Netherlands to go into Christmas lockdown to curb Omicron spread

Netherlands Prime Minister Mark Rutte said on Saturday that Netherlands will go into a strict lockdown over the Christmas and New Year period to contain the highly contagious Omicron variant. Measures including closure of all non-essential shops, restaurants, hairdressers and gyms, has gone into effect Sunday and will remain in place until January 14. All schools will be closed until …

Manila City allots P2.5-M aid for victims of Typhoon Odette

The Manila City Council passed a resolution allotting 2.5 million pesos in assistance for areas affected by Typhoon Odette in the Visayas and Mindanao regions. Manila Mayor Isko Moreno Domagoso appealed to the Manila City Council last Friday to pass a resolution allocating funds to Odette relief operations. According to Vice Mayor Honey Lacuna, the city government will allot 1 …

7 close contacts ng 2 Omicron cases, negatibo sa COVID-19

Sinabi ni Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire na agad na isinailalim sa COVID-19 test ang walong natukoy na close contacts ng dalawang kaso ng Omicron variant sa bansa, at pito sa walo ang negatibo. Nabatid na isa lamang ang close contact ng 48-year-old na ‘returning Filipino’ galing Japan. Paliwanag niya, “Close contact had a negative RT-PCR released last December 4 …

AstraZeneca antibody cocktail works against Omicron in study

AstraZeneca said last week that a lab study of its COVID-19 antibody cocktail, Evusheld, found that the treatment retained neutralizing activity against the Omicron coronavirus variant, showing promise for wider use of the therapy. The study was conducted by independent investigators of the US Food and Drug Administration, and the company added that more analyses of Evusheld against the Omicron …

Duterte ipinahahanda ang drug war report para sa ICC

Inatasan ni Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte si DILG Secretary Eduardo Ano na maghanda ng report tungkol sa kampanya ng gobyerno laban sa ilegal na droga. Nais daw ng Pangulo na ilagay sa report kung gaanon karami ang ilegal na droga lalo na ang crystal meth o shabu ang nasabat o nakumpiska ng mga awtoridad sa loob ng kanyang termino. Sinabi ni …

China detects second case of Omicron coronavirus variant on the mainland

From CNN Naitala na ng Tsina ang kanilang pangalawang kaso ng Omicron variant sa bansa matapos bumalik ang isang turista ng ilang linggo na ang nakalipas. Magiging hamon daw ito sa “zero-Covid” strategy ng bansa. Nadeklara ang kaso sa siyudad ng Guangzhou ngayong linggo matapos makita ang unang kaso nito sa Tianjin na isang port city. Ang kauna-unahang kaso ay …

Omicron spreading at unprecedented rate, WHO says

From CGTN and Al Jazeera Nagbabala ang World Health Organization na ang bagong coronavirus variant na Omicron ay kumakalat ng napakabilis at maaring nasa karamihan na ng mga bansa sa mundo. Sa ngayon, 77 na bansa ang nabalitaang may kaso na ng Omicron, pero maaring nasa mas maraming lugar pa ito, hindi pa lang nahahanap.Ayon sa kanila, yung bilis nito …

Thailand to expedite COVID-19 boosters in anticipation of Omicron

Thailand will lower to three months the time between administering a second COVID-19 vaccine shot and a booster, according to a health official, to try to strengthen immunity in anticipation of a local spread of the Omicron variant.  The country has so far detected eight imported cases of the variant but has yet to see community transmission, according to its …