CHIZ: DROPPING MASS TESTING, CONTACT TRACING A BIG MISTAKE

CHIZ: DROPPING MASS TESTING, CONTACT TRACING A BIG MISTAKE

By Ernie Reyes

MANILA — Sorsogon Gov. Chiz Escudero has lambasted the Department of Health (DOH) for tossing contact tracing and mass testing as part of its COVID-19 response strategy, saying these measures are necessary to isolate and treat people infected with the coronavirus and prevent the spread of the highly transmissible disease.

Escudero described this latest shift in DOH policy as “complete abdication and surrender,” and not a strategy in controlling the dizzying speed of Omicron spread across the country.

“What DOH is doing is not a ‘COVID-19 response strategy’ but a complete abdication and surrender,” said Escudero, who is running for Senate come May election. “It’s a strategy of ‘if you can’t beat them, join them.’”

“This is big mistake and a costly one,” Escudero warned. (ai/mtvn)

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