Palawan to tighten border controls after new COVID-19 strain detected in Malaysia

PUERTO PRINCESA CITY —- Local officials in southern Palawan will enforce tighter border controls after Malaysia reported a new strain of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Palawan Gov. Jose Alvarez on Tuesday said he has ordered local authorities to deny undocumented individuals from entering through Mangsee Island in Balabac municipality.

The island is known as a backdoor for sea travelers from Sabah, and the island of Borneo.

Malaysian health authorities on Dec. 24 reported that one of their patients from Sabah carries the new strain of the highly infectious virus.

“We have many small seacrafts [for patrol]. Those who have a passport may be allowed to enter,” Alvarez sai…

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