MANILA (UPDATE) - The Department of Health (DOH) on Friday said all areas in the National Capital Region are classified as either at high or critical risk for COVID-19.
Navotas and Pateros are classified as critical risk areas, where all hospital beds are already full, while 2-week growth rate of the virus reached 353.25 percent and 266.35 percent, respectively, data from the DOH showed.
Hospitals in Navotas and Pateros are 100 percent full. Data from the DOH showed. There are only 50 COVID-19 beds in Navotas, according to the local government.
Intensive care units in 8 Metro Manila areas are over 70 percent full, data showed.
Quezon City still has the most number of active COVID-19 cases at 4,453, followed by the City of Manila with 3,081, and Makati City with 2,012 patients.
"Talagang may community transmission," Navotas City Mayor Toby Tiangco told ABS-CBN News.
(There is really community transmission.)
"Towards the end of June, 46 active cases na lang tayo noon and now, August 13, we have 1,069 cases," he said.
(Towards the end of June, we had 46 active cases, but as of August 13, we now have 1,069 cases.)
The Navotas local government has been swabbing all residents who violate health protocols like the proper wearing of face masks in public places, the mayor said.
Of the 1,694 violators swabbed between August 1 and 11, 16 percent tested positive for COVID-19, he said.
"Hindi sila (they are not) tagged as close contact of any positive case, but they are just mere violators of health protocols... most of them are asymptomatic," Tiangco said.
"Ang laki talaga noong nakukuha naming positive doon kaya dapat mag-ingat talaga 'yung ating mga kababayan," he said.
(We really detect a lot of positive cases from violators so our fellow Filipinos must really be cautious.)
"Hindi lang kayo sa positibo mahahawa. 'Yung kaharap ninyo, hindi ninyo alam kung positive 'yan o hindi," he said.
(You will not just get the virus from patients tagged as positive cases.
The person you are facing might be a carrier of the virus, and you have no clue about it.)
"All NCR areas are affected by the Delta variant," Health spokesperson Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said.
When asked if this would prompt the DOH to recommend the extension of the enhanced community quarantine in the capital region, Vergeire said: "Wala pa po tayo puwedeng mabigay na konklusyon."
(We cannot give a conclusion as of now.)
"We will see the effects of these lockdowns 2 to 3 weeks after the ECQ," she said.
Despite the critical situation in Navotas, Tiangco said he is not in favor of extending the enhanced community quarantine in the capital region.
"If data will allow na 'wag nang i-extend, 'wag na sana. Hirap na lahat e," he said.
(If data will allow, I hope it is not extended. Everyone is already having a hard time.)
Navotas has expanded its testing operations to 24 hours from the usual 8 hours, Tiangco said.
"Gusto pa namin bilisan pa 'yung testing at damihan pa 'yung testing kasi gusto namin hanapin pa kung sino pa ang nagkakahawahan," the mayor said.
(We want to speed up and increase testing so that we can find and trace people who may be carriers of the disease.)
As of August 12, 2021, the National Capital Region listed 24,023 active COVID-19 cases.
Nationwide, areas under alert level 4, the highest COVID-19 alert level, have increased to 54 from 41 places.
As of August 13, the following areas are under DOH's Alert Level 4:
- Las Piñas
- San Juan
- Quezon City
- Baguio City
- Dagupan City
- Ilocos Norte
- Angeles City
- Nueva Ecija
- Olongapo City
- Quezon, including Lucena City
- Naga City
- Iloilo City
- Cebu City
- Lapu-lapu City
- Ormoc City
- Tacloban City
- Cagayan de Oro City
- Lanao del Norte
- Misamis Oriental
- Cotabato (North Cotabato)
- General Santos City
- South Cotabato
- Agusan del Sur