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OCTA: No Need To Panic Over Omicron; Phl Has Reached Population Immunity Against COVID-19

An OCTA Research fellow said Filipinos should be careful to avoid catching the virus but need not panic despite the Omicron threat and still celebrate Christmas, noting that “this is the best time in 20 months for the entire country.”

OCTA: No Need To Panic Over Omicron; Phl Has Reached Population Immunity Against COVID-19

DOH: No To Shorter Travel Quarantine

Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said the Philippines may be one of the safest places right now because COVID-19 cases are declining, “but we cannot have this for long if we are not going to guard our borders.”

DOH: No To Shorter Travel Quarantine

Duque Wants Alert Level 2 Retained; COVID-19 Cases Drop To 356

Daily COVID cases nationwide dropped to a record low of 356, the lowest since July 2020 when the Department of Health recorded only 294 cases. But Health Secretary Francisco Duque III doesn’t want the government to let its guard down.

Duque Wants Alert Level 2 Retained; COVID-19 Cases Drop To 356

Still No Omicron, But 571 Delta Found In Sequencing

Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said out of all of the samples tested in the latest whole genome sequencing run, no Omicron variant was detected. “Most of the detections were that of Delta variant,” she noted.

Still No Omicron, But 571 Delta Found In Sequencing

‘Reconsider Tighter Quarantine Rules’

The Department of Health is being urged to revert the facility quarantine requirements to three days before Dec. 15, so that returning Filipinos who test negative for the virus can celebrate Christmas with their families.

‘Reconsider Tighter Quarantine Rules’

Want To Visit Baguio With A Friend? Weather Is Getting Colder

Tourists, who started flocking into the city for their weekend getaways two weeks ago, experienced the real Baguio weather.

Want To Visit Baguio With A Friend? Weather Is Getting Colder

DOH: COVID Deaths Nearing 50,000

With additional 156 fatalities on Sunday, Dec. 5, the Department of Health said COVID-related deaths nationwide climbed to 49,386, which account for 1.74% of the total number of cases.

DOH: COVID Deaths Nearing 50,000

COVID-19 Herd Immunity Target May Be Increased To 90%

Health Undersecretary Leopoldo de Vega said increasing herd immunity is necessary to protect the public from the new COVID-19 variant Omicron.

COVID-19 Herd Immunity Target May Be Increased To 90%

‘Hospitals Ready For Omicron Surge’

“We already know now what to do, with our two-year experience with COVID-19, in case Omicron variant turns out to be highly transmissible,” Health Undersecretary Leopoldo Vega said.

‘Hospitals Ready For Omicron Surge’

Genome Sequencing Set For 242 Infected Travelers

The Philippine Genome Center said it is more prepared now to detect Omicron variant cases, citing increased funding that doubled its surveillance capacity.

Genome Sequencing Set For 242 Infected Travelers