The local government of Quezon City has appealed to national government offices within its jurisdiction to implement ”work from home” set-ups during the Holy Week to reduce the number of COVID-19 cases in the city.
The city government is appealing the implementation of the “work from home” scheme from Holy Monday on March 28 until Easter Sunday April 4.
“Our target is to limit the mobility of people in the next nine days. As much as possible, we want everyone to stay home to contain the spread of COVID-19,” Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte said in a statement on Thursday (March 25).
“During this time frame, we hope to reduce the number of infection significantly, thus easing the burden on our healthcare system and our medical frontliners who are tirelessly working 24/7,” she added.
According to the City Epidemiology and Disease Surveillance Unit (CESU), a total of 310 COVID-19 cases have been recorded in about 30 national government offices in Quezon city from January to March 2021. A total of 192 of them are active cases.
“We are hoping that this scheme would help significantly arrest the surge of cases. If more people are at home rather than commuting to work or coming to their offices, then hopefully it can slow down the spread of the virus,” Dr. Rolly Cruz, CESU head, said.
Dr. Cruz said a significant number of COVID-19 cases in the city involve workers who got infected in the workplace.
“Ang nangyayari nakukuha ng isang empleyado sa opisina. Sabay-sabay kasi sila kumakain, magkakasamang nagyoyosi or nag-uusap minsan na walang mask dahil kampante na sa isa’t isa. Tapos mata-transmit niya sa bahay pag-uwi dahil walang health protocols na sinusunod sa bahay (What happens is an employee gets the infection in the office. They eat at the same time, enjoy themselves together or sometimes talk without a mask because they are comfortable with each other. Then they can transmit the disease at home because there are no health protocols followed at home),” he said.
“After a family got infected, it would then lead to community transmission. If this happens, we would have no other choice but to place an area under special concern lockdown to stop the virus from spreading further,” he added.
As of Thursday (March 25), the city has 7,600 COVID-19 active cases.