Quezon City coronavirus cases reach 2,000

The number of coronavirus cases in Quezon City reached exactly 2,000 on Saturday, May 23, according to a new tally of cases from city hall released on Sunday.

This is around 0.1% of its population of roughly 3 million. Meanwhile, the city's death toll is now at 169. A total of 624 individuals have recovered from the disease.

Quezon City also keeps a public tally of its active cases, or positive patients who have neither recovered nor died. As of Saturday, this stood at 841.

The barangays with the most number of active cases are the following:

The new numbers come a week after QC, the most populated city in virus-hit Metro Manila, eased lockdown restrictions upon orders of the national government.

It entered into modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) last Saturday, May 16, along with the rest of Metro Manila. A day before, it released its guidelines for the duration of the new quarantine which allowed more business establishments to re-open as long as they followed health protocols.

Still, QC's tally of new cases over the past weeks have been lower than the high of 110 new cases on March 31, based on the Department of Health tracker. The nationwide tally of new cases was also highest on this day.  

There have been recent spikes, like the 51 new cases on May 5 and the 40 new cases on May 19.

QC Mayor Joy Belmonte was among the Metro Manila mayors who had pushed for a more relaxed version of the strict enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) after May 15, citing the need to rev up the city's economy.

One policy of the city intended to curb the virus' spread is the enforcement of "special concern lockdown"  for 14 days in portions of barangays where many active coronavirus cases are clustered. 

An earlier policy was the declaration of "extreme enhanced community quarantine" in barangays with two or more active cases, enforced since April. The measure entails more checkpoints and stricter monitoring of exit and entry of persons, compared to barangays with less cases.

The city has at least 3 dedicated quarantine facilities – called Hope 1, Hope 2, and Hope 3.

Through its community-based testing program, Quezon City has done a total of 6,278 swab tests and received 2,386 test results, as of Friday, May 22. – Rappler.com


Pia Ranada

Pia Ranada covers the Office of the President and Bangsamoro regional issues for Rappler. While helping out with desk duties, she also watches the environment sector and the local government of Quezon City. For tips or story suggestions, you can reach her at pia.ranada@rappler.com.