SAN JOSE, ANTIQUE–The province of Antique will be implementing border control measures with the neighboring province of Iloilo from today, August 1, to August 15 in a bid to control the entry and exit of people crossing its boundaries, especially with Iloilo Province having the highest number of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases in the whole of Western Visayas with almost 3,000 cases.
This was announced by Antique governor Rhodora Cadiao today, who said that it was decided during a meeting with the Provincial COVID-19 Task Force recently that they would implement border control measures with the province of Iloilo amid continued concerns over the rising cases of COVID-19 and the detection of at least three cases of the more infective Delta variant in Iloilo this week.
Oddly enough, the first known case of Delta variant infection in Western Visayas was recorded in Antique.
In addition, according to the Antique provincial chief executive, municipal border control measures will also be implemented in each municipality to limit the movement of people within their respective towns and avert more transmissions from taking place.
She also clarified that there will be no additional requirements to be imposed on those trying to pass the municipal border control checkpoints.
Curiously, border control measures were not declared with Aklan, another neighboring province now at second with the most active cases at 2,018 and its second consecutive 1,000-case haul this week.
To note, Antique has been placed by the Inter-Agency Task Force on the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-MEID) under General Community Quarantine (GCQ) status from August 1 to 15, 2021.
The latest figures released by the Department of Health-Center for Health Development (DOH-CHD) in the region peg Antique at sixth overall among highly-urbanized cities and provinces with the most number of active cases at 848, with Guimaras and Capiz the only LGUs below it with fewer active cases at 121 and 596, respectively.
So far, Antique has had 2,457 recoveries, seventh in WV, and total deaths of 78, also at seventh place in the region. (N. Glenn Aragon/iNEWS)