La Trinidad, Benguet – Benguet Police manning the different border control points in the province sent back home at least 900 tourists and travelers who were heading to Baguio City over the past week in view of the growing threat of the Omicron variant.
Benguet Police Deputy Provincial Director for Administration Police Lieutenant Col. Stephen George Antonio, as reported by Mt. Province Broadcasting Corporation, said that they prohibit entry of travelers and tourists lacking complete requirements.
This, he said, is in compliance with new directives from the local government as cases of COVID-19 were seen to have dramatically increased in the country.
Amid the threat of Omicron variant, Antonio said that travelers, even fully vaccinated, have to present complete documentary requirements like RT-PCR negative tests results taken within 72 hours before arrival. In lieu of RT-PCR tests, negative results of rapid antigen tests conducted within 24 hours before entry are honored.
The Police lieutenant said they continue to implement tighter inspection on tourists’ travel documents to minimize the possible entry of the dreaded variant as its cases in the National Capital Region and other outside the provinces continue to rise.
Recently, CoVID-19 daily cases in the province showed an increase. From two to five daily cases in the previous weeks, the province listed 11 and 25 cases as of January 4 and January 5, respectively.
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