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TFD: More people try to enter city sans tests

The Task Force Davao has intensified the border security as more locally stranded individuals were found trying to sneak into the city using a different airport or via land travels.

The military unit reported that as of July 28, it was able to intercept 175 LSIs at the three major entry points to the city – Lasang, Sirawan, and Lacson.

Colonel Consolito Yecla, commander of the unit, of the 175, 87 were residents of the city, while the others were on their way to other provinces.

“Those who are residents of the city were escorted to the testing center for their swab tests while the non-residents were escorted toward the boundaries,” he said.

“We escorted them to the boundaries to ensure that they will not make a stop in the city, we treat everyone as a carrier so it will be vital if they make a stop,” he added.

On Wednesday the TFD also intercepted a person who failed the rapid diagnostic test (RDT) in Trento, Agusan del Sur. The patient was immediately brought to the Southern Philippine Medical Center (SPMC).

Some LSIs tried to skirt an earlier order of Mayor Inday Sara Duterte that those entering the city should provide negative results of Reverse Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT PCR) taken at least 72 hours before boarding their flights.

The order was later modified as the city government would shoulder the testing at the airport and that they cannot leave the airport unless they are found negative of the SARS Cov 2, the virus that causes the coronavirus 2019 pandemic.

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