Taguig City’s total weekly new Covid-19 cases have increased after recording successive declines.
In a report, the Taguig City government data showed the city had 148 new Covid-19 cases from March 4 to 10, or an average of 21 cases per day, an increase of 61 cases or 70 percent from 87 new cases tallied from Feb. 25 to March 3, and 866 new cases from Feb. 11 to 17.
As of March 10, Taguig has 40 active Covid-19 cases out of 64,767 confirmed cases, 64,261 recoveries and 466 deaths.
During the Omicron variant surge, Taguig recorded the highest weekly new Covid-19 cases at 3,113 from Jan. 28 to Feb. 3.
The Taguig Safe City Task Force also reported that from March 4 to 10, a total of 311 people were apprehended for various violations including not wearing face masks. improperly wearing face masks and not observing social distancing protocols.
As of March 11, Taguig has 822,463 fully vaccinated individuals, or 93 percent of the city’s total population of 882,512.
Taguig has fully vaccinated 67,494 minors aged 12 to 17 years old while 25,481 kids aged five to 11 have received their first dose. In addition, 204,900 individuals have received their booster doses.
Mayor Lino Cayetano said the total number of those who got the primary series is very high but people need to get their booster doses.
Taguig and the rest of the National Capital Region is under Alert Level 1 from March 1 to 15.
Cayetano reminded people to always bring their vaccination card especially if they are dining out or going to areas with high transmission of cases.
“It is already safe to go out. It is already safe to mingle with our co-workers in workplaces, in schools. But we are safer if we already got vaccinated,” he said.
During the “Laging Handa” public briefing on March 12, Health Usec. Myrna Cabotaje was asked if the Philippines is ready to transition to Alert Level 0, which is being touted as the new normal.
“Yes. Based on the opinions of experts, the Alert Level 1 is not the new normal, that is transitioning to the new normal, it should be Alert Level Zero. How long? It depends on our vaccination rates that is why the parameter that we used is fully vaccinated at 70 percent,” she said.
She added, “So, how many areas are now fully vaccinated especially among senior citizens. Because based on our data, 60 to 70 percent who die are seniors. They are the ones getting hospitalized, severe cases that is why we need to increase the vaccination among senior citizens.”