The town of Hernani in Eastern Samar is the first local government in the province to implement the quick response (QR) code system that would facilitate contact tracing amid the threat of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).
Local tourism officer and project focal person Carlo Yabora said all persons entering any public and private establishments, churches, and tourist destinations operating within its borders would be required to present QR codes starting Oct. 28.
“This is meant to enhance our contact tracing activity. The common practice here is that individuals will manually log their names and other contact information before entry in establishments, but the said procedure poses a greater risk to virus exposure.” Yabora said in a phone interview on Tuesday.
Persons residing within or outside Hernani must download the MYQR mobile application and register using their phone numbers.
Yabora said they have conducted a mass registration in all its 13 villages and provided SIM cards to residents with no mobile phones last week.
“For those who have not yet secured their QR codes, our registration would continue at the town hall, prioritizing authorized persons outside residence or the APORs. We also have oriented different establishments on the use of the mobile scanner, and some of them have already started implementing the QR code system,” he added.
Hernani is among the five towns in Eastern Samar that remains coronavirus-free with no single case recorded since the start of the global health crisis.
As of Monday, the province has confirmed a total of 82 Covid-19 cases, including 53 recoveries and two deaths, based on the monitoring report of the provincial health office.
Source: Philippines News Agency