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Locally stranded individuals (LSI) will now be allowed to travel to Western Visayas under the issuance of the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF).

On Tuesday, IATF issued its Resolution No. 71, series of 2020, which approved the partial lifting of the temporary suspension of inbound travel to Region 6. 

“Well, this is good news for the locally stranded individuals from Guimaras, Iloilo, Negros Occidental, Antique, and Iloilo City. The moratorium for return trip of the resident has been lifted. They could now go home,” Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque during an interview with PTV on Wednesday.

Earlier this month, the IATF opted to suspend LSI travel in Western Visayas amid the rising novel coronavirus disease (Covid-19) cases there, particularly in Bacolod City. 

Roque stressed LSIs, who will be traveling to Region 6, should have no Covid-related symptoms.

He said they should be prepared to go through quarantine until they undergo Reverse Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) test.    

“It is included in our minimum health standards that they need to undergo 14-day quarantine once they arrive in their province,” Roque said.

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