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COVID-19 patient now in isolation: Joy Belmonte sees no need to lock Kamuning down

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Barangay Kamuning will not be locked down even if it is the place of residence of the individual who tested positive for the more infectious variant of COVID-19, Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte said.

Belmonte said the patient is now in one of the city’s isolation facilities after his diagnosis with COVID-19 was confirmed on January 8.

“There is no need to lockdown Kamuning or any parts of it as the patient did not even set foot in the community upon his arrival, nor did he meet his family. We only implement lockdowns or what we call special concern lockdowns when we see that there is a clustering of cases in a specific area that may be indicative of community transmission. Since he did not go home, there is clearly no reason why we should impose any lockdown,” she explained.

Records showed that the patient’s sample was then sent to the Philippine Genome Center. On the night of January 13, the city government and the city health department were informed by the Department of Health that he was positive for the so-called United Kingdom variant. His two previous tests— first before leaving Manila on December 27 and the second upon arriving in Dubai— were both negative.

Belmonte appealed to the public not to discriminate against Kamuning residents over the COVID-19 case in their community.

“There is no need to fear them as possible carriers of the new COVID-19 variant,” she said.