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Mayor Ahong Chan recommends allowing entry of foreign tourists

LAPU-LAPU City Mayor Junard “Ahong” Chan will recommend to the Inter-Agency Task Force on the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATFMEID) to allow foreign tourists to enter the city to help revive the city’s economy through its tourism industry.

The mayor said he will ask the IATF to allow those who were already inoculated with the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccine to be permitted to enter the city.

“We’re really hoping that the tourism industry in the city will bounce back. If possible, those who are already certified who have been vaccinated could be allowed to come. Our economy in the city is really struggling,” Chan said.

Chan made this statement, despite the report posted by Nagiel Bañacia, head of the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (CDRRMO) showing the city’s symptomatic cases of the COVID-19 rose in the first seven days of this month.

“It is critical to LapuLapu City when more patients are symptomatic for there are only a few hospital beds dedicated for Covid patients in the city,” Bañacia’s post read.

Chan, however, was not at all alarmed and said that the city has already flattened the curve on the transmission of the virus.

“Based on the report of Dr. Ronald Oporto, medical chief of the Lapu-Lapu City Hospital, the number of cases is not that high. At the ARC, we will know if the number of cases had really gone up” he added.

According to the case bulletin issued by the Department of Health in Central Visayas (DOH7) on April 12, 2021, LapuLapu City has only logged 13 new cases of the virus, with 871 total active cases