BRUSSELS

Belgian authorities are planning to hire 2,000 investigators to trace whom COVID-19 patients have come in contact with, local media reported Tuesday.

The move is expected to help the country ease lockdown restrictions.

According to daily L’Echo, regional health ministers discussed the plan of “social mapping” during their meeting on Monday.

Healthcare is mainly a regional issue in the federal state of Belgium.

The region of Flanders, with the most reported cases, will hire 1,200 investigators, while Wallonia and Brussels will employ 600 and 200, respectively.

After attending a short training program, contact tracers will be able to map

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