Contact tracing efforts get passing mark

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    LOCAL government units (LGUs) were too late to appreciate the value of contact tracing in the country’s fight against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong said yesterday.

    Magalong, who was designated as the contact tracing czar owing to his experience as former chief of the PNP Criminal and Detection Group (CIDG), said one of the primary reasons for the “poor performance” of some LGUs is that many had failed to realize the need to establish an efficient contact tracing at the onset of the pandemic.

    “LGU failed to realize the value and significance of contact tracing,” he told the hearing of the House committee on Metro Manila development on the government’s contact tracing, testing, and quarantine efforts in Metro Manila which remains the epicenter of the pandemic.

    While he gave the government’s contact tracing efforts a passing mark of 7 out of 10, Magalong admitted that a lot still needs to be done to increase the capacity to reach the ideal rate of 1:37.