The Las Piñas City government has recorded zero deaths from coronavirus disease (COVID-19) for the past six days since July 16.
Mayor Imelda Aguilar attributed the low COVID-19 mortality rate to the continued “expanded targeted testing” being conducted by CHO head Dr. Ferdinand Eusebio.
Aguilar said other factors helping control the spread of the coronavirus were the constant patrolling of police around the city to implement the mandatory wearing of face masks; observing physical distancing; and curfew hours from 10 p. m. to 4 a.m.
Based on the City Health Office’s (CHO) record as of Wednesday (July 22), the city has had a total of 856 confirmed cases, 363 active cases, and 450 recoveries.
Aguilar also said that as early as April, the city government had already started to conduct mass testing and contact tracing.
Initially, the CHO conducted testing on symptomatic persons and those with travel history to barangays with a COVID-19 outbreak, the mayor said.
She added that because the number of coronavirus disease cases was slowly rising, the city government had frontliners included in the mass testing, among them health workers, city hall employees, tricycle drivers, law enforcers, teachers, and court employees.
Aguilar also said the city government conducted rapid testing on those confined at the city jail and those at the police custodial facility waiting for their commitment order.