredo, the Philippines did not act urgently regarding the coronavirus and is currently playing catch-up in its response. Robredo cited the delayed response of the country regarding the cancellation of flights from China. The Vice President has been filling the multiple gaps in the government’s response through raising funds for equipment and assisting frontliners (Cepeda, 2020).

    To further intensify the enforcement of quarantine guidelines, the national coronavirus task force deployed more soldiers and police, including the elite Special Action Task Force troopers, to the Visayas epicenter Cebu City (Ranada, 2020).

    Manila City’s coronavirus testing lab in Sta. Ana Hospital opens after receiving the green light from the Department of Health. With the capacity to test around 200 cases daily, the lab more than doubles the testing capacity of the city (Talabong, 2020).

    Philippine medical societies debunked the belief that the practice of “tu-ob” or steam inhalation is an effective method to kill the SARS-CoV2 virus that causes COVID-19. In fact, according to the medical societies, such practice may cause potential harm. The statement was released after Cebu Governor Gwendolyn Garcia issued a government memorandum advising local government employees to practice “tu-ob” twice a day to fight the virus (Tomacruz, 2020).

    PH CASESPH DEATHSPH RECOVERIES
    33,0691,2128,910

    Cepeda, M. (2020). Robredo: ‘Complacent’ at the start, PH playing catch-up in COVID-19 fight. Rappler. Retrieved from https://www.rappler.com/nation/264781-robredo-says-philippines-complacent-start-now-catching-up-fighting-coronavirus-pandemic

    Ranada, P. (2020). SAF troopers, more soldiers to enforce Cebu City lockdown. Rappler. Retrieved from https://www.rappler.com/nation/264795-ano-says-saf-troopers-soldiers-to-enforce-lockdown-cebu-city

    Talabong, R. (2020). Manila coronavirus testing lab opens. Rappler. Retrieved from https://www.rappler.com/nation/264829-coronavirus-testing-laboratory-manila-opens-june-2020

    Tomacruz, S. (2020). PH medical societies warn no evidence steam inhalation kills coronavirus. Rappler. Retrieved from https://www.rappler.com/nation/264859-philippine-medical-societies-warn-no-evidence-steam-inhalation-kills-coronavirus

  • June 26, 2020

    Naitala ng Eastern Visayas ang unang tatlong pagkamatay sa coronavirus sa rehiyon. Ang dalawa dito ay bumalik na residente, at ang pangatlo ang unang naitalang pagkamatay sa local transmission ng COVID-19 sa Samar. May mga karagdagang kondisyon ang tatlong namatay, tulad ng diabetes at sakit sa puso (Villegas, 2020).

    Nakatakas mula sa pasilidad ng quarantine ng pamahalaan ang isang 23-anyos na lalaking may COVID-19. Ang lalaking ito ang unang kasong naitala sa bayan ng  Al-Barka (Rappler, 2020).

    Pinapayagan ng Inter-Agency Task Force ang grupong hanggang 10 katao na dumalo sa mga sementeryo sa ilalim ng general community quarantine. Ang desisyon sa bilang ng mga indibiduwal na maaaring dumalo ay nakasalalay sa administrayon ng mga naturang serbisyo (Rey, 2020).

    Ayon sa Department of Foreign Affairs, ang P1-bilyon na pondo para sa pagpapabalik ng mga naiwang Pilipinong manggagawa sa ibang bansa ay maaaring mapaunti sa Agosto 2020. Ito ay dahil sa limitadong bilang ng mga pasahero sa bawat P13-milyon hanggang P14-milyon na chartered flight (Cepeda, 2020).

    Itinanggi ni Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III ang mga ulat na kumakain ng basura o tira-tira ang mga naiwang Pilipinong manggagawa sa Saudi Arabia. Ayon kay Bello, hindi kakain ng basura ang mga ‘kagalang-galang at masipag’ na mga Pilipino upang mabuhay; sa halip, sila’y kumakain ng mga pagkaing hindi pumasa sa quality control ng mga pamilihan. Binanggit pa ni Bello na ‘karaniwang karanasan’ ang gawain ng mga OFW na pagbebenta ng dugo upang kumita (Cepeda, 2020).

    Eastern Visayas reports the first three coronavirus deaths in the region with the two deaths being returning residents, while the third being the first recorded local transmission COVID-19 death in Samar. The three fatalities had additional medical conditions such as diabetes and cardiac diseases (Villegas, 2020).

    A 23-year-old male COVID-19 patient in Basilan escaped from a government quarantine facility. The patient was the first case registered in Al-Barka town (Rappler, 2020).

    The Inter-Agency Task Force allows groups of up to 10 people to cemeteries and memorial parks under general community quarantine. The final decision on the number of individuals visiting at a time is up to the management of such services (Rey, 2020).

    According to the Department of Foreign Affairs, the P1-billion fund for the repatriation of stranded overseas Filipino workers is projected to be depleted by August 2020. The budget is running out due to the limited number of passengers per P13-million to P14-million chartered flight (Cepeda, 2020).

    Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III denies reports that stranded overseas Filipino workers scavenge for food in Saudi Arabia. According to Bello, Filipinos, ‘honorable and diligent people,’ would not resort to eating garbage to survive; instead, the OFWs went through food rejected by groceries due to quality control. Bello also mentioned that let-off OFWs deciding to sell off blood was a normal ‘experience’ to earn extra money (Cepeda, 2020).

    PH CASESPH DEATHSPH RECOVERIES
    34,0731,2249,182

    Villegas, E. (2020). Eastern Visayas reports first 3 coronavirus deaths in region. Rappler. Retrieved from https://www.rappler.com/nation/264888-eastern-visayas-reports-coronavirus-first-deaths-june-2020

    Rappler. (2020). COVID-19 patient escapes from Basilan quarantine facility. Retrieved from https://www.rappler.com/nation/264889-coronavirus-positive-patient-escapes-basilan-quarantine-facility 

    Rey, A. (2020). IATF allows small group visits to cemeteries in GCQ areas. Rappler. Retrieved from https://www.rappler.com/nation/264931-iatf-allows-limited-visits-cemeteries

    Cepada, M. (2020). DFA warns OFW repatriation funds may run out by August. Rappler. Retrieved from https://www.rappler.com/nation/264940-dfa-warns-ofw-repatriation-funds-may-run-out-by-august-2020

    Cepada, M. (2020). Bello dismisses reports of OFWs scavenging for food. Rappler. Retrieved from https://www.rappler.com/nation/264950-bello-dismisses-reports-ofws-scavenging-food

  • June 27, 2020

    Ayon kay House Speaker Alan Cayetano, maglalaan ng pondo ang House of Representatives para sa pagkuha ng bakunan para sa COVID-19 at sa mga iba pang programang pang-COVID-19 sa iminungkahing P4.3-trilyon na badyet para sa 2021 (Rappler, 2020).

    Speaker Alan Cayetano says that the House of Representatives will allocate funds for COVID-19 vaccine procurement and COVID-19 related programs in the proposed P4.3-trillion budget for 2021 (Rappler, 2020).

    PH CASESPH DEATHSPH RECOVERIES
    34,8031,2369,430

    Rappler. (2020). House to set aside funds for COVID-19 vaccine in 2021 budget. Retrieved from https://www.rappler.com/nation/265041-house-provide-funds-covid-19-vaccine-2021-budget

  • June 28, 2020

    Ikinalungkot ng mga senador ang pagtaas ng mga kaso ng COVID-19 sa bansa. Batay sa datos ng World Health Organization, nangunguna ang Pilipinas sa biglaang pagtaas ng mga kaso sa Western Pacific Region. Binanggit nina Senador Pangilinan at Villanueva “ang pagkawalan ng atensyon sa pangunahing layuning mapigilan ang coronavirus” (“focus on our primary goal of containing the virus”) dahil sa “kadalasang nakalilitong alituntunin at patakaran ng gobyerno ukol dito” (“various and oftentimes confusing guidelines”) (Ramos, 2020).

    “Let us not cherry pick the countries we want to compare ourselves to,” (“Huwag nating i-cherry-pick ang mga bansang inihahambing natin sa Pilipinas.”) tugon ni Health Undersecretary and Spokeperson Maria Rosario Vergeire sa mga balitang nagsasabi na ang Pilipinas ang may pinakamabilis na pagtaas ng kaso ng COVID-19 sa Western Pacific Region. Iginiit din ni Vergeire ang kaibahan ng kapasidad ng sistemang pankalusugan at socioeconomic context ng Pilipinas, Singapore at iba pang bansa bilang mga parametro sa pagtaas ng kaso (CNN Philippines, 2020).

    Senators lamented the rise of COVID-19 cases in the country as data from the World Health Organization places the Philippines at the top of the ranking on surge in cases in the Western Pacific Region. Senators Pangilinan and Villanueva cited the loss of “focus on our primary goal of containing the virus” by “various and oftentimes confusing guidelines” (Ramos, 2020).

    “Let us not cherry pick the countries we want to compare ourselves to,” said Health Undersecretary and Spokesperson Maria Rosario Vergeire in response to reports stating that the Philippines has the fastest rise in COVID-19 cases in the Western Pacific Region. Vergeire cites the differences between the socioeconomic context and health system capacity of the Philippines, Singapore, and other countries as parameters that affect the surge in cases (CNN Philippines, 2020).

    PH CASESPH DEATHSPH RECOVERIES
    35,4551,2449,686

    Ramos, C.M. (2020). Senators lament PH having highest surge of COVID-19 cases in Western Pacific region. Inquirer.net. Retrieved from https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1298805/senators-on-who-data-re-ph-coronavirus-case-spike

    CNN Philippines. (2020). Don’t ‘cherry pick’ countries to compare with PH, DOH says in response to WHO numbers. Retrieved from https://www.cnnphilippines.com/news/2020/6/28/Dont-cherry-pick-countries-to-compare-with-PH-DOH-says-on-WHO-numbers.html

  • June 29, 2020

    Ayon sa tagapanalita ng pangulo na si Harry Roque, ang bansa ay “nananalo” kung titingnan ang bilang ng mga positibong kaso, pag-doble ng bilang ng mga kaso, at ang bilang ng mga namamatay mula sa COVID-19 sa bansa dahil “natalo” nito ang prediksyon ng mga eksperto mula sa Unibersidad ng Pilipinas. Hindi rin sumasangayon si Roque sa  datos ng World Health Organization na nagsasabing ang Pilipinas ang may pinakamabilis na pagtaas ng kaso ng impeksyon sa Kanlurang Pasipiko (Lopez, 2020).

    Ayon kay Vince Dizon, deputy chief implementer ng tugon ng COVID-19 sa bansa, dalawa ang dahilan sa ulat ng World Health Organization na ang Pilipinas ang may pinakamabilis na pagtaas ng mga kaso ng COVID-19 sa rehiyon: (1) ang pagtaas ng mga kaso sa Gitnang Visayas, at (2) ang pagtaas ng testing capacity (Aguilar, 2020).

    Hindi pinatuloy ng regional office ng Department of Health sa Silangang Visayas ang pagpapadala ng mga doktor sa Cebu City, ang epicenter ng pandemya sa Visayas, kasunod ng pagkabahala ng medical team tungkol dito. Ipinalabas ni Health Secretary Fransisco Duque III ang direktiba ng pagpapadala ng mga manggagamot sa epicenter dahil sa pagkulang ng mga manggagamot sa rehiyon (CNN Philippines, 2020).

    For Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque, the country is “winning” in terms of positivity rate, doubling rate, and mortality rate as the Philippines has “defied” the prediction of experts from the University of the Philippines. Roque also refuted the World Health Organization’s data showing the Philippines with the fastest rise in infections in the Western Pacific region (Lopez, 2020).

    According to Vince Dizon, deputy chief implementer of the COVID-19 response in the country, two points are responsible for the World Health Organization’s report of the Philippines having the fastest rise of cases in the region: (1) the increase in cases in Central Visayas, and (2) the drastic increase in testing capacity (Aguilar, 2020).

    The Department of Health regional office in Western Visayas placed the deployment of doctors to the Visayas epicenter, Cebu City, on hold, following the concerns of the medical team regarding the directive. Health Secretary Francisco Duque III issued the directive to deploy physicians to the epicenter due to understaffing of workers in the area (CNN Philippines, 2020).

    PH CASESPH DEATHSPH RECOVERIES
    36,4381,2559,956

    Lopez, M.L. (2020). PH gov’t: We are ‘winning’ fight against COVID-19. CNN Philippines. Retrieved from https://www.cnnphilippines.com/news/2020/6/29/PH-winning-against-COVID-19-Roque-Galvez.html

    Aguilar, K. (2020). High numbers in WHO report credited to spike in virus cases in Visayas, ramped-up testing. Inquirer.net. Retrieved from https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1299111/high-numbers-in-who-report-credited-to-spike-in-virus-cases-in-visayas-ramped-up-testing

    CNN Philippines. (2020). DOH Region 6 holds deployment of doctors to COVID-19 hotspot Cebu City. Retrieved from https://www.cnnphilippines.com/news/2020/6/29/DOH-western-visayas-suspends-deployment-doctors-cebu-city.html

  • June 30, 2020

    Ang lalawigan ng Cebu ay nananatiling isa sa mga hotspots ng COVID-19, habang ang Metro Manila ay siyang epicenter ng pandemya sa bansa ayon sa Kagawaran ng Kalusugan (DOH). Ang klaripikasyong ito ay tumutugon sa pahayag ng Interior Secretary na si Eduardo Ano na ang Cebu City ang panibagong epicenter (CNN Philippines, 2020).

    Ayon kay Retired Major General Melquiades Feliciano, inatasan ang militar na “suportahan ang mga health worker sa pag-iwas ng paglaganap ng COVID-19 at sa pamamahala sa mga pasyente.” Ito ay tugon sa mga pahayag ng mga aktibista na isinasagawa ng gobyerno ang militarisasyon ng tugon sa COVID-19 ng bansa (Sadongdong, 2020).

    Lumalapit sa P9-trilyon ang kabuuang utang ng Pilipinas, ayon sa Bureau of the Treasury. Ang pagtaas ay dahil sa “increased reliance” sa mga pondo upang suportahan ang mga panukala sa tugon ng COVID-19 (Lopez, 2020).

    Cebu City remains as only one of the hotspots of the COVID-19 pandemic with Metro Manila still being the epicenter, according to the Department of Health. The clarification is in response to Interior Secretary Eduardo Ano’s statement that Cebu City has become the new epicenter (CNN Philippines, 2020).

    According to Retired Major General Melquiades Feliciano, the military was deployed “to support the health workers in the prevention of spread and management of patients.” The statement was in response to claims by activists that the government is militarizing the COVID-19 response in the country (Sadongdong, 2020).

    The total debt load of the Philippines has grown closer to P9-trillion, according to the Bureau of the Treasury. The spike is due to the “increased reliance” on funds to support COVID-19 response measures (Lopez, 2020).

    PH CASESPH DEATHSPH RECOVERIES
    37,5141,26610,233

    CNN Philippines. (2020). DOH: Metro Manila is still COVID-19 epicenter. Retrieved from https://cnnphilippines.com/news/2020/6/30/Metro-Manila-still-PH-coronavirus-epicenter-.html

    Sadongdong, M. (2020). Military aiding health frontliners to stem COVID-19 outbreak in Cebu City. Manila Bulletin. Retrieved from https://mb.com.ph/2020/06/30/military-aiding-health-frontliners-to-stem-covid-19-outbreak-in-cebu-city/

    Lopez, M.L. (2020). PH debt nears P9 trillion with surge in loans for pandemic response. CNN Philippines. Retrieved from https://www.cnnphilippines.com/business/2020/6/30/PH-debt-nearing-9-trillion-May-2020.html

JULY 2020

Stay home and self-isolate even with minor symptoms such as cough, headache, mild fever, until you recover. Have someone bring you supplies. If you need to leave your house, wear a mask to avoid infecting others. Why? Avoiding contact with others will protect them from possible COVID-19 and other viruses.

World Health Organization
  • July 1, 2020

    Napagpasyahan ng pambansang gobyerno na ipanatili ang lalawigan ng Cebu sa ilalim ng enhanced community quarantine, at ang Metro Manila naman sa ilalim ng general community quarantine (CNN Philippines, 2020). 

    Iniutos ng pinansyal na kalihim na si Dominguez na bilisan ang apilang isailalim ang Metro Manila sa Modified General Community Quarantine (MGCQ) upang maibsan ang pagbaba ng ekonomiya at makabalik na sa trabaho ang mga manggagawa (Yumol, 2020).

    Ayon kay Health Spokesperson Maria Rosario Vergeire, itinala ng Kagawaran ng Kalusugan (Department of Health) na karamihan sa kaso ng COVID-19 mula Mayo hanggang Hunyo ay naka-ugnay sa pagbalik ng mga Pilipino mula sa ibang bansa (overseas Filipinos). Inaasahan ng gobyerno ang pagbabalik ng halos 60,000 na manggagawa sa susunod na dalawang buwan, ayon sa direktiba ng Pangulong Duterte (CNN Philippines, 2020).

    The National Government has determined for Cebu City to remain under enhanced community quarantine and Metro Manila to remain under general community quarantine (CNN Philippines Staff, 2020). 

    Finance Secretary Dominguez hastened the motion to place Metro Manila under Modified GCQ to ease the economic contraction and for workers to return to their jobs (Yumol, 2020). 

    Health Spokesperson Maria Rosario Vergeire stated that the Department of Health’s analysis noted indications that most COVID-19 cases from May to June were linked to the repatriation of overseas Filipinos. The government is expecting around 60,000 returning workers in the next two months as per the directive of President Duterte (CNN Philippines, 2020).

    PH CASESPH DEATHSPH RECOVERIES
    38,5111,27010,438

    CNN Philippines. (2020). Cebu City stays under strictest ECQ, Metro Manila still on GCQ. Retrieved from https://cnnphilippines.com/news/2020/6/30/philippines-community-quarantine-post-june-30.html

    Yumol, D.T. (2020). Finance chief wants Metro Manila and CALABARZON region to be placed under MGCQ soon. CNN Philippines. Retrieved from https://cnnphilippines.com/news/2020/7/1/Finance-chief-wants-Metro-Manila-and-CALABARZON-region-to-be-placed-under-MCGQ-soon.html

    CNN Philippines. (2020). Most of COVID-19 cases in May and June are linked to overseas Filipino returnees, DOH says. Retrieved from https://cnnphilippines.com/news/2020/7/1/may-june-coronavirus-cases-repatriates.html?fbclid=IwAR0AyLOL2uA0wK9INQXxSYZeRwAnf96iWF9TyNMua0-OWP1-j2FdfBvme7A

  • July 2, 2020

    Ayon sa mga resulta ng isang survey na isinagawa ng Save the Children Philippines, ang mga patakaran ng kuwerentena ay mas lalo pang napahirap ang sitwasyon ng mga bata na may kapansanan sa bansa na may kakulangan sa pagkakaroon ng palingkuran para sa kanila. Bukod dito, ang resulta ng survey ay nagpakita din ng pagtawag para sa pagkilos para sa alternatibang therapy session at klarong plano at aksyon ng gobyerno para sa mga taong may kapansanan (Ramos, 2020).

