Upon arrival in Lucena City, Quezon on Saturday night, a male passenger on a bus from Metro Manila became a Person Under Investigation (PUI) after he showed COVID-19 symptoms.
The 44-year-old Lucena City resident was onboard a Jam Liner.
The said bus that came from a bus station on Manila’s Taft Avenue arrived at Grand Terminal in Lucena City at 10 p.m.
The passenger was already on fever and was coughing throughout the journey, according to local health authorities.
Nearing arrival at Lucena City he called his sibling so that he could be fetched at the terminal.
The sibling then said that a passenger on the bus scheduled to arrive from Manila was sick to city health officials at the bus terminal.
To order to avoid the spread of COVID-19, local authorities have strictly controlled people’s arrival in the province.
When the bus arrived at the terminal, local health officials who used personal precautions boarded the bus to inspect the sick passenger along with his co-passengers.
They checked the body temperature of all passengers and took down the passengers’ names, addresses and contact numbers.
Some of the passengers were headed for Marinduque and Bondoc Peninsula.
The city health officer said the co-passengers of the PUI will be classified as Persons Under Monitoring (PUM) and will be made to undergo home quarantine.
The male passenger who showed symptoms reportedly works for someone in Makati City who turned positive for COVID-19, but authorities are still verifying this information.
Police Colonel Audie Madrideo, provincial director of Quezon Province, said the checkpoints were put up to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
He appealed to the public to cooperate with authorities regarding the strict measures being implemented.