Task force seeks use of P10-B unused SAP funds as aid for COVID-19 patients

The government has prohibited home quarantine for persons with COVID-19, saying it could lead to a spike in infections......»»

Category: newsSource: philstar philstarOct 1st, 2020

BI to provide free Covid-19 RT-PCR tests for employees with possible symptoms

Bureau of Immigration (BI) Commissioner Jaime Morente announced that they will be providing free Covid-19 RT-PCR tests for employees exhibiting Covid-19 symptoms. (PIA / MANILA BULLETIN) “Being frontliners, BI personnel are one of the most at risk as we are in close contact with numerous people every day in the performance of our duties. This effort is to ensure the health and safety of everyone,” he said. BI Deputy Commissioner Aldwin Alegre, who chairs the BI Covid Task Force, said that the swab testing will be conducted through the help of partner agencies. Alegre said they have received allocation for swab kits from the Philippine Coast Guard and Manila City Hall, adding “we are very thankful for their support, and this will go a long way in our fight against Covid.” He said top priority will be given to symptomatic employees, as well as those who came in close contact with confirmed Covid-19 patients. Testing for BI employees will be conducted at the Palacio de Maynila, Manila Health Office, and Palacio del Gobernador in Intramuros......»»

Category: lifestyleSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 19th, 2020

Gov t requires facility isolation for mild, asymptomatic COVID-19 patients

The government’s inter-agency task force (IATF) approved this directiv on COVID-19, presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said in a statement Thursday night......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 25th, 2020

DOH backs home quarantine ban, check case period for flattening

The Department of Health on Wednesday backed the National Task Force’s proposal to prohibit home quarantine for COVID-19 patients and their close contacts to prevent community transmission of the coronavirus......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsSep 10th, 2020

Nueva Vizcaya town seeks MECQ extension

Stressing the need to continue to implement stricter measures to contain the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019, the local inter-agency task force on COVID-19 sought the extension of modified enhanced community quarantine or MECQ in Solano, Nueva Vizcaya until Sept. 30......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 10th, 2020

Home quarantine protocol mananatili hanggang maabot ng Pinas ang ‘ideal conditions’

Manila, Philippines – Nilinaw na papayagan pa rin ang home quarantine para sa asymptomatic coronavirus patients o mild cases, ayon sa opisyal ng national COVID-19 task force. Paliwanag ni National Task Force (NTF) COVID-19 spokesperson Brig. Gen. Restituto Padilla, mananatili ang home quarantine protocol hanggat hindi naaabot ng bansa ang “ideal conditions” sa pandemya. “So, […] The post Home quarantine protocol mananatili hanggang maabot ng Pinas ang ‘ideal conditions’ appeared first on REMATE ONLINE......»»

Category: newsSource:  remateRelated NewsSep 9th, 2020

Task Force seeks Church help on alarming suicide rate

Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra is seeking the intervention of the Church and spiritual leaders in addressing the reported increase in suicide cases in the country as the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic continues to wreak havoc on lives and the economy......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 23rd, 2020

Iligan seeks return to ECQ status as COVID-19 cases surge but…

CAGAYAN DE ORO (MindaNews / 15 August) — A surge in COVID-19 cases in Iligan City has prompted local officials to ask the Regional Inter-Agency Task Force to allow them to revert to Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) status from the extended Modified General Community Quarantine (MGCQ) to prevent more infections in the coming days. Iligan […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsAug 15th, 2020

