The Quezon City government on Sunday placed a portion of a street inside a private subdivision on special concern lockdown (SCL) after recording six active cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
A portion of King Christian St. in Kingspoint Subdivision in Barangay Bagbag was put under SCL after one active case infected three persons in the same household and two more households in the area, according to Assistant City Administrator for Operations Alberto Kimpo.
“We have to enforce SCL so as to avoid the virus from spreading to other streets,” said Kimpo, adding that 59 families with a total population of 243 reside in the said location.
Dr. Rolly Cruz, head of the QC-Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit (ESU) of the QC Health Department, said distribution of case investigation forms (CIF) will begin Monday.
“After that, we will conduct polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing on Wednesday until Friday on those who need them, based on our assessment,” said Dr. Cruz.
As of now, four areas in Quezon City remain under SCL, including Kaingin Bukid in Brgy Apolonio Samson, portions of Ermin Garcia Street and Imperial Street in Brgy E. Rodriguez, and the upper half of Calle 29 in Barangay Libis.
Cruz said the SCL in Kaingin Bukid, which is under lockdown since June 10, will be extended to give the QC-ESU more time to complete 1,000 tests in the area.
“Starting Monday, the national government will help conduct PCR testing. They plan to test 500 individuals in a week,” said Cruz.
Out of the 573 individuals that underwent rapid diagnostic testing (RDT) in the concerned portions of Ermin Garcia and Imperial Streets, which are both under SCL since June 15, only six came back positive.
“The upper part of Calle 29 will remain under SCL as it has 9 active COVID-19 cases. We will schedule re-swab next week,” said Cruz.
The QC Health Department recently lifted the SCL on Sitio Militar in Barangay Bahay Toro after no new COVID-19 cases were recorded after the 14-day lockdown and the additional extension period.
Mayor Joy Belmonte said the decreasing number of areas under SCL underscored the move as an effective way of preventing the spread of the deadly virus.
“Mabuti at nababawasan na ang mga lugar sa ilalim ng SCL. Patunay lang ito na epektibo ang hakbang para hindi na makahawa pa ang virus sa ibang lugar,” she said.