Dgte still needs negative RT-PCR from travelers

DUMAGUETE CITY, March 23 (PIA) -- Dumaguete City Mayor Felipe Antonio reiterated the need for incoming travelers to submit a negative RT-PCR result for one to get a certificate of acceptance within 24 hours before entering Dumaguete City.

“This is not popularity contest. I cannot waste the sacrifices made by so many people and sectors to control COVID-19 in our city. I have to exercise political will for we are still in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic and saving lives is more important than ever,” Remollo said.

However, in compliance to the directive of the national inter-agency task force (NIATF), quarantine is no longer required for all travelers.

Remollo stressed that any upsurge of COVID-19 cases is handled directly by the City’s Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-MEID) and local health workers, thus, "we must be guided by empirical evidence and advice of medical professionals when deciding when to loosen local health protocols for travelers."

From a high of nearly 80 active cases in one day, the City’s IATF-MEID has managed to lower it to an average of 8 to 14 active cases a day.

Even as the vaccination against COVID-19 has already started, Remollo urged the public to remain vigilant and observe health protocols to prevent any upsurge of new cases.  

The mayor said he does not want Dumaguete City to be forced into another lockdown or imposition of Enhanced Community Quarantine, where only one member of the household is allowed to go out to purchase basic needs, which might happen again if the COVID-19 infection becomes widespread in the city. 

“Given the limited resources and availability of medical personnel, prevention is still the best strategy to control COVID-19 infection,” Remollo said. (jct/PIA7 Negros Oriental with reports from CPIO Dems Demecillo)

Source: Philippines Information Agency (pia.gov.ph)

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