DOH fails to report daily tally of COVID-19 cases on Sunday, cites ‘significant volume of data’

MANILA, July 13 (Mabuhay) — The Department of Health (DOH) announced late Sunday night that it will release the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) case updates for July 12 on Monday morning instead, citing a “significant volume of data” that still needs to be processed.

In a statement sent to reporters near midnight, hours after the estimated 7:30 p.m. release of case updates, the DOH said its Data Team was still validating the July 12 figures.

“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,” the department said.

“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.

The department releases case updates at 4 p.m. daily. In previous instances where reporting was delayed, a record-high number of new infections was recorded.

As of July 11, the Philippines 54,222 confirmed cases with 14,037 recoveries and 1,372 deaths. 

Meanwhile, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) reported on Sunday that 50 more Filipinos abroad got infected with the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19), bringing its total number to 8,854.

In its case bulletin, the DFA also reported eight new recoveries and 17 new fatalities in the Middle East.

These bring the total number of recoveries to 5,274 and the total number of deaths to 611.

Meanwhile, a total of 2,969 Filipinos abroad are still undergoing treatment.

“As of yesterday, the department has repatriated over 78,800 overseas Filipinos since the government began its Covid-19 repatriation efforts in February 2020. The DFA, together with its Philippine embassies, consulates and attached agencies, remains fully committed to bringing home our nationals abroad amid the Covid-19 pandemic,” the DFA said.

The  Philippine National Police (PNP) on Sunday reported 26 additional coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases among its personnel, bringing the total to 1,089.

According to the PNP, total recoveries climbed to 500 after 30 more patients recovered from the respiratory illness, while the death toll within the PNP remained at nine.

As of 6 p.m. of July 12, there were 1,422 suspected COVID-19 cases and 670 probable cases.

The PNP urged its employees experiencing symptoms similar to COVID-19 to contact its health service. (MNS)

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