Two municipalities from Negros Oriental, Mabinay and Vallehermoso, opened their borders to the neighboring province of Negros Occidental. Amidst the pandemic, Negros Occidental Provincial Governor wants to avoid the increase of COVID-19 cases. Relaxing border controls will have a “very dangerous effect” as stated by the provincial governor last February 16, 2021.
Borders to Negros Occidental Still Closed!
The borders of the two provinces of Negros Island are still officially closed. Border controls are on high alert for leisure travelers and other non-government-related travels. According to Provincial Administrator Rayfrando Diaz, medical society experts still warned that it is not wise for the public to be complacent, noting the resurgence of cases in other areas, like Cebu, which opened its tourism areas.
Meanwhile, Vallehermoso and Mabinay towns in Negros Oriental have opened their respective borders with cities of San Carlos and Kabankalan in Negros Occidental. They noted that there has been a drop in COVID-19 case numbers in their respective areas. However, Kabankalan City only allows Mabinay town residents to enter and stay in the city, within 24 hours, as stated by Mayor Isidro Zayco.
They can’t go beyond Kabankalan City,” Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson said on February 15, noting also that Mabinay residents are highly dependent on Kabankalan City, Negros Occidental, in dealing with banks and even pharmacies.
COVID-19 Cases in Negros Oriental
There are a total of 168 active cases in Negros Oriental as of February 17, 2021. Here is the list of Negros Oriental COVID-19 Positive Cases: