By Joseph Pedrajas
The local government of Quezon City began on Monday the distribution of case investigation forms to track down possible coronavirus disease (COVID-19) carriers among 243 residents of a street in one of the city’s subdivisions, which has been placed under lockdown due to possible spread of the virus.
Residents of King Christian St. in Kingspoint Subdivision, assessed as possible COVID-19 carriers, will undergo swab testing starting Wednesday, the local government said.
This came after the area’s active COVID-19 case has infected several people in at least three households.
“We have to enforce SCL [special concern lockdown] so as to avoid the virus from spreading to other streets,” said Alberto Kimpo, Assistant City Administrator for Operations.
As of Monday, four areas in Quezon City remain under special concern lockdown. These are: Kaingin Bukid in Brgy. Apolonio Samson, portions of Ermin Garcia Street and Imperial Street in Brgy E. Rodriguez, and the upper half of Calle 29 in Barangay Libis.
Dr. Rolly Cruz, head of the QC-Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit of the QC Health Department, disclosed that the lockdown in Kaingin Bukid, which has been imposed since June 10, will be extended to give his office more time to complete 1,000 tests in the area.
“Starting Monday, the national government will help conduct [swab] testing. They plan to test 500 individuals in a week,” he said.
Meanwhile, out of the 573 individuals who underwent rapid diagnostic testing (RDT) in the concerned portions of Ermin Garcia and Imperial Streets, which are both under lockdown since June 15, only six tested positive.
“The upper part of Calle 29 will remain under SCL as it has nine active COVID-19 cases. We will schedule re-swab next week,” Cruz added.
Mayor Joy Belmonte said the decreasing number of areas under SCL proved that the move to place them under lockdown is effective in preventing the spread of the virus.