MANILA, Philippines – Barangay Fort Bonifacio in Taguig City currently has the highest number of novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases in the city – and more than 300 of these were reported in a construction site in Bonifacio Global City (BGC).
As of July 9, Barangay Fort Bonifacio, where BGC is located, has 413 confirmed coronavirus infections.
Of this number, 327 were construction workers which immediately put the site on lockdown.
Information from the barangay showed that 36 of them have already recovered while two died.
The patients have been put under isolation in a government quarantine facility.
According to Arnel Sansan, who works as site engineer of the MRB 2 Construction Company, 25 other workers on site underwent rapid testing.
The site has a total of 691 workers.
“To ensure na yung mga tao namin dito is COVID-free, wala po silang sintomas ng COVID-19,” he said.
Health protocols have been in place but Sansan admitted that some workers are not strictly following rules on face mask wearing.
“Nahihirapan daw silang huminga tapos minsan nakakalimutan nilang isuot ang mask,” he said.
The workers have been hired to erect a multi-purpose building in Barangay Fort Bonifacio. But Roel Balaba, the construction project’s foreman, fears the project might be stopped if the remaining workers’ test yield positive results.
“Medyo nakaka-kaba din, kasi siyempre papaano kung may nag-positive? Maaari siguro matigil ang trabaho, kawawa namin kami,” he said.
Taguig City Mayor Lino Cayetano earlier said he has ordered for the temporary closure and quarantine of the construction site and begun contact tracing, testing, and treatment.
Other offices, facilities, and restaurants in the city that have reported COVID-19 cases or have not complied with health standards were also temporarily shuttered. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Dante Amento
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