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DOH belies ‘unfounded rumors’ of Covid surge before polls


MANILA – The Department of Health (DOH) on Saturday categorica­lly denied “unfounded rumors” that it will report a coronaviru­s surge days before the May 9 elections and pin the blame on campaign rallies.

A tweet posted on April 28 about a supposed DOH-declared surge garnered over 11,000 “likes” and 2,213 retweets.

It alleged that two days before the election, the DOH will release a report indicating a hike in Covid-19 cases and that some of the positive individual­s will be ordered to say that they went to a rally of a certain candidate.

“The Department of Health categorica­lly denies unfounded rumors that it will report an artificial increase in Covid-19 cases close to election day for partisan use against any candidate at any level,” the DOH said in a statement.

The agency said the Philippine­s has low Covid-19 case trends due to high vaccinatio­n coverage and public compliance with minimum health standards. /

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