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DOH urges public not to share COVID-19 patients' names as it violates law

The Department of health said on Monday to stop sharing in public, including on social media, the identity of COVID-19 patients violates the law, as it urged Filipinos to stop the stigma related to the coronavirus disease.

Vergeire warned those who post and share the list of COVID-19 patients are violating the laws.

“Ang sinasabi sa ating batas o RA (Republic Act) on Notifiable Diseases, we can share information to officials so they can provide proper interventions sa mga may sakit. Pero, hindi allowed sa batas and sa Data Privacy Law yung pinopost natin ang mga pangalan to social media,” she said.

“We are violating yung karapatan ng isang tao to confidentiality and yung kanyang privacy,” she added.

The Philippines logs first COVID-19 case seven months ago on January 30 in a Chinese woman who arrived from Wuhan City, China where the disease is believed to have first emerged, as of August 30, the country's caseload of has swelled to over 217,000, of which, more than 56,400 are active infections.


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