PH to stop posting daily updates on COVID-19 cases on social media in 2022

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The health ministry said the move was part of an effort to “streamline public communication.” Instead, daily updates will be available on the agency’s website every 16 hours.

MANILA, Philippines – Almost two years and more than 600 case reports later, the Philippine Department of Health (DOH) has said it will no longer post daily social media updates on COVID cases- 19 in the country from January 1, 2022.

In a notice published on Monday, December 27, the DOH said the move was part of an effort to “streamline public communication.” Instead, updates will be reflected daily at 4 p.m. on the official government tracker hosted on the DOH website.

Until the DOH announced the change, daily case counts were typically posted on social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter, as well as messaging platforms like Viber.

DOH’s decision to stop social media updates on the daily COVID-19 situation in the country comes as it continues to monitor the spread of the Omicron variant which has spread across the world and has resulted in further increases in cases in several countries.

So far, health officials have reported at least 4 Omicron cases on Monday.

Although he is moving away from communicating the daily COVID-19 situation on social media, health officials said they will continue to provide regular updates on the health crisis, usually through press conferences broadcast online.

DOH’s social media updates on the COVID-19 situation included information such as the number of new cases, recoveries and deaths reported for the day. It also showed the number and current status of active cases, the national positivity rate, as well as the state of bed occupancy nationally and in the National Capital Region.

Along with this, daily case updates were accompanied by notes detailing the impact of non-operational and non-reporting laboratories on test results and number of cases, respectively. Health officials also used daily social media updates to announce changes in recoveries and deaths whose status has been reclassified after further validation.

The following below shows a typical daily update, with accompanying notes, of the DOH:

It was not clear at this time if these details will be part of DOH’s COVID-19 tracker. Rappler has contacted DOH and will update this story once officials respond.

The government tracker currently has no details on non-operational labs and updates on validated recoveries and available deaths.

A recent Pulse Asia survey conducted in September 2021 showed that an increasing number of Filipinos are going online to read, watch and / or listen to government news at the national level.

The same survey found that a large majority of Filipino adults, at 63%, use the internet, and the majority (59%) go online more than once a day. Of these, almost everyone (99%) goes online to verify their social media accounts. – Rappler.com



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