MANILA - The Philippines' contact tracing capacity is at 98.2 percent as of last Friday, as some 69,000 contact tracers have been deployed in a bid to contain the COVID-19 pandemic, the Department of the Interior and Local Government said Sunday.
Around 5,215 contact tracing teams nationwide are monitoring virus patients, including those who are asymptomatic, according to Interior Secretary Eduardo Año.
Local contact tracing teams have found 47,474 of 48,371 confirmed cases and their 161,975 close contacts, the DILG said.
In Cebu City, 7,589 out of 7,685 COVID-19 cases have been traced, and 9,828 contacts have been assessed, according to Interior Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya.
Mimaropa, Bicol region, Zamboanga peninsula, Caraga, and Bangsamoro have 100 percent contact tracing capability, the agency said.
Cagayan Valley, Western Visayas, and Northern Mindanao have the lowest capacity at 74.41 percent, 80.11 percent, and 87.47 percent, respectively.
The agency is awaiting the approval of the budget department for its hiring of 50,000 more contact tracers, Año said.
The Department of Health earlier said the Philippines needs some 95,000 more contact tracers to meet the World Health Organization's standard for the country to have 1 contact tracer for every 800 people.
The Philippines as of Saturday reported 65,304 cases of COVID-19, with 22,067 recoveries and 1,773 deaths.