For the first time since the pandemic began, Quezon City has reported less than a thousand active coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases.
As of October 31, the Quezon City Epidemiology and Disease Surveillance Unit (CESU) recorded 996 active cases and 21, 032 recoveries.
The LGU attributed the low number of active cases to the guidelines set by the Department of Health which identifies and tags patients with mild or no symptoms as recovered 14 days from the onset of symptoms.
Citing a research of a private entity, Mayor Joy Belmonte said the number of active cases in Quezon City is now dropping.
“After months of having thousands of active cases on our watch, we are now experiencing a decline in active cases. As our partner OCTA Research Group has been noting for the past month, the trend in our city is going down,” she said.
QC Task Force on COVID-19 chief Joseph Juico also acknowledged the efforts of all barangays in stopping the spread of the dreaded disease.
“Aside from the hard work of our CESU and their continued surveillance of communities, our district health offices, and barangay offices also played an important role in lowering the active case count as they are strictly monitoring the cases in their respective areas,” he said.
Belmonte vowed not to put their guard down to ensure that the number of active cases will continue on its downward trend, especially during the holidays.
“While the economy is slowly going back to normal and the holidays around the corner, we will continue to do our part in mitigating the spread of the virus. But I also urge our residents to be vigilant and protective not just for themselves but for other people as well, especially their loved ones,” said the mayor.
The LGU urged its constituents to practice all necessary health protocols to fight COVID-19, advising them to celebrate through online gatherings or scheduled celebrations during the holiday.