Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong, the Philippines’ contact tracing czar, announced on Saturday, April 3, that he has tested positive for COVID-19.
“It is with a sad note that I would like to inform everyone that as of my RT-PCR test conducted yesterday morning (April 2, 2021), to which my results came out at 4:30 pm of the same day, I was tested positive of the COVID-19 virus,” Magalong announced in a post on his official Facebook page late Saturday morning.
“However, despite the predicament I am in, please be rest assured that we are still monitoring closely the city’s situation and coordinating to the proper authorities the necessary things to be done,” he added.
Magalong said there are ongoing efforts to track down and inform all the people that he had close contact with.
He said the news was a “devastating blow” for him and his family.
“The seriousness of this pandemic is something that we should not take for granted. It is a difficult situation and I don’t want anyone of you to be in this condition as it is emotionally, psychologically, and financially difficult for our loved ones to bear,” Magalong said.
“Again, I am calling for everyone’s consideration to further observe protocols. Let us do this for our family, our friends and everyone we care for. In these challenging times, let us all work as one and let us all heal as one,” he added.
Magalong tested positive for COVID-19 a few days after he told a House panel in a virtual hearing that contact tracing is worsening in the country, as the effort is usually confined to just the households of the positive cases.
On Friday, April 2, Baguio City recorded 227 new cases, raising the total confirmed cases to 7,816, of which 878 are active cases. The city has a COVID-19 death toll of 130 as of April 2. – Rappler.com