Gov’t mulls how much COVID-19 patient data should be public: health dept

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Posted at Apr 13 2020 08:16 AM | Updated as of Apr 13 2020 10:27 AM

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MANILA - An inter-agency task force will tackle Monday how much personal information on COVID-19 patients should be made public to slow the pandemic's spread, the health department said.

The disclosure is needed to trace individuals who interacted with the patients, Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles said Sunday. The health and civil defense departments, he added, were directed to " enter into a data-sharing agreement." 

"Lilinawin pa ito mamaya sa IATF ano ba iyong extent ng disclosure ng infomation patungkol sa pasyente," said Health Secretary Francisco Duque III. 

(This will be cleared later at the inter-agency task force: the extent of the disclosure of information concerning patients.) 

The Philippines as of Sunday confirmed 4,648 cases of the disease, with 297 deaths and 197 patients who recovered. 

All households in Luzon, home to half of the Philippines' 100-million population, are under quarantine until April 30 to stop the pandemic.