Magalong says contact tracing ratio in PH still below ideal number

MANILA, Philippines — The country’s contact tracing czar for COVID-19, Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong lamented on Monday the slow progress in contact tracing efforts, citing the still below idealratio of contact tracers to close contacts of coronavirus patients of 1:7 to 1:9.

“Nag-iimprove naman po kaya lang parang usad pagong (It is improving but the progress is so slow),” he said in an interview with ABS-CBN’s Teleradyo when asked about the status of contact tracing efforts in the country.

“Nag-umpisa tayo sa 1:3, naging 1:4, ngayon naman nasa 1:7, umabot po ‘yan ng 1:9. So nandyan po tayo sa range na ‘yan, 1:9, 1:7. Unti-unti po,” he added.

(We started at 1:3, then 1:4…

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