Lapu-Lapu City to conduct mass retesting for Covid-19

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THE Lapu-Lapu City government will conduct another set of testing on public utility jeepney (PUJ) and tricycle drivers and boatmen to determine if they have remained Covid-free.

Grace Mary Carungay, head of Lapu-Lapu City’s epidemiological and surveillance office, said they want to conduct the retesting within January to determine if there are emerging infections among the three groups following the Christmas holidays.

After the PUJ and tricycle drivers and boatmen, the City will conduct retesting on other sectors, Carungay said.

Carungay said they cannot be complacent, especially that a new Covid-19 variant that first emerged in the United Kingdom has infected people in various areas in Asia and Europe.

Mass gathering during the Christmas and New Year season is also why the City needs to conduct retesting.

“There are those who act as if everything is normal, so we’re just trying to avoid a spike in Covid-19 cases,” Carungay said.

She said those who refuse to undergo retesting are advised to avoid plying their routes as a precautionary measure.

In 2020, Lapu-Lapu City Mayor Junard Chan ordered tricycle and PUJ drivers and even operators of inter-island boats in the City to undergo swab testing as part of the City’s initiative to revive its tourism industry that was greatly affected by the Covid-19 crisis.

Of those who underwent swab testing, only 10 percent were found positive for Covid-19.

Carungay hopes that there will be similar results in this year’s first set of testing. (GCM / JKV)