Non-contact sports allowed under GCQ

MANILA – Non-contact sports such as tennis, golf, and biking are allowed in areas under general community quarantine (GCQ), a top government official said on Wednesday. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, head of the national task force on the government’s coronavirus disease (Covid-19) response, said only sports where physical distancing can be observed will be permitted under … Read More

Supermarkets, pharmacies urged to stay open up to 12 hours

MANILA – The government is strongly encouraging supermarkets and other establishments selling basic necessities to extend their store operations to a maximum of 12 hours to prevent crowding amid the 2019 coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic.   Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles said this was agreed upon by members of the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging … Read More

‘No mask, no entry’ not in Luzon-wide quarantine guidelines

MANILA – The “no mask, no entry” policy in some supermarkets, pharmacies, and restaurants is not among the guidelines under the Luzon-wide enhanced community quarantine, a Palace official said on Monday. Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles said these establishments should continue to allow customers inside for as long as they observed one-meter social distancing. “Wala naman kaming … Read More

Duque denies underreporting Covid-19 cases

MANILA — Health Secretary Franciso Duque III on Monday denied that the health department is underreporting the number of persons who tested positive for the new coronavirus disease (Covid-19) in the country. In a Laging Handa press briefing in Malacañang, Duque explained that the department has been “prudent” in conducting tests due to the limited supply … Read More

State of public health emergency declared in PH

MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte has issued a proclamation formally declaring a state of public health emergency throughout the Philippines after the health department reported the first known local transmission of the new coronavirus disease (Covid-19). Duterte signed Proclamation 922 on March 8 to “capacitate government agencies and LGUs (local government units) to immediately act to … Read More