Contrary to an assertion earlier made by a microbiologist from the OCTA Research Group, government consultant Dr. Edsel Salvana warned that the Omicron variant of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is not mild, and the public should not be complacent about what the hazards it could pose.

The Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (MEID) has shortened the period of quarantine for fully vaccinated health workers, who may be stricken with COVID-19.

Agriculture Secretary William Dar and Commission on Higher Education (CHED) Chair Prospero De Vera were added to the growing list of top government officials testing positive for the coronavirus.

Meanwhile, the Philippine National Police (PNP) pressed charges against a Filipina returning from the United States, who dodged hotel quarantine by heading straight to her condominium after arriving in the country.

President Duterte also signed the laws that will grant new franchises to water service providers Manila Water and Maynilad, as well as the new measure that will open the retail sector to more foreign investors.

These are among the top stories this Saturday morning, Jan. 8, 2022.

NEVER TOO YOUNG – A father struggles to control his son, who’s resisting efforts by medical personnel in getting a swab sample from him, at a testing site in Barangay Mabini, J. P. Rizal, Mandaluyong City on Friday, Jan. 7, 2022. (Noel Pabalate)
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