Solons to gov’t: Heed the plea of medical workers

Lawmakers expressed all-out support on Sunday (August 2) to the appeal made by Philippine College of Physicians and the Philippine Medical Associationto shift Mega Manila back to a 15-day enhanced community quarantine (ECQ), even as they sought a change in leadership in the Department of Health (DOH) and other agencies handling the country’s response against COVID-19. (JANSEN ROMERO / FILE PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN) Albay 1st District Rep. Edcel Lagman, Anakalusugan partylist Rep. Michael Defensor, Bayan Muna partylist Rep.  Carlos Isagani Zarate, and Quezon City  2nd District Rep. Precious Hipolito Castelo called on the government to heed the plea of the medical experts and frontliners for more stringent health protocols in critical areas. “While both the health and economic crisis wrought by  the still ravaging COVID-19 pandemic must be both effectively addressed, the relief and recovery of the people’s health must be prioritized. Lives lost are forfeited forever but businesses lost can be redeemed,” Lagman said in a statement.“We must learn from the bitter lesson experienced by other countries like Japan which prematurely reopened economic, leisure and domestic travel activities only to be besieged later by a resurgence of the viral contagion,” he stressed.  Defensor, chairperson of the House Committee on Public Accounts, said, “If our leading doctors are prescribing it, then as good patients, we are all for Mega Manila’s brief return to an ECQ.” “Our sense is, our public health system is on the verge of collapse, and the momentary return to an ECQ will buy everybody more time to gird for a longer battle against the coronavirus disease,” he said. He said once the government gives in to the appeal, the COVID-19 National Task Force should take that opportunity to fix the lack of hospital staff due to doctors, nurses and other personnel getting infected and still recovering, or undergoing routine seclusion after possible exposure; expand the bed capacities of makeshift hospitals and quarantine facilities; and improve case-finding and the isolation of suspected cases. Defensor said the government should also step up contact-tracing and quarantining; upgrade public transportation options and safety; strengthen workplace protection; build up enforcement of and public compliance with self-protective measures such as the wearing of face masks and face shields, handwashing as well as social and physical distancing; and increase financial and livelihood support to distressed households. Zarate said they are one with our frontliners in demanding a reprieve from the overwhelming cases of COVID-19, particularly in the National Capital Region. “Reverting back to ECQ or whatever level of lockdown is useless or will be for naught if the primary recommendation of frontliners like free mass testing, pro-active contact tracing, isolation and treatment will not be seriously implemented by the government,” he said in a statement. For her part, Castelo said, “Let us listen to them. They are the ones on the frontline. Indeed, after five months of fighting this pandemic, they are exhausted physically, emotionally and mentally.” She laments that several doctors and nurses have died and many others have fallen sick while battling COVID-19. “Our medical workers are asking for a short time to recuperate. Let us give it to them,” she said. In a radio interview, Surigao del Norte 2nd district Rep. Robert Ace Barbers said the government should strike a balance between the economy and health of the Filipinos, but it should be tilted somehow, in favor of health amid the appeal made by physicians to shift Mega Manila back to a 15-day ECQ. He asked the DOH to come up with “a system, a policy, or even perhaps a strategy” to reinforce the country’s health system by augmenting the medical force.  In a separate statement, Assistant Minority Leader and ACT Teachers Representative France Castro said the Inter Agency Task Force for COVID-19 should be headed by medical experts instead of generals who have done nothing but to impose military solutions to combat a public health crisis.  “Our frontliners are already pleading to the Duterte administration to implement a comprehensive medical plan to address the COVID-19 pandemic in the country. The government needs to listen and take concrete actions with the demands of our healthcare workers,” she said.   “It is high time that medical experts lead in the fight against COVID-19 instead of military generals. Medical experts who will not twist data and try to sanitize the numbers. We need medical experts who use science and not allow an entire population to be used as guinea pigs in a failed response and inadequate policies for public health safety.”.....»»

Category: newsSource: NewsAug 2nd, 2020

Valenzuela to comply with new method of classifying COVID-19 recoveries

The Valenzuela city government will comply with the Department of Health’s (DOH) new method of classifying coronavirus disease (COVID-19) recoveries. The recommendation to implement the “time-based reckoning of recoveries of mild and asymptomatic patients” was approved by the Inter-Agency Task Force for Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) on July 30 in its 60th resolution. With the new classification, probable, suspect, and confirmed COVID-19 patients will no longer have to undergo a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test before they are considered recovered, according to an announcement issued by the Valenzuela city government Saturday night. Symptomatic patients who no longer display symptoms after three or more days and who have been in isolation for at least 14 days will be considered recovered, even without undergoing a PCR test. Meanwhile, asymptomatic patients who did not display symptoms after 14 days in isolation will also be considered recovered despite not undergoing another PCR test. They will only need a doctor’s certification before being allowed to return to their communities. The new method was introduced as the DOH reported a record-high 38,075 COVID-19 recoveries in a single day, cutting the country’s active cases by over a half. The practice is in accordance with the World Health Organization’s (WHO) recommendation for a “symptoms-based strategy” in releasing COVID-19 patients from quarantine, which it has been pushing for since May. The health department said there is evidence that patients have a low risk of infecting others at the 10th day of illness. There are also challenges in conducting repeat tests, such as limited laboratory supplies and equipment, the WHO said......»»

Category: newsSource: NewsAug 2nd, 2020

Philippines joins global facility that guarantees fair access to COVID-19 vaccines

Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said the government’s pandemic task force has approved the country’s participation in the COVID-19 Vaccines Global Access (COVAX) facility, including the corresponding allocation of funds......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 24th, 2020

NTF target ang 4 na ospital sa Metro Manila para sa COVID-19 patients

Inirekomenda ni National Task Force against COVID-19 Chief Implementer Carlito Galvez kay Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte na ilaan ang apat na ospital sa Metro Manila para lamang sa mga pasyente na tinamaan ng COVID-19. Sa meeting kagabi ng Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Disease, sinabi ni Galvez na ito ay para mapalawig pa ng pamahalaan […] The post NTF target ang 4 na ospital sa Metro Manila para sa COVID-19 patients appeared first on Bandera......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 21st, 2020

Galvez pushes for 4 dedicated COVID-19 hospitals in NCR

The chief implementer of the National Task Force on COVID-19 has recommended the creation of four dedicated hospitals in Metro Manila for infected patients......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJul 21st, 2020

COVID patients should be treated like VIPs

Unfortunately, President Duterte’s Inter-Agency Task Force is incapable of discovering a vaccine to stop COVID-19. Still, I can see that lately it has taken steps to try to arrest the further spread of the contagion. .....»»

