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COVID cases in QC down by 36 percent

Cases of COVID-19 in Quezon City has decreased considerably since the peak of the surge one month ago, the Quezon City government said.

Citing the latest report of the OCTA Research Group, the city government said the wave of infections caused by the Delta variant of COVID-19 in the city continued to decline, parallel to the dropping numbers of the National Capital Region.

The average new daily cases decreased by 36 percent to 506 from 793. This is now half of the peak of the last surge from Sept. 12 to Sept. 18, which was 1,117 cases.

Mayor Joy Belmonte welcomed this development but said the local government will continue activities to mitigate the spread of the virus.

“Despite the good news, we are far from relaxed. While we are still focused on vaccination, our testing centers, isolation facilities, and hospitals are still accommodating all confirmed and possible cases,” Belmonte said, adding that “as long as we have cases, our services will continue for all affected Quezon City citizens.”

OCTA further reported that Quezon City’s reproduction number is now at .64 from .91 last Sept. 28 to Oct. 4, while its positivity rate is at 12 percent from 17 percent the prior week. The average daily attack rate also decreased to 15.89 per 100,000.

Professor Guido David of OCTA Research said “the projections based on current trends indicate that the daily new cases in Quezon City could decrease to 200 by the end of October.”

Based on the risk assessment on covidactnow.org, Quezon City and Metro Manila are now considered moderate risk areas,

Health care utilization in Quezon City is trending downwards as well and its current level is now at 67 percent while intensive care units remain above 70 percent.

“We anticipate that this rate will also see a decrease soon, as our case numbers continue to plummet,” Belmonte said.

Dr. Rolando Cruz, City Epidemiology and Disease Surveillance Unit chief, warned the public to stay vigilant, follow basic health protocols, and report cases and close contacts to the local government.

Topics: COVID-19 , Quezon City , Mayor Joy Belmonte , OCTA Research
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