The DOH announced thirteen (13) new cases of H1N1 infections bringing the total of confirmed H1N1 cases in the Philippines to forty-six (46).
Four (4) of the 13 new cases are students of De La Salle University (DLSU) while 1 is a student of East Asia University.
For the first time, the DOH admitted indirectly the inadequacies of its brand of what I've repeatedly characterized here as secretive contact tracing. This is how the DOH dealt with the issue of contact tracing in its report:
The DOH does not need to veer away from contact tracing; it just needs to tell the public more about what it really needs to know about H1N1.
Secretary Duque can do that by disclosing to the public the details of airline flights as soon as it is confirmed that any flight have brought in confirmed H1N1 cases in the country.
If Secretary Duque goes on TV and announces these flight numbers to the public (or posts the information in the DOH website, www.doh.gov.ph), the information will become known much faster than the disease can be passed by affected passengers on that flight to others.
For all of the criticisms that have been hurled against the Chinese government who learned lots of lessons in battling SARS in 2003, it is clear that they approach H1N1 with a much more serious concern for their people, rather than for anything else. And few will probably dispute the fact that the Chinese know just as much as anybody else about containing H1N1. Their tactics may be overkill but it cannot be said that they are taking chances about the spread of H1N1.
Right now, no less than Mayor Ray Nagin of New Orleans is under quarantine in Shanghai, China. Please see my post, China Quarantines New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin for H1N1 After Sitting Beside An H1N1-Infected Suspect On Flight to Shanghai.
Here is the full text of DOH Update No. 35 straight from the DOH website:
We have these video reports courtesy of GMANews.tv: