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Para ‘di na tumaas kaso! Joy Belmonte asks QC-based gov’t agencies: Allow employees to work from home

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Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte called on national government agencies based in the city to implement a “work-from-home” scheme starting Holy Monday until Easter Sunday to help arrest the surge in COVID-19 cases.

Belmonte said the implementation of the work-from-home scheme will help limit the mobility of people in the next nine days.

“During this time frame, we hope to reduce the number of infections significantly, thus easing the burden on our healthcare system and our medical frontliners who are tirelessly working 24/7,” she said.

As of March 23, 2021, the City Epidemiology and Disease Surveillance Unit (CESU) has recorded a total of 310 COVID-19 cases in about 30 national government offices in Quezon City since January 2021, with 192 of them active as of March 24.

The CESU said 487 out of 3,742 COVID-19 cases, or 13.01 percent, happened in workplaces while 985 or 26.35 percent occurred in households.

Based on their contact tracing, CESU chief Dr. Rolly Cruz said a significant number of COVID-19 cases involves workers who got infected in the workplace and transmitted the virus to members of their household.