The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), a new strain of virus first detected in Wuhan, China in 2019.

COVID-19 is known to target a person’s respiratory system. Infected patients may exhibit symptoms such as fever, cough, shortness of breath, and in some cases, muscle pain and sore throat. Some patients may also be asymptomatic.

On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) has characterized COVID-19 as a pandemic due to the exponential increase of the number of cases in more than 100 countries.

On March 16, 2020. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte placed the entire Philippines under a State of Calamity amid the threats posed by COVID-19.

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Davao City showcases best practices vs. COVID-19

Officials have credited Davao City’s “best practices” on COVID-19 response as it aims to strike a balance between containing the number of infections while providing an elbow room to prevent the local economy from going into a tailspin.
July 12, 2020

MGCQ possible for Metro Manila with proactive local lockdowns

Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles said a shift of Metro Manila to the least restrictive modified general community quarantine (MGCQ) is possible on July 16 as long as localized lockdowns are imposed immediately.
July 12, 2020

Rapid test kits can’t be bought in drug stores: DOH

Department of Health (DOH) Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire clarified that rapid antibody test kits for coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) cannot be purchased in drug stores.
July 12, 2020

80% benipisyado ng SAP 2nd tranche, makatatanggap na ng ayuda hanggang Hulyo 31

Tiniyak ni Department of Social Welfare and Development Secretary Rolando Bautista na 80 porsiyento ng mga benispisyado ng Social Amelioration Program (SAP) cash subsidy ang makatatanggap ng pangalawang bugso ng ayuda hanggang katapusan ng buwan Hulyo.
July 12, 2020

DOH warns vs. selling, buying plasma for COVID-19

The Department of Health (DOH) warned the public against selling and buying of plasma for COVID-19 as it cited the risk of transmitting other diseases via blood.
July 12, 2020

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