Muntinlupa City’s Covid-19 status continued to improve with active cases maintained below 10 in the last three days.
Data from the City Health Office (CHO) showed that as of March 23, Muntinlupa’s total active cases stood at only seven with zero new cases for the day. The CHO also recorded two new recoveries and zero deaths.
Muntinlupa has 39,879 confirmed cases, 39,258 recoveries and 614 deaths since the pandemic started in 2020.
All the nine barangays in Muntinlupa recorded zero new cases on March 23. Of the nine, six have zero active cases as of March 23: Tunasan, Poblacion, Bayanan, Ayala Alabang, Buli and Sucat.
Of the seven active cases, five are listed in Alabang, one in Putatan and one in Cupang, which are new cases recorded in the previous days.
During President Rodrigo Duterte’s “Talk to the People” which aired on March 22, Health Sec. Francisco Duque III said from March 15 to 21, the country had 3,431 new Covid-19 cases or an average of 490 new cases per day.
Of the 3,431, 1,110 new cases were recorded in the National Capital Region followed by Region IV-A with 455 and Region VI with 364.
The total is lower compared to 3,951 new cases recorded from March 8 to 14, or an average of 564 new cases per day.
Duque said the Philippines has been able to maintain low number of cases amid a surge in cases in neighboring countries due to people following minimum public health standards.
He cited a Johns Hopkins University’s monthly survey which showed that the Philippines had 93 to 96 percent compliance to wearing face masks based on respondents interviewed from September 2021 to February 2022.
Duque said the Philippines has low Covid-19 numbers due to high vaccination coverage. As of March 22, he said, full vaccination has reached 72 percent of the country’s target population, or 65 million. Of the total, 88 percent are fully vaccinated adults from 18 to 59 years old while 75 percent of senior citizens are fully vaccinated. Among children, 77 percent are fully vaccinated among the 12 to 17 population.