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‘Di maasahan! Joy Belmonte blames delayed data turnover for spike in COVID-19 cases

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Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte has blamed the delay in recording COVID-19 cases for the sudden rise of infections in the city last week.

In a statement, Belmonte ordered the Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit (ESU) to look into the rise in the number of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) incidents validated by the local government. Her order follows the jump in COVID-19 cases to 129 on May 14.

“Napansin natin na mula sa average na 10 to 20 additional validated cases per day, bigla tayong pumalo ng mahigit isandaang kaso. Dapat na masilip kung bakit nagkaganito,” the mayor said.

QC-ESU Head Dr. Rolly Cruz attributed the rise in the number of cases to both new and old cases that were recorded just now.

“Walang dapat ikatakot ang ating mga residente. Lumalabas na kaya tumaas ang bilang dahil may mga pumasok na lumang kaso sa database ng Department of Health (DOH). These cases are as far back as March 18 and iyong May 12 ngayon lang pumasok,” Cruz explained.

Cruz added that the DOH is stepping up in its efforts to sift through cases that are without address but marked as Quezon City.