Experts note decline in daily COVID-19 case average in QC
Health worker at Rosario Maclang Bautista General Hospital prepare to swab test residents of Batasan Hills in Quezon CIty last July 13, 2020. Department of Health blames Local Goverment Unit for the delay of release of covid records last Sunday.
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Experts note decline in daily COVID-19 case average in QC
( - September 9, 2020 - 10:55am

MANILA, Philippines — The average coronavirus cases recorded per day in Quezon City have been steadily declining for the past three weeks, an independent research group said. 

In a statement issued Wednesday morning, the Quezon City local government said that according to the findings of the UP OCTA Research Team, the average number of daily cases dropped from 540 on the week of August 10-16 to 456 from August 17 to 23.

It further dropped to 372 from August 24 to 30, and later on to 205 from August 1 to September 6.

The LGU added that the city's Reproduction Number, which indicates the average number of people who will contract a contagious disease, "also dropped for five straight weeks from 1.47 (July 27 to Aug. 2) to 0.92 on Aug. 31 to Sept. 6, indicating a decline in the movement of the virus."

QC COVID-19 task force head Joseph Juico urged residents to stay vigilant despite the decline in cases, saying the local government still needs their cooperation to contain the spread of the virus.

“The city cannot afford another lockdown so we need everyone’s cooperation in following protocols such as wearing of masks and face shields, proper handwashing, and social distancing,” said Juico.

Earlier, the OCTA research group said the coronavirus curve in the country would flatten by September.

Health authorities have acknowledged significant improvement in the country’s indicators of the epidemic, although the Department of Health maintains that there is no certainty yet that the coronavirus curve has flattened. 

According to health undersecretary Rosette Vergeire, flattening the curve for the department means “spreading the cases in a longer period of time so our health system would not be overwhelmed.”

As of the Department of Health's latest bulletin issued Tuesday afternoon, the coronavirus caseload in the Philippines stands at 241,987. — Franco Luna 

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LATEST UPDATE: October 19, 2020 - 8:55am

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October 19, 2020 - 8:55am

Manila Mayor Isko Moreno will raise the capacity at churches and other places of worship to 30% from 10% of seating capacity.

Moreno says in a report by Super Radyo dzBB, the increased seating capacity "on the premise that the leaders of the chruch will continue to practice simple protocol under the IATF rules."

October 8, 2020 - 2:33pm

The city of Manila  prohibits the use of karaokes, videokes and other sound-producing devices that may disturb the community from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday to Saturday.

The city council released the ordinance to support students studying from home.

Violators will be fined P1,000 for first offense, P2,000 for second offense and P3,000 for the third and succeeding offenses.

October 7, 2020 - 1:46pm

The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board has ordered the removal of fees from Automated Fare Collection System cards.

This comes within days of the Department of Transportation ordering the "No Beep card, no ride" policy on the EDSA Busway over the collection of P80 per card by service provider AF Payments Inc.

AF Payments had said the cards were being sold for zero profit and were partially subsidized.

The LTFRB says commuters will only have to pay for their fare and not the reloadable cards.

October 6, 2020 - 12:00pm

AF Payments Inc. will give away 125,000 Beep cards to the public for free, ONE News reports.

This comes after the Department of Transportation threatened to suspend the use of Beep cards on the EDSA Busway over an 80-peso fee that AFPI collects for the cards.

President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday night said the cards should be free.

ONE News reports said the cost of the cards, which AF Payments last week said is sold at zero profit and is already partially subsidized, will be shouldered by its shareholders "as well as donations from Ayala Infrastructure's various business groups." 

October 4, 2020 - 5:07pm

The Department of Transportation says it will suspend implementation of the Beep cards on public utility buses after implementing the project on October 1.

It said the suspension is because of "the refusal of AF Payments, Inc., the provider of the automatic fare collection system (AFCS) at the EDSA Busway, to waive the cost of the beep card despite consistent pleas made by the government."

AF Payments this week said the cards are already sold at no profit and are partially subsidized,

"The EDSA Bus Consortia stated that they will look for another AFCS provider who can offer a better solution to the existing problem. Meeting with other AFCS providers is scheduled on Tuesday morning," DOTr also said.

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