There are now “fewer” people in Navotas who are getting infected with coronavirus disease (COVID-19), according to Mayor Toby Tiangco.

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Tiangco said the city has been seeing a “low positivity rate” in the past few weeks after recording only 72 new cases out of 1,458 tests from Sept. 27 to Oct. 3 or only five positive individuals from 100 who were tested.

“While we are relieved that our COVID situation is not as dire as before, we should continue to be careful and vigilant. Our numbers could still skyrocket any time, especially if we disregard safety measures,” Tiangco said in a statement.

In May, the city saw a “staggering” 54 percent positivity rate, while it also logged 920 new cases in just one week, from August 2 to 8.

“Let those harrowing weeks serve as our lesson and warning. Lives are at stake. We cannot let our guard down,” Tiangco said.

“We need to continue our strategy of intensified community testing, contact tracing and isolation and treatment. We should aim to reach and sustain a three percent positivity rate for two weeks,” he added.

As of October 5, Navotas has 165 active COVID-19 cases, with 141 deaths and 4,639 recoveries.

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