PHOTO CAPTION: The seaports in Banago and BREDCO (above) in Bacolod City are on heightened alert after a dozen individuals coming from Iloilo were found to be COVID-positive./iNEWS
BACOLOD CITY–Twelve travelers from Iloilo tested positive for the coronavirus in Bacolod City, records of the Emergency Operations Center showed.
Nine of them were classified as Authorized Persons outside Residence (APORs) while three were returning residents.
All of them are in an isolation facility in Bacolod City.
The EOC has expressed alarm over the matter as it has not yet been determined which COVID variant the infected have.
The EOC will send samples from the patients to the Department of Health in Manila for examination.
In the meantime, Dr. Chris Sorongon, EOC deputy director for medical data and analysis, said they will recommend to the Bacolod City government the temporary suspension of the travel privileges APORs.
APORs are either workers of private companies who need to cross borders or employees of national government agencies.
Sorongon said they want all APORs to present a negative RT- PCR test result or be subjected to a compulsory swab test upon entry into Bacolod City at the BREDCO or Banago Port.
“We will also meet with the Philippine Coast Guard and the Maritime Police to ensure strict implementation of health protocols,” he added. “This will ensure that the entry of new variants of COVID-19 to Bacolod City will be detected and monitored.”
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Meanwhile, the Philippine College of Physicians-Negros Occidental chapter is urging Negrenses to get vaccinated as soon as possible as the more contagious COVID-19 Delta variant continues to pose a serious threat to public health.
In an advisory, the group pointed out how Negros Occidental is now surrounded by other provinces that are now reported to have Delta cases.
They warned that the strain is more transmissible and causes more complicated COVID-19 infections compared to the original or other variants of the virus.
“Let’s not be complacent,” the doctors said in a statement posted on their Facebook page. “Remember, the earliest available vaccine is the best vaccine.”
They also reminded Negrenses that the pandemic is “far from over” and urged them to be more watchful of their actions as “the virus knows no age, gender, nor status”.
Cases in Bacolod City and Negros Occidental have significantly dropped in the past few days.
As of August 5, Negros Occidental has 1,103 active cases while Bacolod City has 849. (Eugene Y. Adiong/iNEWS-Bacolod/Negros Bureau)