Contact tracing ongoing! Manila to Davao City sweeper flight passenger tested positive for coronavirus


The Davao City government urged Saturday, May 9, passengers of a sweeper flight from Manila to the city on May 6 to go to Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC) for further screening after one of them was confirmed positive for coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

In a statement, the local government said one of the passengers failed the health screening and was sent to SPMC for swabbing and was later confined in a COVID-19 quarantine center.

“The RT-PCR (reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction) test of this individual is confirmed positive,” it said.

It said the City Health Office shall undertake to call all those who were seated in the place near the unnamed COVID-19 patient to submit themselves for further screening.

“We remind all the passengers of the May 6 flight from Manila if they develop symptoms within 14 days to go to SPMC for assessment. We emphasize to the family members of those who recently arrived to avoid direct physical contact with them,” it said.

The city government said the public could distinguish the passengers of the May 6 sweeper flight with the indelible ink on their left index finger.

“If you see anyone with this mark, please do not go near them for the next 14-21 days,” it said.

With the recent development, the city government said it would raise the incident to the Regional Task Force and request the national government to prohibit boarding of individuals in Manila going to all local destinations without a confirmed RT-PCR negative result.