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Bayanihan' brings down Taguig Covid-19 cases 

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Taguig Mayor Lino Cayetano on Thursday attributed the decline of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) cases to the city's strong sense of "bayanihan" or the desire to help the community and the local government unit going "full force" in containing the sickness, according to a report by Philippine News Agency.

In his taped report to the city's officials from Oct. 22 to 28, Cayetano said the number of active cases in the city is now down to 151, a mere 1.75 percent of the 8,608 total Covid-19 cases.

Meanwhile, the city’s recovery rate is now at 97.51 percent, with 8,394 recovered patients.

He added that the city has only 15 active Covid-19 cases in every 100,000 population, significantly lower than the 33 active Covid-19 cases per 100,000 population recorded for the rest of Metro Manila.

Taguig reported 216 Covid-19 cases, which translates to around 30 cases a day.

Cayetano said this was far different from the around 100 Covid-19 cases daily reported in previous weeks.

He also noted the city’s Covid-19 attack rate of 0.87 percent remains below the attack rate registered by Metro Manila, at 0.92 percent. The attack rate takes into consideration the number of infections over a total population.

Meanwhile, Taguig's case fatality rate is at 0.73 percent, far lower than the case fatality rate of Metro Manila, at 2.92 percent.

Case doubling time, or the period of time it takes for Covid-19 cases to double, is also longer now at 17 days. The city’s case reproduction rate is also below one.

Cayetano attributed the huge gains in the fight against Covid-19 to the different offices of the local government units who are taking the extra mile to deliver the services and care the people need as part of their mandate.

“Dapat isipin natin paano tayo nakarating dito. Paano tayo naging isang siyudad na ma pinakamababa ang kaso sa Metro Manila, na pinakamababa ang kaso at ipagpatuloy natin ito. Dahil ito sa malasakit at pag-aalaga sa ating mga kababayan (Let us think how we reached this far. How we became one of the cities that have the lowest number of cases in Metro Manila. We must sustain this. This is due to our concern and caring for our fellowmen),” he said.

Cayetano also lauded residents for following safety and health protocols and urged them to continue doing the same. At the same time, he also urged sectors most vulnerable to the virus—the elderly and those with comorbidities---to refrain from going out of their residences as much as possible.

Those who have a cough, a fever, colds, or have lost their sense of taste or smell should immediately call the health center, and a test for Covid-19 will be scheduled.

“If pakiramdam nyo na-expose kayo sa taong may Covid-19, or pakiramdam nyo lang sa nature ng inyong trabaho, lagi kayo lumalabas at gusto niyong magpa-test, (If you feel that you were exposed to a Covid-19 patient or you feel that you need to be tested because of the nature of your work or you go outside often) just call,” Cayetano said, noting that majority of Covid-19 cases in the city are from the 18- to 44-year-old age group or those who are working.

He said the city government is also assisting its Covid-19 recoveries through a newly-opened office.

The office, Cayetano said, is looking into, not just the medical effects of the disease, but also into the psychological and financial effects.

“Government is now back in full force and I encourage department heads to continue serving your sectors. We need to learn how to live with the virus. Alam natin andito ang virus. Alam natin di siya mawawala. Until next year, andito pa rin ito (We know that the virus is still here. We know that is not going to be gone anytime soon. Until next year, it would be here). Ang job natin ay (Our job is) to continue to fulfill our mandate, without compromising health and safety,” he said.

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