With the threat of the Omicron variant, the Iloilo City Government expressed readiness to test inbound travelers from the National Capital Region, Cebu and Boracay.
This as Mayor Jerry Treñas expressed worry that cases may surge in the coming weeks following the holiday season and the influx of travelers.
Pending the issuance of an Executive Order, Treñas in a meeting with the City Covid Team Jan. 3, said the city is prepared to test those who would voluntarily want to do so.
“Cases are rising based on the reports of DOH. The NCR is now under Alert Level 3 and cases continue to go up. We need to protect ourselves and our families. I am asking everyone to get their booster shots 3 months after their second dose. We need to have additional protection against Omicron,” he stressed.
The mayor reiterated the urgency of getting vaccinated and availing of the booster shot; request the national government for more Pfizer and Moderna vaccines; prepare the quarantine isolation facilities; and come up with new protocols for inbound travelers, among others.
Treñas also canceled the face to face flag ceremony at City Hall Monday.
“While we still do not have any confirmed case of Omicron in the city, we need to be pro-active about it. Halong gid anay! (Stay safe). I am asking everyone to stop gatherings with persons not from the same household in the meantime while we are in the alert for cases of Omicron,” said Treñas. (Iloilo City PIO)