Baguio Tightens Borders After Rise Of COVID-19 Cases In Nearby Towns

Baguio Tightens Borders After Rise Of COVID-19 Cases In Nearby Towns

BAGUIO – The Baguio City government said that it will tighten its borders after a rise of COVID-19 cases in nearby towns.

Burnham Park, April 15, 2020. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News | Uplifted form: ABS-CBN News

This came from a statement from Mayor Benjamin Magalong, according to a report from ABS-CBN News.

The Summer Capital of the Philippines earlier formed a tourism bubble with nearby towns and Ilocos region and opened its doors in October.

There will be stricter rules that will be implemented on tourists coming from the municipalities of Tuba, La Trinidad, Sablan, and Tublay starting Saturday, Magalong added.

“Kailangan po talaga namin higpitan para di kami nagpapalitan ng infection. We were hoping also they will increase their contact tracing and testing capacity,”

Magalong, who is the country’s’ contact tracing czar added that other towns have low low testing and contact tracing capacity compared compared with Baguio. This is the reason why the towns have a rising positivity rate.

“Kaya ho tumataas ang kanilang positivity rate,”

Known as the City of Pines, the city had increased the daily number of tourists allowed from 200 to 500. The city was able to accommodate 3,000 to 4,000 tourists daily and 7,000 on the weekends prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, based on the report.

The country’s current contact tracing ratio is between 1:7 and 1:9 according to the mayor, adding that it is improving but at a slow pace.

“Nagiimprove naman po kaya lang parang usad-pagong,”

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