    Isang dalawang-buwang gulang na sanggol sa Negros Occidental ang itinalang pinakabatang pasyenteng may COVID-19 sa rehiyon (Esguerra, 2020).

    Itinanggi ng alkalde ng lungsod ng Cebu na si Edgardo Labella ang ulat na puno ng pasyente ang mga pribadong ospital sa gitna ng pagtaas ng mga kaso. Gayunpaman, tinatanggap ni Labella ang pagpapadala ng mga medical workers sa lungsod, at sinasabi niyang ito ay “mas mabuti.” Binanggit din ng alkalde ang “mabisa at mahusay” na referral system ng lungsod para sa mga pasyenteng may COVID-19 (Gonzales, 2020).

    According to the findings of a survey conducted by Save the Children Philippines, the quarantine restrictions have exacerbated the predicament of children with disabilities in the country by the lack of access to services. Moreover, the survey’s finding shows that “there is a clamor for alternative therapy sessions and clear government plans and actions for persons with disabilities” (Ramos, 2020).

    A 2-month-old baby from Negros Occidental was considered the youngest COVID-19 patient in the region (Esguerra, 2020).

    Cebu City Mayor Edgardo Labella denied the report that private hospitals in the area are overwhelmed with patients amid the surge of cases. However, Labella welcomes the deployment of medical workers to the city, stating that it would be “better.” The mayor also noted the “very effective and efficient” referral system of the city for COVID-19 patients (Gonzales, 2020).

    PH CASESPH DEATHSPH RECOVERIES
    38,8051,27410,673

    Ramos, C.M. (2020). Plight of children with disabilities ‘exacerbated’ by COVID-19 lockdown – group. Inquirer.net. Retrieved from https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1301026/plight-of-children-with-disabilities-exacerbated-by-covid-19-lockdown-group

    Esguerra, D.J. (2020). 2-month-old baby among Western Visayas’ new COVID-19 patients. Inquirer.net. Retrieved from https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1300994/2-month-old-baby-among-western-visayas-new-covid-19-patients

    Gonzales, C. (2020). Cebu City mayor denies private hospitals overwhelmed with COVID-19 patients. Inquirer.net. Retrieved from https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1300793/cebu-city-mayor-denies-private-hospitals-overwhelmed-with-covid-19-patients

  • July 3, 2020

    Pinirmahan ng Lupon ng Sport Commision, Games and Amusements ng Pilipinas at ng Kagawaran ng Kalusugan (DOH) ang patakaran ng pamamahala o administrative order na nagpapahintulot sa mga limitadong mga pisikal na gawain at pagpapraktis ng mga propesyunal na koponan ng basketball at football (CNN Philippines, 2020).

    Inihayag ng Presidential Spoksperson na si Harry Roque na handa na ang Pilipinas na magbenta ng ilang mga pag-aari o assets para sa pagbili ng bakuna para sa sa coronavirus kapag ito’y nagawa na (The Straits Times, 2020).

    Kinumpiska ng Bureau of Customs ang mga ipinasok nang labag sa batas at pekeng personal protective equipment at anti-COVID-19 na gamot na karamihan mula sa Tsina sa gitna ng pandemya (de Vera, 2020).

    The Philippine Sport Commission, Games and Amusements Board and the Department of Health signed a joint administrative order allowing limited physical activities and practices of professional basketball and football teams (CNN Philippines, 2020).

    Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque announced that the Philippines is ready to sell some assets to fund purchase of a coronavirus vaccine once available (The Straits Times, 2020).

    The Bureau of Customs confiscated smuggled and fake personal protective equipment and anti-COVID-19 medicines mostly from China amid the health crisis (de Vera, 2020).

    PH CASESPH DEATHSPH RECOVERIES
    40,3361,28011,073

    CNN Philippines. (2020). COVID-19 task force OKs practice sessions for basketball, football teams. Retrieved from https://cnnphilippines.com/sports/2020/7/3/COVID-19-basketball-football-practices.html?fbclid=lwAR2

    The Straits Times. (2020). Philippines ready to sell assets to purchase Covid-19 vaccine: Presidential spokesman. Retrieved from https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/philippines-ready-to-sell-assets-to-purchase-covid-19-vaccine-presidential-spokesman

    de Vera, B.O. (2020). Mostly from China: P244-M worth of smuggled PPEs, fake medicines seized during height of COVID-19 lockdown. Inquirer.net. Retrieved from https://business.inquirer.net/301618/mostly-from-china-p244-m-worth-of-smuggled-ppes-fake-medicines-seized-during-height-of-covid-19-lockdown

  • July 4, 2020

    Ayon sa mga mananaliksik ng Unibersidad ng Pilipinas, ang bilang ng mga kaso ng COVID-19 ay maaaring dumami nang hanggang 95,000 sa katapusan ng Agosto (Manuel, 2020).

    Malugod na tinanggap ng Malacanang Palace ang pagsimula ng Kagawaran ng Agham at Teknolohiya sa kanilang pag-aaral ukol sa therapy para sa COVID-19 sa pamamagitan ng paglipat ng convalescent blood plasma mula sa mga nakaligtas sa COVID-19 para sa mga kasalukuyang pasyente. Mapaparami ng therapy ang pagkakaroon ng antibodies sa mga kasalukuyang pasyente gamit ng blood plasma (Marquez, 2020).

    According to scientists from the University of the Philippines, COVID-19 cases may rise up to 95,000 by the end of August (Manuel, 2020).

    Malacanang Palace welcomed the Department of Science and Technology’s update to start a study on therapy for COVID-19 through transfusion of convalescent blood plasma from survivors of COVID-19 to current patients. The therapy will allow current patients to develop antibodies through the blood plasma (Marquez, 2020).

    PH CASESPH DEATHSPH RECOVERIES
    41,8301,29011,453

    Manuel, P. (2020). COVID-19 cases may hit 61,000 to 95,000 by end-August – UP experts. CNN Philippines. Retrieved from https://www.cnnphilippines.com/news/2020/7/4/UP-experts-projection-coronavirus-cases-end-August.html 

    Marquez, C. (2020). Palace welcomes DOST study on use of blood plasma as therapy for COVID-19. Inquirer.net. Retrieved from https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1301893/palace-welcomes-dost-study-on-use-of-blood-plasma-as-therapy-for-covid-19

  • July 5, 2020

    Naitala ng Pilipinas ang pinakamataas na pagdagdag ng mga kaso ng COVID-19 sa isang araw, na nag-uulat ng 2,434 na bagong kaso. Ayon kay Dr. Rontgnee Solante, isang epidemiologist, inaasahan ang biglaang pagtaas ng mga kaso dahil sa pagbawas sa mga panukala ng community quarantine (Casas, Requejo, & Araja, 2020).

    Inihayag ng Chinese General Hospital na hindi na ito maaaring tumanggap pa ng mga pasyenteng may COVID-19 dahil sa pagpuno, at bibigyan lamang ng payo ang mga walk-in na pasyente at i-rerefer sa ibang ospital (CNN Philippines, 2020).

    The Philippines recorded its highest single-day increase in COVID-19 cases, reporting 2,434 new infections. Epidemiologist Dr. Rontgene Solante said that the sudden increase in cases is expected due to easing of community quarantine measures (Casas, Requejo, & Araja, 2020).

    The Chinese General Hospital announced it could not admit any more COVID-19 patients due to full capacity, and given the situation, walk-in patients will be advised and referred to other hospitals (CNN Philippines, 2020).

    PH CASESPH DEATHSPH RECOVERIES
    44,2541,29711,942

    Casas, W., Requejo, R.E, & Araja, R.N. (2020). Sudden spike in virus cases normal – expert. manilastandard.net. Retrieved from https://manilastandard.net/news/top-stories/327845/sudden-spike-in-virus-cases-normal-expert.html

    CNN Philippines. (2020). Chinese General Hospital says it can no longer admit COVID-19 patients. Retrieved from https://cnnphilippines.com/news/2020/7/5/chnese-general-hospital-covid-19-patient

  • July 6, 2020

    Mga pulis sa Navotas City ay nagsampa ng kaso laban sa isang pamilya na lumabag sa ipinagbabawal tuwing quarantine dahil naghanda ng isang salu-salo. Sinasabing ang pamilya ay nahawa sa virus, na naging dahilan ng paglalabas ng pahayag ni Mayor Toby Tiangco tungkol sa kanilang hindi pag-iingat (CNN Philippines, 2020).

    Ayon sa isang pahayag ng tagapagsalita ng pangulo na si Harry Roque, sinabi niyang ang Malacanang ay nalungkot sa mga naitala na kaso ng COVID-19, ngunit walang ibang magagawa kundi ang pagpapabalik ng dating ekonomiya sa pamamagitan nang pagpapaluwag ng ipinagbabawal sa quarantine (Geducos, 2020).

    Ang Northern Mindanao Medical Center ay nagsimulang magbigay ng remdesivir sa mga malalalang kaso ng COVID-19, matapos maging isa sa mga ospital na nakabili ng gamot. Ang antiviral drug na ito ay unang ginamit sa pagpapagaling ng ebola, na nagpakita ng magagandang resulta, kung kaya’t naniniwala ang mga siyentipiko na mabisa ito laban sa COVID-19 (Gallardo, 2020).

    Ayon sa Kagawaran ng Kalusugan, ang kalagayan ng Pilipinas ay nasa kontrol pa, kahit na malaki ang itinataas ng kaso kada araw. Ang pagdoble ng kaso ay sinasabing umaabot lamang ng 7.5 na araw sa buong bansa, na nagpapahayag ng kontrol sa ilalim ng kapasidad ng healthcare system.  Ang Metro Manila at Cebu naman ang binabantayan dahil sa nakikitang pagdami ng kaso (Unite, 2020).

    Police in Navotas City filed charges against a family who violated quarantine restrictions for a party. The family had contracted the virus, causing Mayor Toby Tiangco to release a statement regarding their “reckless behavior” (CNN Philippines, 2020).

    In a press briefing, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque announced that the Palace was saddened by the reported figures on COVID-19 cases, although there are no other alternatives but to revitalize the economy through relaxing quarantine restrictions (Geducos, 2020).

    The Northern Mindanao Medical Center has started administering remdesivir to critically-ill COVID-19 patients, after being one of the few hospitals able to purchase the drug. The antiviral drug, initially used to treat ebola, has yielded positive results, leading Western scientists to believe that it could help fight COVID-19 (Gallardo, 2020).

    According to the Department of Health, the “situation is still manageable” for the Philippines, despite the drastic daily spike in cases. The case doubling time has been calculated to be 7.95 days nationwide, signifying a manageable situation in terms of healthcare system capacity. Metro Manila and Cebu are being monitored due to observable clustering of cases (Unite, 2020).

    PH CASESPH DEATHSPH RECOVERIES
    46,3331,30312,185

    CNN Philippines. (2020). Navotas police sue family who contracted COVID-19 after hosting a party amid quarantine. Retrieved from https://cnnphilippines.com/news/2020/7/6/navotas-police-family-covid-19.html?fbclid=IwAR2nwC3yVT2a6G-1Wwx74ySS0xoaHxHhvjoCAo75ZIKYiLy8sSFL7FPu7nM 

    Geducos, A.C. (2020). No choice but to reopen economy despite COVID-19 spike – Roque. Manila Bulletin. Retrieved from https://mb.com.ph/2020/07/06/no-choice-but-to-reopen-economy-despite-covid-19-spike-roque/

    Gallardo, F. (2020). Use of remdesivir for COVID-19 treatment yields encouraging results in De Oro hospital. Inquirer.net. Retrieved from https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1302827/use-of-remdesivir-for-covid-19-treatment-yields-encouraging-results-in-de-oro-hospital

    Unite, B.K. (2020). ‘Situation still manageable,’ DOH says, as 2,099 new COVID-19 cases recorded today. Manila Bulletin. Retrieved from https://mb.com.ph/2020/07/06/situation-still-manageable-doh-says-as-2099-new-covid-19-cases-recorded-today/

  • July 7, 2020

    Ayon kay DOH Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire, ang bilang ng kaso ng COVID-19 sa bansa ay inaasahang dumami dahil sa mas malaking kapasidad ng bansa na ipa-test ang mga mamamayan. Dinagdag pa niya na ang pagkalat ng virus ay tumaas dahil sa kulang na pag-iimplementa ng mga health protocols (Cabico, 2020).

    Ayon naman sa isang grupo ng mga siyentipiko sa ibang bansa, ang COVID-19 ay maaaring kumalat sa hangin nang higit pa sa 2 metro na nirerekomenda para sa social distancing (Cabico, 2020).

    According to DOH Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire, the number of COVID-19 cases are expected to increase because of the higher capacity of the country to test its citizens. She added that the transmission increased due to less implementation of health protocols than what is prescribed (Cabico, 2020).

    Meanwhile, according to an international cluster of scientists, the virus is said to be airborne and can spread over 2 meters which is recommended for social distancing (Cabico, 2020).

    PH CASESPH DEATHSPH RECOVERIES
    47,8731,30912,386

    Cabico, G. (2020). Covid-19 case tally in Philippines hits 47,873 with 1,540 new infections. PhilStar. Retrieved from https://www.philstar.com/headlines/2020/07/07/2026263/covid-19-case-tally-philippines-hits-47873-1540-new-infections

  • July 8, 2020

    Ibinalita ng kalihim ng Kagawaran ng Paggawa at Empleo na si Silvestre Bello na ang pandemya ay nakaapekto sa mga trabaho ng hindi kukulang sa 400,000 na OFW (Gonzales, 2020).

    Ang Paliparang Pandaigdig ng Ninoy Aquino Terminal 3 ay bukas na para sa mga biyahe patungo sa ibang bansa. Ang mga papabalik na mamamayang Pilipino, mga permanenteng residente, at mga diplomatiko lamang ang mga papayagang pumasok sa Pilipinas (Asian Journal, 2020).

    Department of Labor and Employment Secretary Silvestre Bello reported that the pandemic has affected the employment of at least 400,000 overseas Filipino workers (Gonzales, 2020).

    The Ninoy Aquino International Airport’s Terminal 3 opened for international flights. Only returning Filipino citizens and their families, Filipino migrant workers, permanent residents, and diplomats are allowed to enter the Philippines (Asian Journal, 2020).

    PH CASESPH DEATHSPH RECOVERIES
    50,3591,31412,588

    Gonzales, C. (2020). DOLE chief: COVID-19 by now affected jobs of over 400,000 OFWs. Inquirer.net. Retrieved from https://globalnation.inquirer.net/189333/dole-chief-covid-19-affected-jobs-of-over-400000-ofws 

    Asian Journal. (2020). NAIA Terminal 3 resumes international flights. Retrieved from https://www.asianjournal.com/philippines/metro-manila/naia-terminal-3-resumes-international-flights/

  • July 9, 2020

    Sinasabing ang sistemang pangkalusugan ng Pilipinas ay nakakasabay sa pagtaas ng kaso ng COVID-19 ayon kay DOH Undersecretary Vergeire. Nakasaad rin dito na ang bansa ay nakapag-test na ng 825,139 katao at may 83 laboratoryo na sumusuri sa mga sample ng COVID-19 (Cabico, 2020).

    The Philippines’ health system is said to be able to cope with the rising number of cases of COVID-19 according to the DOH Undersecretary Vergeire. It also stated that the country has tested 825,139 people and has 83 laboratories in the country dealing with COVID-19 samples (Cabico, 2020).

    PH CASESPH DEATHSPH RECOVERIES
    51,7541,31412,813

    Cabico, G. (2020). No new deaths reported as COVID-19 tally in Philippines hits 51,754. PhilStar. Retrieved from https://www.philstar.com/headlines/2020/07/09/2026781/covid-19-tally-philippines-reaches-51754-1395-new-cases

  • July 10, 2020

    Ayon sa Acting Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Karl Chua, kung ang Pilipinas ay may kakayahang ipataas ang kapasidad ng pag-test sa COVID-19, maaaring maiwasan ang pinaka-mahigpit na panuntunan para sa quarantine. Naiulat ni Chua na plano ng goberyno ipa-test ang 10 milyong Filipino sa susunod na 12 months (Lopez, 2020).

    Binigyan ng Department of Health ng go signal mula sa mga siyentista mula sa Unibersidad ng Pilipinas na gamitin ang kanilang lokal na gawa at mababang presyo na test kit. Ang paggamit ng mga test kit ay inurong dahil sa mga pagkakaiba at “hindi tiyak” na resulta noong Mayo. Naiayos ng mga siyentista ang mga problemang ito simula noon (Bonquin & Cator, 2020).

    Layuni’y “ipalakas ang pamamahala ng krisis at tugon sa komunidad”, PHP 176-milyon ang naibigay sa Rehiyon 12 para sa COVID-19 pandemic. Iba-ibang programang pangkalusugan ay napatupad sa mga katutubong komunidad at lokal na residente (Gubalani, 2020).

    According to Acting Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Karl Chua, if the Philippines is able to increase testing capacity for COVID-19, the country can avoid a revert to the strictest quarantine rules. Chua reported that the government plans to test at least 10 million Filipinos in the next 12 months (Lopez, 2020).

    The Department of Health has again given scientists from the University of the Philippines the go signal to use their locally-developed low-cost test kits. The use of the test kits was recalled due to discrepancies and “indeterminate” results in May. The scientists have repaired the problems since then (Bonquin & Cator, 2020).

    Aimed to “strengthen crisis management and response in grassroots communities,” PHP 176-million has been provided to Region 12 for the COVID-19 pandemic. Various health programs are being implemented for the region’s indigenous communities and local residents (Gubalani, 2020).

    PH CASESPH DEATHSPH RECOVERIES
    52,9141,36013,230

    Lopez, M.L. (2020). More COVID-19 tests to prevent return to ECQ – NEDA. CNN Philippines. Retrieved from https://cnnphilippines.com/news/2020/7/10/more-COVID-tests-ECQ-NEDA.html?fbclid=IwAR0lfAx5aFTwzoQWln6H0jYFy86F2XvkeHv8TkHFNGqWTAMS2e1LSO4xJa0 

    Bonquin, C., & Cator, C. (2020). DOH gives UP test kits another go signal. CNN Philippines. Retrieved from https://cnnphilippines.com/news/2020/7/10/DOH-UP-test-kits-another-go-signal.html 

    Gubalani, R. (2020). Soccsksargen gets P176-M for Covid-19 response projects. Philippine News Agency. Retrieved from https://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1108611

  • July 11, 2020

    Habang lumalagpas 54,000 ang mga kaso, naiulat ng Pilipinas ang pinakamataas na paggaling sa isang araw, 807 COVID-19 na paggaling. Inuugnay ng Department of Health ang pagtaas sa Oplan Recovery Program, o ang pagsikap sa pagbakas ng mga indibidwal na gumaling na ngunit hindi naitala sa mga gumaling na (CNN Philippines, 2020).

    Sumusunod sa Department of Health at Research Institute of Tropical Medicine, nagbukas ang Mactan Cebu International Airport (MCIA) ng COVID-19 tests para sa sariling molecular laboratory. Ang MCIA ay ang kauna-unahang paliparan sa Pilipinas na gumamit ng real-time polymerase chain reaction techniques (Erram, 2020).

