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7 months ago | Nation | 0 comments

By Xai Reyes

Hospitals and virus patients are being asked by the government to cooperate in giving full information for contact tracing purposes.

DILG Secretary Eduardo Año said the Philippines’ data privacy law is too tight that it hinders authorities tracing of close contacts of virus cases.

Año said the hospital might skip naming the virus patient and just give authorities his case number and contact details, while those have been identified will not be named publicly or in the media.

The government aims to trace up to 37 close contacts of virus patients, with a minimum of 25 in rural areas, and 30 in urban areas.

The task force is also considering measures on how it can assist breadwinners who might need to be placed in quarantine.

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