143 persons in contact with UK-variant patient traced – Belmonte

Published January 16, 2021, 5:34 PM

by Joseph Pedrajas

The 143 Quezon City residents who were in contact – directly or indirectly – with a Filipino who tested positive for the United Kingdom-variant of the coronavirus have already been traced.

Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte on Saturday said the contacts were mostly health workers and members of the Barangay Health Response Team (BHERT) that attended to the patient as well as his family members and co-passengers of a flight from Dubai.

On Wednesday (January 13), the Department of Health (DOH) confirmed that the UK-variant (B.1.1.7) was detected in a returning 29-year-old male passenger from Dubai..

“More than half of them have already been swabbed and under quarantine. But their results have yet to be released,” Belmonte said in a mixed of English and Filipino during the Laging Handa briefing.

Seven of the 143 individuals, Belmonte said, were the patient’s co-passengers. Authorities are unable to reach one person who appears to have provided incorrect contact information and address.

“The City’s Epidemiology Surveillance Unit tried to go to his or her house, but he or she is not living in the house address provided,” the mayor said.