DOH warns of case clustering among barangays, closed-setting facilities as COVID-19 infections soar

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 6) — The Department of Health (DOH) has warned of case clustering among barangays and closed-setting facilities in the National Capital Region and Cebu City as the national tally for COVID-19 infections continues to climb.

DOH spokesperson Maria Rosario Vergeire told an online briefing on Monday that there are 64 barangays in Cebu City and 314 barangays in NCR that are exhibiting clustering of cases.

In addition, clustering is also observed in three closed-setting facilities in NCR, which includes cases involving Metro Rail Transit (MRT) line 3 personnel.

The Department of Transportation reported that a total of 186 MRT-3 employees tested positive for the virus, most of whom are depot employees, while others are ticket sellers, train drivers, control center personnel, and a nurse.

The Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Disease temporarily suspended MRT-3 operations this week due to the increasing number of personnel testing positive for COVID-19

READ: MRT-3 halts operations starting July 7 as more employees get sick with COVID-19

An expert from the University of the Philippines College of Public Health said that COVID-19 is clustering among certain groups, like frontliners and government workers, as infections continue to spike.

The country recorded 2,099 new COVID-19 cases on Monday, bringing total tally to 46,333. Recoveries added 243, bringing total count to 12,185, while deaths added six more, raising death toll to 1,303.

READ: Philippines reports 2,099 new COVID-19 cases; total climbs to 46,333