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Marikina City has the slowest transmission rate of coronavirus disease among the cities in Metro Manila.

Mayor Marcelino Teodoro said discipline and cooperation of the whole community in Marikina had paid off.

Teodoro reported that Marikina, known as the country’s shoe capital, recorded the “slowest rate” of COVID-19 transmission in the entire National Capital Region (NCR) recently.

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“[Through] the massive efforts of the city government such as the thorough disinfection and aggressive contact tracing using Marikina’s link map, we recorded the slowest rate of transmission in the whole NCR,” he said.

The mayor cited health experts saying that it now takes an average of eight days for COVID-19 cases in Marikina to double in number.

He noted that the figure is the “slowest case doubling time rate” in the metropolis, which was once a bustling capital but fell silent because of the health crisis.

“This means that the local transmission of disease in the city has slowed down recently,” Teodoro said.

Citing data from the Department of Health (DOH), Teodoro said Marikina has an “8.32 case doubling time rate,” which according to him, means that the city has the “slowest COVID-19 transmission” compared to other cities in Metro Manila.

He disclosed that other cities in NCR with “deceleration rates” are San Juan (7.69), Malabon (7.39), Pasig (7.25), Las Piñas (7.16), Caloocan (7.04), and Pasay (7.00).

On the other hand, he said nine other cities recorded an “acceleration” trend, except the Municipality of Pateros where no data was available.

“This data was presented during the Metro Manila Council Zoom meeting last Saturday,” Teodoro said.

The mayor credited the decelerating trend of COVID-19 transmission in Marikina to the discipline and cooperation of the whole community, as well as the hard work of the city’s frontliners.

“I am assuring that the city government will maintain this slow rate of transmission as much as possible,” Teodoro said.

“We will exhaust all measures and efforts like the strict implementation of social distancing, wearing of face masks, tighter border control, and stricter checkpoints of the local police and the barangays.”

He said the local government is also closely coordinating with the Joint Task Force – National Capital Region Police Office (JTF-NCRPO) on COVID-19 for the implementation of its enhanced community quarantine protocols.

“This is to ensure that authorities will strictly reduce movement at our borders, especially at the border of Quezon City,” Teodoro said. “Marikina City will continue to do mass testing, isolation, containment, and supportive treatment to defeat this virus.”


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