Health workers gather before starting to test suspected COVID-19 patients in Sta. Ana Hospital in Manila on April 17, 2020. Photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

Manila 1st District Representative Manny Lopez called for a more effective contact tracing system in the National Capital Region (NCR) to combat the COVID-19 pandemic as the government can no longer impose lockdowns due to economic reasons.

Lopez proposed to the Inter-Agency Task Force on the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) to follow the South Korean contact tracing strategy. The East Asian country has succeeded in flattening its COVID-19 cases. Such efforts, however, would require thousands more of contact tracers and stricter implementation of quarantine measures for those who contracted the virus.

Likewise, former Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) Undersecretary Eliseo Rio pointed out that the government’s contact tracing application, StaySafe, is unreliable and a potential cybersecurity threat among users.

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