Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte has called on national government agencies to adopt a work from home setup during the Holy Week lockdown period, to help curb workplace-related Covid19 case surges.
According to the City Epidemiology and Disease Surveillance Unit (CESU), 310 cases of Covid19 have been recorded from more than 30 government offices in QC, since the beginning of 2021.
As of March 24, 192 cases remain active.
Dr. Ronaldo Cruz, CESU head, said that the directive aims to reduce mobility and subsequently, the number of infections that originate from workplaces, and end up at homes.
“We are hoping that this scheme would help arrest the surge of cases. If more people are at home rather than commuting to work or coming to their offices, then hopefully it can slow down the spread of the virus,” Dr. Cruz said.
The CESU head further added that contact tracing data supports the understanding that individuals most likely pick up the disease at workplaces then spread it to household members.
“After a family member got infected, it would then lead to community transmission. If this happens, we would have no other choice but place an area under special concern lockdown to stop the virus from spreading further,” he said.
CESU data showed that as of March 23, 487 infections out of 3,742 occurred at workplaces while 985 happened within homes.
Nationwide, the country’s total Covid19 case count has reached 721,892 as of March 28, and continues to surge each day.