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August 20, 2020 3:00 PM

DOH issues Press Release: ULAP, DOH conduct webinar to beat COVID and end TB
The Union of Local Authorities of the Philippines (ULAP), in collaboration with the Department of Health (DOH) and Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), held a webinar to brief participants on the new Omnibus Guidelines On COVID-19 Testing and help ramp up efforts of local governments to overcome the threats of COVID-19 and TB in the country...

August 20, 2020 2:00 PM

DOH issues Press Release: DOH, DOTR, DILG, DPWH signed Joint Order to promote active transport during and after the COVID-19 pandemic
As the country implements community quarantine to further mitigate the spread of COVID-19, our daily activities must adapt to the New Normal. The limited transport services paved the way for other modes crucial for essential travel. In response to these challenges, the Department of Health (DOH), the Department of Transportation (DOTr), the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), and the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) recently signed Joint Administrative Order (JAO) 2020-0001 entitled “Guidelines on the Proper Use and Promotion of Active Transport During and After the COVID-19 Pandemic”...

August 18, 2020 1:00 PM

DOH issues Press Release: PGC, RITM confirm G614 variant presence in the country
The Philippine Genome Center (PGC) and the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM) have confirmed that the G614 variant of SARS-CoV-2, the causative agent of COVID-19, has been detected in the Philippines after it was seen in a small sample of positive cases in Quezon City. The D614G mutation which resulted in the G614 variant of the virus has been reported in many other countries. Reports showed that the G614 variant has almost completely replaced the original D614 virus in most of Europe and the Americas. There is evidence that the mutation makes it easier for the virus to enter its target cell, and may be associated with higher viral loads in infected persons. This likely translates into a higher level of infectivity...

August 17, 2020 2:00 PM

DOH issues Press Release: DOH, EAMC, other partners unveil Center for Emerging and Re-emerging Infectious Disease
The Department of Health (DOH) and the East Avenue Medical Center (EAMC) today unveiled the six-storey Center for Emerging and Re-emerging Infectious Disease (CERID) to address the need to manage severe and critical cases of COVID-19 in Metro Manila. According to EAMC Medical Center Chief Dr. Alfonso Nuñez, the CERID will have its own independent Emergency Room that can accommodate up to 40 patients. It will also have its own Operating Room plus Labor and Delivery Room to cater to COVID19 patients that need to be treated for other medical conditions...

August 16, 2020 5:00 PM

DOH issues Press Release: DOH reports 39k recoveries from Oplan Recovery
In today’s virtual presser, the Department of Health (DOH) reported 40,397 recoveries following the implementation of the time-based recovery strategy of OPLAN RECOVERY, bringing the national total to 112,586. The time-based and symptom-based recovery strategies are part of the DOH’s OPLAN RECOVERY, which is an initiative that the DOH activated to monitor the status of confirmed COVID-19 deaths and recoveries. It tags a patient as recovered when certain conditions are met even without repeat RT-PCR testing and is recommended by the Philippine College of Physicians, and the Philippine Society of Microbiology and Infectious Diseases...

August 14, 2020 5:00 PM

DOH issues Press Release: DOH, PSC, GAB clarify resumption of health-enhancing physical activities and sports
The Department of Health (DOH), Philippine Sports Commission (PSC), and the Games and Amusements Board (GAB) clarified concerns pertaining to the resumption of health-enhancing physical activities and sports. On July 27, 2020, DOH, PSC, and GAB issued a Joint Administrative Order No. 2020-0001 entitled, “Guidelines on the Conduct of Health-enhancing Physical Activities and Sports during the COVID-19 Pandemic”, which provides guidance for the conduct of physical activities, exercise, and sports during the COVID-19 Pandemic...