DOH will no longer issue daily COVID-19 bulletin beginning Jan. 1

The Department of Health (DOH) announced yesterday that they will no longer issue the daily case bulletin of COVID-19, starting January 1, 2022.

According to Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire, until December 31, 2021, the DOH will only be posting or releasing the 4 PM daily case bulletin and situational report.

He said starting January 1, 2022, those who wish to see the latest record or get all the data can visit the DOH’s public tracker at www.doh.gov.ph/covid19tracker.

“Starting 1 January 2022, the Department of Health (DOH) will be providing daily case updates via www.doh.gov.ph/covid19trackerwhich is updated 4 PM daily,” said DOH.

Meanwhile, DOH Undersecretary clarified they would not remove any data.

“Nagre-reformat at re-strategize lang tayo para mas ma-better guide natin ‘yung mga tao ukol sa sitwasyon natin sa COVID-19. But definitely the information for the public will still be there,” she said.

(We are just reformatting and restrategizing to guide the public regarding the situation better, but definitely, all information will still be there.)

Since the pandemic began, the DOH has been posting a COVID-19 bulletin that shows the number of new and total confirmed cases, recoveries, and deaths. It also displayed the occupancy of hospitals in the whole country and the National Capital Region.

DOH will no longer issue daily COVID-19 bulletin beginning Jan. 1

The bulletin also provides how many COVID-19 tests were done and the percentage of those tested positive for the disease. The number of asymptomatic, mild, moderate, severe, or critical COVID-19 patients were also shown.

“We have assessed na itong case bulletin, ‘yung mga datos na nakapaloob dito, hindi na masyadong ginagamit ng mga tao at ‘yung main messaging ay hindi nakukuha masyado,” Vergerie explained.

(We have assessed that the people do not often use the data incorporated in the case bulletin, thus the primary messaging is not much received.)

Vergeire said DOH would report COVID-19 case number and condensed analysis daily.

“So ang lalabas sa amin ngayon ay hindi na ‘yung case bulletin ngunit parang analysis to better guide our public kung ano ‘yung dapat gawin at anong nangyayari talaga dito sa ating bansa with regards to COVID-19,” she added.

(What the public will instead get from us is an analysis to better guide them on what to do and show what really is happening in the country regarding COVID-19.)

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