    Ayon sa isang paglilinaw mula sa Health Spokesperson Maria Rosario Vergeire, ang mga rapid antibody test kit ay hindi nabibili sa mga botika dahil kinakailangan nito ng gabay ng doktor. Pinagbabawal din ng goberyno ang pagbenta ng mga tests online (Santos, 2020).

    Kasunod ng paglathala ng nakakalinlang na balita, nilinaw ng Commission on Higher Education na ang regular na face-to-face classes ay hindi matutuloy sa Agosto. Ipinahayag ng ahensiya na ang flexible learning sa pamamagitan ng digital technology ay gagamitin, kasama ang posibleng in-person learning (Rocamora, 2020).

    As cases exceed 54,000, the Philippines records its highest number of recoveries in a single day, at 807 COVID-19 survivors. The Department of Health attributes the increase to the Oplan Recovery Program, or efforts to trace individuals who have gotten well but were not logged as survivors (CNN Philippines, 2020).

    Following accreditation from the Department of Health and the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine, Mactan Cebu International Airport (MCIA) opened COVID-19 tests for its own molecular laboratory. Thus, MCIA is the first airport in the Philippines to employ real-time polymerase chain reaction techniques (Erram, 2020).

    According to a clarification from Health Spokesperson Maria Rosario Vergeire, rapid antibody test kits cannot be bought in drugstores as operating these require the guidance of a doctor. The government also prohibits the online sale of the tests (Santos, 2020).

    Following the publishing of a seemingly misleading report, the Commission on Higher Education clarified that regular face-to-face classes will not be conducted in August. The agency announced that flexible learning will be equipped, in which digital technology will be used, possibly alongside in-person learning (Rocamora, 2020).

    PH CASESPH DEATHSPH RECOVERIES
    54,2221,37214,037

    CNN Philippines. (2020). Philippines logs highest number of COVID-19 recoveries in a single day with 807 more survivors; cases exceed 54,000. Retrieved from https://cnnphilippines.com/news/2020/7/11/ph-covid-19-recoveries-new-record.html 

    Erram, M.M.B. (2020). MCIA molecular lab for COVID-19 tests up and running. Cebu Daily News. Retrieved from https://cebudailynews.inquirer.net/326201/mcias-own-molecular-lab-for-covid-19-tests-up-and-running 

    Santos, E. (2020). DOH: Rapid test kits still cannot be sold in drugstores. CNN Philippines. Retrieved from https://www.cnnphilippines.com/news/2020/7/11/rapid-test-kits-covid-19-philippines.html

    Rocamora, J.A.L. (2020). No regular face-to-face classes in August: CHED. Philippine News Agency. Retrieved from https://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1108687

  • July 12, 2020

    Sa unang pagkakataon, hindi nailabas ng Department of Health (DOH) ang pang-araw-araw na COVID-19 statistics dahil sa “makabuluhang dami ng datang nakuha”. Bilang karagdagan, napansin ng DOH ang pagtaas sa kaso, paggaling, at patay sa bansa (Magsambol, 2020).

    Ipinahayag ni Inter-Agency Task Force Co-Chair Karlo Nograles na hindi hinihikayat ng gobyerno ang home quarantine para sa mga pasyente ng COVID-19 na mild ang sintomas dahil sa panganib ng paghawa ng mga miyembro sa bahay. Ibinanggit ni Nograles na lahat ng pasyenteng may COVID-19, mild o asymptomatic, ay ipapa-quarantine sa mga pasilidad (Esguerra, 2020).

    Kasunod ng mga reklamo, nagpalabas ng isang pahayag ang San Lazaro Hospital na tinatanggi ang labis na trabaho ng kanilang mga nars. Binanggit ng pangangasiwa ng ospital ang pag-apruba ng ipankulang iskedyul ng trabaho mula sa tauhan at regular psychosocial at debriefing sessions na isinagawa ng isang propesyonal (Esguerra, 2020).

    For the first time, the Department of Health (DOH) failed to release the Philippines’ daily COVID-19 statistics due to the “significant volume of data gathered.” Additionally, the DOH noticed an increase in the number of cases, recoveries, and deaths in the country (Magsambol, 2020).

    Inter-Agency Task Force Co-Chair Karlo Nograles announced that the government is discouraging home quarantine for mild COVID-19 patients due to risk of infecting members of the same household. Nograles mentions that all COVID-19 patients, even mild or asymptomatic, will be asked to stay under quarantine in monitoring facilities (Esguerra, 2020).

    Following the complaints, San Lazaro Hospital released a statement denying their overworking of nurses. The hospital management cited the approval of the proposed work schedule from the staff and the regular psychosocial and debriefing sessions conducted by a professional (Esguerra, 2020).

    PH CASESPH DEATHSPH RECOVERIES
    56,2591,53416,046

    Magsambol, B. (2020). DOH misses daily COVID-19 update due to ‘significant volume of data’. Rappler. Retrieved from https://rappler.com/nation/doh-misses-daily-coronavirus-update-significant-volume-data-july-12-2020

    Esguerra, D.J. (2020). Gov’t now discouraging home quarantine for COVID-9 patients. Inquirer.net. Retrieved from https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1305779/govt-now-discouraging-home-quarantine-for-covid-19-patients

    Esguerra, D.J. (2020). San Lazaro Hospital denies nurses’ complaints of ‘understaffing, overwork’. Inquirer.net. Retrieved from https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1305743/san-lazaro-hospital-denies-nurses-complaints-of-understaffing-overwork

  • July 13, 2020

    Nang iulat ng Department of Health ang kanilang isang araw na huling COVID-19 update, naitala ang pinakamataas na paggaling sa Pilipinas na 4,325 paggaling (CNN Philippines, 2020).

    Habang lumalagpas 57,000 ang kaso sa bansa, naiulat ng St. Luke’s Medical Center at Makati Medical Center na ang kanilang pasilidad para sa COVID-19 ay puno na at hindi na maaaring tumanggap ng mga pasyenteng critically ill para sa sakit na COVID-19. Ang mga pasyenteng walang COVID-19 at mga outpatient ay tinatanggap pa (CNN Philippines, 2020).

    After the Department of Health reported a day late on the daily COVID-19 update, the Philippines recorded its highest number of recoveries in a single day at 4,325 survivors (CNN Philippines, 2020).

    As the country’s cases exceed 57,000, St. Luke’s Medical Center and Makati Medical Center reported that their COVID-19 facilities are at full capacity and can no longer accept critically ill COVID-19 patients. Non-COVID-19 patients and outpatients are still to be accommodated (CNN Philippines, 2020).

    PH CASESPH DEATHSPH RECOVERIES
    57,0061,59920,371

    CNN Philippines. (2020). PH sets new highest single-day COVID-19 recoveries at 4,325. Retrieved from https://cnnphilippines.com/news/2020/7/13/PH-covid-19-recoveries-new-record-high.html

    CNN Philippines. (2020). St. Luke’s, Makati Med COVID-19 facilities already at full capacity. Retrieved from https://www.cnnphilippines.com/news/2020/7/13/St-Luke-s-full-capacity-COVID-19-facilities.html

  • July 14, 2020

    Ayon sa panayam kay Vivencio Dizon, ang COVID-19 Response Deputy Chief Implementer, ang sinasabing magiging bilang ng test sa COVID-19 ay lalagpas sa 1 milyon sa pagtatapos ng Hulyo dahil sa panaayos ng bilang ng pag-tetest  kada araw (Valente, 2020).

    Sabi naman ni Carlito Galvez Jr. na ang National Action Plan Phase 2, na mula Hunyo hanggang Setyembre 2020, ay ang pagligtas sa mga buhay at pagbawas ng masamang epekto patungo sa pagbangon ng ekonomiya at panlipunang gawain (Valente, 2020).

    According to Vivencio Dizon, the COVID-19 Response Deputy Chief Implementer, the expected number of tests done by end-july will reach more than 1 million due to the improved maximum number of tests per day (Valente, 2020).

    On the other hand, it is said by Carlito Galvez Jr. that the National Action Plan Phase 2, which is specifically from June to September 2020 is saving lives and alleviating harmful effect, towards rising of economy and social endeavors (Valente, 2020).

    PH CASESPH DEATHSPH RECOVERIES
    57,5451,60320,459

    Valente, C. (2020). ‘PH Covid-19 tests to exceed 1M by end-July’. Manila Times. Retrieved from https://www.manilatimes.net/2020/07/14/news/latest-stories/ph-covid-19-tests-to-exceed-1m-by-end-jul/741763/

  • July 15, 2020

    Ayon sa Kalihim ng Kalusugan na si Duque, bagaman patuloy na tumataas ang mga kasong kaugnay sa COVID-10, naipatag na raw ang curve sa bansa (Magsambol, 2020). Noong itinama ni Duque ang kaniyang naunang pahayag ukol sa pagpatag ng COVID-19 curve, sinabi ni Senador Migz Zubiri na dapat sabihin nalang ni Duque ang katotohanan, at ipahayag ang tamang patnubay para labanan ang pandemyang COVID-19 (Torregoza, 2020).

    Itinanggi ni Interior Secretary Eduardo Ano ang militarisasyon bilang tugon sa COVID-19. Ayon kay Ano, ang pulis ay may supporting role” sa pagsuri ng pagsunod ng mga patakaran sa kuwarentina. Inilabas ang pahayag na ito pagkatapos ihinayag ng mga kritiko ang kanilang mga pangamba, sapagkat, ayon sa kanila, maikukumpura ang mga house-to-house police searches sa Oplan Tokhang, o ang “War on Drugs” (CNN Philippines, 2020).

    Ilang araw mula nung itinanggi ng kongreso ang pag-renew ng prangkisa ng ABS-CBN, intinanong ni Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque ang mga COVID-19 relief efforts. Sabi niya, “I do not know why ABS-CBN could not have done more. (Hindi ko alam kung bakit hindi mas lalong nagsumikap ang ABS-CBN).” (Esguerra, 2020).

    Bumaba ang quarantine status ng ciudad ng Cebu mula sa enhanced community quarantine (ECQ), at sila’y sumailalim sa modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) hanggang ika-31 ng Hulyo. Ito ang iisang ciudad na nanatili sa ilalim ng MECQ (Aguilar, 2020).

    Ayon sa Senate Minority Leader na si Franklin Drilon, ang paggastos ng bilyon mula sa utang para sa tugon sa COVID-19 ay susuriin ng mabuti pagdating sa mga budget hearings o paglilitis tungkol sa badyet (Ramos, 2020).

    According to Health Secretary Duque, the Philippines has already flattened the curve amidst the number of COVID-19 cases still rising (Magsambol, 2020). Senator Migz Zubiri said Duque should just tell the truth and give proper guidance on how to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, after the latter corrected his previous statement about the country finally flattening the curve (Torregoza, 2020).

    Interior Secretary Eduardo Ano denied the alleged militarization of the COVID-19 response. Ano said policemen only have a “supporting role” in checking for the compliance of quarantine protocols. This statement was released after critics’ fears on house-to-house police searches, comparing these to the drug war or Oplan Tokhang (CNN Philippines, 2020).

    Just days after Congress denied its franchise application, Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque questioned ABS-CBN’s COVID-19 relief efforts, saying “I do not know why ABS-CBN could not have done more.” (Esguerra, 2020). 

    Cebu City’s quarantine status was downgraded from an enhanced (ECQ) to a modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) until July 31, making it the only city remaining under MECQ (Aguilar, 2020).

    According to Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon, the use of the billions in foreign loans for the COVID-19 response will be scrutinized during budget hearings (Ramos, 2020).

    PH CASESPH DEATHSPH RECOVERIES
    58,8501,61420,976

    Magsambol, B. (2020). Amid rising COVID-19 cases, Duque claims PH has ‘flattened the curve’. Rappler. Retrieved from https://rappler.com/nation/duque-claims-philippines-flattened-curve-since-april-2020 

    Torregoza, H. (2020). Stop dreaming of a flattened curve, Zubiri tells DOH. Manila Bulletin. Retrieved from https://mb.com.ph/2020/07/15/stop-dreaming-of-a-flattened-curve-zubiri-tells-doh/

    CNN Philippines. (2020). Police say no home searches for COVID-19 patients as critics warn of new ‘Tokhang’-style program. Retrieved from https://www.cnnphilippines.com/news/2020/7/15/Oplan-Kalinga-home-quarantine-tokhang.html

    Esguerra, D.J. (2020). Palace says ABS-CBN virus aid drive lacking: Why didn’t you do more like the Ayalas, MVP? Inquirer.net. Retrieved from https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1307149/palace-says-abs-cbn-virus-aid-drive-wanting-why-didnt-you-do-more-like-the-ayalas-mvp

    Aguilar, K. (2020). Cebu City status downgraded from ECQ to MECQ until July 31. Inquirer.net. Retrieved from https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1307428/breaking-cebu-city-downgraded-to-mecq-until-july-31

    Ramos, C.M. (2020). Senate to scrutinize how gov’t will spend foreign loans for COVID-19 response. Inquirer.net. Retrieved from https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1307384/drilon-on-foreign-loans-for-covid-19-response

  • July 16, 2020

    Ihinayag ni Trade and Industry Secretary Ramon Lopez na halos 26 porsyento ng 2, 135 na mga negosyo na sinuri sa Pilipinas ay nagsara simula noong tinamaan ng COVID-19 ang bansa. (Cahiles-Magkilat, 2020).

    Noong Ika-15 ng Hulyo, mahigit 250 na tao ang napasuri na gamit ang drive-thru COVID-19 center sa Maynila. Pagsapit ng ika-8 ng umaga sa susunod na araw, nakuha ng mahigit-kumulang 170 na tao ang resulta ng kanilang mga test (Tiangco, 2020).

    Trade and Industry Secretary Ramon Lopez announced that about 26 percent of the 2,135 businesses surveyed in the Philippines have closed since the COVID-19 pandemic hit the country (Cahiles-Magkilat, 2020).

    At least 250 individuals were tested on the opening day, July 15, of the drive-thru COVID-19 center in Manila, with around 170 individuals receiving their results as of 8 AM, July 16 (Tiangco, 2020).

    PH CASESPH DEATHSPH RECOVERIES
    61,2661,64321,440

    Cahiles-Magkilat, B. (2020). Closure of 26% of PH businesses alarms DTI. Manila Bulletin. Retrieved from https://mb.com.ph/2020/07/16/closure-of-26-of-ph-businesses-alarms-dti/

    Tiangco, M.K. (2020). Around 250 tested on first day of Manila drive-thru COVID-19 testing center. Manila Bulletin. Retrieved from https://mb.com.ph/2020/07/16/around-250-tested-on-first-day-of-manila-drive-thru-covid-19-testing-center/

  • July 17, 2020

    Sinabi ni Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon na siya ay “lubos na nabalisa” (deeply disturbed) sa mga pahayag ng Philippine National Police Chief General Archie Gamboa, sapagkat ihinalintulad niya ang house-to-house search para sa COVID-19 sa paghanap ng mga kriminal. Ayon kay Drilon, nagdaragdag ito sa kawalan ng tiwala sa mga awtoridad. (Ramos, 2020).

    Ayon sa Kagawaran ng Kalusugan, wala pang patunay na hindi maaring magkaroon ng COVID-19 muli ang taong gumaling na mula rito (De Vera, 2020).

    Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon said he was “deeply distrubed” by Philippine National Police Chief General Archie Gamboa’s remark likening the house-to-house search for COVID-19 to “locating” criminals, the former saying this adds to distrust in the authorities. (Ramos, 2020).

    According to the Department of Health, there is no proof that recovered COVID-19 patients are protected from re-contracting the virus (De Vera, 2020).

    PH CASESPH DEATHSPH RECOVERIES
    63,0011,66021,748

    Ramos, C.M. (2020). COVID-19 patients are not criminals, Drilon cautions PNP chief. Inquirer.net. Retrieved from https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1308208/covid-19-patients-are-not-criminals-drilon-reminds-pnp-chief

    De Vera, A. (2020). No proof that those who recovered from COVID can’t be reinfected again. Manila Bulletin. Retrieved from https://mb.com.ph/2020/07/17/no-proof-that-those-who-recovered-from-covid-cant-be-reinfected-again-doh/

  • July 18, 2020

    Inaprubahan ng Kagawaran ng Agham at Teknolohiya ang mga clinical trials para sa lagundi laban sa COVID-19. Layunin ng proyekto ang matukoy kung makakapagbigay ng sympotamatic relief ang damong-gamot, at kung mababawasan nito ang bilang ng pasyente na pumoporgreso mula sa moderate o hindi seryoso hanggang severe o seryoso na kaso (Arayata, 2020).

    Ayon sa kinatawan ng Bayan Muna na si Carlos Zalate, ang “pagkahumaling” ng administrasyon sa charter change ay sayang lamang sa oras sa gitna ng pandemyang COVID-19. Mas nararapat na gamitin nila ang pagsisikap na ito para sa mga solusyong medikal (Lozada, 2020).

    Inilunsad ng Pamahalaan ng Lungsod ng Maynila ang kanilang pangalawang drive-thru COVID-19 testing center sa Quirino Grandstand (Marquez, 2020).

    Sa isang magkasamang pahayag, itinawag nila Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon, Senador Risa Hontiveros, at Senador Francis Pangilinan ang pamahalaan para gamitin ang mga mas murang, gawang lokal na COVID-19 test kits mula sa National Institute for Health ng Unibersidad ng Pilipinas, na masasabing kasingbisa ng mga testing kit na nanggaling mula sa ibang bansa na kasaulukuyang ginagamit (Ranada, 2020). 

    Inulit ni Senador Sherwin Gatchalian ang kaniyang adbokasiya para sa paggamit ng TV at radyo bilang bahagi ng blended learning approach. Ayon sa senador, “It is the most efficient way to reach every learner in the safety of their homes.” Kinilala ni Gatchalian ang mga isyung teknikal na dala ng panukalang ito, tulad ng mga teknikal na pasilidad at kagamitan (Casayuran, 2020).

    Sinigurado ng Kagawaran ng Paggawa at Empleyo na gagawin ng pamahalaan ang lahat ng kanilang makakaya upang tulungan ang mga Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) na nawalan ng trabaho upang makahanap sila muli ng pagkakakitaan (Depasupil, 2020).

    The Department of Science and Technology has approved the clinical trials for lagundi against COVID-19. The project aims to determine if the herb can provide symptomatic relief for patients and if it can decrease the number of patients who progress from mild to moderate or severe cases (Arayata, 2020).

    Bayan Muna Representative Carlos Zarate said the administration’s “obsession” for Charter change is a waste of time amid the COVID-19 pandemic and should be channeled into medical efforts (Lozada, 2020).

    The Manila City government has launched its second drive-thru COVID-19 testing center at Quirino Grandstand (Marquez, 2020).

    In a joint statement, Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon, Senator Risa Hontiveros, and Senator Francis Pangilinan called on the government to utilize the cheaper locally-developed COVID-19 test kits from the University of the Philippines National Institutes for Health which are at par with imported test kits currently being used (Ranada, 2020).

    Senator Sherwin Gatchalian reiterated his advocacy for TV- and radio-based instructions as part of the blended learning approach, saying, “It is the most efficient way to reach every learner in the safety of their homes.” Gatchalian also acknowledges the technical issues this proposal has, such as technical facilities and equipment (Casayuran, 2020).

