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Pasay cries for help after spike in COVID-19 transmissions

The Pasay City Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit (CESU) on Tuesday sounded the alarm after it observed a higher rate of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) transmissions within households in the area.

According to Marisol Abdurahman’s report on “24 Oras,” there are 395 active cases within Pasay City of which 66 percent belonged within the same household.

“So ang taas po talaga ng transmission du’n sa mga pami-pamilya. Unlike po before ‘pag nagkaroon naman ng positive dati sa bahay, hindi naman po nahahawa lahat ng pamilya,” said Mico Llorca, the OIC of the Pasay CESU.

“Eh, ngayon po ang trend po lahat po sila nahahawa,” he added.

The Pasay CESU has since sought help from the Department of Health.

“Genome sequencing para malaman kung anong variant ng COVID yung kumakalat sa amin ngayon. Kasi nagkaroon po kami ng isang report na UK variant [noong] February 12,” he said.

“Kumbaga ‘yung pinapakita niyang criteria, medyo pasok, eh. Kais nga unusual right? Tapos ang bilis po magkahawaan,” he added.

It is not yet clear if the increased number of cases is due to a new COVID-19 variant.

Meanwhile, the number of barangays under lockdown in the city has increased to 55 from the previous 34. This is 1/4 of the 201 barangays in Pasay. — Joahna Lei Casilao/DVM/NB, GMA News