Pasay checks if COVID spike is due to UK variant

CALOOCAN CITY, Feb. 25 (PIA) -- The Pasay City Government has taken all the necessary precautions to make certain whether the recent surge in COVID-19 cases in the city is due to the coronavirus strain that originated from the United Kingdom (UK). 

 

The Public Information Office, in a Facebook post on Wednesday night, said the city has conducted contact tracing and has sent samples collected from mass swab testing using reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test for genome sequencing.

In a media report, Mayor Emi Calixto-Rubiano, who met with Department of Health (DOH) officials on Wednesday, raised the city's lack of contact tracers to effectively identify all people that a COVID-19 patient has come in contact with in the last two weeks. She said that at a ratio of one contact tracer per 1,330 people "may not be enough" to cover the city in an expeditious and orderly manner.

To prevent further COVID-19 spread, the local government has placed 97 households in 56 barangays under localized community quarantine. 

On Feb. 23, Pasay City announced that the number of barangays affected by the continued spike of COVID-19 cases has risen to 55 from 33. Strict quarantine measures were put in place in barangays where three or more cases were recorded.

The latest barangays affected are: 28, 29, 32, 37, 40, 57,58, 66, 68, 71, 76, 81, 95, 98, 100, 107, 109, 118, 122, 132, 135, 136, 143, 155, 156, 159, 162, 175, 177, 178, 183, 190, 192, 201, 171, 7, 8, 14, 20, 26, 36, 51, 59, 65, 74, 90, 96, 99, 110, 111, 116, 131, 161, 188, 193, and 194.

As of Wednesday evening, Pasay City has recorded 42 new coronavirus cases bringing the total to 441 active cases. (PIA NCR)

By Lucia F. Broñio

 

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