The OCTA Research group on Saturday said the decision of the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) to approve the uniform travel protocols for local government units is "concerning," as some areas still struggle with their fight against COVID-19.
"That is a bit concerning kasi, siyempre, some areas are doing well, pero some areas are not doing well," Dr. Guido David of the OCTA Research Team said at the Laging Handa public briefing.
"We have to be careful about 'yung mga border controls natin kasi karamihan kaya tayo nagkakaroon ng second wave or another increase, is because hindi tayo masyadong strict sa border controls," he added.
The OCTA Research group called for stricter measures for travel.
"Sana naman they would evaluate 'yung measures. Hindi naman masama mag-travel pero let's just be strict about 'yung controls natin para hindi natin ikalat sa buong Pilipinas 'yung virus," David said.
Under the said protocols specified in IATF Resolution No. 101, travelers need not undergo COVID-19 testing unless required by the LGU prior to travel. Such testing will be RT-PCR test only, presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said in a briefing.
Meanwhile, travelers will no longer be subjected to quarantine unless they exhibit symptoms at the destination upon arrival.
The Philippines’ tally of COVID-19 cases rose to 571,327 on Friday, the Department of Health said.
Of this number, 524,582 recovered while 12,247 died. —KG, GMA News