Latest Covid-19 cases have “more than doubled” compared to the previous month, Caloocan City Mayor Oscar Malapitan said.

In a virtual press briefing, Malapitan said cases before have only peaked at 30, but now it is up to a hundred.

“ Malaki ho [‘yung case increase]. More than double. Kasi nung nakaraang buwan ho ay nag-a-average lang kami ng 30, pero ngayong two to three days na [nagdaan], umabot na po kami ng 100,” the mayor said.

([The case increase] was substantial. More than double. Because in the previous months, we’ve only averaged at 30. But over the last two to three days, we’ve reached 100.)

Yesterday, the city added 100 new cases, making up the 679 active cases reported according to the mayor’s official Facebook page. 

Despite the increase in cases, the mayor says they have not yet reached critical levels of their bed capacity.

“Actually, di pa naman gaanong puno ang aming mga ospital. Nasa 50% siguro ang bed capacity na pwede naming punuan. At yung mga quarantine [facilities] namin e, ‘di pa gaanong puno.”

(Actually, we have not yet reached full capacity in our hospitals. We still have 50% of the bed capacity that we could fill. The quarantine [facilities] are also not yet full.)

Just recently, Dr. Jose N. Rodriguez Memorial Hospital and Sanitarium (Tala Hospital)—Caloocan’s primary care facility for Covid-19 patients—reported an increase in Covid-19 admissions, which started two weeks ago. Among the admissions were eight children and are still undergoing treatment. Dunston Chi Esquivel