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Sikretong malupit! QC probing several companies for hiding COVID-19 cases in workplace

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The Quezon City government is investigating several companies for their failure to inform the City Health Department (CHD) regarding alleged positive cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in their workplace.

The local government is also looking into reports that some of them have not complied with standard health protocols, such as the use of thermal scanners and the observance of social distancing and mass gathering directives.

According to Dr. Rolando Cruz, head of the City Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit (CESU), these firms were reported by concerned citizens through the unit’s contact tracing hotline and e-mail.

“We have sent these firms a letter requiring them to cooperate with us during our investigation, and to provide us with documents that will clearly tell us the health status of their employees,” Cruz said.

The firms have been given 24 hours to answer the communication sent by CESU, after which an on-site investigation and contact tracing will be conducted.

Mayor Joy Belmonte said these firms will face penalties and other corresponding charges for violation of Republic Act No. 11332 if proven to have deliberately lied about the health situation of their employees or refused to comply with safety protocols.