    The Department of Labor and Employment assured displaced overseas Filipino workers that the government would exhaust all efforts to aid them in regaining jobs (Depasupil, 2020).

    PH CASESPH DEATHSPH RECOVERIES
    65,3041,77322,067

    Arayata, M.C (2020). DOST okays study on lagundi for Covid-19. Philippine News Agency. Retrieved from https://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1109360

    Lozada, B. (2020). Zarate twits Duterte, says obsession with Charter change a misplaced priority. Inquirer.net. Retrieved from https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1308645/zarate-twits-duterte-says-obsession-with-charter-change-a-misplaced-priority

    Marquez, C. (2020). Manila City opens 2nd drive-thru COVID-19 testing center at Quirino Grandstand. Inquirer.net. Retrieved from https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1308715/manila-city-opens-2nd-drive-thru-covid-19-testing-center-at-quirino-grandstand

    Ranada, P. (2020). Senators urge Duterte gov’t to allow use of ‘world-class’ UP test kits. Rappler. Retrieved from https://rappler.com/nation/senators-urge-duterte-administration-to-use-university-philippines-test-kits

    Casayuran, M. (2020). Radio-TV based learning in basic education urged. Manila Bulletin. Retrieved from https://mb.com.ph/2020/07/18/radio-tv-based-learning-in-basic-education-urged/ 

    Depasupil, W. (2020). DoLE: Govt to help bring back jobs for OFWs. The Manila Times. Retrieved from https://www.manilatimes.net/2020/07/19/news/top-stories/dole-govt-to-help-bring-back-jobs-for-ofws/743285/

  • July 19, 2020

    Napagtanto ni Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque na ‘unfortunate’ daw na may mga taong pilit na hindi pinapansin ang ilang bahagi ng COVID-19 data. Ayon sa kaniya, habang tumataas ang bilang ng mga kaso ng COVID-19 sa bansa, ay mayroon ring “napalaking pagtaas (tremendous increase)” sa bilang ng mga gumaling mula sa sakit. Sinabi rin niya na lubos na sinusuri ng gobyerno ang agham upang gumawa ng mga desisyon. (Gonzales, 2020).

    Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque found it ‘unfortunate’ that some could ignore the rest of the COVID-19 data, stating that while the number of COVID-19 cases is still increasing, there is a “tremendous increase” in the number of recoveries and a “sharp decline” in the number of deaths. Roque further adds that “the government is serious in looking at science in making decisions” (Gonzales, 2020).

    PH CASESPH DEATHSPH RECOVERIES
    67,4561,83122,465

    Gonzales, C. (2020). Palace: ‘Unfortunate’ that others ignore rest of COVID-19 data. Inquirer.net. Retrieved from https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1309019/palace-unfortunate-that-others-ignore-rest-of-covid-19-data

  • July 20, 2020

    Ipinagkaloob ng Estados Unidos ang  Philippine General Hospiral at iba pang mga sentro ng paggamot ng COVID-19 ng 14.8 bilyong pisong halaga ng mga personal protective equipment. Dahil dito, tumaas  ang pangkalahatang tulong bilang tugon sa COVID-19 ng Estados Unidos sa malapit sa 981 milyong piso.  (Gonzales, 2020)

    Sinabi ng Kagawaran ng Kalusugan na papatunayan nito ang sinasabing kakulangan sa tauhan sa ilan na mga ospital dahil sa dumadaming reklamo. Ayon sa isang nars mula sa San Lorenzo Hospital, ang mga tauhang na na-expose sa mga pasyenteng may COVID-19 ay hindi kayang kumuha ng quarantine leave dahil sa kakulangan sa tauhan, na nakakapagpaliwanag sa “nakakabahlang pagtaas ng mga empleyadong nahahawa (the alarming rise of employees getting infected).” (CNN Philippines, 2020)

    Ang Sabayang Patak Kontra Polio, isang programa ng pagbabakuna laban sa polio, ay nagpatuloy pagkatapos nitong tumigil ng sandali dahil sa pandemya dulot ng COVID-19 (Esguerra, 2020).

    Magbubukas ang Senado ng isang imbestigasyon ayon sa mga naiulat na pagkamatay ng mga presong Bilibid na high-profile nang dahil sa COVID-19. Ihinayag ng Pangulo ng Mataas na Kapulungan ng Pilipinas na si Vicente Sotto III na ang mga iniulat na mga pagkamatay na ito ay maaring isang pakanalamang upang makatakas ang mga preso (Gotinga, 2020).

    The United States donated P14.8-million worth of personal protective equipment to the Philippine General Hospital and other COVID-19 treatment centers, raising the overall US COVID-19 response assistance to nearly P981-million (Gonzales, 2020).

    The Department of Health said that it would verify the alleged understaffing in some hospitals due to increase in complaints. A nurse from San Lazaro Hospital said that staff who have been exposed to COVID-19 patients could not afford to have quarantine leaves due to understaffing, explaining “the alarming rise of employees getting infected” (CNN Philippines, 2020).

    Sabayang Patak Kontra Polio, the polio vaccination program, was resumed after being put on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic (Esguerra, 2020).

    The Senate would open an investigation on the reported COVID-19 deaths of high-profile Bilibid inmates. Senate President Vicente Sotto III announced that the alleged deaths may have been a ruse to allow the prisoners to escape (Gotinga, 2020).

    PH CASESPH DEATHSPH RECOVERIES
    68,8981,83523,072

    Gonzales, C. (2020). US donates P14.8M worth of PPEs to PGH, COVID-19 treatment centers. Inquirer.net. Retrieved from https://globalnation.inquirer.net/189630/us-donates-p14-8m-worth-of-ppes-to-pgh-covid-19-treatment-centers

    CNN Philippines. (2020). DOH probes alleged understaffing in hospital as COVID-19 infects almost 4,000 healthcare workers. Retrieved from https://cnnphilippines.com/news/2020/7/20/DOH-understaffing-complaints-San-Lazaro-Hospital.html?fbclid=IwAR1xzwhXC4H5TYQ0aIW8fe-hsRHvSYa2DvMmzb0OjW-soT-0HGe0IfTtYuQ

    Esguerra, D.J. (2020). Philippines resumes polio immunization program amid COVID-19 crisis. Inquirer.net. Retrieved from https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1309332/philippines-resumes-polio-immunization-program-amid-covid-19-crisis

    Gotinga, J. (2020). Senate to probe alleged COVID-19 deaths of high-profile Bilibid inmates. Rappler. Retrieved from https://rappler.com/nation/senate-to-probe-alleged-covid-19-deaths-high-profile-inmates-new-bilibid-prisons

  • July 21, 2020

    Hinimok ni Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte ang mga pulis na higpitan ang pagpapatupad ng mga patakarang pangkalusugan o health measures, at sinabing maaring ikulong ang mga lumabag dito upang “turuuan sila ng leksyon (give them a lesson).” Nanawagan rin siya sa mga puno ng lungsod na “gumawa ng higit pa (do more)” upang alagaan ang kanilang mga nasasakupan (Esguerra, 2020).

    Inaprubahan ni Pangulong Duterte, na dating tutol sa pagkaroon ng pisikal na klase hanggang magkaroon ng isang bakuna laban sa COVID-19, ang panukala ng Kagawaran ng Edukasyon na magkaroon ng limitadong face-to-face na klase sa mga lugar na mababa ang panganib o low risk. (CNN Philippines, 2020).

    Ibinunyag ni Philippines Ambassador to the United States na si Jose Manuel Romualdez na nakipag-usap ang Pilipinas sa mga kumpanya ng parmasyutiko sa Estados Unidos na gumagawa ng bakuna laban sa COVID-19. Tiniyak ni Romualdez na sa panahon na maaring i-export ang mga bakunang ito, makakatanggap ang Pilipinas ng mga ito.  (Esguerra, 2020).
    Ayon kay Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque, iniisip ng gobyernong magkaroon ng “pooled testing” upang mapabilis ang pagsusuri ng mga Pilipino para sa COVID-19 gamit ang mas kaunting gamit (Kabiling, 2020).

    President Rodrigo Duterte urged police to strictly enforce health measures, saying that violators may be jailed to give them “a lesson.” Duterte also called on mayors to “do more” to take care of their constituents (Esguerra, 2020).

    President Duterte, who previously opposed physical classes until a COVID-19 vaccine becomes available, approved the Department of Education’s proposal to hold limited face-to-face classes in low-risk areas (CNN Philippines, 2020).

    Philippines Ambassador to the United States Jose Manuel Romualdez revealed that the government has reached out to pharmaceutical companies in the United States that are developing COVID-19 vaccines. Romualdez assured that once vaccines are available for export, the Philippines will receive such (Esguerra, 2020).

    According to Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque, the government considered “pooled testing” to hasten the screening of Filipinos for COVID-19 using fewer supplies (Kabiling, 2020).

    PH CASESPH DEATHSPH RECOVERIES
    70,7641,83723,281

    Esguerra, D.J. (2020). ‘Hulihin talaga’: Duterte wants stricter implementation of health protocols. Inquirer.net. Retrieved from https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1309656/fwd-hulihin-talaga-duterte-wants-stricter-implementation-of-covid-19-health-protocols

    CNN Philippines. (2020). Duterte allows limited face-to-face classes in low-risk areas. Retrieved from https://cnnphilippines.com/news/2020/7/21/School-opening-limited-face-to-face-classes.html

    Esguerra, D.J. (2020). PH in talks with COVID-19 vaccine manufacturers in US, says envoy. Inquirer.net. Retrieved from https://globalnation.inquirer.net/189656/ph-in-talks-with-covid-19-vaccine-manufacturers-in-us-says-envoy

    Kabiling, G. (2020). Pooled testing for COVID-19 virus planned – Roque. Manila Bulletin. Retrieved from https://mb.com.ph/2020/07/21/pooled-testing-for-covid-19-virus-planned-roque/

  • July 22, 2020

    Ayon kay Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque, ang oposisyon ay “nag-resort sa politicking” tuwing sinasabi nila na nabigo ang gobyerno sa pagtugon laban sa pandemyang COVID-19, sapagkat, ayon kay Roque, natalo ng Pilipinas ang inaasahang bilang ng Unibersidad ng Pilipinas na magkakaroon ang Pilipinas ng 3.5 milyong kaso (Aguilar, 2020).

    “Uutusan” ang mga pampublikong ospital na itaas sa 70% ang paglaan ng mga kama para sa pasyente na may COVID-19 kung kinakailangan, sa kabila ng kakulangan sa tauhan ang gamit. Ang mga pribadong ospital naman, sa kabilang dako, ay kinakailangang maglaan lamang ng 20 hanggang 30% ng kanilang mga kama para sa mga pasyente na may COVID-19. (CNN Philippines, 2020).

    Isang dosenang proyektong militar sa ilalim ng modernization program ay papatigilin muna upang tulungan ang pamahalaan sa pagpondo ng tugon laban sa pandemya dulot ng COVID-19. Inihayag ni Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana na ang 9.4 bilyong piso na pondong di pa nagagamit ay “ilalahad para sa pondo laban sa COVID (reprogrammed toward the COVID fund).” (Santos, 2020).

    According to Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque, the opposition is “resorting to politicking” in saying that the government failed to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, noting how the country beat the University of the Philippines’ projection of 3.5-million cases (Aguilar, 2020).

    Public hospitals “will be mandated” to increase bed allocation for COVID-19 to 70 percent when the need arises, amid complaints of understaffing and lack of equipment. Private hospitals, on the other hand, will only have to allocate 20 to 30 percent of total beds for COVID-19 patients (CNN Philippines, 2020).

    A dozen military projects under the modernization program will be placed on hold to aid the government in funding its response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana announced that the P9.4-billion of unused funds will be “reprogrammed toward the COVID fund” (Santos, 2020).

    PH CASESPH DEATHSPH RECOVERIES
    72,2691,84323,623

    Aguilar, K. (2020). Palace accuses opposition of ‘politicizing’ gov’t effort vs COVID-19. Inquirer.net. Retrieved  from https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1310210/palace-accuses-opposition-of-politicizing-govt-efforts-vs-covid-19

    CNN Philippines. (2020). DOH to order public hospitals allocate up to 70 percent of beds for COVID-19 patients should need arise. Retrieved from https://www.cnnphilippines.com/news/2020/7/22/coronavirus-bed-allocation-government-hospitals-.html

    Santos, D. (2020). P9.4-B funds for military modernization projects diverted to COVID-19 response – Defense Chief. CNN Philippines. Retrieved from https://cnnphilippines.com/news/2020/7/22/DND-military-modernization-projects-diverted-COVID-19-response-.html?fbclid=lwAR2

  • July 23, 2020

    Sinalaky ng mga pulis ang isang printing shop sa Quezon City an sinabing gumawa ng mga pekeng resultang medikal at sertipikong COVID-19 pagkatapos mag-viral ang isang post sa social media na nagbunyag sa pakana (CNN Philippines, 2020).

    Hinihikayat ng mga dalubhasa sa kalusugan ang publiko na magpabakuna laban sa trangkaso sa gitna ng pandemya dulot ng COVID-19, sapagkat maaring pigilan nito ang pagbuo ng senyas at simptomas na maaring pagkamaliang COVID-19 (De Vera, 2020).

    Malaki ang pagtitiwala ni Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque na gagawa ng paraan si Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte upang makakuha ng pondo, at makahanap at “makuha ng bakuna laban sa COVID-19.” Dinagdag ni Roque na ang independent foreign policy ni Duterte ay makakatulong siguraduhing ang pagkuha ng mga bakuna, sapagkat “kaibigan’’ ng Pilipinas ang Tsina, Rusiya, Amerika, at Europa — ang mga lugar na kayang gumawa ng isang bakuna (Geducos, 2020).

    Sinabi ng Kalihim ng Gabinete na si Karlo Nograles na ang konklusyon na nabigo ang pamahalaan patungkol sa pandemya ay “hindi patas na pagtatasa,” sapagkat ang bansa ay nasa “mabuting kalagayan” kumpara sa mga mas maunlad na mga bansa. Binanggit ni Nograles ang mga nakaraang mga inaasahang bilang ng mga siyentipiko, at sinabi na kung hindi kumilos ng mabilis ang pangulo, mayroon na saang 1.3 milyong kaso ng COVID-19 sa Pilipinas (Aguilar, 2020).

    Police raided a printing shop in Quezon City that allegedly produced fake COVID-19 medical results and certificates. This was after a social media post went viral exposing the scheme (CNN Philippines, 2020).

    Health experts are encouraging the public to vaccinate against the flu amid the COVID-19 pandemic, noting that it will prevent the development of signs and symptoms that can be mistaken for COVID-19 (De Vera, 2020).

    Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque is confident that President Duterte will be able to look for funds and find ways to “get hands on the [COVID-19] vaccine.” Roque added that Duterte’s independent foreign policy will also help in securing vaccines, with the Philippines being “friends” with China, Russia, America, and Europe — those who are able to develop a vaccine (Geducos, 2020).

    Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles said that conclusions of the government failing to respond to the pandemic are “unfair assessments,” noting that the country is a “good place” compared to more developed ones. Nograles cited scientists’ former projections, saying that had the President not acted fast, the country would have seen 1.3-million COVID-19 cases (Aguilar, 2020).

    PH CASESPH DEATHSPH RECOVERIES
    74,3901,87124,383

    CNN Philippines. (2020). Police raid print shop producing fake medical certificates of COVID-19 results. Retrieved from https://cnnphilippines.com/news/2020/7/23/Police-raid-print-shop-producing-fake-medical-certificates-COVID-19-results.html

    De Vera, A. (2020). Flu vaccine a must amid pandemic – health experts. Manila Bulletin. Retrieved from https://mb.com.ph/2020/07/23/flu-vaccine-a-must-amid-pandemic-health-experts/

    Geducos, A.C. (2020). Duterte’s foreign policy tack will secure PH access to COVID-19 vaccine. Manila Bulletin. Retrieved from https://mb.com.ph/2020/07/23/dutertes-foreign-policy-tack-will-secure-ph-access-to-covid-19-vaccine/

    Aguilar, K. (2020). Unfair for brand government’s COVID-19 response a failure – Nograles. Inquirer.net. Retrieved from https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1310752/unfair-to-brand-governments-covid-19-response-a-failure-nograles

  • July 24, 2020

    Patuloy na ipinahahayag ng pamahalaan na sisiguraduhin na ang mga mamamayang Pilipino ang unang makatatanggap ng gumaganang bakuna kung nabuo na ito. 

    Ayon kay Esguerra (2020), sasali ang Pilipinas sa COVAX Facility, isang sistema na initatag na may layunin na magkaroon ng “mabilisang, patas, at pantay-pantay na access sa mga COVID-19 na bakuna sa iba’t ibang parte ng mundo.” Ang COVAX Facility ay pinangungunahan ng Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, isang initiative ng Bell & Melinda Gate Foundation na nilalayon na magbigay ng impormasyon tungkol sa pababakuna o immunization.

    The Philippine government has repeatedly announced that once a working vaccine has been developed, the provision of these for the Filipino people will be of utmost priority.

    According to Esguerra (2020), the Philippines will be joining the COVAX Facility, a system to be put in place with the goal of “rapid, fair, and equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines worldwide.” The COVAX Facility is led by Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, an initiative by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation that aims to increase awareness about immunization.

    PH CASESPH DEATHSPH RECOVERIES
    76,4441,87924,502

    Esguerra, D.J. (2020). Philippines joins COVID-19 vaccine global access facility. Inquirer.net. Retrieved from https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1311372/philippines-joins-covid-19-vaccine-global-access-facility

  • July 25, 2020

    Tatlong magkasusunod na araw na na naitala ng Pilipinas ang mahigit sa 2,000 na bagong kaso ng COVID-19 sa isang araw (Rappler, 2020).

    Ang Bagong Kanluran, isang komunidad sa Paso de Blas, Valenzuela City, ay inilagay sa lockdown ng dalawang linggo, kung saan magtatapos ito sa ika-siyam ng Agosto. Iniutos ni Valenzuela Mayor Rex Gatchalian ang lockdown na ito matapos umabot sa 25% hanggang 50% ang bilang ng mga residente sa lugar na positibo sa COVID-19 (Mendoza, 2020).

    For the third day in a row, the Philippines recorded more than 2,000 new cases of COVID-19 (Rappler, 2020).

    Bagong Kaunlaran, a community in Paso de Blas, Valenzuela City, was put on a two-week lockdown, to end on August 9. Valenzuela Mayor Rex Gatchalian ordered the lockdown after 25% to 50% of its residents tested positive for COVID-19 (Mendoza, 2020).

    PH CASESPH DEATHSPH RECOVERIES
    78,4121,89725,752

    Rappler. (2020). Over 2,000 new coronavirus cases for 3rd day as PH total hits over 78,000. Retrieved from https://rappler.com/nation/coronavirus-cases-philippines-july-25-2020

    Mendoza, J. (2020). Valenzuela City community on lockdown from July 25 to Aug. 9. Inquirer.net. Retrieved from https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1311432/valenzuela-city-community-on-lockdown-from-july-25-to-aug-9

    CNN Philippines Staff (2020). Total COVID-19 recoveries exceed 25,000 as infections rise to 78,412. CNN Philippines. Retrieved from https://www.cnnphilippines.com/news/2020/7/25/doh-covid-19-25k-recoveries.html

  • July 26, 2020

    Ang Barangay 95 at 97 ng lungsod ng Caloocan ay inilagay naman sa lockdown ng isang linggo, kung saan matatapos ito sa ika-1 ng Agosto. Iniutos ni Caloocan Mayor Oscar Malapitan ang lockdown na ito matapos magkaroon ng 20 COVID-19 cases sa Barangay 95 at 13 naman sa Barangay 97 (Tiangco, 2020).

