By Christopher Lloyd Caliwan, June 1, 2020, 5:37 pm

Geared toward containing COVID-19, Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Eduardo Año reported the government’s contact tracing capability for COVID-19 patients or carriers has peaked at 96 percent.

Año said that this development could be attributed to the improved contact tracing in the country. However, Metro Manila’s contact tracing ability remains at 76 percent, or 20 percent lower than the national average due to the government’s observance of data privacy laws.

Meanwhile, Año said the purpose of lifting the requirement for quarantine passes and easing restrictions is to be able to slowly restart our economy from the more than two-month enhanced community quarantine imposed in many areas of the country without compromising health protocols.