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QC monitors over 300 neighbors of UK variant case

The local government of Quezon City was monitoring more than 300 residents after authorities found that a 35-year-old overseas Filipino worker (OFW) who tested positive for the UK variant of COVID-19 was quarantined without authorization in an apartment in the city.

The City Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit (CESU) was focused on tracing and interviewing around 350 individuals within a 50-meter radius of the apartment.

Of the number, eight had shown symptoms of the illness. They have been placed under home quarantine while awaiting their swab test results.

Meanwhile, 106 individuals have been swab tested.

Authorities also found the Grab driver who brought the patient to the apartment on January 21.

“Hopefully, matapos na natin ang swabbing today. Wala pa po tayong nirerekomendang lockdown sa lugar dahil wala pa naman tayong natutukoy na clustering ng kaso,” Dr. Rolly Cruz, the QC Epidemiology and Diseases and Surveillance Unit head, said.

"But since we have swabbed members of the community, it is a protocol na hindi muna sila dapat lumabas ng bahay,” he added.

Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte earlier announced that the patient tested negative for the virus after re-swabbing at the city’s Hope Facility.

On Thursday, Belmonte said the local government would file a complaint against the manning agency of the patient for alleged breaches in health protocols. — DVM, GMA News