Capitol asks IATF to suspend all travels to NegOcc

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The provincial government of Negros Occidental is concerned about the rising number of COVID-19 cases and has requested that all land, sea, and air travel to the province be halted.

In a letter signed this afternoon, Gov. Eugenio Lacson, formally requested the national Inter-Agency Task Force for a temporary travel moratorium for all travels to the province for a period of 2 weeks.

It is not clear however if travel within Region 6 will be impacted by this request.

In his 3-page letter the governor appealed: “I believe that this is imperative in order to protect our constituents, our local economy and our future as a province. If I stand idly, I fear that our gains in the past year will be put to waste, to the detriment of our people.”

The governor added that after implementing NIATF Resolution 101 the province noted a sudden spike in cases with cases from returning residents at 8.52%.

The governor further explained in his letter the current situation in EB Magalona Healing Center where it noted a drastic increase of COVID-19 cases, which is proportional to the confirmed cases from returning residents.

Lacson said once his request is approved, Capitol will immediately ban all travels to Negros Occidental. The request will only cover provincial bound passengers, unless the City of Bacolod will also make a similar appeal.

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