Members of the Hijos del Nazareno and the Manila Police Department set up a new entrance along Carriedo Street for a more organized influx of devotees as they strictly enforce proper social distancing and other health protocols for devotees wanting to hear mass inside the Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene in Quiapo, Manila during the first Friday mass of the month on June 4, 2021. (The STAR/Miguel de Guzman)
MANILA, Philippines — Local health authorities on Tuesday reported 4,777 more COVID-19 infections, bringing the national caseload to 1,280,773.
- Active cases: 56,452 or 4.4% of the total
- Recoveries: 7,122, pushing total to 1,202,257
- Deaths: 95, bringing total to 22,064
What’s new today?
- A brief return to strict lockdowns to arrest an unexpected COVID-19 flare-up erased some gains in restoring jobs destroyed by the pandemic, as more Filipinos were unemployed in April, data from the Philippine Statistics Authority show.
- The country’s Food and Drug Administration has approved the use of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for individuals aged 12 to 15 years.
- Foreign nationals with approved visas may leave the Philippines even though they have not yet been issued their alien certificate of registration identity card (ACR I-Card), the Bureau of Immigration said.
- All international flights to Mactan-Cebu International Airport will continue to be diverted to the Ninoy Aquino International Airport until June 12, Malacañang announced.
- The Palace also clarified that the Emergency Use Authorization issued for the COVID-19 vaccine developed by Chinese state-owned Sinopharm only covers the 1,000 doses donated to the Philippines.
- These are the same jabs that were used on President Rodrigo Duterte and his security detail.
- The Quezon City government is taking steps to contain COVID-19 infections attributed to the feeding program of a councilor, whom it said did not act irresponsibly, where protocols like physical distancing were disrupted by heavy rain.
— Bella Perez-Rubio with a report from Xave Gregorio
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