    Barangays 95 and 97 of Caloocan City were put on a week-long lockdown, to end up on August 1. Caloocan Mayor Oscar Malapitan ordered the lockdown after it was recorded that there were 20 COVID-19 cases in Barangay 95 and 13 in Barangay 97 (Tiangco, 2020).

    PH CASESPH DEATHSPH RECOVERIES
    80,4481,93226,110

    CNN Philippines Staff (2020). Philippines’ COVID-19 cases exceed 80,000. CNN Philippines. Retrieved from  https://www.cnnphilippines.com/news/2020/7/26/PH-coronavirus-cases-80k.html

    Tiangco, M. (2020). 2 Caloocan barangays under total lockdown starting July 26. Manila Bulletin. Retrieved from https://mb.com.ph/2020/07/26/2-caloocan-barangays-under-total-lockdown-starting-july-26/

  • July 27, 2020

    Sa kaniyang panlimang State of the Nation Address (SONA), ipinagtanggol ni Pangulong Rodrigong Duterte ang kaniyang pamamaraan sa paglaban sa COVID-19. Ani niya, bagaman na itinuring ang Pilipinas bilang isa sa mga nagkaroon ng pinakamahigpit na lockdown sa buong mundo, naiwasan naman ng bansa ang humigit kumulang sa 1.3 milyong hanggang 3.5 milyong mga impeksyon. Kinumpirma rin niya ang nakaraang pahayag kung saan sinabi niya na hindi magbubukas ang mga paaralan hanggang mayroon nang bakuna. Kinailangan niya ring daw makiusap sa Pangulong ng Tsina na si Xi Jinping upang ibahagi ang kanilang bakuna sa Pilipinas kung sakali mauna ang bansa na makakuha nito (Morales & Lema, 2020).

    In his fifth State of the Nation Address (SONA), President Rodrigo Duterte defended his approach in fighting COVID-19. In the SONA, he stated that although the Philippines had one of the strictest lockdowns in the world, it had prevented 1.3 million to 3.5 million infections. He also affirmed his previous statement that schools would not reopen until a vaccine was readily available, saying that he had made a plea to President Xi Jinping of China to share the COVID-19 vaccine with the Philippines should they be the first country to secure one (Morales & Lema, 2020).

    PH CASESPH DEATHSPH RECOVERIES
    82,0401,94526,446

    Morales, N.J., & Lema, K. (2020). Philippines’ Duterte Defends COVID-19 Strategy as Cases Surge. US News. Retrieved from https://www.usnews.com/news/world/articles/2020-07-27/philippines-duterte-says-government-prevented-13-35-million-coronavirus-cases 

    CNN Philippines Staff (2020). COVID-19 cases in PH climb past 82,000. CNN Philippines. Retrieved from https://www.cnn.ph/news/2020/7/27/PH-coronavirus-cases-82k.html

  • July 28, 2020

    Ayon kay Dr. Guido David na kabilang sa OCTA Research Team ng Unibersidad ng Pilipinas, maaaring makatulong mapigil ang patuloy na pag-akyat ng bilang ng mga COVID-19 cases sa Metro Manila ang muling pagbalik ng mga mas mahigpit na quarantine measures, tulad na lamang ng Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (MECQ) (Jazul & Unite, 2020).

    Ayon sa DOH Undersecretary na si Maria Rosario Vergeire, inaaral ng mga miyembro ng Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases o IATF kung ang pagbalik sa MECQ ang pinakamabuti nilang plano (Jazul & Unite, 2020).

    Dr. Guido David of the University of the Philippines’ OCTA Research team said that reverting to stricter quarantine measures like Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (MECQ) might help in controlling the rising COVID-19 cases in Metro Manila (Jazul & Unite, 2020).

    According to DOH Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire, members of the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) have also been studying if going back to MECQ is the best course of action (Jazul & Unite, 2020).

    PH CASESPH DEATHSPH RECOVERIES
    83,6731,94726,617

    Jazul, N., & Unite, B. (2020). NCR under threat of reverting to MECQ. Manila Bulletin. Retrieved from https://mb.com.ph/2020/07/28/ncr-under-threat-of-reverting-to-mecq/

  • July 29, 2020

    Sinabi ng Presidential Spokesperson na si Harry Roque sa isang pakikipanayam na itinuturing ang Metro Maynila bilang isang “buhay na eksperimento,” nang kaniyang ipinahayag na ang pamahalaan ay magkakaroon ng isang “malakas” na responde sa pandemiya simula ng unang araw ng Agosto (Merez, 2020). 

    Samantala, dahil ang kasalukuyang bilang ng mga kaso ng COVID-19 sa Pilipinas ay 85,486, nahigitan na ng bansa ang bilang ng mga kaso ng COVID-19 sa Tsina (Sabillo, 2020). Dahil lumampas na ito sa teorya ng bilang ng mga kaso ng Unibersidad Pilipinas, walang rason upang magdiwang, sabi ni Roque (CNN Philippines Staff, 2020).

    Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said in an interview that Metro Manila would be a “living experiment,” as he announced that the government would have an “invigorated” pandemic response starting on August 1 (Merez, 2020).

    Meanwhile, the Philippines surpassed mainland China’s case tally, logging 85,486 total cases of COVID-19 (Sabillo, 2020). As this exceeded the University of the Philippines’ predicted number of cases, this is “no reason to celebrate,” according to Roque (CNN Philippines Staff, 2020).

    PH CASESPH DEATHSPH RECOVERIES
    85,4861,96226,996

    Merez, A. (2020). Metro Manila will be ‘living experiment,’ says Palace ahead of new virus restrictions. ABS-CBN News. Retrieved from https://news.abs-cbn.com/news/07/29/20/metro-manila-will-be-living-experiment-says-palace-ahead-of-new-virus-restrictions

    Sabillo, K. (2020). At 85,486, coronavirus infections in PH surpass mainland China’s tally. ABS-CBN News. Retrieved from https://news.abs-cbn.com/news/07/29/20/philippines-covid19-coronavirus-cases-update-july292020

    CNN Philippines Staff (2020). ‘No reason to celebrate’: PH won’t beat university researchers’ COVID-19 forecast by end-July, Palace admits. CNN Philippines. Retrieved from https://www.cnn.ph/news/2020/7/29/Roque-Philippines-wont-beat-covid-85000-UP-UST-forecast.html

  • July 30, 2020

    Itinala ng Kagawaran ng Kalusugan ang 3,954 na mga bagong kaso ng COVID-19. Itinuturing ito na pinakamataas na bilang sa Pilipinas ng mga bagong kaso ng COVID-19 sa isang araw mula nang magsimula ang pandemya.

    Itinala rin ng DOH ang 38,075 na mga taong bagong galing. Itinuring din ito bilang pinakamataas na rekord maliban sa bilang ng mga bagong kaso. Ito ay sa pagsisikap ng DOH na “ipagkasundo ang datos” sa pamamagitan ng “mass recovery adjustment” kung saan itinuring nito ang mga asymptomatic at mild cases bilang galing o recovered na (Sabillo, 2020).

    Nagpahayag ng padududa si Senador Joel Villanueza at sinabi na ang paraan ng pag-uulat ng DOH ay mas masahol pa sa pabago-bagong panahon. Sinabi rin niya na pinapakita ng mga datos na mayroong problema sa pagpapaliwanag ng datos at binibigyan nito ang mga tao ng isang huwad na pakiramdam ng kaligtasan (Gotinga, 2020).

    The Department of Health recorded 3,954 new COVID-19 cases, making it the highest single-day tally in the Philippines since the pandemic started.

    The DOH also recorded 38,075 new recoveries, making it another record-high on top of the tally of new cases. This is because of the DOH’s “data reconciliation efforts,” which involved a “mass recovery adjustment” that reclassified asymptomatic and mild cases of COVID-19 as recoveries (Sabillo, 2020).

    Senator Joel Villanueva questioned these figures, saying that the DOH’s reporting style was worse than the changing weather. He further stated that the figures showed that there was a problem in data interpretation and that they lulled people into a false sense of security (Gotinga, 2020).

    PH CASESPH DEATHSPH RECOVERIES
    89,3741,98338,075

    Sabillo, K. (2020). PH logs record-high 38k add’l recoveries, 3,954 new COVID-19 cases. ABS-CBN News. Retrieved from https://news.abs-cbn.com/news/07/30/20/philippines-covid19-coronavirus-cases-july302020

    Sabillo, K. (2020). Where did the 38,000 COVID-19 ‘mass recoveries’ come from? Here’s DOH’s explanation. Retrieved from https://news.abs-cbn.com/news/07/30/20/where-did-the-38000-covid-19-mass-recoveries-come-from-heres-dohs-explanation

    Gotinga, J. (2020). ‘We are being fooled’: Villanueva questions DOH COVID-19 numbers. Rappler. Retrieved from https://rappler.com/nation/villanueva-questions-doh-coronavirus-case-numbers

  • July 31, 2020

    Pinahaba ni Pangulong Rodrigong Duterte ang General Community Quarantine (GCQ) sa Metro Manila hanggang sa ika-15 ng Agosto. Ang Cebu City naman, na dating inilagay sa Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (MCQ), ay inilipat na rin sa GCQ. Samantala, mayroon nang 89,374 na mga kaso ng COVID-19 sa bansa (Merez, 2020).

    Nalamangan nanaman ng Pilipinas ang pinakamataas na bagong kaso ng COVID-19 sa isang araw, ang DOH ay nakapagtala ng 4,063 na bagong kaso ng virus (CNN Philippines Staff, 2020).

    President Rodrigo Duterte extended the General Community Quarantine (GCQ) in Metro Manila to August 15. Cebu City, previously under Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (MECQ), was shifted to the less strict GCQ as well. Meanwhile, there are 89,374 total COVID-19 cases in the country (Merez, 2020).

    The Philippines once again broke its own record for the highest number of new cases in a day, with the DOH tallying 4,063 new infections (CNN Philippines Staff, 2020).

    PH CASESPH DEATHSPH RECOVERIES
    93,3542,02365,178

    Merez, A. (2020). GCQ in Metro Manila extended until Aug. 15 even as COVID-19 cases increase. ABS-CBN News. Retrieved from https://news.abs-cbn.com/news/07/31/20/gcq-in-metro-manila-extended-till-august-despite-increase-in-covid-19-cases

    CNN Philippines Staff (2020). PH posts new single-day record with 4,063 more COVID-19 infections; total exceeds 93,000. CNN Philippines. Retrieved from https://cnnphilippines.com/news/2020/7/31/covid-19-cases-93k-doh.html

AUGUST 2020

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World Health Organization
  • August 1, 2020

    Nagmungkahi ang mga frontliner mula sa 80 grupong medikal ng dalawang linggong Pinalawig na Kuwarantenang Pangkomunidad (ECQ) sa buong Mega Manila – Kamaynilaan (NCR), CALABARZON, Gitnang Luzon, at MIMAROPA. Inihayag ito ni Dr. Jose Santiago, Jr., ang pangulo ng Philippine Medical Association. Ayon sa kanya, layunin ng mungkahing pagkukuwarantin ang mapahusay ng gobyerno ang kalidad ng paglaban sa COVID-19 sa pamamagitan ng pagpaplano (Rappler, 2020).

    Frontliners from at least 80 medical groups proposed to the government a two-week Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) across Mega Manila — Metro Manila, CALABARZON, Central Luzon, and MIMAROPA. Philippine Medical Association president Dr. Jose Santiago, Jr. said that their proposal aimed to plead for improvements in the government’s pandemic response (Rappler, 2020).

    PH CASESPH DEATHSPH RECOVERIES
    98,2322,03965,265

    Rappler. (2020). Frontliners push for 2-week Mega Manila lockdown to win ‘losing battle’ vs COVID-19. Retrieved from https://rappler.com/nation/national-news/frontlinters-call-two-week-ecq-mega-manila

  • August 2, 2020

    Labis na tumataas ang nagpopositibo sa COVID-19 kaya naman ayon kay Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte siya ay muling nagdeklara ng bagong patakaran na simula sa Martes (Agosto 4) ng hatinggabi ang mga piling lugar tulad ng Manila, sa probinsya ng Laguna, Cavite, Rizal at Bulacan ay babalik muli sa Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (MECQ) (Yee, 2020).

    President Rodrigo Duterte established a new set of restrictions as cases continued to rise beyond 100,000. Defined under Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (MECQ), these restrictions are effective starting Tuesday (August 4) midnight in Manila, Laguna, Cavite, Rizal, and Bulacan (Yee, 2020).

    PH CASESPH DEATHSPH RECOVERIES
    103,1852,05965,557

    Yee, I. (2020). Philippine capital to reimpose tightened coronavirus restrictions as countrywide cases surpass 100,000. CNN. Retrieved from https://edition.cnn.com/world/live-news/coronavirus-pandemic-08-02-20-intl/index.html

  • August 3, 2020

    Mahigit sa 3,000 bagong kaso ay naiulat mula sa 66 na laboratoryo, kung saan lumagpas na ng 106,000 kaso na sa bansa. Kumpara sa mga nakaraang araw na nagbabalita ng mahigit 5,000 bagong kaso, tila matataas pa rin ang mga nakukuhang numero mula noong simula ng pandemya. Ang Metro Manila ay nananatiling lugar na may pinakamataas na dokumentadong kaso, sumusunod and Cebu, Laguna, Rizal at Cavite (Tomacruz, 2020).

    Over 3,000 newly-reported cases were reported by 66 out of 94 labs, which brought the total number of cases to past 106,000. Compared to the previous days’ streaks with almost over 5,000 new cases daily, these numbers are still among the highest since the start of the pandemic. Metro Manila still remains to be the area with the most documented cases, followed by Cebu, Laguna, Rizal, and Cavite (Tomacruz, 2020).

    PH CASESPH DEATHSPH RECOVERIES
    106,3302,10465,821

    Tomacruz, S. (2020). PH coronavirus surge past 106,000, as DOH monitors 887 clusters. Rappler. Retrieved from https://rappler.com/nation/coronavirus-cases-philippines-august-3-2020

  • August 5, 2020

    Ayon sa mga mananaliksik, sa kabila ng pagpapatupad ng GCQ, ang bilang ng mga impeksyon sa bansa ay maaaring umabot sa 150,000 sa dulo ng Agosto.  Samantala, inaasahan na ipapatupad na ang isang bagong estratehiya laban sa COVID-19 sa loob ng susunod na dalawang linggo. Ayon kay Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire, makakatulong ang estratehiya na ito para maramdaman na ng mga tao ang presensiya ng DOH sa lokal na antas (Magsambol, 2020).

    Researchers projected that despite the implementation of GCQ restrictions, the number of infections in the country may reach 150,000 by the end of August.  Meanwhile, it is expected that a new strategy against the virus will be implemented within the next two weeks.  According to Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire, this strategy would help people feel the DOH’s presence at a local level (Magsambol, 2020).

    PH CASESPH DEATHSPH RECOVERIES
    115,9802,12366,270

    Magsambol, B. (2020). Philippines’ COVID-19 cases now at 115,980 Rappler. Retrieved from https://rappler.com/nation/coronavirus-cases-philippines-august-5-2020

  • August 6, 2020

    Kahit ang mga paghihigpit ay naipatupad noong March, ang mga kaso para sa COVID-19 ay tumaas kumpara sa mga kalapit na bansa sa Timog-Silangang Asya. Umabot sa 119,460 ang mga kaso sa Pilipinas, mas mataas sa 118,753 kaso ng Indonesia ayon sa CNN Indonesia (CNN Philippines, 2020).

    Sa nakaraang pitong araw, ang araw-araw na kaso ay hindi bumababa sa 3,000. Umabot sa 50,473 ang mga aktibong kaso sa kasalukuyan, ang pinakamataas sa 11 estado sa Timog-Silangang Asya (CNN Philippines, 2020).

    Ayon kay Vince Dizon bilang sagot sa mga internasyunal na ulat ng balita, ang Pilipinas ay maaaring maging “COVID-19 hotspot” sa Timog-Silangang Asya. Sinabi rin niya na ang napabuting pagsikap sa pag-test ay naging sanhi ng pagtaas sa mga kaso sa kamakailan lamang na mga linggo (CNN Philippines, 2020).

    Even with lockdown restrictions implemented in March, the COVID-19 cases in the Philippines have risen compared to neighboring countries in Southeast Asia. The country’s total cases reached 119,460, higher than Indonesia’s 118,753 COVID-19 cases according to CNN Indonesia (CNN Philippines, 2020).

    In the last seven days, the daily cases recorded have not been lower than 3,000. The current number of active cases has reached 50,473, also the highest among the 11 Southeast Asian states (CNN Philippines, 2020).

    According to Vince Dizon in response to international news reports, the Philippines may likely become “the COVID-19 hotspot” in Southeast Asia. He also said the improved testing efforts caused the cases to rise in the recent weeks (CNN Philippines, 2020).

    PH CASESPH DEATHSPH RECOVERIES
    119,4602,15066,837

    CNN Philippines. (2020). PH records over 3,000 new COVID-19 cases, climbs to top of Southeast Asia list. Retrieved from https://www.cnnphilippines.com/news/2020/8/6/PH-covid-cases-top-Southeast-Asia-list.html

  • August 7, 2020

    Ayon sa sugo ng Russia sa Maynila, handa na ang bansa nila na magbigay sa Pilipinas ng mga bakuna para sa COVID-19.  Sa kasalukuyan, may tatlong opsyon para sa kooperasyon ng dalawang bansa: una, mga klinikal na trial, ikalawa, pagbibigay ng bakuna mula sa Russia, at ikatlo, paggawa ng bakuna sa Pilipinas.  Ang mga panukala na ito ay naipasa na sa DFA at kinokonsider na ngayon. (Ramos, 2020).

    According to Russia’s envoy in Manila, their country is now ready to supply COVID-19 vaccines to the Philippines.  Currently, there are three options for cooperation: first, clinical trials, second, supplied vaccines from Russia, and third, Philippine production of vaccines.  Russia’s proposals for said options have already been submitted to the DFA and are now under consideration (Ramos, 2020).

    PH CASESPH DEATHSPH RECOVERIES
    122,7542,16866,852

    Ramos, C.M. (2020). Russia ready to supply PH with ‘effective, safe’ COVID-19 vaccines — envoy. Inquirer.net. Retrieved from https://globalnation.inquirer.net/190140/russia-ready-to-supply-ph-with-effective-safe-covid-19-vaccines-envoy

  • August 8, 2020

    Ayon sa Department of Health, 2,669 impeksyon ay naitala mula sa Metro Manila, sumusunod ang Laguna, Cavite, Cebu, at Rizal mula sa pinaka-marami hanggang pinaka-konting kasong naitala. Mayroong 57,559 active cases sa buong bansa, 91.4% nararanasan ang mild na sintomas at 7.3% walang sintomas. 0.7% naman ay matinding kaso habang 0.6% ay nasa kritikal na kondisyon (CNN Philippines, 2020).

