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100 more contact tracers to be deployed in Pasay

Philippine Information Agency
26 Feb 2021, 04:38 GMT+10

CALOOCAN CITY, Feb. 26 (PIA) -- Following a recent surge in COVID-19 active cases in Pasay City, an additional 100 contact tracers will be deployed to aid the local government in its response efforts to control the spread of the coronavirus.

Currently, Pasay only has 335 contact tracers, and according to Mayor Emi Calixto-Rubiano, this number is not enough to effectively double its efforts in tracing, testing, and isolating residents suspected to have contracted COVID-19.

Mayor Emi recently met with officials from the Department of Health (DOH) and the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) where she expressed the need for more contact tracers.

She said that at a ratio of one contact tracer per 1,330 people "may not be enough" to cover the city in an expeditious and orderly manner.

Rubiano already sought the help of the DOH and the MMDA for additional nurses and contact tracers after the city Epidemiology and Surveillance team reported the alarming rise of COVID-19 cases in Pasay.

To prevent further COVID-19 spread, the local government has placed 97 households in 56 barangays under localized community quarantine.

On Feb. 23, Pasay City announced that the number of barangays affected by the continued spike of COVID-19 cases has risen to 55 from 33. Strict quarantine measures were put in place in barangays where three or more cases were recorded.

The latest barangays affected are: 28, 29, 32, 37, 40, 57,58, 66, 68, 71, 76, 81, 95, 98, 100, 107, 109, 118, 122, 132, 135, 136, 143, 155, 156, 159, 162, 175, 177, 178, 183, 190, 192, 201, 171, 7, 8, 14, 20, 26, 36, 51, 59, 65, 74, 90, 96, 99, 110, 111, 116, 131, 161, 188, 193, and 194.

As of Wednesday evening, Pasay City has recorded 42 new coronavirus cases bringing the total to 441 active cases. (PIA NCR)

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