Thu. Jul 29th, 2021

The lockdown of three big business process outsourcing companies in Davao City has been lifted but would be monitored every two weeks, the City Health Office (CHO) said Friday.

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In a statement, CHO Acting Head Dr. Ashley Lopez said the business process outsourcing (BPO) companies were ordered closed due to a high number of coronavirus disease (Covid-19) cases.

On June 7, the CHO reported that some 403 out of more than 1,000 employees of a BPO tested positive for Covid-19.

Lopez said the BPOs, along with commercial banks, were among the workplaces that logged high incidences of Covid-19 cases, resulting in lockdown.

“The workplaces are part of our surveillance swabbing. More than 50 percent of the origin of Covid-19 transmission are in workplaces,” Lopez said.

Establishments are reminded to enforce the observance of minimum public health standards among their employees.

Lopez added that symptoms and influenza-like illnesses should be screened immediately, otherwise, it would lead to the spread of Covid-19.
More than one Covid-19 positive case in an office or an establishment, depending on how huge it is, can be an indication of a possible lockdown in an office or area, Lopez said.

“There is a problem in the ventilation as the office is fully air-conditioned,” Lopez said, citing that the high incidence of Covid infections are in banks, where the airflow has no exit and air just recirculates.With “recirculation” of air, a Covid-19 carrier who enters a bank would really put everybody inside at risk of infection,” Lopez said. SOVEREIGNPH

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