Mayor Lino Cayetano said on Thursday that Taguig City has flattened the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) curve in the last few weeks.
In his weekly briefing, Cayetano presented a graph which showed that the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases per week in Taguig City has decreased.
“The last few weeks nag-flatten na ho tayo pababa ngunit mataas pa rin ang numero (In the last few weeks, we have flattened downward but the numbers are still high),” he said.
Based on the graph, Taguig had the highest COVID-19 total of 1,044 cases for the week of Aug. 12 to 18. From there, it went down to 562 confirmed cases from Aug. 19 to 25; 680 from Aug. 26 to Sept. 1; 669 from Sept. 2 to 8; 643 from Sept. 9 to 15; and 584 from Sept. 16 to 22.
“Kung mapapansin ho natin, medyo nag-flat na ho, medyo stable na ho. Ibig hong sabihin non, hindi ho dumodoble, trumiple yung kaso ng bawat isang positibo na nahahanap natin (If you will notice, it has somewhat flattened, it is quite stable. This means that a positive case that we find is not doubling or tripling),” he said.
Taguig has 39 active cases per 100,000 people as of Sept. 22, the lowest in the National Capital Region (NCR), the mayor said.
“Importante ho yan dahil ibig sabihin nyan, may ginagawa ho tayong tama. Sana ma-encourage ang ating mga kababayan na ipagpatuloy yung pagiging istrikto sa ating mga health protocols. (This is important as this means we are doing something right. We hope this will encourage our residents to continue following strict health protocols),” he said.
As of Sept. 22, Taguig has 6,894 confirmed COVID-19 cases including 6,449 patients who have recovered and 55 deaths, with only 390 active cases.
In Cayetano’s presentation, Taguig has 698 confirmed COVID-19 cases per 100,000, placing 12th among 17 local government units in the NCR.
Pateros has the highest confirmed cases per 100,000 at 2,506 followed by San Juan, 2,115; Navotas, 1,939; Malabon, 1,297; Pasay, 1,140; Valenzuela, 995; Mandaluyong, 939; Makati, 881; Paranaque, 785; Pasig, 718; Muntinlupa, 723; Taguig, 698; Manila, 591; Las Pinas, 562; Marikina, 468; Caloocan, 461; and Quezon City, 458.
Taguig also has a low case fatality rate at 0.8 percent compared to NCR’s 1.6 percent, the mayor said. Case fatality rate means “the proportion of persons with a particular condition (cases) who die from that condition,” according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
He said that among the active cases, the most affected age are those belonging to the 18-29 and 30 to 44 age groups which comprise 63 percent of the total. Most COVID-19 cases in Taguig are transmitted in households and communities, workplaces, and construction sites, he added.
As of Sept. 22, Taguig has conducted 49,407 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests, representing five percent of the city’s population.