- A garbage collector in Cavite tested positive for the SARS-CoV-2 virus
- This was confirmed by the undersecretary of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR)
- The agency came to know about it when they received complaints about delayed garbage collection
- The case of the garbage collector prompted calls for PPEs for the garbage collectors, as well as hazard pay for them
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Another frontliner tested positive for COVID-19, and this time around, it's a garbage collector in Cavite.
According to Undersecretary Benny Antiporda of the DENR, they came to know of the patient after they received complaints that garbage collection in certain areas was put to a halt.
Antiporda, in an interview with News TV, stated that the reason given to them was that there was a garbage collector who tested positive for coronavirus. This was also why there was a delay in trash collection.
Because of the case of the garbage collector, Antiporda advised operators, both in local and private sectors, that they should provide personal protective equipment to collectors considering that they are also exposed to the virus.
"Pagsuotin natin ng PPE na parang nasa operating room din sila , na parang nasa ER din sila dahil lahat po ng dumi sila ang sumasalo. Meron pong mga contaminated na nakokolekta silang basura," Antiporda added.
As per GMA, calls for hazard pay for garbage collectors were earlier made by the EcoWaste Coalition.
Filipino Times stated that a spokesperson from the coalition further stated that without the invaluable service of garbage collectors, the community may be facing more problems in health because of uncollected waste.
In a previous report by KAMI, doctors have died after being infected by COVID-19. They are among the frontliners who attend to the patients rushing to hospitals amid pandemic.
The coronavirus outbreak started out in Wuhan, Hubei Province of China. Scientists believed that the virus came from an animal at one of Wuhan's wet markets. At present, the Philippines is under a state of calamity while the entire Luzon is under an enhanced community quarantine.
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