Familiaran: They may be concerned about their businesses
By Dominique Gabriel G. Bañaga
Contact tracing operations being conducted by the Bacolod City government have encountered a setback as some of the individuals who came in contact with the city’s first confirmed case of the coronavirus disease, or Covid-19, are refusing to cooperate. Vice Mayor El Cid Familiaran, who chairs the Bacolod City Inter-Agency Task Force Against Novel Coronavirus, said the barangay officials and barangay health emergency response teams sent to conduct the tracing reported the uncooperative individuals.
The vice mayor said the individuals in question said they want to speak with the task force instead of barangay officials.
Familiaran added, he believes the uncooperative subjects are concerned about how the situation would affect their businesses.
In order to accelerate contact tracing, the city government tapped the Philippine National Police and the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group to assist the City Health Office.
Based on information gathered by city officials, “Patient No. 1,” who arrived in Bacolod City on February 29 and had recently travelled to London, United Kingdom, visited five places in the city, all of which have since undergone disinfection./DGB, WDJ