403 BPO employees in Davao City test positive for COVID-19

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Davao City (CNN Philippines, June 7) -- A total of 403 employees in a business process outsourcing office in Davao City have tested positive for COVID-19, a local health official said.

In a virtual briefing, Davao City Assistant Health Officer Dr. Marjorie Culas said Monday that the company was already placed on lockdown after the results of the surveillance swab test where 1,000 employees were tested.

Culas refused to name the company.

This is not the first time a BPO company was placed under lockdown due to confirmed cases. The city also closed another company last week after 46 employees tested positive for COVID-19.

Meanwhile, the city is now facing a shortage of beds in its Temporary Treatment Management Facility (TTMF) due to rising COVID-19 cases.

Mayor Sara Duterte said the local government unit is now coordinating with a group of doctors to assist through online consultation patients who cannot be admitted to the TTMF.

“We are looking for other areas where we can put out additional TTMF. As of the meantime, for those who cannot be admitted to TTMF yet, we are working with a doctors’ association on telemedicine to assist them on what they need to do while waiting for pick up,” she said in a radio interview.

The city government previously announced that the TTMF is nearing 100 percent bed occupancy following the surge of COVID19 cases in the city.

The OCTA Research group said on Monday that Davao City will surpass “before next week” Quezon City as the city with the biggest number of new COVID-19 cases in the country.

In its latest report, Davao City recorded 206 more infected cases from May 31 to June 6. This was a 54% increase from the 134 confirmed the week before.

The city was placed under modified enhanced community quarantine from June 5 until June 20.