Taguig City recorded 92 additional Covid-19 cases in one week in a little over two weeks before the May 9 national and local elections.
Daily updates issued by the Taguig City government showed that the 92 additional cases were tallied from April 17 to 23.
Of the 92, 44 are new Covid-19 cases. The Taguig City government previously categorized additional cases as new and late reported cases.
Recently, it listed only the new cases and total additional cases, and deleted the term “late” in its daily update.
In its weekly report, the Taguig City government only included the daily new cases to the total number of reported cases. The new and additional cases are all added to the daily tally of confirmed cases.
The Taguig City government recorded 13 additional Covid-19 cases on April 17 followed by 11 on April 18, 14 on April 19, 12 on April 20, 11 on April 21, 17 on April 22 and 14 on April 23.
As of April 23, Taguig has 66,282 confirmed cases, 65,766 recoveries and 506 deaths to bring the total active cases to 10.
During the “Laging Handa” public briefing on April 22, Health Sec. Francisco Duque III said he personally believed that those who are Covid-19 positive and have symptoms should not be allowed to vote on May 9.
He was asked if the Department of Health and the Commission on Elections have discussed the policy about allowing people under quarantine and isolation to vote.
“Pag-uusapan iyan. Alam ninyo, mayroon pa tayong mga dalawang linggo at kalahati bago ang eleksiyon, so patuloy na nakikipag-ugnayan ang DOH at ang COMELEC para linawin nga itong mga katanungan (We will discuss it. You know, we still have two and a half weeks before the election so the DOH and Comelec continue to communicate to clarify these questions),” he said.
He added, “Tama naman iyong mga tanong na, “Ito bang may mga sakit, may sintomas, pabobotohin ba sila?” Ako kasi, ang tingin ko diyan, dapat hindi! Dahil lagi naman nating sinasabi na ang policy natin ay to isolate kung mayroon kang symptoms. So, salungat iyan doon sa ating policy kung sasabihin natin, “Ah hindi, kahit na may symptoms puwedeng bumoto! (The question ‘Are those who are sick, with symptoms can be allowed to vote’ is right. For me, I think they should not (be allowed to vote). Because we always say that our policy is to isolate if you have symptoms. So, this contradicts our policy if we will say ‘No, even if you have symptoms, you can vote.’”
“Pero by and large, ang posisyon ko diyan, kapag may sakit, huwag nang lumabas kasi makakapanghawa pa kayo, eh, mahirap na. (But by and large, my position on this is if one is sick, do not go out because you will infect others),” he said.