- East Avenue Medical Center issued a statement regarding the alleged cover-ups of COVID-19 deaths
- GMA News reporter Arnold Clavio shared a conversation with an unnamed source exposing the alleged order from the DOH to stop reporting COVID-19 deaths
- The DOH also issued a statement denying the allegations and urging the public to fact-check information before sharing online
- The country currently has 4,428 confirmed cases, with 157 recoveries and 247 fatalities as per the Health Department
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The East Avenue Medical Center issued a statement regarding the issue of alleged cover-ups of COVID-19 deaths. GMA News reporter Arnold Clavio took to Instagram to share some of the messages from an alleged unnamed frontline working in a hospital.
In his earlier post, Clavio tagged the Health Secretary Francisco Duque III to verify the information. According to his post, the hospital requested body bags because of the severity of the situation.
He wrote,"Sa isang ospital sa Metro Manila, may utos na huwag nang magbilang ng namamatay dahil sa COVID19. Ayon sa isang frontliner, nakakatakot ang situwasyon dahil nagkalat sa hallway ng ospital ang mga bangkay. Sa isang ward, may 15-20 ang Covid19 positive. Sa tatlong ward, puno ng PUI (Person Under Investigation). Sa loob ng isang araw, 10 ang namamatay. Kaya nanawagan na ang ospital sa supplier ng mga body bags para paglagyan ng mga namatay. Maging ang ilang frontliner ay nahahawa na rin. Seryoso at nakakabahala ang impormasyong ito at kailangan ang mabilis na pagtugon ng pamahalaan."
EAMC denied that they were ordered to stop reporting COVID-19 deaths dated April 11 following Clavio's Instagram post.
Likewise, the Department of Health denied giving orders to hospitals.
In another Instagram post, Clavio thanked Secretary Duque for addressing the issue. However, he questioned why a doctor from the said hospital posted on social media that the hospital is “in dire need of cadaver bags."
Clavio also said that the information was verified since his sources witnessed the situation.
The coronavirus outbreak started out in Wuhan, Hubei Province of China. Scientists believed that the virus came from an animal at one of Wuhan's wet markets. At present, the Philippines is under a state of calamity while the entire Luzon is under an enhanced community quarantine.
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