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April

April

April 11: Covid-19 death rate spikes in NCR

April 11: Covid-19 death rate spikes in NCR

The Covid-19 fatality rate in Metro Manila has risen compared to six months ago, according to a report by the OCTA Research Group. Nationally, the country has over 100,000 active cases, and more than 1,000 people have passed in the last week alone. Read More

April 11: Checkpoints, curfews remain in MECQ areas

April 11: Checkpoints, curfews remain in MECQ areas

National Chief Debold Sinas has instructed local police to continue manning checkpoints and enforcing curfew hours in NCR+ and other areas under MECQ until the end of April. Protocol changes to be implemented are being discussed with the IATF. Read More

April 11: DFA offices in NCR+ to only attend to urgent cases

April 11: DFA offices in NCR+ to only attend to urgent cases

All Consular Offices in Metro Manila, Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna, and Rizal will only attend to emergency or urgent cases while NCR+ is under modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ), according to the Department of Foreign Affairs. Affected appointments will be provided alternative dates. Read More

April 11: National contact tracing system greenlit

April 11: National contact tracing system greenlit

The use of automatic SMS-based contact tracing has been greenlit by the country’s Covid-19 response management officials. This paves the way for the government’s implementation and improvement of the StaySafe.PH app as a official national contact tracing and health reporting app. Read More

April 11: NCR+, three others under MECQ

April 11: NCR+, three others under MECQ

NCR+, Santiago City in Isabela, and the provinces of Abra and Quirino have been placed under modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) until the end of April, according to Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque. Read More

April 11: NegOcc requests shift to GCQ

April 11: NegOcc requests shift to GCQ

Amid a concerning rise in Covid-19 cases in the area, the local government of Negros Occidental has requested the Regional Inter-Agency Task Force (RIATF) to revert the province to general community quarantine (GCQ). The region remains under MGCQ according to Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque’s latest press briefing. Read More

April 11: Bacolod, NegOcc requires S-PaSS registration

April 11: Bacolod, NegOcc requires S-PaSS registration

All travelers coming to and from Bacolod City and Negros Occidental have been asked to register their travel requirements with the Safe, Swift, and Smart Passage (S-PaSS) travel management system starting April 15. In line with this, Bacolod City will stop issuing online medical certificates for travel purposes. Read More

April 10: Areas in La Union under MECQ

April 10: Areas in La Union under MECQ

Amid an alarming spike in Covid-19 cases in the province, one city and five municipalities in La Union have been placed under modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) until April 23. Read More

April 10: Consular Offices in Tuguegarao still closed - DFA

April 10: Consular Offices in Tuguegarao still closed - DFA

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) has extended the temporary closure of its Consular Office in Tuguegarao until April 12, following the four-day extension of ECQ in the city. Read More

April 07: BLISTT establishes non-essential travel ban

April 07: BLISTT establishes non-essential travel ban

To address the recent Covid-19 surges in the Cordillera region and prevent overwhelming of healthcare facilities, the local governments of BLISTT (Baguio, La Trinidad, Itogon, Sablan, Tuba, and Tublay) in Mt. Province have agreed to enforce mobility restrictions in their respective areas to only allow essential travel from April 08 to 22. Read More

April 07: DOT considering Covid-19 Travel Pass

April 07: DOT considering Covid-19 Travel Pass

As the Philippines prepares to resume international travel, the Department of Tourism (DOT) plans to adopt the use of the travel pass developed by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) for incoming travelers. No timeline for this has been determined. Read More

April 07: Travelers with fake Covid-19 results caught in NAIA

April 07: Travelers with fake Covid-19 results caught in NAIA

Aviation security at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) have intercepted 15 passengers using falsified RT-PCR test results planning to travel from Manila to Davao and Zamboanga. The Philippine National Police reiterates that falsification of documents and violation of public health laws will result in fines and possible imprisonment. Read More

April 06: Medical workers from Visayas assist NCR+

April 06: Medical workers from Visayas assist NCR+

Roughly 70 healthcare workers from Cebu and Eastern Visayas have been deployed to the National Capital Region to assist overwhelmed and undermanned hospitals amid the Covid-19 pandemic. Metro Manila has had over 354,000 cases of Covid-19 infections as of April 05. Read More

April 06: Ilocos Norte tourism hubs exclusive to residents

April 06: Ilocos Norte tourism hubs exclusive to residents

In an effort to help curb the spread of Covid-19 in the province, select municipalities in Ilocos Norte have temporarily restricted non-residents from visiting tourist facilities and attractions. Read More

April 06: Malay gov’t probes ‘super spreader’ in Boracay

April 06: Malay gov’t probes ‘super spreader’ in Boracay

The local government of Malay, Aklan has launched an investigation on an alleged ‘super spreader’ party that caused a spike in Covid-19 cases in Boracay Island. Two zones are currently on surgical lockdown while one barangay is on localized ECQ. Read More

April 06: Iloilo City to require swab test upon arrival

April 06: Iloilo City to require swab test upon arrival

The local government of Iloilo has required all travelers to get a mandatory swab test upon arrival to the city. Authorized Persons Outside of Residence (APORs) who are staying for less than 24 hours are exempt from this rule, but are still required to submit a negative RT-PCR test prior to travel. Read More

April 06: Angkas resumes Cebu operations

April 06: Angkas resumes Cebu operations

The motorcycle ride-hailing service Angkas has resumed its operations in the cities of Cebu, Mandaue, and Talisay. To limit physical interactions, riders now accept cashless payments, and riders are urged to bring their own helmets. Read More

April 06: Over 500 train personnel Covid-19 positive

April 06: Over 500 train personnel Covid-19 positive

After the mandatory testing of railway personnel in Metro Manila, 522 individuals have tested positive for Covid-19. Following this, all four rail lines (LRT-1, LRT-2, MRT-3, and PNR) will continue to run on limited capacity until further notice. Read More / Update

April 06: Antique enforces ‘courtesy lockdown’

April 06: Antique enforces ‘courtesy lockdown’

To help curb the spread of Covid-19 in the area, the provincial government of Antique has implemented a ‘courtesy lockdown’ from April 05 to 19. Residents and visitors from neighboring provinces are discouraged from non-essential travel. Read More

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