The Quezon City government is considering tightening security around hotels used as quarantine facilities to contain the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) including the new variant from the United Kingdom (UK).
Mayor Joy Belmonte said on Sunday city authorities need to step up efforts to prevent the new Covid-19 variant from spreading in the city.
Belmonte said that the city government and the Quezon City Police District are studying the deployment of police officers outside the hotels, aside from thoroughly inspecting the facilities to ensure that the quarantine period of 14-days for those required to undergo isolation is imposed or observed.
“Now that the DOH (Department of Health) confirmed the presence of the new strain in several places of the country, the more we need to double our efforts in preventing the spread of the virus,” the mayor said in a statement.
“If need be, we can tap our police officers to man these hotels so we can prevent returning Filipinos from leaving without finishing the government-mandated quarantine period,” she said.Besides Quezon City, the new Covid variant has reached Bontoc in Mountain province where at least 17 cases of the new variant were detected. Bontoc Mayor Franklin Odsey was also tested positive for Covid-19. SOVEREIGNPH