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Quezon City government places city under yellow alert status

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The Quezon City government has placed the city under yellow alert status after COVID-19 cases rose the past week.

It was able to record an average of 26 cases per day.

The QC Epidemiology and Disease Surveillance Unit also noted that the average positivity rate doubled to 3.10 percent from 1.50 percent on the week of May 27 to June 2.

The forecasted reproduction number likewise rose to 3.4 percent from 1.1 percent last week.

These indicate that there is a possibility that COVID-19 cases would further increase within the next two weeks, according to QCESU chief Dr. Rolando Cruz.

Yellow status is raised when cases are increasing compared to the previous week, and when three of four indicators have increased from normal to above normal.

The raising of yellow status means communities should on high alert and should adhere strictly to minimum public health protocols.

Cruz said Quezon City’s monitoring system is used for internal reporting only and should not be confused with the official alert issued by the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases.

Quezon City is under alert level 1 as per the IATF.

“Our local early warning system is helpful in assessing the pandemic within our city only. It aids our department as well as our city officials in the systematic monitoring of new cases, analysis of trends, and recommendation of strategic measures to prevent the further spread of infections. Official alert level announcements and general guidelines will still come from the IATF,” Cruz said.

Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte asked residents to continue observing minimum public health standards such as wearing of masks.

Belmonte also urged them to get vaccinated and boosted.

“We have come a long way but the virus is still with us. Again, we call on our residents to remain vigilant,” she said.