    Ipinahayag ng Department of Foreign Affairs na may 15 Pilipino sa ibang bansa na nakakuha ng COVID-19, kung saan ang kabuuan ay 9,725 kaso sa 72 bansa. Sa mga nasa ibang bansa, 4 ay nakagaling na at 5 ay patay (CNN Philippines, 2020).

    According to the Department of Health, 2,669 more infections were recorded from Metro Manila, followed by Laguna, Cavite, Cebu and Rizal from most to least number of cases recorded. There are 57,559 active cases nationwide, with 91.4% experiencing mild symptoms and 7.3% no symptoms. 0.7% are severe cases while 0.6% are in critical condition (CNN Philippines, 2020).

    The Department of Foreign Affairs announced that 15 Filipinos abroad were able to contract COVID-19, with the total now being 9,725 in 72 countries. Among those abroad, 4 have recovered and 5 have died (CNN Philippines, 2020).

    PH CASESPH DEATHSPH RECOVERIES
    126,8852,20967,117

    CNN Philippines. (2020). PH COVID-19 cases jump closer to 127,000 with 4,226 new infections. Retreived from https://cnnphilippines.com/news/2020/8/8/covid-19-cases-ph-126k.html

  • August 9, 2020

    Pinapatupad na ngayon ang pangalawang yugto ng National Action Plan laban sa COVID-19 sa pagpapabuti ng kakayahan ng medikal na sektor sa bansa.  Ayon sa pangunahing tagapagpatupad ng patakaran na si Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr, sisiguraduhin ng gobyerno ang proteksyon ng lahat ng frontliners, na makakatanggap din ng kinakailangan nilang suporta at benepisyo. Magdadagdag din ng 10,000 na magtatrabaho sa pangangalagang pangkalasugan.  Itutuloy ang pagpapatupad ng lockdown habang inaayos muli ang ating ekonomiya (Rappler, 2020).

    The 2nd phase of the National Action Plan against COVID-19 is currently being implemented through the improvement of the country’s healthcare capacity.  Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr, the main implementer of the policy, said that the government will ensure the protection of all public and private health frontliners, who will also receive the benefits and support that are essential to them.  Additionally, 10,000 or so healthcare workers will be hired. Lockdowns will continue to be implemented while the economy is rebuilt (Rappler, 2020).

    PH CASESPH DEATHSPH RECOVERIES
    129,9132,27067,673

    Rappler (2020). Coronavirus cases in Philippines near 130,000. Retrieved from https://rappler.com/nation/coronavirus-cases-philippines-august-9-2020

  • August 10, 2020

    Ayon sa National Task Force Against COVID-19 Chairman Delfin Lorenzana, ang Metro Manila, Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna, at Rizal ay handang luwagan ang mga panuntunan ng lockdown sa Agosto 19. Subalit, sinabi rin niya na ang mga mahigpit na panuntunan ng lockdown ay maaaring tumagal pa kung ang mga kaso ay patuloy na tumaas (CNN Philippines, 2020).

    Ayon sa Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire at Presidente ng Philippine College of Physicians Dr. Mario Panaligan, masyadong maaga pang magbigay ng pagsusuri sa epekto ng MECQ. Dalawa hanggang tatlong linggo ang kailangan para makita ang kabuuang epekto ng lockdown (CNN Philippines, 2020).

    Tagapagtaguyod ng pampublikong kalusugan Dr. Mikey Vergara ay nagmungkahi na ang mga estudyante ay maaaring magboluntaryo maging isang contact tracer upang ipabilis ang pagsikap sa contact tracing ng goberyno. Nilinaw niya na ang mga estudyante ay bibigyan ng tamang personal protective equipment at medikal na pangangalaga bago magsimula dahil sa mataas na panganib ng COVID-19 (CNN Philippines, 2020).

    According to the National Task Force Against COVID-19 Chairman Delfin Lorenzana, Metro Manila, Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna, and Rizal are ready to ease the lockdown rules by August 19. However, he also mentioned that the strict lockdown rules may be extended if the number of cases continue to increase (CNN Philippines, 2020).

    According to Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire and President of Philippine College of Physicians Dr. Mario Panaligan, it is too early to give an assessment of the effectiveness of the MECQ. Two to three weeks are needed to see the full impact of the lockdown (CNN Philippines, 2020).

    Public health advocate Dr. Mikey Vergara suggested students could volunteer to be contact tracers to speeden the contact tracing efforts of the government. He also clarified that the students will be provided proper personal protective equipment and medical care before due to high risk of COVID-10 exposure (CNN Philippines, 2020).

    PH CASESPH DEATHSPH RECOVERIES
    136,6382,29368,159

    CNN Philippines. (2020). PH posts highest single-day rise with nearly 7,000 new cases; total now over 136,000. Retrieved from https://www.cnn.ph/news/2020/8/10/PH-record-increase-covid-cases-136k.html

  • August 11, 2020

    Ayon kay Dr. Tony Leachon, isang dating COVID-19 task force special adviser, maaaring kailangan ipahaba ang modified enhanced community quarantine sa Metro Manila para mapagtiisan natin ang laban sa COVID-19.  Subalit sabi ni presidential spokesperson Harry Roque na dahil sa kakulangan ng pera ng gobyerno para sa tulong sa mga mamamayan, malabo na maipahaba muli ang MECQ sa Metro Manila, Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna, at Rizal. Ang estado ng kuwarantena ay mapapasya sa pagpupulong ng Inter-Agency Task Force sa Miyerkules (CNN Philippines, 2020).

    Former COVID-19 task force special adviser Dr. Tony Leachon said that Metro Manila might require extension of the modified enhanced community quarantine in order to continue its stand in the fight against COVID-19. However, presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said that due to the government’s lack of funds for cash aid, an MECQ extension over Metro Manila, Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna, and Rizal is highly improbable.  The community quarantine status will be finalized by the Inter-Agency Task Force’s meeting on Wednesday (CNN Philippines, 2020).

    PH CASESPH DEATHSPH RECOVERIES
    139,5382,31268,432

    CNN Philippines. (2020). COVID-19 cases in PH now over 139,000 with 2,987 new infections. Retreived from https://www.cnn.ph/news/2020/8/11/PH-coronavirus-cases-over-139k.html

  • August 12, 2020

    Ayon kay Presidente Rodrigo Duterte, hindi magkakaroon ng pangunahing pag-unlad sa paggaling kung walang bakuna. Kahit may mga pag-aalala sa kaligtasan at pagkabisa ng bakuna ng Russia, ang Pilipinas ay maaaring lumahok sa Phase 3 trial nito. Ang COVID-19 bakuna ng Russia ay dadaan sa maayos na pagsusuri at mga protokol, sabi ng Department of Health para mabigyan ng katiyakan ang masa. Mayroon ding apat na ospital na magkaka-clinical trial para sa Japanese anti-flu drug Avigan (Buan, 2020).

    Mayroong mga imbestigasyon na ipinalabas na ang Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC), matatagpuan sa bayan ni Duterte na Lungsod ng Davao, ay nakakuha ng pinakamalaking bahagi para sa reimbursement sa paggamot ng coronavirus. Subalit, naiulat na maskonti ang mga kaso dito kumpara sa Metro Manila, ang tinaguriang sentro ng pandemya sa bansa. Sabi ni PhilHealth Senior Vice President Israel Francis Pargas na ang SPMC ay may pinakamataas na reimbursement at number of claims sa 2019. Ang Interim Reimbursement Mechanism ay tinatanong kung ano ang batayan nito para sa kompyutasyon (Buan, 2020).

    According to President Rodrigo Duterte, there can be no major development to recovery if there is no vaccine. Despite the rising concerns over the safety and efficacy of Russia’s vaccine, the Philippines is now looking into participating in the Phase 3 trial for it. Russia’s COVID-19 vaccine will undergo a thorough review and regulatory protocols, said the Department of Health in order to reassure the public. Four identified hospitals will also be in clinical trials for the Japanese anti-flu drug Avigan (Buan, 2020).

    Investigations have revealed that the Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC), located in Duterte’s hometown of Davao City, got the largest share of the reimbursement for coronavirus treatments. However, it has been reported that the cases here are far fewer than those reported in Metro Manila, the epicenter of the pandemic in the country. PhilHealth Senior Vice President Israel Francis Pargas said the SPMC tallied the highest reimbursement and number of claims in 2019. The Interim Reimbursement Mechanism is being questioned for its basis of its computations (Buan, 2020).

    PH CASESPH DEATHSPH RECOVERIES
    143,7492,40468,997

    Buan, L. (2020). PH coronavirus cases breach 143,000. Rappler. Retrieved from https://rappler.com/nation/coronavirus-cases-philippines-august-12-2020

  • August 13, 2020

    Lalong humihirap na ang sitwasyon ng medikal na sektor sa ating bansa habang patuloy na tumataas ang bilang ng mga COVID-19 na impeksyon. Sa Metro Manila, 82% ng mga ward beds, 75% ng isolation beds, at 75% ng mga kama sa ICU ay okupado na, habang 46% ng mga ventilator na ginagamit sa mga matinding kaso ay ginagamit ngayon.  Kahit bumalik ulit sa lockdown ang Metro Manila simula noong ika-4 ng Agosto, ang dalawang linggo na oras dapat para makapagpahinga ang mga doktor, nars, at iba pang nagtatrabaho sa mga medikal na pasilidad ay hindi pa rin sapat. Ang bagong klasipikasyon ng kuwarantena pagkatapos ng dalawang linggo na ito ay ipapahayag ni Pangulong Duterte sa Lunes, ika-17 ng Agosto. Subalit, hindi maaasahan ang pagpapahaba ng MECQ dahil sa kakulangan ng pera ng gobyerno. Ayon kay Presidential Spokersperson Harry Roque, isang araw sa ilalim ng MECQ ay katumbas ng pagkawala ng P18 bilyon sa ekonomiya ng Metro Manila (Ranada, 2020).

    The country’s healthcare system is under even more pressure as the number of COVID-19 infections continues to rise.  In Metro Manila, 82% of allocated COVID-19 ward beds, 75% of isolation beds, and 75% of ICU beds are occupied, while 46% of the ventilators used for extreme cases are also in use. Although Metro Manila has returned to lockdown starting August 4, the two-week period which was supposed to serve as a breather for the healthcare workers is still not enough. The new quarantine classifications following this period is set to be announced by President Duterte on Monday, August 17. However, an extension of MECQ is unlikely due to the government’s lack of funds. According to Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque, each day under MECQ is equivalent to a loss of P18 billion for Metro Manila (Ranada, 2020).

    PH CASESPH DEATHSPH RECOVERIES
    147,5262,42670,387

    Ranada, P. (2020). Philippine coronavirus cases near 150,000. Rappler. Retrieved from https://rappler.com/nation/coronavirus-cases-philippines-august-13-2020

  • August 14, 2020

    Bilang tugon sa kahilingan ng “time out” ng medikal na komunidad, inilagay ni Duterte ang Metro Manila at malalapit na probinsya sa ilalim ng modified lockdown. Ang mga manggagawang pangkalusugan ay nagsabi na ang dalawang-linggong time out ay hindi sapat, dahil sa mga kritikal na kondisyon ng ospital dahil sa pataas ng kaso (Rey, 2020).

    Itinatakda na si Duterte ay magpapahayag n bagong restriksyon sa loob ng quarantine sa Lunes, Agosto 17. Ngunit, sabi ng Malacañang na “lubos na malamang” na ipahaba ni Duterte ang MECQ, sa pangangailangan na kailangang patatagin ang ekonomiya at ang kakulangan ng pondo para bigyan ng tulong sa mga mahirap na sambahayan (Rey, 2020).

    In response to the medical community’s request for a “time out”, Duterte placed Metro Manila and nearby provinces under a modified lockdown. Health workers, however, mentioned that a two-week time out is not enough, as hospitals are reaching critical levels due to the rising cases (Rey, 2020).

    Duterte is set to announce a new quarantine restriction on Monday, August 17. However, Malacañang said it would be “highly unlikely” for Duterte to extend MECQ, with the need to stabilize the economy and the lack of funds to provide assistance to poor households (Rey, 2020).

    PH CASESPH DEATHSPH RECOVERIES
    153,6602,44271,405

    Rey, A. (2020). PH coronavirus cases breach 150,000 days before MECQ ends. Rappler. Retrieved from https://rappler.com/nation/coronavirus-cases-philippines-august-14-2020

  • August 15, 2020

    Matapos ang pag-apruba ni Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte, inilipat ng DepEd ang araw ng pagbabalik-eskwela sa ika-5 ng Oktubre para sa taong 2020-2021. Ang desisyon ay mula sa konsiderasyong may iilang lugar pang nakasailalim sa Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (MECQ) hanggang ika-18 ng Agosto. Maraming mambabatas at organisasyong tumutol sa orihinal na planong gawin ang unang araw ng klase sa ika-24 ng Agosto, upang mabigyan ng higit pang oras ang mga paaralan sa pag-transisyon sa online distance learning.  Ikinumpirma ni Briones na ang pagpapaliban sa araw ng balik-eskwela ay para sa mga pampubliko’t pribadong paaralan, maliban sa mga pribadong paaralang nakapagsimula na ng klase ay maaaring magpatuloy hangga’t sumusunod sa mga alituntunin at protokol sa kwaranting pangkomunidad (Aguilar, 2020).

    After receiving approval from President Rodrigo Duterte, DepEd postponed the opening of classes for the school year 2020-2021 to October 5. DepEd Secretary Leonor Briones stated that the decision was made in consideration of areas which are under Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (MECQ) until August 18. The initial schedule for the start of classes was on August 24, however several lawmakers and organizations called on DepEd to defer the opening of classes as to give more time for schools to transition to online distance learning. Briones confirmed that the postponement of class opening applies to both public and private schools, but private schools that have already begun class may continue, given that they follow the current community quarantine guidelines and protocols (Aguilar, 2020).

    PH CASESPH DEATHSPH RECOVERIES
    157,9182,60072,209

    Aguilar, K. (2020). DepEd moves opening of classes to October 5. Inquirer. Retrieved from https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1321659/deped-opening-of-classes-in-public-schools-moved-to-october-5

  • August 16, 2020

    Mahigit na sa 160,000 ang bilang mga kaso ng COVID-19 sa bansa, at higit pa sa 3,400 ang bilang ng mga kinumpirmang bagong kaso.   Naitala rin ngayon ng DOH ang bagong pinakamataas na bilang ng mga gumaling na.  Karamihan sa 40,000+ na bilang na ito ay dahil sa bagong time-based Oplan Recovery na programa ng DOH, kung saan ang mga kaso na hindi masyadong malala o walang sintomas ay inuulat na gumaling na.  Base ito sa pamantayan na galing sa World Health Organization (Rappler, 2020).

    The number of COVID-19 cases nationwide is now over 160,000 with more than 3,4000 new cases confirmed. A new one-day tally record of recoveries was also confirmed today by the DOH. The 40,000+ recoveries reported are nearly all part of its new time-based Oplan Recovery program, where mild and asymptomatic cases are classified as recoveries. This is based on criteria set by the World Health Organization (Rappler, 2020).

    PH CASESPH DEATHSPH RECOVERIES
    161,2532,665112,586

    Rappler. (2020). Duterte places Mega Manila back to GCQ until August 31. Retrieved from https://rappler.com/nation/coronavirus-cases-philippines-august-16-2020

  • August 17, 2020

    Naiulat ng survey ng Social Weather Station  (SWS) na umabot sa pinaka mataas na bilang ng 27.5 milyon(45.5%)  ang mga mamamayang Pilipino na walang trabaho noong Hulyo. Kasapi sa bilang ang mga mamamayan na nawalan ng trabaho na naidulot ng kasalukuyang kalagayan ng ekonomiya, kung saan binanggit ng kalahati rito na ang krisis na nadala ng COVID-19 ang naging pangunahing sanhi. Bagaman kinilala ni Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III na inaasahan ang biglang pagsulong sa bilang ng mga mamamayan na walang trabaho, binanggit niya na mayroong pagkakaiba ang datos ng SWS sa opisyal na datos ng gobyerno. Habang binibilang ng SWS ang uri ng trabaho ng isang tao, tinitingnan naman ng Philippine Statistics Authority ang bilang ng mga mamamayan na walang trabaho. Ilalabas ng Philippine Statistics Authority ang opisyal na labor statistics para sa Hulyo sa ika-4 ng Setyembre (CNN Philippines, 2020).

    The Social Weather Station (SWS) survey reports an all-time high number of 27.5 million unemployed Filipino adults (45.5%) in July. Unemployed adults include those who lost their jobs due to economic circumstances, half of which mentioned that the COVID-19 crisis was the primary cause. Although Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III acknowledges the spike in unemployment as an expected outcome, he mentions that there’s a discrepancy between the data gathered by the SWS survey with the official government data. The SWS counts the type of work a person does, while the Philippine Statistics Authority tracks the number of individuals with a job. The Philippine Statistics Authority will release the official labor statistics for July on September 4 (CNN Philippines, 2020).

    PH CASESPH DEATHSPH RECOVERIES
    164,4742,681112,759

    CNN Philippines (2020). Roque on 27M Filipinos reported jobless: ‘It could’ve been worse’. Retrieved from https://cnnphilippines.com/news/2020/8/17/Harry-Roque-SWS-survey-45.5-percent-Pinoys-jobless.html

  • August 18, 2020

    Ibinalik sa general community quarantine (GCQ) ni President Duterte ang estado ng kuwarantena sa Metro Manila at ang mga nakapaligid na probinsya mula ika-19 ng Agosto hanggang sa dulo ng buwan.  Ayon sa pangkat ng mga mananaliksik mula sa UP OCTA, aabot sa 230,000 ang bilang ng mga kaso sa ilalim ng ECQ, at nirekomenda nila sa gobyerno na ipanatili ang MECQ sa Mega Manila para mabawasan ang maaaring bilang ng kaso ng mga 20,000.  Sabi rin ng mga mananaliksik na ang pagpapatupad ng GCQ ay magiging sanhi ng isang yugto ng mabilis at walang kontrol na pagkalat ng virus (Rappler, 2020).

    President Duterte reverted the state of quarantine of Metro Manila and the nearby provinces back to general community quarantine (GCQ) from August 19 until the end of the month. The UP OCTA group of researchers projected that the cases may surge to 230,000 under GCQ, and urged the government to keep Mega Manila under MECQ in order to lessen the projected number of cases by around 20,000.  The researchers noted that the implementation of GCQ would lead to a phase of rapid, uncontrolled growth of the outbreak (Rappler, 2020).

    PH CASESPH DEATHSPH RECOVERIES
    169,2132,687112,861

    Rappler. (2020). Duterte places Mega Manila back to GCQ until August 31. Retrieved from https://rappler.com/nation/duterte-places-mega-manila-gcq-until-august-31

  • August 19, 2020

    Sinabi ng Kagarawan ng Kalusugan na ang pagpapaluwag sa mga ipinagbabawal sa quarantine at ang pagbubukas ng mga tindahan upang maibangon ang ekonomiya ang maaaring sanhi ng malaking pagtaas ng bilang ng koso ng COVID-19. Sinasabing ang bilang ng na-tetest kada araw ay isa pang dahilan ng pagtaas (Sabillo, 2020).

