Taguig City ranked sixth among local government units (LGUs) in the country with the highest new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases.
Dr. Guido David of OCTA Research released the list of LGUs with the most number of new cases for Jan. 10.
Taguig recorded 1,033 new COVID-19 cases on Jan. 10, according to David, based on data from the Department of Health’s Data Drop. Quezon City is No. 1 with 4,668 new cases followed by Manila, 2,557; Pasig, 1,443; Caloocan, 1,321; Makati, 1,103; and Taguig. Taytay, Rizal is No. 25 with 267.
The Taguig City government’s own tally as of Jan. 9 showed the city has 389 active cases including 214 new cases out of 53,301 confirmed cases, 52,471 recoveries and 441 deaths. A total of 27 out of 28 barangays have active cases.
From Jan. 1 to 9, Taguig recorded 696 new COVID-19 cases from 52,605 to 53,301 confirmed cases.
Amid the rise in COVID-19 cases, the Taguig City government imposed restrictions on the movement of unvaccinated individuals.
Its Taguig Safe City Task Force released Advisory No. 62 adopting the Metropolitan Manila and Development Authority (MMDA) Resolution 22-01 restricting the movement of unvaccinated individuals that was signed by Taguig Mayor Lino Cayetano and 16 other Metro Manila mayors last Jan. 3.
Cayetano said restricting the movement of unvaccinated individuals is better than imposing total lockdowns.
“Unvaccinated individuals are at a higher risk if infected with the COVID-19 virus. The regulation of the mobility of this vulnerable segment of the population is also a better alternative to a total lockdown that affects the entire economy,” he said.
In the MMDA resolution, the Metro Manila Council (MMC), composed of the 17 mayors including Cayetano, urged “Metro Manila Local Government Units to enact their respective Ordinances on the Enhanced Restrictions of the Unvaccinated Individuals to regulate their mobility in the National Capital Region for the protection of public health, promotion of general welfare, and sustainability of an improving economy.”
The resolution states that unvaccinated individuals in the National Capital Region shall:
“1. Remain in their residences at all times except for the procurement of essential goods and services such as, but not limited to, food, water, medicine, medical devices, public utilities, and energy, work, and medical and dental necessities; Provided, however, that individual outdoor exercise shall be allowed within the general area of their residence, e.g., within the barangay, purok, subdivision, or village subject to the guidelines of the Metro Manila Local Government Units;
“2. Be prohibited in indoor and outdoor/al fresco dining in restaurants and other food establishments and shall likewise be prohibited from leisure or social trips to malls, hotels, event venues, sports and country clubs, and similar facilities in accordance with the guidelines of the Metro Manila Local Government Units and the concerned establishments;
“3. Be prohibited in domestic travel via public transportation by land, sea, and air except for the procurement of essential goods and services such as, but not limited to, food, water, medicine, medical devices, public utilities, and energy, work, and medical and dental necessities subject to the production of proof to support and justify such travel;
“4. Be required to undergo a Reverse Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT PCR) test every two (2) weeks at their personal expense and present a COVID-19 negative result prior to being admitted for work onsite consistent with the guidelines, rules, and regulations issued by the IATF and the Department of Labor and Employment; Provided, however, that in the event that the RT PCR test and/or result is/are not immediately available, a Rapid Antigen Test may be utilized in lieu thereof;
“The foregoing rules shall also cover individuals who reside outside of the National Capital Region but who work and/or travel to the same.”