DOH shoots down 'COVID-19 wave alert': It's false information

DOH debunks ‘COVID-19 wave alert’: It’s false information

/ 01:22 PM January 04, 2024

DOH shoots down 'COVID-19 wave alert': It's false information

The Department of Health (DOH) issues a warning against false messages regarding a new COVID-19 wave in Metro Manila. Photo from DOH.

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Health (DOH) on Thursday warned the public against “fake” messages claiming that a fresh COVID-19 wave sweeping across Metro Manila.

The supposed alert was attributed to a doctor of a famous hospital in the capital region, but the DOH clarified in an advisory that:


“There is no credible evidence or official announcement from health authorities supporting the assertion of a surge in COVID-19 cases at the mentioned hospital.”


The DOH reminded the public to rely only on information from its official pages and platforms or other reputable sources.

“Misinformation can contribute to unnecessary panic and fear,” it continued.

The DOH said it would press charges against individuals propagating similar false messages.

Also, on Thursday, the DOH reported low COVID-19 transmission among Filipinos during the holidays.

The low transmission of COVID-19 during the holidays can be attributed to “Filipinos choosing healthy behaviors and heeding the call for multiple layers of protection,” according to the agency.


READ: COVID-19 pandemic not yet over – DOH

“We also have high vaccination coverage. Critical cases are minimized, because eight out of every 10 eligible senior citizens are protected by a primary series,” it continued.

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Still, it urged the public to “not be complacent about COVID-19.”

The health department has repeatedly urged the public to use face masks when attending gatherings and hold celebrations outdoors or in well-ventilated areas.

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For more information on COVID-19, call the DOH Hotline: (02) 86517800 local 1149/1150.

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