    The DOH related the big increase of cases to the lessening of restrictions of quarantine, and the opening of some stores to build the economy back up. The DOH also related it to the higher testing capacity (Sabillo, 2020).

    PH CASESPH DEATHSPH RECOVERIES
    173,7742,795113,481

    Sabillo, K. (2020). Coronavirus infections in Philippines top 173,000; active cases at 57,498. ABS-CBN. Retrieved from https://news.abs-cbn.com/news/08/19/20/philippines-covid19-cases-coronavirus-infections-update-august192020 

  • August 20, 2020

    Ang NCR at ang mga kalapit na probinsiya ay bumalik na sa GCQ matapos ang 2 linggong pagbalik sa MECQ. Ang mga pampublikong transportasyon ay pinapayagan nang bumiyahe ngunit kailangang sumunod sa mga protocol na ibinigay (Cabico, 2020).

    NCR and other provinces near it transitioned back to GCQ after its 2-week MECQ period. GCQ allows public modes of transportation to operate, but with protocols to be followed (Cabico, 2020).

    PH CASESPH DEATHSPH RECOVERIES
    178,0222,883114,114

    Cabico, G. (2020). Confirmed COVID-19 cases in Philippines now at 178,022. Philippine Star. Retrieved from https://www.philstar.com/headlines/2020/08/20/2036651/confirmed-covid-19-cases-philippines-now-178022

  • August 21, 2020

    Hinihikayat ng kinatawan ng World Health Organization sa bansa na huwag humina ng loob ang mga Pilipino dahil sa mataas na bilang ng mga kaso sa bansa. Sa isang online forum, sinabi ni Rabindra Abeyasinghe na ang malaking bilang ng mga kaso na naitatala araw-araw ay isa ring patunay ng pagpapalawak ng testing capacity sa bansa. Ayon din sa kanya, ang Pilipinas ay isa sa mga bansa sa rehiyon na may mababang proporsyon ng mga nakakamatay na kaso. Patunay rin ito sa pagpapalaki ng kapasidad ng mga ospital sa bansa (Santos, 2020).

    Filipinos were encouraged by the country’s World Health Organization representative to not be discouraged by the high number of cases nationwide. During an online forum, Rabindra Abeyasinghe noted that the large number of cases being reported daily is also an acknowledgement of the expansion of the country’s testing capacity. Additionally, the Philippines also has one of the lowest proportions of fatal cases in the region, which is a testament to the expanding hospital capacities in the country (Santos, 2020).

    PH CASESPH DEATHSPH RECOVERIES
    182,3652,940114,519

    Santos, T. (2020). Don’t be discouraged, WHO tells Pinoys.  Inquirer.net. Retrieved from https://globalnation.inquirer.net/190329/dont-be-discouraged-who-tells-pinoys

  • August 22, 2020

    Ayon sa DOH, bilang ng mag kaso na naitala ngayon ay base sa datos galing sa 97 mula sa 107 na laboratoryo sa bansa.  49 na kaso ay tinanggal din sa kabuuang bilang ng mga kaso. Sabi rin ng DOH na ang mga bilang na naitatala ay maaaring magbago rin, lalo na dahil sa palagiang pagpapatunay at paglilinis ng talaan (Gotinga, 2020).

    The DOH reported the daily COVID-19 numbers based on tests done by 97 out of 109 laboratories in the country.  49 cases were also removed from the total case count. The agency said that the numbers reported are subject to adjustment, especially with the constant cleaning and validation of the tally (Gotinga, 2020).

    PH CASESPH DEATHSPH RECOVERIES
    187,2492,966114,921

    Gotinga, J. (2020). Nearly 5,000 new COVID-19 cases bring PH total to 187,249. Rappler. Retrieved from https://rappler.com/nation/coronavirus-cases-philippines-august-22-2020

  • August 23, 2020

    Noong Linggo, Agosto 23, 2020, naitala na mayroong bagong 16,459 na pasyente ang nakarekubra mula sa COVID-19 sa Pilipinas. Ang pagtaas sa bilang ng mga nakarekubra ay dulot ng “Oplan Recovery”, isang programa ng Department of Health. Gumagamit ang programang ito ng isang pamamaraan ng pag-tag na nakabatay sa oras kung saan ang mga pasyente ng COVID-19 ay papakawalan matapos na ma-clear sila ng isang lisensyadong manggagamot, sinasaad na hindi na nila kailangang dumaan sa RT-PCR testing. Ang mga pasyente ay nararapat na sumalilalim sa isolation sa isang tiyak na bilang ng araw at nararapat din na hindi na sila nagpapakita ng mga sintomas at hindi na sila immunocompromised (CNN Philippines, 2020).

    The Philippines recorded a new batch of 16,459 patients as recovered on Sunday, August 23, 2020.  Such an increase in the number of recoveries is due to the “Oplan Recovery” program of the Department of Health.  This program uses a time-based tagging scheme wherein COVID-19 patients are released after being cleared by a licensed physician, with no more need for RT-PCR testing.  The patients must have undergone isolation for a certain number of days and are also ensured to be free of symptoms and not immunocompromised. (CNN Philippines, 2020).

    PH CASESPH DEATHSPH RECOVERIES
    189,6012,998131,367

    CNN Philippines (2020). PH records over 16,000 new COVID-19 recoveries, as total cases near 190,000. Retrieved from https://cnnphilippines.com/news/2020/8/23/PH-190k-coronavirus-cases-over-16k-recoveries.html

  • August 24, 2020

    Ayon kay Director Ronilda Co ng Departmento ng Education (DepEd) Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council na ang kabuuang bilang ng mamamayan na naging positibo sa COVID -19 noong ika dalawampu’t tatlo ng Agosto (August 23, 2020) ay 823 kasama na roon ang mga estudyante at mga nagtatrabaho sa Departamento ng Edukasyon. Sa kabuuang bilang ng na kumpirmadong kaso ay mula sa guro na kung saan 340 ang naging positibo samantala sa estudyante naman ay 297, at sa mga hindi naman nagtuturo ay mayroong 186 na nagpositibo. Sa kabila naman ay 23 ang nasawi, at ang mga gumaling naman ay 490 at mayroon pang 310 na positibo sa COVID-19 (Magsambol, 2020).

    Director Ronilda Co of the Department of Education (DepEd) Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council said that a total of 823 DepEd personnel and students tested positive for COVID-19 as of August 23, 2020. Of the confirmed cases, 340 are teachers, 297 are students and 186 are non-teaching personnel. Furthermore, 310 are active cases, 490 have recovered, and 23 have died (Magsambol, 2020).

    PH CASESPH DEATHSPH RECOVERIES
    194,2523,010132,042

    Magsambol, A. (2020). 823 students, DepEd staff contract COVID-19. Rappler. Retrieved from https://rappler.com/nation/deped-staff-students-contract-coronavirus-august-2020?fbclid=IwAR0XY6e7p9fWX782fkdPpyZytzAfv9W3EtF6FvaevW32y3puGepI0Y6Vx9E

  • August 25, 2020

    Ang kabuuang bilang sa mundo na nagpositibo sa COVID-19 ay 23-milyong katao at ang mga namatay naman ay nasa 813,000 (CNN Philippines, 2020).

    The total positive cases reached 23 million people worldwide, while the number of deaths reached 813,000 (CNN Philippines, 2020).

    PH CASESPH DEATHSPH RECOVERIES
    197,1643,038132,396

    CNN Philippines (2020) PH records nearly 3,000 new COVID-19 cases, raising total to over 197,000. Retrieved from https://cnnphilippines.com/news/2020/8/25/PH-coronavirus-cases-197k.html

  • August 26, 2020

    Ayon kay Professor Guido David ng University of the Philippine OCTA Research, malapit ng makamit ng bansa ang pag-flatten ng COVID-19 curve dahil pababa na ang takbo ng reproductive number o ang istatistika na sumusukat sa rate ng pagkalat ng virus. Dagdag pa ni David, ang kasalukuyang reproduction number ng virus sa bansa ay na sa pagitan ng 1 at 1.1. Ang mababang reproductive number ay nangangahulugang pagbaba ng bilang ng pagkahawa-hawa ng COVID-19. Bukod dito, sinabi rin ng UP OCTA na ang kabuaang bilang ng mga impeksyon sa Pilipinas ay maaring umabot sa 200,000 sa pagtatapos ng buwan ng Agosto (CNN Philippines, 2020).

    According to Professor Guido David of the University of the Philippines OCTA Research, the Philippines is close to flattening the COVID-19 curve because the statistic that measures the rate of virus transmission called “reproductive number” or RO is now on a downward path. Furthermore, he stated that the current reproduction number of the virus is between 1 and 1.1. A lower reproductive number indicates a decrease in the number of new infections transmitted by people inflicted by the coronavirus disease. Moreover, the UP OCTA said that the total number of infections in the Philippines can be more than 200,000 by the end of August (CNN Philippines, 2020).

    PH CASESPH DEATHSPH RECOVERIES
    202,3613,137133,460

    CNN Philippines. (2020). Flattened curve must be sustained for ‘several months’ to manage coronavirus pandemic – UP expert. Retrieved from https://www.cnn.ph/news/2020/8/26/Flattened-curve-months-coronavirus-pandemic.html

  • August 27, 2020

    Ayon sa mga miyembro ng UP OCTA, maaaring umabot ng 330,000 hanggang 375,000 ang bilang ng mga kaso ng ng COVID-19 sa Pilipinas.  Gayon pa man, sinasabi rin ng mga eksperto na ang reproductive rate ng virus ay bumababa. Ang epekto nito ay mababawasan na ang kakayahan ng virus na magdulot ng pandemya (ABS-CBN News, 2020).

    Members of the UP OCTA research team say that the number of COVID-19 cases in the Philippines could reach 330,000 to 375,000 by the end of September.  However, experts also say that the reproductive rate of the virus is going down, which will lessen its ability to cause a pandemic (ABS-CBN News, 2020).

    PH CASESPH DEATHSPH RECOVERIES
    205,5813,234133,990

    ABS-CBN News (2020). Expert says COVID-19 positivity rate decreasing. Retrieved from https://news.abs-cbn.com/video/spotlight/08/27/20/expert-says-covid-19-positivity-rate-decreasing

  • August 28, 2020

    Ayon sa isang infectious disease specialist na si Dr. Rontgene Solante, ang bilang ng mga kaso ng COVID-19 sa bansa ay nag-stabilize na. Gayunpaman, kailangang pa ring maitala ang pagbaba nito. Dagdag pa ng mga dalubhasa, maaring umabot sa 250,000 ang bilang mga kaso ng COVID-19 sa Pilipinas sa pagtatapos ng buwan ng Agosto (Casilao, 2020).

    Ang mga clinical trial para sa dalawang isinusulong bakuna kontra COVID-19 ay magaganap ngayong Setyembre sa Lungsod ng Cavite. Ayon kay Jonvic Remulla, Gobernador ng Cavite, maisasagawa ang mga trial sa tulong ng La Salle Medical and Health Sciences at Gobyerno ng Cavite, na ipinapalagay na aabot ng 10,000 katao ang magiging bahagi rito. Nakatipon na ang gobyerno ng mga boluntaryo, nakararami rito ay nasa edad 21-45 mula sa iba’t ibang bahagi ng Cavite. Tatagal ng isa’t kalahating buwan upang makita ang bisa ng bakuna, dagdag ni Remulla (Gonzales, 2020).

    According to infectious disease specialist Dr. Rontgene Solante, the number of COVID-19 cases in the country has stabilized.  However, there is yet to be seen a significant drop in the number.  Experts say that by the end of August, the country’s cases may reach 250,000 (Casilao, 2020).

    The clinical trials for two vaccines developed to treat COVID-19 are to be held in Cavite this September. Cavite Governor Jonvic Remulla stated that the trials will be facilitated by the La Salle Medical and Health Sciences Institute alongside the provincial government of Cavite, who have estimated that up to 10,000 people will be part of the trials. The government has already determined volunteers to participate in the trials, most of whom are from different areas of Cavite and aged 21-45. Remulla added that it will take a month and a half to see the effectiveness of the vaccine. (Gonzales, 2020).

    PH CASESPH DEATHSPH RECOVERIES
    209,5443,325134,474

    Casilao, J.L. (2020). 3,999 new COVID-19 cases push Philippines’ total to over 209,000. Retrieved from https://www.gmanetwork.com/news/news/nation/753319/3-999-new-covid-19-cases-push-philippines-total-tally-over-209-000/story/

    Gonzales, C. (2020).  COVID-19 vaccine trials in Cavite to start in 2 weeks. Inquirer. Retrieved from https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1328282/covid-19-vaccine-trials-in-cavite-to-start-in-2-weeks

  • August 29, 2020

    Sa buong mundo, 841,331 na tao na ang naitalang namatay dahil sa COVID-19. Ang Estados Unidos ang nangunguna sa dami ng mga namatay dahil sa sakit. Naitalang 185,901 na ang namatay sa Estados Unidos. Sumunod ang Brazil na 119,594 ang namatay, habang 63,146 ang namatay mula sa Mexico, at 62,713 naman ang naitalang namatay sa India. Samantala, 24,911,708 ang naitalang nag-positibo sa COVID-19 at 17,299,869 na ang gumaling sa sakit sa buong mundo (Ulat ng Bandera & Radyo Inquirer, 2020).

    A total of 841,331 people have died from the COVID-19 worldwide. The United States has the most number of recorded deaths. Because of the coronavirus infection, a total of 185,901 have died in the United States, 119,594 have died in Brazil, 63,146 have died in Mexico and 62,713 have died in India. Moreover, a total of 24,911,708 people tested positive for COVID-19 and 17,299,869 have recovered worldwide (Ulat ng Bandera & Radyo Inquirer, 2020).

    PH CASESPH DEATHSPH RECOVERIES
    213,1313,419135,101

    Ulat ng Bandera & Radyo Inquirer. (2020). Global death toll dahil sa COVID-19, higit 841,000. Retrieved from https://bandera.inquirer.net/262838/global-death-toll-dahil-sa-covid-19-higit-841000-na

  • August 30, 2020

    Ayon sa Kagawaran ng Kalusugan, umabot na sa 217,000 ang kaso ng COVID-19 sa Pilipinas noong ika-30 ng Agosto, dagdag ang 22,329 na gumaling. Kabilang dito sa “recoveries” ang mula sa Oplan-Recovery ng DOH kung saan nai-clear ang mga pasyente matapos ang iilang araw ng pagkukuwarantin at pagkatapos mawala ang mga sintomas ayon sa ebalwasyon ng doktor. Nangangahulugang hindi na kinakailangan ang RT-PCR testing para maideklarang gumaling na ang pasyente (CNN Philippines, 2020). 

    The total number of COVID-19 cases in the Philippines reached 217,000 on August 30, while the Department of Health has also reported 22,319 more recoveries. These numbers include tagged recoveries under DOH’S Oplan-Recovery wherein patients are cleared after a specific number of days in quarantine and after symptoms have disappeared based on a doctor’s evaluation. This means that a confirmatory RT-PCR testing is no longer required to tag a patient as recovered. (CNN Philippines, 2020).

    PH CASESPH DEATHSPH RECOVERIES
    217,3963,520157,403

    CNN Philippines. (2020). Philippines logs over 22,000 COVID-19 recoveries, as total cases breach 217,000. Retrieved from https://www.cnn.ph/news/2020/8/30/PH-covid-recoveries-over-22k.html

  • August 31, 2020

    Ayon kay Maria Rosario Vergeire, walang sapat na ebidensya na ang Bacille Calmette-Guérin (BCG) vaccine, na ginagamit upang labanan ang tuberculosis disease, ay maaring gamitin upang labanan ang coronavirus. Pinayo ni Vergeire sa awtoridad na maghintay na lamang ng mga resulta sa mga ginagawang pag-aaral sa ibang bansa upang magkaroon ng sapat na kaalaman tungkol sa paggamit ng bakuna. Samantala, pinag-iingat rin ng World Health Organization ang paggamit ng BCG hanggang sa wala pang sapat na impormasyon upang masuportahan ang paggamit nito laban sa coronavirus (CNN Philippines, 2020).

    Dineklara ni Pangulong Duterte na ang bagong klasipikasyon ng kuwarantena ay ipapatupad hanggang ika-30 ng Setyembre.  Ayon kay Interior Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya, isang dahilan kung bakit pinahaba ang kasalukuyang kalagayan ng kuwarantena ay ang pag-aayos na ng sitwasyon ng COVID-19 sa bansa (CNN Philippines, 2020).

    Asec. Maria Rosario Vergeire said that there is still not enough evidence that the Bacille Calmette-Guérin (BCG) vaccine, which is used to fight tuberculosis disease, can help protect people from the coronavirus. She advised the authorities to wait for the results of the studies being conducted in other countries for more information about the technology. Meanwhile, the World Health Organization also cautioned against the use of the vaccine until more information is provided (CNN Philippines, 2020).

    President Duterte declared that the new nationwide quarantine classifications would be implemented until September 30. According to Interior Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya, the improving COVID-19 situation is one of the reasons for the extension of the current quarantine status (CNN Philippines, 2020).

    PH CASESPH DEATHSPH RECOVERIES
    220,8193,558157,562

    CNN Philippines. (2020). No sufficient evidence tuberculosis vaccine can help manage COVID-19 infection — DOH. Retrieved from https://www.cnnphilippines.com/news/2020/8/31/DOH-BCG-tuberculosis-vaccine-COVID-studies.html

    CNN Philippines. (2020). Philippines records 3,483 new COVID-19 cases as total reaches 224,264. Retrieved from https://www.cnn.ph/news/2020/9/2/PH-coronavirus-cases-226k.html

SEPTEMBER 2020

Keep alcohol-based hand sanitizers out of children’s reach. Teach them how to apply the sanitizer and monitor its use. Apply a coin-sized amount on your hands. There is no need to use a large amount of the product.

World Health Organization
  • September 1, 2020

    Sa isang Malacañang press briefing, iniulat ni Budget Secretary Wendel Avisado ang breakdown ng P389.06-bilyon na pondo ng gobyerno para tugunan ang pandemyang COVID-19. Ayon sa ulat, karamihan ng pondo ay inilaan sa mga programa ng Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Department of Finance (DOF), Social Security System (SSS), at Department of Health (DOH). May kabuuang P211.6-bilyon ang inilaan para sa Social Amelioration Program ng DSWD. Bukod dito, P51-bilyon naman ang inilaan para sa Small Business Wage Subsidy Program ng DOF at SSS. Samantala, P48.98-bilyon naman ang binigay sa DOH para sa hazard pay ng mga mga manggagawa sa kalusugan ng publiko at pang bili ng protective equipment at testing kits (Ranada, 2020).

    During a Malacañang press briefing, Budget Secretary Wendel Avisado presented the breakdown of the P389.06-billion government fund for our country’s COVID-19 pandemic response and mitigation. According to the report, most of the funds were allocated to programs by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Department of Finance (DOF), Social Security System (SSS), and Department of Health (DOH). A total of P211.6-billion of the fund went to the Social Amelioration Program of the DSWD. Moreover, P51-billion was allotted for the Small Business Wage Subsidy Program of DOF and SSS. Meanwhile, P48.98-billion were given to DOH and were used for the hazard pay of public health workers and to buy personal protective equipment and testing kits (Ranada, 2020).

