NegOcc to require negative RT-PCR tests again amid Delta threat

PHOTO CAPTION: The province of Negros Occidental is not taking any chances with the emerging threat of the highly transmissible Delta variant of COVID-19. It will now require travelers to show proof of a negative RT-PCR test, among others, to be allowed entry./iNEWS

BACOLOD CITY–Amid the threat of the highly contagious Delta variant of COVID-19, the provincial government of Negros Occidental will again require travelers—even those already fully vaccinated—a negative RT-PCR result along with the previous requisites of an S-PaSS and an approved StaySafe.Ph application.

This, after Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson on Thursday, signed Executive Order 21-38, amending Executive Order 21-34, which he issued on July 6.

To recall, EO 21-34 adopted the provisions of IATF Resolution 14V and lifted the requirement of a negative RT-PCR test result for inter-zonal movement.

Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson (foreground) issued EO 21-38 to prepare for what could be inevitable./iNEWS

With the new EO, Lacson said, travelers into the province have a choice between submitting the negative RT-PCR test result before arrival or being tested upon arrival and quarantined until the (negative) result is released.

Travelers from areas in Panay Island with higher quarantine status than Negros Occidental are likewise required to show a negative RT- PCR test result.

The province is currently under General Community Quarantine (GCQ) status.

Lacson added that the provincial government is not rushing to allow more flights with the threat of the Delta variant.

Earlier, flag carrier Philippine Airlines requested they be allowed more flights after the IATF announced that a negative RT- PCR test result will be required of travelers who are fully vaccinated.

The Department of Health announced that they are closely monitoring possible clustering and surges of COVID-19 cases in Western Visayas after the discovery of two cases of the Delta variant in Antique province. (Eugene Y. Adiong/iNEWS-Bacolod/Negros Bureau)

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