Contact tracing is the identification and follow-up of persons who may have come into contact with an infected person. It’s a crucial component of epidemiological investigation and active surveillance and has three basic elements:

Contact identification;

Contact listing; and

Contact follow-up.

The purpose of contact tracing is to contain the outbreak by interrupting the transmission cycle, and its objectives are:

1. To timeously identify, trace and monitor contacts of COVID-19.

2. To detect and monitor all persons at risk of contracting COVID-19

3. To prevent spread in the exposed contacts

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