DOH: No more daily COVID-19 case bulletin in effort to streamline data

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 27) — The Department of Health will no longer publish its usual daily COVID-19 case bulletin on social media beginning Jan. 1, 2022.

Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire on Monday said the public can instead access the data via the DOH's website.

DOH later explained its decision, assuring the information included in the bulletin will be available on the website.

"This public tracker, which has been operational since the start of the pandemic, contains all information being provided in the case bulletin and daily situation report. Hence, to streamline public communication, the case bulletin and the daily situation report will no longer be issued separately as social media card and as PDF file, respectively," it said in a statement.

DOH has issued over 650 of these bulletins to the public via their social media pages and Viber groups at 4 p.m. The bulletin contains the new coronavirus infections, deaths, recoveries, active cases, and activities of testing laboratories.

Some 2022 election aspirants and OCTA Research fellow Dr. Guido David questioned the timing as the country records an uptick in new cases amid the holiday season and detects more cases of the feared Omicron variant.

"All the more it is imperative that the number of cases and the situation should be closely monitored. Complacency will be disastrous in dealing with this pandemic," senatorial aspirant JV Ejercito said.

Senator and vice presidential hopeful Kiko Pangilinan added, "Daily bulletins are necessary means of providing accurate, timely information to the public at large."