DOH eyes real-time coronavirus data release

ABS-CBN News

Posted at May 14 2020 10:50 AM

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The Department of Health said Thursday it was fixing its data collection system on novel coronavirus cases, which serves as basis for the lockdown of millions of Filipinos.

"Iyan po ang inaayos natin ngayon... na ang maging actual po na ilabas namin would be the date that the samples were received and inactivated sa proseso -- hindi po sa date na nailabas ang resulta -- para magkaroon po tayo ng real-time," said DOH Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire.

(That's what we are fixing now: for us to release data on the actual date that the samples were received and inactivated, instead of the date on which their results come out, so that it would real-time.)

The DOH and World Health Organization are setting up a new digital system that is expected to minimize encoding errors through automated data collection, Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said Wednesday.

He made the statement after experts from the University of the Philippines flagged "alarming errors" on the agency's COVID-19 data, which also mismatched the tally of local governments.

The errors comprise "less than 1 percent" of the whole data said, she said.

DZMM, May 14, 2020