After a month of lifting lockdowns in specific areas in the city, the Quezon City local government announced that it has placed one compound in Barangay Tandang Sora under special concern lockdown due to increasing cases of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).
“We had to place this area under lockdown to stop further spread of infections. From an index case, she has infected more people because of a social gathering,” Mayor Joy Belmonte said, without giving details on which compound in the barangay was affected and how long the lockdown will last.
According to the city government, the index case, who was identified as an employee of a government agency with a number of Covid-19 cases, experienced some symptoms during the first week of December.
Unfortunately, despite experiencing such symptoms, she together with some family members and friends celebrated a birthday in their compound. She was then tested on December 9, and it turned out positive.
A total of 81 individuals were listed as close contacts including one pregnant, seven senior citizens, and six minors. As of latest, out of the 44 individuals who were swab tested, 10 tested positive, which raised the alarm and caused the implementation of special concern lockdown. The others who had close contact are still waiting for their results.
“This is a perfect example of why it is important not to engage in any social gathering such as parties and reunions because one can get infected just by co-mingling with a symptomatic individual,” Belmonte said, stressing that the QC local government has been firm in its reminders to shun mass gatherings especially during this holiday season especially as cases continue to increase.“If the index case could have just isolated herself and did not join the party, she would not have infected everyone in her household and even her neighbors and friends,” Dr. Rolly Cruz, head of the Quezon City Epidemiology and Disease Surveillance Unit (CESU). SOVEREIGNPH