Super Spreaders: Coronavirus-positive OFWs to face charges for escaping quarantine

Illustration of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes the respiratory illness known as COVID-19. Photo: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Illustration of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes the respiratory illness known as COVID-19. Photo: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Several overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) will be charged for escaping quarantine facilities before learning that they were positive of the coronavirus, Philippine Coast Guard spokesman Armand Balilo said yesterday.

In an interview with ABS-CBN’s digital radio show Teleradyo, Balilo said these OFWs did not finish the mandatory 14-day quarantine, and could possibly be spreading the virus in their respective communities.

“During the first few days, there were those who escaped, they did not honor the quarantine procedure. They tested but they suddenly left before receiving the results,” he said in English and Filipino.

“The problem now is, they tested positive. So they’re now interacting with the people in the community, their families. And that’s going to be our problem now,” he added. “The Philippine Coast Guard is looking for them and we are taking the appropriate steps to mitigate the situation.”

In a separate interview with a newspaper, Balilo said he is not sure how many OFWs escaped their quarantines.

“I do not have the details as to how many OFWs escaped from the quarantine facilities, but the swab test results of some of them later showed that they were positive for COVID-19,” he said and added that the Bureau of Quarantine will announce the number of OFWs who left.

The migrant workers will be charged for violating the Bayanihan (“Camaraderie”) to Heal as One Act of 2020,

 

 

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One thought on “Super Spreaders: Coronavirus-positive OFWs to face charges for escaping quarantine

  1. If such people don’t think about themselves, why do they think about others. Look what happens in COVID-19 chat in Utopia p2p – people go crazy from sitting home, but even healthy ones don’t leave their homes, only visit local shops in order to buy some food. And these insanes ruin everything!

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