Metro Manila mayors wanted travelers to show their negative COVID-19 test results to enter NCR, according to Belmonte.
On Friday, Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte revealed that Metro Manila mayors, through the Metro Manila Council (MMC), have proposed to require travelers from areas with confirmed Delta variant cases to undergo COVID-19 test and show a negative COVID-19 test result before coming to the National Capital Region (NCR).
At present, Metro Manila was seeing a slight uptick of coronavirus cases, which Belmonte said, “could be indicative of the Delta variant spreading”. However, Belmonte noted that more cases of the variant were detected in areas outside of the National Capital Region (NCR).
Belmonte said in an interview over ABS CBN’s TeleRadyo that Metro Manila mayors have a proposal to require COVID-19 RT-PCR testing to travelers coming from areas with high occurrence of the Delta COVID-19 variant.
“May proposal ang NCR mayors na baka maaaring ang mga manggagaling sa mga medyo matataas ang cases ng Delta variant, baka pwedeng bago pumasok sa NCR, sila naman ang may RT PCR test. Katulad nung epicenter ang Metro Manila tayo naman ang kinakailangan magpresent (ng negative test result) kung pumunta tayo sa iba pang lalawigan, baka ganun din ang gagawin o pinopropose ng NCR through the MMC,” Belmonte said.
However, Belmonte clarified that the said proposal was yet to be discussed with the national government’s COVID-19 policy-making body, the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF).
At present, 7 of the 22 local Delta COVID-19 variant cases were found in Metro Manila. Of these, four were from Manila City, two from Pasig City, and one from Taguig City.
According to Belmonte, no Delta COVID-19 variant cases have been detected in Quezon City so far.
Other Delta COVID-19 variant cases were found in Northern Mindanao and Central Luzon with 6 each, and Western Visayas and Calabarzon with 2 each. The Philippines currently has 47 cases of the Delta COVID-19 variant.
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