Delayed turnover of COVID-19 reports causes spike in QC cases overnight
Mayor Joy Belmonte has ordered the city’s Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit (ESU) to look into the rise in the number of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) incidents validated by the local government.
Belmonte expressed concern after the number of cases validated by the QC-ESU and district health offices jumped by 129 on Thursday, May 14.
“Napansin natin na mula sa average na 10 to 20 additional validated cases per day, bigla tayong pumalo ng mahigit isandaang kaso. Dapat na masilip kung bakit nagkaganito,” said Belmonte.
QC-ESU Head Dr. Rolly Cruz attributed the rise in the number of cases to both new and old cases that were recorded just now.
“Walang dapat ikatakot ang ating mga residente. Lumalabas na kaya tumaas ang bilang dahil may mga pumasok na lumang kaso sa database ng Department of Health (DOH). These cases are as far back as March 18 and iyong May 12 ngayon lang pumasok,” Cruz explained.
Cruz added that the DOH is stepping up in its efforts to sift through cases that are without address but marked as Quezon City.
As of Thursday, the DOH said the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in QC was pegged at 1,717, 1,599 of which have complete addresses.
The number of cases validated by QC-ESU and district health offices was 1,417, with 825 active/recovering patients and 446 recoveries.