QC reports high Covid-19 recovery rate

QC reports high Covid-19 recovery rate

By Rjhay E. Laurea

MANILA — Quezon City has reported a very high recovery rate against the deadly coronavirus disease.

Around 97.5% or 102,254 of Covid-19 patients have survived the deadly virus, administrators of the city’s social media page reported.

In their post on their official Facebook page, the QC government said their Epidemiology and Disease Surveillance Unit (CESU) have reported that currently there are 1,392 confirmed active cases from 104,852 overall total of positive cases.

The city government explained that data from the Department of Health (DoH) is subject to validation by CESU, health center staff, and barangay officials who will verify if a patient is a resident of QC.

Meanwhile, the death toll as of July 20, 2021, 8:00 am, already reached 1,206 while suspected cases (among contact traced) were already at 370,469.

Figures may change due to intensified community-based testing.

Meanwhile, the city government, to be able to strengthen its contact tracing efforts, has given an ultimatum to business establishments to implement the “KyusiPass” system on or before August 15.

This is in response to the reported cases of the more contagious and transmissible Delta Covid-19 variant in the country.

Mayor Joy Belmonte has approved an ordinance that will further boost Quezon City’s contact tracing efforts through the full implementation of its “KyusiPass” contact tracing application.

Stated on the ordinance is to penalize business establishments not properly using the KyusiPass, following reports that bars recently closed by the city for violations of IATF and city government guidelines were not using the contact tracing application for the purpose for which it serves.

“We found out that those bars have KyusiPass at their entrances for display only, but when we tried to contact their customers, their databases were empty. Such irresponsible behavior renders our contact tracing efforts useless and negatively affects our pandemic response. With the swift passage of this ordinance, we can now do random checks of various establishments and determine if they are really using the app properly,” Mayor Belmonte said.

Ordinance No. PO21CC-456 which Belmonte approved, was introduced by Majority Floor Leader Franz Pumaren and requires establishments to prepare their QR Codes for the full implementation of the “KyusiPass” on the above-mentioned date.

Under the Ordinance, business owners must secure a dedicated QR Code per establishment from the Business Permits and Licensing Department (BPLD). ###

Photo is the facade of Hope 4 CoViD-19 Quarantine Facility where some positive patients stay to recover from the virus. (AI/MTVN)

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