Ten barangays in Metro Manila will be subjected to active case surveillance that will be conducted by the Coordinated Operations to Defeat Epidemic (CODE) teams, according to Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire on Friday.
"Dito sa National Capital Region mayroon tayong sampung barangay na uumpisahan sa iba't ibang cities sa area natin sa Metro Manila," Vergeire said during a televised briefing.
The surveillance teams will visit the following barangays:
- Pinagbuhatan, Pasig
- Addition Hills, Mandaluyong
- Sucat, Muntinlupa
- Potrero, Malabon
- Pembo, Makati
- San Antonio, Paranaque
- Brgy 12, Caloocan
- Batasan Hills, Quezon City
- CAA - BF International, Las Pinas
- Fort Bonifacio, Taguig
She explained that these barangays have been selected based on the presence of clustering.
"So when we say there's clustering, puwedeng sa isang bahay may dalawang tao na nagkaroon o higit pa o puwedeng sa isang munisipyo may dalawang barangay na nagkaroon at higit pa," she said.
In a separate virtual forum, Vergeire said the CODE teams will visit these areas within the next two weeks.
"When they go to the house, tatanungin lang, 'Mayroon po bang may sintomas dito? Ano na po ang ginawa rito?'" she added.
Under the CODE strategy, those who will be found exhibiting COVID-19 with symptoms will be tested using the Reverse Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) or swab test. Those with exposure to those with symptoms, on the other hand, will be isolated.
The CODE teams will be composed of national and local health officials, and other partners on the ground.
As of August 6, the number of people infected with COVID-19 in the Philippines reached 119,460 and 50,473 of which are active cases.
More than half of the active cases are found in Metro Manila which has been placed under modified enhanced community quarantine again until August 18. — RSJ, GMA News