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DILG eyes removal of COVID-19 testing requirements for local tourists

The Interior Department raised the possibility of removing some of the requirements for local travellers as the country bids to reopen the economy further.

DILG Undersecretary Epimaco Densing said that these are the removal of coronavirus testing, the issuance of travel authority, and city health certificate.

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Travellers must then undergo triage and be checked for COVID-19 symptoms before being allowed to enter his or her destination.

“Tinitingnan rin namin ang posibilidad na wala na tayong testing,” Densing told ABS-CBN.

He added that those who only need to undergo swabbing are people who are symptomatic, those who do have the virus, or those who came in contact with COVID-19 patients.

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“Kung ikaw ay walang ganung klaseng exposure, hindi po mandated talaga ang testing. Banggit po ng ating mga epidemiologists, as long as meron kang minimum health standards…95 percent po hindi po tayo makakapaghawa at hindi rin tayo mahahawa,” Densing said.

Cebu has already implemented the removal of COVID-19 testing in the province to boost their local economy. (TDT)

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