San Juan City Mayor Francis Zamora said on Monday, August 9, that majority of COVID-19 cases in the city are mild or asymptomatic and are still manageable.
“Naramdaman na natin ang pagtaas at ito naman ay inaasahan sapagkat ang Delta variant ay nandito na and we are now at 319 active cases, still within manageable number sapagkat nung Abril nung nakaraan eh umabot tayo ng 1,226. Yun po yung highest number of recorded cases in San Juan nitong kabuuan ng COVID (We can now feel the surge, although this is to be expected due to the Delta variant. We now have 319 active cases which are still manageable because last April, we had 1,226 cases. That was the highest number of recorded cases in San Juan during the COVID-19 pandemic),” Zamora said in an interview with DZMM.
“Ibig sabihin, yes, meron tayong mga kaso, but one thing that I would like to share, itong 319 po natin, 90 percent are mild to asymptomatic cases. Yung 10 percent moderate to severe, in fact, ang severe natin is 2 percent lang (This means, yes, we do have active cases, but one thing I would like to share is that in these 319 patients, 90 percent are mild to asymptomatic cases. The 10 percent are moderate to severe, in fact, the severe patients are 2 percent only),” he added.
The mayor said that being vaccinated against the virus is a real game changer in the fight against COVID-19 as it prevents an infected individual from contracting severe COVID-19.
“So, nakikita natin na baganat tumataas ang mga kaso, dahil bakunado ang ating mga mamamayan, kahit magka-COVID ka, eh mananatili kang mild to asymptomatic (We can see that even if the cases are increasing, because our citizens are vaccinated, if ever you contract COVID-19, it will just be mild to asymptomatic),” Zamora said.
Meanwhile, San Juan Medical Center (SJMC) is now at 40 percent hospital utilization rate despite the increase in the number of COVID-19 patients in the city.
“Sa ating San Juan Medical Center, 40 percent lamang ang ating ultilization rate, meaning, we can still accommodate more COVID-19 patients kung sakali at ang ginagawa kasi natin dito, tinatriage nating mabuti ang mga mamamayan (San Juan Medical Center is now at 40 percent utilization rate, meaning, we can still accommodate more COVID-19 patients if ever. We are also triaging our citizens properly so as to not overwhelm the hospital),” Zamora said.
He added that there are now 146,319 San Juaneños who have been vaccinated against COVID-19.