Filipinos above the age of 18 are eligible for booster shots as Asean reports over 27,000 Covid-19 cases on Saturday (Dec 5)


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BANGKOK, Dec 5 (The Nation Thailand/ANN): The number of Covid-19 cases crossed 14.18 million across Southeast Asia, with 27,686 new cases reported on Saturday (December 4).

New deaths are at 528, bringing accumulated Covid-19 deaths in Asean to 293,704.

In Philippines, all fully vaccinated Filipinos 18 years old and above are now eligible to receive Covid-19 booster shots, FDA Director-General Eric Domingo said on Wednesday.

He said the emergency use authorisation (EUA) for Covid-19 boosters for them was approved on Monday “based on the assessment of benefit and risks, similar to US CDC (Centres for Disease Control and Prevention) recommendations.”

He added that the Department of Health would soon release the specific guidelines on boosters for the general population.

The Philippines' Department of Health (DOH), meanwhile, reported 517 new Covid-19 infections on Saturday, pushing the number of confirmed cases in the Southeast Asian country to 2,834,294.

The Philippines has recorded less than 1,000 cases for the 11th straight day. The DOH also reported that 243 more people died from COVID-19 complications, bringing the country's death toll related to the virus to 49,230.

The Philippines, with a population of 110 million, has tested more than 22.5 million people since the outbreak of the pandemic.

In another development in Asean - In Singapore, two imported Covid-19 cases have preliminarily tested positive for the Omicron variant on Thursday, the Ministry of Health (MOH) said.

Both cases were isolated upon arrival in Singapore on Wednesday, and had no interaction with anyone in the community.

"There is currently no evidence of any community transmission from these cases," said MOH in a statement on Thursday. - The Nation Thailand/ANN

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