Hold your horses! President Duterte has put his foot down, and has mandated that there will be no easing of quarantine measures unless there is already a rollout of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccines. This is the top story that greets you this morning of Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2021.
- “President Duterte gave his directive to the Cabinet that the Philippines would not be placed under MGCQ unless there is a rollout of vaccines,” according to Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque.
- The day might soon come when host countries for migrant workers would make vaccination from the dreaded coronavirus disease (COVID-19) a requirement before they even think of hiring such workers.
- Days of meat holidays at public markets could be coming to an end after Agriculture Secretary William Dar said his agency was studying the possibility of recommending to the President the lifting of the ceiling on pork and chicken meat products.
- Residents in Bicol region and Quezon province were advised to remain vigilant against possible flash floods or landslides due to rains caused by a low pressure area (LPA), which was formerly tropical depression “Auring.”
- Philippine COVID-19 update: 2,280 new cases, 28,488 active cases, 33 new recoveries, and six deaths, according to DOH report on Monday, Feb. 22, 2021.