(PAGASA 24-HOUR PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST as of Tuesday, 27 July 2021) Southwest Monsoon affecting the country. ACTIVE TROPICAL CYCLONES OUTSIDE PAR AS OF 3:00 AM TODAY: TYPHOON "IN-FA" (FORMERLY "FABIAN") {2106} LOCATION: 1,070 KM NORTH OF EXTREME NORTHERN LUZON (30.4°N, 121.5°E) MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS: 100 KM/H NEAR THE CENTER GUSTINESS: UP TO 140 KM/H MOVEMENT: NORTHWESTWARD AT 10 KM/H TROPICAL STORM "NEPARTAK" {2108} LOCATION: 2,980 KM EAST NORTHEAST OF EXTREME NORTHERN LUZON (31.0°N, 149.5°E) MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS: 75 KM/H NEAR THE CENTER GUSTINESS: UP TO 90 KM/H MOVEMENT: NORTHWARD AT 20 KM/H Caraga Region will have partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms due to Southwest Monsoon. Possible flash floods or landslides during severe thunderstorms. Light to Moderate winds coming from Southwest will prevail with Slight to Moderate seas / (0.6 to 2.1 meters).

Thursday, December 17, 2020

Public warned anew on possible surge of COVID-19 cases

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte on Wednesday, December 16, once again appealed to the public to obey health standards during holiday celebrations to contain the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) while the government prepares the country’s healthcare system for the possible uptick in the number of infections.

“Christmas time is about a few days from now. Sundin lang natin ‘yung culture. But remember the word ‘but’, but there are rules to be followed at this time of our national life,” President Duterte said during a public address and meeting with officials on government’s COVID-19 response.

While the country celebrates Christmas and New Year, President Duterte said citizens should still follow the minimum health standards such as social distancing, frequent handwashing, and wearing of masks to protect themselves and their families from the highly contagious coronavirus.

“So kayong mga mag-asawa, kayong mga may mga anak: Be careful. If your spouse got it and you do not know, you sleep together, and both of you get infected, then that’s the end of the story of your life. Ang sama ang ending. Ang akin diyan ‘yung mga bata,” he said.

“I’ll repeat: Please continue to obey the protocol,” he stressed. “Kayong mga kababayan ko, sumunod ho kayo sa mga patakaran ng gobyerno. Para sa inyong lahat ito. Kaunting tiis na lang. Nandiyan na ang bakuna.”

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III, who was also present during the meeting, said the Department of Health (DOH) continues to scale up the country’s healthcare capacities in preparation for a possible increase in the number of COVID-19 cases during the holiday season.

Duque said the country’s One Hospital Command Center and other health facilities, under the leadership of Health Undersecretary Leopoldo Vega, are working to increase hospital utilization rates by providing more beds and mechanical ventilators.

Duque added that they have coordinated with laboratories conducting COVID-19 tests to continue operating during the holidays. 

The Philippines is currently negotiating with pharmaceutical companies producing COVID-19 vaccines and mass inoculation could begin in March next year, according to vaccine czar Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr.

The country has 452,988 confirmed COVID-19 cases after the DOH reported 1,156 additional cases on Wednesday.

The total death toll is at 8,833, while recoveries stand at 419,282. Of the total number of cases, 24,873 are active. PND