- An official confirmed that at least eight locally stranded individuals part of the “Hatid Tulong” program tested positive for the COVID-19
- These individuals were immediately isolated and underwent swab test for confirmation
- Their close contacts were already recorded and will also undergo a swab test
- The official explained the crowded situation at the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex with thousands of LSIs
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About eight to nine locally stranded individuals (LSIs) part of the “Hatid Tulong” program at the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex tested positive for the coronavirus disease or COVID-19.
KAMI learned that Presidential Management Staff Assistant Secretary Joseph Encabo confirmed the results after the LSIs underwent a rapid test.
In a report by ABS-CBN News, Encabo said that those who tested positive will undergo a swab test for further confirmation. He said that these individuals were immediately isolated and their close contacts were already recorded.
Those that were in contact with them will undergo a swab test and a 14-day quarantine.
The official also explained that they chose the “lesser evil” in gathering the stranded individuals who needed temporary shelter despite the threat of COVID-19.
"Because of the avoidable circumstances, it’s a decision between choosing the lesser evil and we really have to give them the shelter and temporary refuge inside the stadium," he said.
Recently, photos of stranded individuals at the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex drew flak from the netizens because proper social distancing was not observed.
This prompted Ormoc City Mayor Richard Gomez to write an open letter to President Rodrigo Duterte regarding the one handling the “Hatid Tulong” program.
A video of Philippine National Police (PNP) band playing wind instruments at the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex also received backlash from the netizens because of the worry that it could easily spread COVID-19.
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