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Interventions are working: Rate of COVID-19 infection in QC at its lowest in 6 weeks

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The reproduction number of COVID-19 cases in Quezon City has gone down to its lowest in six weeks, according to the OCTA Research team from the University of the Philippines.

Based on OCTA Research’s data, the reproduction number in Quezon City, which shows how contagious an infectious disease is or the number of people who can get the virus from one infected person, is now 0.67 on Oct. 7 to 13, down from 0.80 on Sept. 30 to Oct 6. The city also recorded 0.91 last Sept. 2 to 8, 0.83 (Sept. 9 to 15), 0.76 (Sept. 16 to 22) and 0.78 last Sept. 23 to 29.

The latest data is now closer to the ideal reproductive number of 0.50 set by the World Health Organization (WHO).

The City Epidemiology and Disease Surveillance Unit (CESU) also reported that it has tallied an 89-percent recovery rate for COVID-19 patients.

Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte said the decline in the reproduction number shows the steps undertaken by the local government to curb the spread of COVID-19 are working.

“Our goal is to further lessen the number of people that one infected person will pass on the virus to, and at the same time, isolate and treat those who got the virus. This way, our economy gets its needed boost,” she said.

Despite the improvements in Quezon City’s COVID-19 response, Belmonte urged residents not to let their guard down.

“We encourage them to remain practicing social distancing and the wearing of masks in public places,” she added.