DOH fails to report Sunday’s update on COVID-19 cases; cites ‘significant volume of data’
Maris Federez • July 12, 2020 • 326
MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Health failed to announce the department’s latest tally of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases on Sunday (July 12).
In a statement released late Sunday night, the health department said it will give the update on Monday morning instead, as it cites “significant volume of data” that they still need to process.
The statement said, “due to the significant volume of data gathered today as part of DOH’s efforts to harmonize data with the cities of NCR and the different regions, the DOH Data Team is still currently in the process of validating today’s numbers.”
“We also note that because of the volume of data being validated, based on initial findings we are seeing an increase in today’s number of reported cases, recoveries, and deaths,” it added.
The DOH said a “comprehensive report” on COVID-19 data for July 12 will be released at 8:30 a.m. on Monday, July 13.
Even with the delay in the update, the department said that it wants to be certain that the information they release is accurate.
“We recognize the importance of providing real-time information. However, in providing this information, we also make sure that said information is accurate,” the statement said.
As of July 11, the country has recorded 54,222 confirmed cases with 14,037 recoveries and 1,372 deaths. — /mbmf
The caravan will be held from October 31 to November 1 at the Kartilya ng Katipunan near Manila City Hall in Ermita, Manila. The drive-through RFID installation will be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and will accommodate class 1 vehicles which are cars, SUVs and passenger vans only.
Motorists do not need to prepare any documents but must prepare P200 for the initial load. Authorities also advised motorists to wear face masks and face shields. AAC
A 24-hour liquor ban will be reimposed in Davao City from November 2 to December 31, Mayor Sara Duterte said.
Under Executive Order No. 59, Duterte ordered the ban of sale, serving, and consumption of alcoholic beverages in public effective 5 a.m. of November 2.
The reimposition of the liquor ban stemmed from the results of City Health Office contact tracing of patients positive of the coronavirus showing their exposure during drinking sessions.
“There is an urgent need to reimpose a 24-hour liquor ban in Davao City to prevent the exposure of individuals to the COVID-19 virus because of their unbridled drinking sessions,” Duterte said in the order.
Mayor Sara also emphasized the necessity to reimpose the 24-hour liquor ban as another preventive step to control gatherings and stop the cases from spiking because the Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC) and Temporary Treatment and Monitoring Facilities (TTMFs) has reached their full occupancy of the COVID-19.
To recall, Duterte lifted the 24-hour liquor ban on September 21 after six months of restrictive community quarantine.
The city government warned to impose a one strike rule on establishments violating the liquor ban.
The city’s Vices Regulation Unit and Barangay Council were also tasked to conduct vigorous surveillance of all restaurants, fast-food, sari-sari stores, and similar establishments and must immediately move for the closure of an establishment after a single violation is properly documented.
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