DOH should have been clearer about home quarantine from the start of COVID-19 pandemic, Palace says

The Department of Health (DOH) should have released clearer home quarantine guidelines from the start of the COVID-19 crisis in the Philippines, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said. He added that the DOH “was not clear” when it advised that patients with asymptomatic and mild cases can stay home for quarantine.

Roque’s response came after the government announced the Oplan Kalinga scheme in which local health authorities, accompanied by police, are supposed to go house-to-house to look for asymptomatic and mild COVID-19 patients.

Oplan Kalinga received criticisms from citizens who claim that it is similar to the government’s notorious Oplan Tokhang wherein cops visited the houses of alleged drug pushers, most of whom died because of extrajudicial killings.

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