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UP Diliman on alert; 16 COVID-19 cases among frontliners


By Noreen Jazul

The number of COVID-19 positive frontliners assigned at the Kanlungang Palma and University of the Philippines (UP) Health Service has reached 16, as two new cases were reported on June 26.

Earlier this week, UP Diliman said 14 of its frontliners have tested positive for COVID-19. The first seven cases were reported on June 23, and another seven were recorded on June 25.

Read more: Seven UP frontliners positive for COVID-19

Among the patients were health, laboratory, and security personnel, UP Diliman Chancellor Fidel R. Nemenzo said in a statement.

Nemenzo said UP Diliman has conducted contact tracing, and all patients have been isolated.

“This is a pressing issue for UP Diliman, and I would like to assure the community that we are implementing stricter infection control measures to contain the outbreak and stabilize these facilities. As part of these control measures, disinfection, review of safety protocols, and testing of staff are now being undertaken,” Nemenzo said.

Nemenzo said the “latest spread” of the coronavirus in UP Diliman “serves as a reminder to everyone that we cannot let our guard down.”

“In the past months, the university has put in place guidelines, mechanisms, and committees to increase our pandemic preparedness. We also kept the campus closed to the public and maintained only essential personnel,” Nemenzo said.

“Until last week, we thought that we were steps ahead of the COVID-19 threat. But some of our social and cultural behavior and everyday practices have led to lapses in pandemic protocols, making us vulnerable to the threat posed by the virus,” he added.

The university chancellor called on the public to continue practicing health protocols such as wearing of face masks, social distancing, and hand hygiene.

“At this point, I cannot emphasize enough that these are still the public health practices that have proved to be effective in protecting us,” Nemenzo said.

“Lastly, I say this with urgency: we cannot allow complacency to set in. Let us stay alert and safe,” he added.

Source: Manila Bulletin (

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