Pasay City Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit (CESU) head Miko Llorca said the local government is now preparing for the worst as the fast transmission of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is being recorded in the city.
Llorca said the Department of Health (DOH) had already deployed 100 contact tracers and nurses to the city government’s isolation facilities and hospitals.
The Philippine National Police (PNP) also sent additional policemen to augment the local police in implementing the strict observance of health protocols.
The Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) will also help in putting up additional facilities.
Llorca said that as of February 25, the city recorded a total of 465 active cases, 50 to 60 percent of which were the new total cases living in one household.
The CESU head said the cause of the fast transmission of COVID-19 may be due to the lapses of some residents in following the health protocols being strictly implemented in the city like the wearing of face masks and face shields, and observing physical distancing.
He said the city government already has 56 villages out of 201 placed under localized community quarantine.
He clarified that only compounds of houses with the highest number of COVID-19 cases were placed under localized community quarantine.
Lllorca said that streets or alleys with COVID-19 cases are the only ones being closely guarded by the police and village officials.(Jean Fernando)