Category: lifestyleSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 16th, 2020

Gov’t now discouraging home quarantine for COVID-19 patients

MANILA, Philippines — The government is now discouraging home quarantine for mild COVID-19 patients, Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles said Sunday, citing the risk of spreading the novel coronavirus inside the same household. Instead, Nograles, who is also the co-chair of the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases, said COVID-19 patients, […] The post Gov’t now discouraging home quarantine for COVID-19 patients appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 12th, 2020

PSC personnel, national athletes test negative for COVID-19

All 200 Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) personnel including some national athletes and coaches tested negative for coronavirus (COVID-19). The PSC announced the good news following the release of the swab-test results on Wednesday. “We are thankful to the Lord that the PSC community is free from COVID-19. We hope and pray it stays that way,” said PSC Overall-in-Charge Ramon Fernandez who also underwent Reverse Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) test or swab testing. The PSC conducted RT-PCR tests for PSC staff, along with some members of the national team numbering 112 persons at the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex (RMSC) in Manila and 88 at the PhilSports Complex in Pasig City.  The test was conducted in three batches. “We are proud to say that both PSC complexes, which is under a high-risk area since we have venues housing COVID-19 patients, can be declared COVID-19 free. We conducted the test to give the confidence back to the regular workforce, occupants, athletes, and coaches who frequently go to PhilSports and RMSC.” said Dr. Randolph Molo, Head of PSC Medical Scientific Athletes Services (PSC-MSAS) Unit. “We opted for the RT-PCR/swab test over any form of rapid testing since this test is more reliable and reflective on one's COVID-19 status. As of Wednesday, July 8, we can declare that all of the 200 persons who underwent testing are all clear/negative from the Coronavirus. This should help restore the confidence and ease the fears of our staff as we continue to keep PSC COVID-19 free.” added Dr. Molo. After RT-PCR testing, the PSC has also put in place additional security measures by requiring all staff working on-site to submit a Health Declaration Form which was made accessible by QR code or the PSC website. This is screened by the MSAS unit which will grant them a gate pass via SMS once they get cleared. The sports agency hopes this practice will help them keep PSC premises COVID-19 free. The PSC is also strictly implementing health security protocols advised by the Department of Health and the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) in all of its facilities......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 10th, 2020

IATF eyes intensified testing in Cebu City

CEBU CITY, Philippines — The Interagency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-MEID) is planning to intensify the testing and contact tracing for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) patients to hasten the control of the rising cases in Cebu City. Health Secretary Francisco Duque, III, said in a press conference in Mandaue City, […] The post IATF eyes intensified testing in Cebu City appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 1st, 2020

NOAH Complex to be used as isolation center for asymptomatic COVID-19 patients

CEBU CITY, Philippines — The  New Normal Oasis for Adaptation and a Home (NOAH) Complex isolation center at the South Road Properties (SRP) will be the new isolation center for asymptomatic patients here. This was revealed by Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu, the overseer of the Interagency Task Force (IATF) in Cebu, as he wants the […] The post NOAH Complex to be used as isolation center for asymptomatic COVID-19 patients appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 1st, 2020

Team sent to monitor COVID cases in Cebu City

  BY MARTIN A. SADONGDONG   *   A SURVEILLANCE team has been tapped by the National Task Force (NTF) on coronavirus disease (COVID-19) to closely monitor the sudden increase in the number of infected patients in Cebu City. Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr., chief implementer of the National Action Plan (NAP) on COVID-19, said he […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tempoRelated NewsJun 17th, 2020

COVID workers’ dorms ready by month’s end

In a bid to provide frontliners in the fight against the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) with suitable lodging away from their homes, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Task Force for Augmentation of Health Facilities is fast-tracking the construction of dormitories. These temporary shelter for hospital workers who are caring for COVID-19 patients […] The post COVID workers’ dorms ready by month’s end appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsJun 15th, 2020

Gwen eyes to reveal names of COVID-19 patients in Cebu

CEBU CITY, Philippines — Cebu Governor Gwendolyn Garcia is eyeing the release of the names of patients infected with the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) at the latest on Wednesday, April 15, 2020. This developed following the announcement of the Interagency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Disease (IATF-EID) that public disclosure of COVID-19 patients’ […] The post Gwen eyes to reveal names of COVID-19 patients in Cebu appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsApr 14th, 2020