Albay tightens border control after Covid spike in NCR

Albay tightens border control after Covid spike in NCR

LEGAZPI CITY – Albay further tightened its border control starting Friday to curb the spread of the virus in the province following the reported increase of cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) in Metro Manila (National Capital Region) and other regions.

Governor Al Francis Bichara, chairman of the Albay Interagency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF), has issued Executive Order No. 8 to enforce border restriction to all types of transportation coming from outside Bicol to prevent the entry of people who are sick and showing symptoms of the disease.

The border restriction, however, will exempt vehicles carrying and transporting basic and essential goods such as food, medicine, water, gasoline, agriculture products, and implements, power, and telecommunication equipment, and construction materials and aggregates.

Checkpoints have been further tightened at the Albay-Camarines Sur border in Polangui town, Tiwi-Camarines Sur border in Tiwi, and Libon-Camarines Sur border in Libon, Albay.

The EO directs the Philippine National Police to man the various checkpoints.

People entering the province from other regions will be required to present the reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test result or antigen or saliva test results issued by the local health officer of the place of origin at least three days before the scheduled travel to the province.

Only those with the negative result shall be allowed entry to the province going to his/her destination.

Those with positive results will be directly transported to the isolation unit of the province and/or local government unit of destination for purposes of administering proper health/medical procedures such as but not limited to RT-PCR.

The towns and cities of destination will conduct their separate profiling of the person who tested positive and who will be quarantined at their respective designated facility.

For public and private employees or Authorized Persons Outside Residence (APORs) to be allowed entry, they should present their company identification card, travel order, itinerary, and must pass symptom-screening at the border checkpoint. (PNA)

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