    PH CASESPH DEATHSPH RECOVERIES
    224,2643,597158,012

    Ranada, P. (2020). Duterte gov’t fund releases vs pandemic now at P389 billion. Rappler. Retrieved from https://rappler.com/nation/duterte-government-fund-releases-covid-19-august-2020

  • September 2, 2020

    Ayon kay Health Undersecretary Leopold Vega, patuloy na dinadagdagan ng DOH ang kakayanan ng medikal na sektor. Pinapabuti na rin nila ang sistema ng case referral sa pamamagitan ng One Hospital Command (CNN Philippines, 2020).

    Samantala, ayon sa prediksyon ng UP OCTA Research Team, aabot na sa 375,000 ang bilang ng mga kaso sa buong bansa. Gayunman, inaasahang bababa na ang reproductive rate ng virus (CNN Philippines, 2020).

    According to Health Undersecretary Leopoldo Vega, the DOH is currently working on building up the medical workforce and further developing the system of case referral through the One Hospital Command (CNN Philippines, 2020).  

    Meanwhile, according to the UP OCTA Research team’s calculated prediction, the number of nationwide cases could reach 375,000 by the end of this month. However, the reproductive rate of the virus is projected to decrease (CNN Philippines, 2020).

    PH CASESPH DEATHSPH RECOVERIES
    226,4403,623158,610

    CNN Philippines. (2020). Philippines’ COVID-19 cases reach 226,440. Retrieved from https://cnnphilippines.com/news/2020/9/2/PH-coronavirus-cases-226k.html

  • September 3, 2020

    Ayon sa mga mananaliksik mula sa Unibersidad ng Pilipinas, posibleng umabot ng 585,000 ang bilang ng kaso ng COVID-19 sa bansa bago matapos ang taong 2020. Maaaring tumaas hanggang 767,000 o bumaba ng 402,000 ang bilang ng kaso depende sa iba’t ibang bagay o factors (CNN Philippines, 2020).

    Researchers from the University of the Philippines estimated the tally of COVID-19 cases in the country to reach an average of 585,000 before the end of 2020. The numbers could rise as high as 767,000 or decrease as low as 402,000 depending on different factors (CNN Philippines, 2020).

    PH CASESPH DEATHSPH RECOVERIES
    228,4033,688159,475

    CNN Philippines. (2020). PH records 1,987 new COVID-19 cases, with total now at 228,403. Retrieved from https://www.cnn.ph/news/2020/9/3/PH-coronavirus-cases-over-228k.html

  • September 4, 2020

    Itinanggi ng Department of Health ang pahayag na mayroong bagong novel coronavirus strain sa Pilipinas na kung saan ang mga may edad na 29-40 ang nahahawaan. Sinabi ni Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire na hindi dahil karamihan ng tinatamaan ng COVID-19 ay mula sa 29-40 na age group, ay mayroon nang bagong strain ng virus na pumupunterya ang grupong ito. Dagdag pa niya, ganun na lamang ang statistika dahil ang mga nasa edad 29-40 ang kadalasang lumalabas at gumawa ng mga gawain (Magsambol, 2020).

    The Department of Health disproves the claim that there is a new novel coronavirus strain present in the Philippines which targets the 29-40 age group. Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said that even if the highest recorded number of cases is from the 29-40 age group, it doesn’t imply that there is a new strain targeting them. The statistic followed that trend because people from that age group are the ones who usually go out and do tasks (Magsambol, 2020).

    PH CASESPH DEATHSPH RECOVERIES
    232,0723,737160,549

    Magsambol, B. (2020). DOH debunks claim of new novel coronavirus strain targeting 29-40 age group. Rappler. Retrieved from https://rappler.com/nation/doh-debunks-claim-new-novel-coronavirus-strain-targeting-age-group

  • September 5, 2020

    Ayon kay Delfin Lorenzana, ang National Task Force laban sa COVID-19 ay hinihintay ang ₱5 bilyon mula sa Bayanihan to Recover As One Act para magamit na pambayad sa mga hotel na gagawing mga quarantine facility ng mga pasiyenteng walang sintomas kesa sa kani-kanilang mga tahanan (Santos, 2020).

    Sinabi rin ni Lorenzana na mas malaki ang possibilidad ng mga pasiyente na makahawa kung sila ay nasa kanilang mga tahanan. Sinabi niya rin na ang Task Force ay naglalayong makakuha ng discount dahil sa mas kaunting pumupunta sa mga hotel ngayong panahon ng pandemya (Santos, 2020).

    Sinabi naman ng Kagawaran ng Pangkalusugan na ang pag-quarantine ng pasiyente kani-kanilang mga tahanan ay hindi ipinagbabawal basta’t may sariling kwarto at kagamitan na kakailanganin ang mga pasiyente. Dapat ring naka-PPE ang mga papasok dito (Santos, 2020).

    According to Delfin Lorenzana, the National Task Force Against COVID-19 waits for the additional ₱5 billion from the Bayanihan to Recover As One Act to be used as the money to pay hotels as quarantine facilities to be used by asymptomatic patients instead of their homes (Santos, 2020).

    Lorenzana stated that these patients have greater chances of spreading the virus when they continue to stay in their respective homes. He also stated that the Task Force aims to get discounts due to lesser accommodations of the hotels during the pandemic (Santos, 2020).

    The DOH states that home quarantine of asymptomatic patients are not prohibited as long as the patient’s room is isolated and protective equipment must be worn when other members are going to the isolation area (Santos, 2020).

    PH CASESPH DEATHSPH RECOVERIES
    234,5703,790161,668

    Santos, E. (2020). COVID-19 task force dangles hotel perks to discourage home quarantine. CNN Philippines. Retrieved from https://www.cnnphilippines.com/news/2020/9/5/covid-19-home-quarantine-hotels-bayanihan-2.html 

  • September 6, 2020

    Ayon kay Guido David ng Octa Research Group ng Unibersidad ng Pilipinas (UP), ang COVID-19 curve ng Metro Manila ay pantay na. Sinabi ni David na sa National Capital Region (NCR), ang reproduction number na sumusukat sa “transmission potential” ng virus ay mababa na sa 1. Subalit, binigyang-diin niya na huwag dapat maging kampante ang gobyerno at ang publiko (Rappler, 2020).

    Guido David from the Octa Research Group of the University of the Philippines (UP) said that the COVID-19 curve for Metro Manila has flattened. David stated that in the National Capital Region (NCR),  the virus’ reproduction number which measures its “transmission potential” was less than 1. However, he stressed that the government and the public should not be complacent (Rappler, 2020).

    PH CASESPH DEATHSPH RECOVERIES
    237,3653,875184,687

    Rappler. (2020). COVID-19 curve for Metro Manila has flattened, but don’t be complacent – UP expert. Retrieved from https://rappler.com/nation/covid-19-curve-metro-manila-flattened-up-expert-guido-david

  • September 7, 2020

    Naglabas ang Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases ng resolusyon sa pamamaraan ng clinical trials para sa mga bakunang pang COVID-19 sa bansa. Ayon sa nasabing resolusyon ng IATF, ang makakatanggap ng nasabing bakuna ay pipiliin nang sapalaran mula sa 5-10a barangay na may pinakamaraming kaso ng COVID-19 (CNN Philippines, 2020).

    Ayon kay Secretary Fortunato Dela Peña ng Department of Science and Technology, kailangang bigyan ng prioridad ang Solidarity Trial ng World Health Organization kaysa sa kanya-kanyang trial ng mga pribadong kompanya. Kasalukuyang pinag-uusapan ng Pilipinas at Russia ang pagkakaroon ng clinical trial ng “Sputnik V”, isang bakunang pang-COVID-19 na galing sa Russia, sa bansa. Pinag-aaralan pa ng mga eksperto ang mga dokumento na ipapasa rin sa Food and Drugs Administration kung ma-aaprubahan ang Phase 3 trial ng bakuna sa bansa (CNN Philippines, 2020).

    A resolution in relation to the conduct of clinical trials for COVID-19 vaccines in the country were released by the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases. The IATF’s Resolution states that recipients of the vaccines will be randomly chosen from the top 5-10 barangays with the most COVID-19 cases (CNN Philippines, 2020).

    According to Department of Science and Technology Secretary Fortunato dela Pena, the World Health Organization’s Solidarity Trial should be prioritized over independent trials by private vaccine manufacturers. Currently, the “Sputnik V” vaccine of Russia is being discussed by the Philippines with Russia and other firms to hold clinical trials in the country. Documents are still being reviewed by experts and later on by the Food and Drug Administration if the Phase 3 trial of the vaccine is approved in the country (CNN Philippines, 2020).

    PH CASESPH DEATHSPH RECOVERIES
    238,7273,890184,906

    CNN Philippines. (2020). PH logs 1,383 new COVID-19 cases as total breaches 238,000. Retrieved from https://cnnphilippines.com/news/2020/9/7/PH-covid-cases-238k.html

    CNN Philippines. (2020). IATF sets guidelines for holding COVID-19 vaccine clinical trials in PH. Retrieved from https://cnnphilippines.com/news/2020/9/7/IATF-guidelines-COVID-19-clinical-trial.html

  • September 8, 2020

    Ayon sa mga mananaliksik, pagdating ng dulo ng Setyembre, maaaring magkaroon ng 375,000 kaso ng COVID-19 sa Pilipinas. Nagsimula na maging patag ang kurba sa National Capital Region (NCR), ngunit pinapaalala pa rin na mag-ingat (Magsambol, 2020).

    Sabi ni Interior Secretary Eduardo Año na pinaplano ng gobyerno na patigilin ang home quarantine para sa mga pasyenteng may COVID-19, ngunit sabi ng DOH na posible pa ito sa tamang kondisyon (Magsambol, 2020).

    Researchers say that by the end of September, the Philippines may hit 375,000 COVID-19 cases. The curve in the National Capital Region (NCR) has flattened, keeping in mind to continue to practice the proper safety precautions (Magsambol, 2020).

    Interior Secretary Eduardo Año said that the government is planning to suspend home quarantine of COVID-19 patients, but DOH said it is still possible under the proper conditions (Magsambol, 2020).

    PH CASESPH DEATHSPH RECOVERIES
    241,9873,916185,173

    Magsambol, B. (2020). PH logs new COVID-19 cases, total now at 241,987. Rappler.com. Retrieved from https://rappler.com/nation/coronavirus-cases-philippines-september-8-2020

  • September 9, 2020

    Patuloy na kinokondena ng DepEd ang panawagan para sa academic freeze sa gitna ng COVID-19 krisis. Ayon kay DepEd Undersecretary Nepomuceno Malaluan, ang ay academic freeze ay panandaliang solusyon at isinasawalang bahala ang pangmatagalang epekto ng kawalan ng pagkatuto (CNN Philippines, 2020).

    Inaasahan ang biglaang pagtaas ng mga kaso ng COVID-19 sa Pilipinas dahil sa huling pagpasa ng datos mula sa mga laboratoryo. Ayon kay DOH spokesperson Maria Rosario Vergeire, kailangan ng mga laboratoryo na sumunod sa alituntunin ng DOH tungkol sa pagpasa ng mga personal na impormasyon ng mga pasyente dahil makakatulong ito sa isinasagawang contact tracing (CNN Philippines, 2020).

    DepEd continues to oppose calls for an academic freeze amid COVID-19 crisis. According to DepEd Undersecretary Nepomuceno Malaluan, the movement is shortsighted and ignores the long-term effects of the absence of learning (CNN Philippines, 2020).

    Philippine COVID-19 cases are expected to take a spike due to late submissions from laboratories. According to DOH spokesperson Maria Rosario Vergeire, the laboratories must comply with DOH’s requirement of submitting the patient’s personal details to aid contact tracing (CNN Philippines, 2020).

    PH CASESPH DEATHSPH RECOVERIES
    245,1433,986185,543

    CNN Philippines. (2020). DepEd dismisses calls for ‘academic freeze’ as ‘shortsighted’ solution. Retrieved from https://cnnphilippines.com/news/2020/9/9/DepEd-opposes-academic-freeze.html

    CNN Philippines. (2020). DOH: COVID-19 case tallies to see ‘irregular’ spike as more laboratories submit data. Retrieved from https://cnnphilippines.com/news/2020/9/9/COVID-19-daily-cases-Philippines-laboratories.html

  • September 11, 2020

    Ayon kay Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire, ang World Health Organization (WHO), kasama ang mga siyentipiko ng estado, ay sinusuri na ang listahan ng 34 na potensyal na mga bakuna. Bukod dito, inaasahan na sa ika-4 na linggo ng Setyembre, natukoy na ng WHO ang eksaktong bilang ng bakuna at tiyak na uri ng bakuna na gagamitin sa pag-aaral. Dagdag pa ni Vergeire, ang pagsasagawa ng clinical trials na may kaugnayan sa solidarity trials ng WHO para sa bakuna laban sa COVID-19 ay maaring magsimula sa pagtatapos ng Oktubre (Tomacruz, 2020).

    According to Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire, the World Health Organization (WHO), together with state scientists, is evaluating a list of 34 potential vaccines. Moreover, it is expected that by the 4th week of September, WHO has already identified the exact number of vaccines and the specific type to be used in the trial. Vergeire said that the conduct of clinical trials under the WHO’s solidarity trials for the COVID-19 vaccine may start by the end of October (Tomacruz, 2020).

    PH CASESPH DEATHSPH RECOVERIES
    252,9644,108186,606

    Tomacruz, S. (2020). WHO eyes start of PH vaccine trials by end-October. Rappler. Retrieved from https://rappler.com/nation/who-eyes-start-philippines-vaccine-trials-by-end-october

  • September 12, 2020

    Naitala ang pinakamataas na bilang ng mga namatay dahil sa COVID-19 sa isang araw sa Pilipinas. Ang naitala ng Department of Health na namatay ngayong araw ay 186 habang ang kabuuan na bilang ng mga kaso ng sakit sa bansa ay pumalo na sa 257, 863. Sa nakatalang mga namatay, 36 ang pumanaw noong Setyembre, 63 noong Agosto, 59 noong Hulyo, 24 noong Hunyo, 3 noong Mayo at 1 noong Abril (Casilao, 2020).

    The highest number of deaths in a day from COVID-19 in the Philippines was recorded today. The Department of Health recorded 186 new deaths as the total number of cases went up to 257, 863. Of the recorded deaths, 36 happened in September, 63 in August, 59 in July, 24 in June, 3 in May and 1 in April (Casilao, 2020).

    PH CASESPH DEATHSPH RECOVERIES
    257,8634,292187,116

    Casilao, J. (2020). Philippines reports highest single-day COVID-19 death toll at 186 as total infections near 258k. GMA News. Retrieved from https://www.gmanetwork.com/news/news/nation/755335/philippines-reports-4-935-new-covid-19-cases-total-over-257-000/story/

  • September 13, 2020

    Ayon kay Police Lt. Gen. Guillermo Eleazar, ang kumander ng task force, ang Facebook page na Joint Task Force COVID Shield ay magsisilbing plataporma ng mga mamamayan upang mag-ulat ng mga paglabag sa mga patakaran ng quarantine tulad ng pag-inom, malalaking parti, pagdiriwang, at ilegal na pagsusugal sa mga pampublikong lugar. Dagdag pa niya, ang JTF COVID Shield ay karagdagang plataporma bukod sa mga Facebook account ng mga lokal na police stations at police units kung saan maaring magpadala ang publiko ng mga reklamo (Luna, 2020).

    Police Lt. Gen. Guillermo Eleazar, the task force commander, said that the Facebook page Joint Task Force COVID Shield will serve as a platform for the citizens to report violations of quarantine rules such as drinking sessions, large parties, celebrations, and illegal gambling in public places. He also said that the JTF COVID Shield will be an additional platform aside from the Facebook accounts of the local police stations and police units where the public can send complaints (Luna, 2020).

    PH CASESPH DEATHSPH RECOVERIES
    261,2164,371207,568

    Luna, F. (2020). Task force creates Facebook page for complaints on quarantine violations. The Philippine Star. Retrieved from https://www.philstar.com/headlines/2020/09/13/2042105/task-force-creates-facebook-page-complaints-quarantine-violations

  • September 14, 2020

    Ipinatupad ng Department of Transportation (DOTr) ang bagong alituntunin na bawasan ang physical distancing sa mga pampublikong sasakyan, mula sa 1m ay 0.75m na upang madagdagan ang bilang ng mga pasahero. Samantala, hindi sang-ayon ang mga healthcare workers dito. Ayon kay Dr. Antonio Dans, miyembro ng Healthcare Professionals Alliance for COVID-19 (HPAAC), maaga pa upang luwagan ang mga alituntunin sa pampublikong transportasyon. Dagdag pa niya, mahalaga ang timing sa paggawa ng patakaran dahil kaakibat ng tumataas na bilang ng kaso ang pagbagal ng pagbawi ng ekonomiya ng bansa (Tomacruz, 2020).

    Habang umabot na sa 265, 888 ang mga kaso sa bansa, naitala na ang Pilipinas ang may pinaka madaming kaso ng COVID-19 sa Southeast Asia sa kabila ng pagkakaroon ng pinaka mahabang lockdown (Cabico, 2020).

    The Department of Transportation (DOTr) implemented the reduced physical distancing on public transport from the standard 1 meter to 0.75m to increase the vehicles’ passenger load. Meanwhile, health workers disagree with the policy. According to Dr. Antonio Dans, a member of the Healthcare Professionals Alliance for COVID-19 (HPAAC), it was still early to relax the public transport measures and timing is important in making the policy because an increased number of cases can impede the country’s economic recovery (Tomacruz, 2020).

    As the cases rose to 265, 888, the Philippines was recorded to have the highest COVID-19 cases in Southeast Asia in spite of having the longest lockdown (Cabico, 2020).

    PH CASESPH DEATHSPH RECOVERIES
    265,8884,630207,504

    Tomacruz, S. (2020). Medical experts oppose reduced distancing on public transport. Rappler. Retrieved from https://rappler.com/nation/medical-experts-oppose-reducing-physical-distancing-public-transport

    Cabico, G. (2020). Philippines reports 4,699 new COVID-19 cases with record 259 deaths. Philippine Star. Retrieved from https://www.philstar.com/headlines/2020/09/14/2042358/philippine-reports-4699new-covid-19-cases-record-259-deaths

  • September 17, 2020

    Inanunsyo ni Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque ang suspensyon ng pinatupad na bawas sa physical distancing sa pampublikong transportasyon. Dahil dito, kailangang sunding muli ang 1-meter rule sa physical distancing sa mga sasakyan (Ranada, 2020).

    Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque announced the suspension of the reduced physical distancing in public transportation. As a result, the previous 1 meter rule for physical distancing should be followed again (Ranada, 2020).

    PH CASESPH DEATHSPH RECOVERIES
    276,2894,785208,096

    Ranada, P. (2020). Gov’t suspends reduced physical distancing in public transportation. Rappler. Retrieved from https://rappler.com/nation/government-suspends-reduced-physical-distancing-public-transportation

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