The Department of Health (DOH) has opted to “manually encode” data on Covid-19 fatalities after encountering some technical issues with its COVIDKaya system from September 24 to 26,

On Tuesday, the DOH reported an additional 102 fatalities, bringing the total number of deaths in the country to 37,596.

“As the technical team continues to manually encode data on fatalities reported from previous days, further advisories will be issued,” DOH said.

DOH also assured the public that the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) is addressing issues encountered by the system.

Dr. Alethea De Guzman, DOH Epidemiology Bureau director, said that there was an “experienced delay” in the encoding and validation process of deaths because the server of the COVIDKaya system was down from September 23 to 26. Zero Covid related deaths were reported starting on Sept. 24 up to 26.

De Guzman added that the capacity of COVIDKaya’s sever was limited to handle, receive, and process bulk data from the Covid-19 Document Repository System, resulting in the “downtime.”

“Aside from the immediate fixes, we are working with the DICT to minimize the downtimes of COVIDKaya,” De Guzman said atg the virtual Kapihan Session of the DOH.

Earlier, DOH said, “While COVIDKaya was down, the total cases generated is from the Covid-19 Document Repository System data.”

“However, the number of validated deaths can only be sourced from COVIDKaya,” DOH explained. 

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