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As number of COVID-19 cases spike: Joy Belmonte says 2nd wave of infections ‘not a matter of how but when’

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Quezon City Joy Belmonte is bracing for a second wave of COVID-19 infections as the number of cases in Metro Manila continue to increase during the holiday season.

In the latest report of the OCTA Research Team, the national capital region’s reproductive rate or R0 is now at 1.06. Given that Quezon City is the biggest city in the NCR, the city’s R0 also went beyond the 1.00 threshold as it reached 1.15.

“Unfortunately, the question of a possible surge is not a matter of how, but of when. Looks like Metro Manila is in that direction where a second wave is possible soon and we must proactively do our part in stopping that possibility,” Belmonte said.

To slow down the surge of COVID-19 cases, the mayor said the local government has stepped up efforts to monitor the use of face masks and face shields and the practice of social distancing in public areas. Police officers will also be deployed in markets to apprehend violators.

“We plead to our residents and visitors to please observe all basic health protocols. We do not want to be in our July-August situation where our daily new cases are beyond 400. The best way to celebrate Christmas is by protecting our loved ones against COVID-19,” Belmonte said.