QC residents urged to sustain declining Covid-19 cases

QC residents urged to sustain declining Covid-19 cases

MANILA – The Quezon City government on Wednesday urged the public to remain vigilant to sustain the declining coronavirus disease (Covid-19) cases as more business establishments resumed operations under less restrictive Alert Level 2.

In a statement, QC Mayor Joy Belmonte said amid the reopening of businesses and recreational parks, the city will continue its strict implementation of minimum health and safety protocols.

“We remind every QCitizen to still practice basic health protocols especially minors who are now allowed to go out. While many are already protected by the vaccines, we can still get infected. So, vigilance is still important,” Belmonte said.

OCTA Research Group fellow Dr. Guido David said QC is now classified as low risk as the city logged a -45 percent growth rate over the past week.

“The situation in Quezon City has been improving over the past month and there is a high chance that the cases will continue to go down further. However, we must remain vigilant to sustain the numbers,” David said.

The city’s reproduction number has declined to .38, compared to .77 last year.

Meanwhile, the current average daily attack rate (ADAR) of QC per 100,000 population is now at 3.27 from 5.97 on Nov. 2.

The city’s positivity rate also went down to 4 percent from 5 percent last week which means that only a small percentage from the number of people tested confirmed positive.

The current positivity rate is also considered low and is within the acceptable level recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO).

“We are very happy about this report. These numbers prove how well the QC government has focused on its Covid-19 response throughout this pandemic. Even though there are surges, like the rest of the country, the city government has managed the spread and eventually decreased the number of cases,” Belmonte said.

She added that contact tracing in QC also continues to improve as the city records 29.67 contacts traced per positive individual.

Belmonte acknowledged the support and sacrifices of all front-liners, saying decreasing numbers are due to the combined hard work of the healthcare workers, volunteers, city government employees, and staff, as well as the cooperation of all QC residents.

As of Tuesday, Quezon City has logged 1,502 active Covid-19 cases, 175,099 recoveries, and 1,546 deaths. (PNA)

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