The government is not capable of testing all Typhoon Rolly evacuees for coronavirus, but the Department of Health emphasized other ways to curb the spread of COVID-19 in evacuation centers, one of which is the deployment of safety officers.
“So what we have recommended is for the symptoms screening and the assignment of safety officers in this kind of evacuation areas,” DOH spokesperson Vergeire said in a press briefing.
Hundreds of thousands of people were evacuated as Typhoon Rolly, the world’s strongest so far this year, barreled through the country over the weekend.
Evacuees who show symptoms of the virus will be isolated to another facility.
“So ang pinakaimportante na ipinapatupad natin ngayon (So the most important thing to implement right now) would be yung (the) safety officers to regularly monitor all of these people inside these evacuation area,” she said. “Para kung sinuman ang magkakaroon ng sintomas ay matatanggal agad, ang we can prevent transmission.”
[So whoever gets symptoms could be transferred and we can prevent transmission.]