MANILA – The Taguig City government said there are only 116 coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) cases in Barangay Fort Bonifacio from March 18 to 24, lower than the 342 reported by the OCTA Research Group.
“Taguig’s research team and the City Epidemiology and Disease Surveillance Unit (CEDSU) analyze the same data from the Department of Health. The 342 cases OCTA stated is the total of all types of cases reported by the laboratories during the said period,” it said in a statement Thursday.
OCTA Research’s data includes positive cases that have already recovered, cases that turned out to be negative, presumptive positive cases, equivocal cases, inconclusive cases, and those awaiting results of the tests, it said.
“If these cases are excluded — as they should be — Fort Bonifacio, to repeat, will only have 116 Covid-19 cases for the given period,” it added.
As of this writing, Barangay Fort Bonifacio has only 42 active cases out of the estimated 100,000 residents.
“At 42 cases per 100,000 population, the barangay is well below the national count of 83 active cases per 100,000 population, and the National Capital Region number of 158 active cases per 100,000 population,” it said, adding that Taguig City’s research team and its CEDSU collect, counter-check, verify and analyze the city’s Covid-19 data based on epidemiologic standards.
It said the city stands by the accuracy and integrity of its data, which it has made available to the public through its official website and social media accounts.
“Taguig City has remained among the cities with the lowest reproduction rate, active cases per 100,000, and fatality rate. It is also among the cities with the highest number of RT-PCR tests made,” the statement read.
The city government has appealed to OCTA Research to review how they analyze data and report conclusions, saying that erroneous analyses and conclusions can cause panic and confusion. (PNA)