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‘We Are Being Fooled:’ Two PH Senators Score Health Department Over ‘Mass Recovery’ Data

  • Apart from the country’s highest single-day rise in COVID-19 cases with 3,954 new infections, the DOH also recorded 38,075 additional recoveries.
  • The Department of Health explained that 37,166 of the 38,075 recoveries reported on Thursday included “cases with mild disease or asymptomatic whose date of onset of illness or specimen collection was more than 14 days ago.”
  • The number of COVID-19 cases in the Philippines continues to climb daily.
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Manila • “We are being fooled,” Senator Joel Villanueva said Thursday after a dramatic increase in additional recovered COVID-19 patients reported by the Department of Health.

Apart from the country’s highest single-day rise in COVID-19 cases with 3,954 new infections, the DOH also recorded 38,075 additional recoveries.

The Department of Health explained that 37,166 of the 38,075 recoveries reported on Thursday included “cases with mild disease or asymptomatic whose date of onset of illness or specimen collection was more than 14 days ago.”

But Philippine Senator Villanueva believes the radical increase in the figure of reported recoveries “shows there’s a problem with data interpretation.”

“Wow 38k recoveries in 1 day only shows there’s a problem with data interpretation. Worse, it’s giving people a false sense of security. Imbes na mass testing, naging mass recovery,” he wrote on Twitter.

“Yung reporting style ng DOH, mas malala pa sa pagbago-bago ng panahon #DOHunreliable #WeAreBeingFooled,“ he added.

Senator Risa Hontiveros also scored the DOH in terms of how it has consistently changed the way it reports cases.

“People are anxious & tired. Huwag na dagdagan. Nakakalito at nakakaduda ang papalit-palit na reporting system sa COVID. Pati ang kabagalan ng pag-collate at pagreport, ngayon pati sa recovered cases,” the Senator said in a separate tweet.

(Different reporting system on COVID is confusing and doubtful. Even the slow collating and reporting, now in recovered cases.)

“Clear communication is what will earn the people’s trust,” she added.

The Department of Health should fix its communication with the public “and first & foremost amongst themselves,” according to the senator.

“Data is vital. Hindi tayo makakatugon nang maayos kung hindi natin alam ang kumpletong larawan ng problema,” she said.

(We can’t act accordingly if we don’t know the problem’s complete picture.)

The number of COVID-19 cases in the Philippines continues to climb daily.

Health officials attributed this surge to the country’s improved testing capability and enhanced contact-tracing among the population while the government relaxes quarantine measures and allows the reopening of businesses in a bid to revitalize the pandemic-battered economy.

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