The weekly number of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases in Taguig has decreased by 21 percent.
In its weekly report, the Taguig City government said from Sept. 24 to 30, the number of new COVID-19 cases in the city totaled 1,827 or an average of 261 new cases per day.
The total is 483 cases less or a decrease of 21 percent from 2,310 new COVID-19 cases recorded from Sept. 17 to 23.
As of Sept. 30, a total of 209,470 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests were conducted in Taguig through city and national government facilities.
The city government said the total is equivalent to 21.21 percent of Taguig’s population of 987,600.
The city government recorded 1,094 active COVID-19 cases in Taguig as of Sept. 30 including 262 new cases for the day, ranking ninth among 17 cities and one municipality in the National Capital Region (NCR).
Taguig has 45,883 confirmed cases, 44,464 recoveries and 325 deaths.
OCTA Research’s Dr. Guido David announced that Taguig has 206 new COVID-19 cases for Oct. 1, ranking 10th among local government units (LGUs) in the entire country.
“We just don’t look at the number of cases but we look at the disposition of cases, what is the effect of this disease on an individual. We see that because of the quantity or high rate of our vaccination, the number of our severe cases, hospitalized cases is low as well as those who died of COVID,” said Mayor Lino Cayetano.
He said that “because of our vaccination, the numbers when it comes to asymptomatic are very high. Those who are affected slightly are very high. Our numbers for severe, hospitalized and deaths or fatalities are very low and we believe this is because of our massive vaccination efforts.
The Inter-agency Task Force (IATF) for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases extended the implementation of General Community Quarantine (GCQ) Alert Level 4 in the NCR until Oct. 15.
Under IATF guidelines, Alert Level 4 “refers to areas wherein case counts are high and/or increasing, with total bed utilization rate and intensive care unit utilization rate at high utilization.”
Under Alert Level 4, those not allowed out of their residences are persons below 18 years old; those who are over 65; those with immunodeficiencies, comorbidities, or other health risks; and pregnant women but “they shall be allowed access to obtain essential goods and services, or for work in permitted industries and offices.”