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DOH: Time-based COVID recoveries to be announced every Sunday

/ 12:14 PM August 14, 2020

DOH Usec. Maria Rosario Vergeire. Screengrab from RTVM

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Health (DOH) will announce “time-based” coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) recoveries under its “Oplan Recovery” program every Sunday, the agency’s spokesperson said Friday.

Time-based recoveries are coronavirus patients released from isolation after a certain number of days of quarantine and after symptoms have disappeared.

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“Starting this Sunday, we are going to announce again this time-based recovered patients and every Sunday gagawin na natin ‘yan para hindi tayo na nagbu-bulk lagi ng announcement,” Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire told reporters.

The DOH reported on July 30 a massive rise in recoveries of over 38,075. It noted that 37,166 are considered “time-based recoveries.”

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Under the scheme, asymptomatic patients ad those with mild symptoms will be tagged as recovered after they complete the mandatory 14-day quarantine from the time they first start showing symptoms of COVID-19, or their samples are collected for testing.

The steep rise in recoveries sparked doubts and drew questions from the public on how DOH handles critical COVID-19 data.

The health department, however, insisted that the method is based on scientific evidence and at par with international standards.

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