Coron tourist who falsified travel documents tests positive for COVID-19

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 13) — A 24-year-old male from Quezon City who falsified travel documents to enter Coron, Palawan turned out positive for COVID-19, but all his contacts tested negative for the disease, the local government said Friday.

The Coron LGU said the tourist arrived in town on March 9.

The next day, the Quezon City Surveillance Team informed Coron authorities the tourist tested positive for the virus and that he faked travel requirements.

The LGU said it immediately brought the person to an isolation facility as well as traced his contacts and made them undergo a COVID-19 test.

Aside from the tourist from Quezon City, Coron only has one other active case — a returning Filipino.

While discouraged under the uniform travel protocols approved by the Inter-Agency Task Force, the Coron local government still requires those entering the town to present a negative swab test result.