90% who test positive for COVID-19 not isolated, all over Metro Manila -- ex-DOH chief

About 90 percent of patients who tested positive for COVID-19 are not immediately brought to isolation facilities, according to former Health Secretary Paulyn Ubial.


In an interview with ANC Monday, Ubial said the positive cases detected in the laboratories are “not reached by the city epidemiology surveillance unit (CESU) or the regional epidemiological surveillance unit (RESU)," right away.

“About only two out of 20 are in the isolation facilities already, meaning we're missing 18 that's about 90 percent of all those who tested positive that are not immediately brought to isolation,” Ubial, who is now Philippine Red Cross head of molecular laboratory, said

Ubial said by failing to isolate positive patients immediately, the country is also failing to “drain the swamp.”

The patients who are not being isolated, according to Ubial, are “all over the metro.”

When asked why there’s a failure to immediately isolate COVID-19 patients, Ubial said: “I think it's basically a failure of communication. A failure of organizing how to get to the positive cases."