Coronavirus cases in Quezon City, one of the capital's largest and most densely populated, are going down, according to the UP think-tank OCTA Research that advises the country's pandemic task force.
The average number of daily cases in Quezon City dropped to 456 on Aug. 17 to 23 from 540 on Aug. 10 to 16. The next couple of weeks, Aug. 24 to 30 and Sept. 1 to 6, saw a sustained decline at 372 and 205, respectively. Like the entire country as a whole, the city is seeing a flattening of the curve.
"This is a most welcome development. This means that the collective actions of the city government, private sector and residents to control the virus are working," Mayor Joy Belmonte said.
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The city's Reproduction Number (Ro), an indication of how contagious a disease is, also went down for five straight weeks, to 0.92 from Aug. 31 to Sept. 6, compared to 1.47 from July 27 to Aug. 2
OCTA Research worked with data from the Department of Health and Quezon City's Epidemiology and Disease Surveillance Unit.
"Despite the downward trend, efforts must still be doubled. We should not let our guard down and push further our efforts to combat the spread of the virus," Belmonte said.