PHILIPPINES

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The Philippines recorded less than 2,500 Covid-19 cases for the third consecutive days just below the lower end of the projected range, said an OCTA research fellow on Friday.  On Nov. 3, the Philippines recorded 1,591 new cases, on Nov. 4 added 1,766, and on Friday, the Department of Health announced ...

November 5, 2021
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Health undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said the Philippines is now nationally considered under ‘low risks’ given the decline in cases in most of the regions in the country. She reiterated that while the the low risk classification with a negative two-week growth rate at -48 percent and a moderate-risk average daily attack rate (ADAR) a...

October 28, 2021
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A group of recruitment agencies in the Philippines on Wednesday called on the Hong Kong government to pattern its quarantine measures for arriving foreign domestic workers (FDWs) after Singapore’s existing protocols in a bid to prevent Covid-19 cases netted at the airport. ...

September 16, 2021
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Philippine Airlines (PAL) passenger flights to Manila will still be available, the country’s flag carrier said, after Hong Kong banned inbound trips from Manila operated by the airline until Sept. 11.

The ban took effect on Aug. 29, after three passengers from PAL flight PR300 on Aug. 27 tested positive for Covid-...

August 31, 2021
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The Philippines’ health department tallied 18,332 new Covid-19 cases on Monday, the highest single-daily increase in infections since the pandemic began.

This broke the previous record of 17,321 newly reported Covid-19 infections last Friday, Aug. 20. Monday’s figure vaulted the Philippines’ coronavirus disea...

August 23, 2021
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The Philippine government included Hong Kong in its list of 57 countries and jurisdictions covered by shorter quarantine periods for fully vaccinated travelers upon entry to the Philippines.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque, who also speaks on behalf of the Philippine government’s inter-agency task force f...

June 30, 2021
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Former Philippine President Benigno S. Aquino III died in the early hours of Thursday, June 24, his family confirmed. He was 61.

His sister, Pinky Aquino-Abellada, said in a statement before reporters that Aquino had died “peacefully in his sleep” at 6:30 a.m. due to renal disease secondary to diabetes.

June 24, 2021
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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte approved an additional ₱5.2 billion to fund the repatriation and Covid-19 quarantine of overseas Filipino workers, Malacañang said Thursday.

This is less than the ₱9.8 billion budget the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration sought in March to cover expenses incurred by re...

May 28, 2021
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The Philippines’ tourism department is set to meet with other local agencies on Wednesday to look into shortening the quarantine period of returning Filipinos who have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19.

In a TV interview on Tuesday, Philippine tourism chief Bernadette Romulo-Puyat said they proposed to the In...

May 26, 2021