By NewsDesk  @bactiman63

In an update on the the COVID-19 pandemic situation in the Philippines, the Department of Health (DOH) reported an additional 1,504 new infections Friday, bringing the country total to 447,039.

Of the cities with new cases, Davao City reported the most with 122, followed by Rizal province with 85 and Quezon City with 80.

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Eight new deaths were attributed to COVID-19, with the country’s casualty against the disease totaling 8,709 or 1.95 percent of all cases.

The DOH offered advice for the Christmas season during COVID-19. First, health officials reminded the public to refrain from celebrating Christmas and New Year with activities that have higher risks of COVID-19 transmission, including karaoke singing which is a usual Filipino activity during celebrations.


“For a change, let us opt to have a solemn celebration with joyful Christmas songs from our favorite artists played on radios or online music platforms,” Health Secretary Francisco T. Duque said.

They also provided suggestions that can help prevent COVID-19 transmissions such as giving face masks and face shields and other creative ways as alternatives to traditional Christmas gifts. How joyous!

“When planning for the holiday gift-giving, think of ligtas na regalo – which gifts can make them safe. One thing we recommend are face masks which may serve as a constant reminder to the recipient to wear one,” Sec. Duque said.

Moreover, DOH also encourages do-it-yourself gifts to limit in-store shopping.

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