The Quezon City government is facing another if not bigger contact tracing headache following the gathering of around 2,000 fans of Willie Revillame last week at his Will Tower studio in the city.
With that, Mayor Joy Belmonte has ordered the City Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit (CESU) to immediately conduct contact tracing of those who trooped to Revillame’s studio from Wednesday evening to early Thursday morning.
The camp of Revillame has already provided Belmonte a list of those who went to Will Tower.
“We will conduct contact tracing, and will offer free testing to those who gathered in front of the studio. I am inviting those who may not have been listed to submit themselves for testing at any of our community-based testing centers so we can prevent the community transmission of Covid-19 (coronavirus disease 2019),” Belmonte said.
While Revillame did not announce that he will distribute money last week, fans gathered outside the studio hoping the host will continue his yearly tradition of providing financial assistance during his birthday.
The celebrity TV host even called the Mayor the day before to express his apprehension of the probable gathering. “I assured him I would send enforcers over to his place to control any crowd and make sure minimum health standards are followed,” Belmonte explained.
Based on the report submitted by the Quezon City Police District (QCPD), Director Police Brigadier Gen. Danilo Macerin himself even conducted an inspection on Wednesday night and reiterated to those gathered to always observe health protocols.
At around 4:00 in the morning of Thursday, Bgy. South Triangle personnel led by Roque Orongan and the police officers dispersed the crowd that swelled to around 2,000.
The Quezon City government earlier faced a contact tracing headache after a resident was detected to be infected with the new Covid-19 variant. SOVEREIGNPH