DOH: Expect higher number of new virus cases as labs submit case data | Inquirer News
Close  

DOH: Expect higher number of new virus cases as labs submit case data

By: - Reporter / @DYGalvezINQ
/ 11:07 AM September 09, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The public should expect a higher number of reported coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases in the coming days as laboratories complete their submission of case data, the Department of Health (DOH) said Wednesday.

Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said there are confirmed COVID-19 cases that have not yet been officially included in the nationwide case count as laboratories have yet to provide complete information on the cases.

ADVERTISEMENT

Starting September 1, the DOH has required laboratories to include the complete addresses and contact numbers of COVID-19 patients in the data they upload to the department’s case database to aid local government units in their contact tracing efforts.

If this information is not provided, the confirmed cases will not be included yet in the country’s total case count.

FEATURED STORIES

Vergeire said the laboratories will be completing their submission of data this week and the cases will be tagged as “late cases.”

“In these coming days, we will be reporting a higher number of cases because of the complete submissions of our laboratories,” she told reporters in an online media forum.

“We expect that this is a one-time occurrence and laboratories have changed their processes to ensure that information is included in the reports provided to the DOH and to their local government units,” she said.

As of September 8, the nationwide COVID-19 count reached 241,987, of which 52,893 are considered “active cases.”

Total recoveries nationwide are at 185,178 while the death toll has hit 3,916.

/MUF

For more news about the novel coronavirus click here.
What you need to know about Coronavirus.
For more information on COVID-19, call the DOH Hotline: (02) 86517800 local 1149/1150.

The Inquirer Foundation supports our healthcare frontliners and is still accepting cash donations to be deposited at Banco de Oro (BDO) current account #007960018860 or donate through PayMaya using this link .

Read Next
Don't miss out on the latest news and information.

Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.

TAGS: COVID-19, DoH, higher number of cases, laboratories
For feedback, complaints, or inquiries, contact us.


© Copyright 1997-2021 INQUIRER.net | All Rights Reserved

We use cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. By continuing, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more, please click this link.