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Covid19 downgraded in QC, 8 other cities

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According to parameters set by the Department of Health (DOH), Quezon City (QC) along with eight other cities in Metro Manila have been reclassified as “moderate risk” Covid19 areas as their respective number of new infections each day have been declining since the previous week.


Beginning at the tail end of March until mid-May, the National Capital Region (NCR) and four neighboring provinces (dubbed the NCR Plus bubble) were once again placed under enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) in order to curb a rapid surge in Covid19 infections that overwhelmed medical facilities.


The OCTA Research Group noted that QC’s average number of Covid19 cases from May 14 to 20 decreased by 24%, bringing the city’s average daily attack rate to 9.91 cases per 100,000 population.


DOH sets the “high risk” classification at 10 cases per 100,000.


According to QC Mayor Joy Belmonte, the city’s local government unit (LGU) expanded its testing efforts to cover even asymptomatic Covid19 infections.
Back in April, the QC LGU enabled residents to book their free swab testing services online via a dedicated appointment platform.


Earlier this month, they spearheaded the pilot testing of several vaccination sites in malls throughout the city, in order to enhance their inoculation program’s accessibility and efficiency while simultaneously boosting foot traffic to businesses.


Furthermore, personnel with medical educational backgrounds from the Philippine National Police Medical Reserve Force (PNP MRF) were recently assigned to numerous vaccination facilities within the city to provide assistance.


Meanwhile, other LGUs that have experienced a decrease in daily Covid19 cases and were downgraded to the “moderate risk” level include Caloocan, Malabon, Manila, Muntinlupa, Navotas, Pasay, Taguig, and Valenzuela.


In its entirety, Metro Manila’s average number of Covid19 infections per day went down by 25% from May 14 to 20, as per data collected by OCTA.


The healthcare utilization rate in NCR also went down and is now considered safe at 48%.


As of May 26, the country has recorded a total of 46,037 active Covid19 cases nationwide.


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