BACOLOD CITY–As far as travel protocols in Negros Occidental are concerned, everything stays the same even as the cases of the Delta strain of COVID-19 continue rising in neighboring provinces.
This ‘status quo’, according to Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson in a text message to iNews, means that trade and commerce continue and only essential travel is allowed. In addition, a negative RT- PCR test result is required of all inbound travelers.
“No person in his right mind will travel to these places (with Delta cases) if it isn’t necessary, but should they need to, they must show a negative RT-PCR test result upon their return,” he said.
On Saturday, August 7, Mayor Jerry Treñas of neighboring Iloilo City issued Executive Order 71-A temporary suspending all inbound air and sea travel to the regional capital effective August 9 to 15 from areas other than Panay and Negros Island.
The order comes after the Department of Health announced that Western Visayas has 31 cases of the Delta variant of COVID-19 on record.
For his part, Atty. Rayfrando Diaz, provincial administrator of Negros Occidental, gave assurances that government-managed hospitals in the province still have enough beds and medical oxygen to cater to COVID-19 patients.
“I think we are prepared unless what happens is catastrophic,” he stated, adding, “We pray it will not happen in Negros, but we have done our best to prepare for this eventuality.”
On August 7, Negros Occidental logged 37 new cases while Bacolod City recorded 51. (Eugene Y. Adiong/iNEWS-Bacolod/Negros Bureau)