The City of Taguig has the lowest number of active cases of coronavirus disease among the cities in Metro Manila, having only 19 active cases per 100,000 population.
Mayor Lino Edgardo Cayetano said his administration has managed to control the transmission of COVID-19 with less people contracting the virus. He added the city government’s focus is now on helping establishments open safely and responsibly.
“The city believes that the enforcement of health protocols in commercial areas and offices is now the key area we need to focus on,” said Cayetano.
Among the other cities in the National Capital Region with the lowest active cases per 100,000 population are Muntinlupa (33), Parañaque (33), Caloocan (36), and Las Piñas (37).
On the other hand, the average active cases per 100,000 population in NCR is still at 68 based on official data released by each local government unit in Metro Manila.
This feat was possible through the local government’s PDITR strategy —Prevent, Detect, Isolate, Treat, and Reintegrate. This enabled the city to garner lower cases and increase in recoveries.
Alongside this strategy is the creation of infrastructures such as the newly launched Lakeshore Mega Complex which houses the Taguig Molecular Laboratory, Taguig National Testing Facility, and Lakeshore Hotel Mega-Quarantine Facility. This allows for a faster and easier processing of specimens, conducting accessible PCR tests, and assisting COVID-19 patients in their recovery.
As of October 13, a total of 59,302 PCR tests were conducted. This represents 6.01% of the Taguig’s local population. The total number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the city stands at 8,136 and the recoveries have reached 7,893 which translates to a 97% recovery rate.
Meanwhile, the cumulative death toll remains at 60 with the city’s Case Fatality Rate or CFR at 0.74%, which is also among the lowest case fatality rates in the country. The city currently has 183 active cases in the city, the lowest in two months.
Despite this progress on the COVID-19 battle, Taguig City urges its citizens and stakeholders to remain vigilant. The local government ensures to continue implementing interventions against COVID-19 and it’s transmission, as well as creating initiatives and other programs aimed to help Taguig and it’s citizens in the new normal.