Cebu virus cul­prits found

Daily Tribune (Philippines) - - NATION - BY RICO M. OSMEÑA @tri­bunephl_rico

The Cebu City Emer­gency Op­er­a­tion Cen­ter (EOC) has pin­pointed house­hold trans­mis­sion as the top coro­n­avirus dis­ease 2019 (COVID-19) cause of in­fec­tions in re­cent weeks.

From 5 to 18 Septem­ber, EOC data showed 96 new cases came from house­hold trans­mis­sion, 41 from pub­lic mar­kets and su­per­mar­kets and 41 from au­tho­rized per­sons out­side of res­i­dence, lo­cally stranded in­di­vid­u­als and over­seas Filipino work­ers.

There were also 34 new cases from work places and 17 from con­struc­tion sites.

EOC deputy chief im­ple­menter and North District City Coun­cilor Joel Gar­gan­era said they met with of­fi­cials of the Depart­ment of Pub­lic Works and High­way, Cebu City En­gi­neer­ing depart­ment and the Cebu Con­trac­tors As­so­ci­a­tion to de­fine con­struc­tion health and safety pro­to­cols, be it pri­vate or pub­lic.

“We need to know the cul­ture of con­struc­tion work­ers, who are mostly non-Cebu City res­i­dents,” Gar­gan­era said.

EOC re­ported 15 con­struc­tion work­ers stay­ing at a bar­racks in Barangay Lahug were con­firmed to have COVID-19.

A to­tal of 124 close con­tacts, in­clud­ing fam­ily mem­bers, were iden­ti­fied from four in­fected con­struc­tion work­ers. They un­der­went swab tests and are now un­der iso­la­tion.

Fifty-nine oth­ers tested neg­a­tive and 49 were await­ing re­sults as of press time.

Other trans­mis­sion cases were recorded in hos­pi­tals, shop­ping cen­ters, neigh­bor­hoods, de­liv­ery ser­vices and eater­ies.

COVID- free barangays in Cebu City dropped from 38 to 29 in the last 14 days.

Cebu City, once the virus hotspot in the Visayas, is on its fourth week un­der mod­i­fied gen­eral com­mu­nity quar­an­tine.

“Ce­buanos should not let their guards down. In­stead, they should con­tinue to com­ply with the health pro­to­cols im­posed by the gov­ern­ment. There is no room for com­pla­cency. Every­thing is frag­ile,” Gar­gan­era in­sisted.

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CON­STRUC­TION sites are some of the sources of COVID-19 in­fec­tions in Cebu City.

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