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Galvez lauds Bataan’s ‘strong leadership’ in containing Covid-19 in Mariveles

Oct 14, 2020 @ 19:26
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National Task Force (NTF) Against Covid-19 chief implementer Carlito Galvez Jr. cited strong leadership as key in containing the coronavirus disease in Bataan province, especially in Mariveles town where a spike was observed until recently.

During a recent visit to the province, the official lauded the provincial and local governments for their “swift response to the then increasing cases, particularly in Mariveles town,” according to the Philippine Information Agency.

“You really copied the strength of our strategy and was able to immediately address the cases. From the time that there was a spike in your cases, you were able to bring it down to a 48 percent negative growth in just a matter of two weeks,” he said.

Galvez also cited the sincerity of the province to continuously contain the spread of the disease by taking contact tracing seriously, the PIA report said.

“We have seen that you have a very good ratio of 1:10 to 1:15 in terms of contact tracing efforts, as compared to just 1:4 in other places. In addition, you were able to train more than 15% of your personnel in terms of contact tracing,” the NTF chief said.

He said that one of the best practices of the province also is its aggressiveness in terms of testing and isolation.

“Testing is important because we have an unseen enemy. In order to see, we have to detect. Testing and contact tracing are our best weapons in this fight,” he said.

As of October 13, Bataan has recorded 2,513 confirmed cases, the third highest in Central Luzon, with 40 deaths and 2,123 recoveries.

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