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Camiguin eases mandatory quarantine on holidays

From December 15, 2020-January 7, 2021, residents of the province will not be required to undergo the 14-day quarantine provided that they can present a negative result via reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) or swab testing within 12 hours prior to reaching the island. 

“Gikan swab, larga dayon. Padulong or on the way kung madawat ang email nga negative ka, diretso ka [makauli]. Pero kung wala pa nigawas ug niabot na sa Camiguin didto sa ka sa facility,” Gov. Jurdin Jesus Romualdo said, November 19.

(After swabbing, you have to travel [to Camiguin] immediately. When you get hold of the negative result via email while you’re on the way, you can directly go home. However, if the result is not out yet and you have already arrived in Camiguin, you will have to stay and wait for the result in the facility)

This is implemented under Executive Order No. 52 or an order prescribing holiday season quarantine policy. 

The governor added that even with this ease of movement, residents who just traveled from other places should minimize movement around the province and only consider going out of their residence for essential or emergency purposes. 

Prior to obtaining RT-PCR test results, residents who plan to go home to Camiguin during the Christmas season should secure the acceptance from their respective local government units (LGU), and the barangay clearance certifying that they are really residents of the province.

For the residents to enjoy the Christmas season, Romualdo said he will lift the province-wide curfew, December 24-25. 

In terms of COVID-19 response, the governor said Camiguin will be receiving 1,000 sets of personal protective equipment (PPEs) through Sec. Carlito Galvez, Jr. to help manage the COVID-19 cases in the province and further protect the health care workers. 

Also, they are expecting the fund for the construction of the RT-PCR laboratory in Camiguin to be downloaded this week or early next month as aided by Sec. Vince Dizon through Rep. Xavier Jesus Romualdo. 

Such is essential for the gradual reopening of resorts and businesses in the province.

As of November 17, the province has no COVID-19 confirmed case recorded. There are 480 persons with history of travel or COVID-19 exposure of which 384 are from Mambajao, 33 from Mahinog, 8 from Guinsiliban, 14 from Sagay, and 41 from Catarman. (RTP/PIA10)
 

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