The provincial government, he said, has discussed with representatives of airline companies the imposition of stricter health protocols at the airport to curb the spread of SARS-coV-2, the virus that causes coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). BY DOMINIQUE GABRIEL BAÑAGABACOLOD City – Air passengers should brace themselves for stringent health protocols. Commercial flights are set to resume next week at the Bacolod-Silay Airport in Silay City, Negros Occidental after local authorities relax travel restrictions. Passengers will also be required to undergo mandatory real time-polymerase chain swab testing. To help detect people possibly infected with COVID-19, Lacson said the airport will be equipped with thermal scanners that measure body temperature. A “run through” of these procedures was held yesterday at the airport.Provincial Administrator Rayfrando Diaz said they asked Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific Air, and AirAsia Philippines to bring just 1,000 passengers per week at least for the month of June.The move aims to ensure that that swab specimens can be taken from all incoming passengers for COVID-19 testing, adding the recent approval of the province’s very own test lab at the Teresita Lopez Jalandoni Provincial Hospital in Silay City was “very timely.”“Aside from the swab testing, incoming passengers will have to pass through thermal scanners to ensure that they do not have fever and undergo physical screening for COVID-19 symptoms,” Diaz said.He added those with COVID-19 or “flu-like” symptoms will immediately be isolated, while the rest would be allowed to go home./PN Fever is one of the symptoms of the viral illness that so far infected three individuals in the province. According to Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson, commercial flights from Manila to Negros Occidental will resume on June 8.