2 Palawan tourists nabbed for fake Covid-19 test results

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MANILA, Philippines — Two female tourists in El Nido, Palawan, will instead face formal complaints for presenting fake Covid-19 swab test results to the local government, the Department of Tourism (DOT) said Saturday.

TheDOT, in a statement, said police held the tourists at the Lio Airport on Feb. 16.

Authorities discovered the violation after  checking the quick response (QR) code of the clinic that supposedly conducted and issued the test results.

El Nido - Palawan Philippines

El Nido, Palawan, Philippines. INQUIRER.net stock photo

The tourists violated Republic Act 11322 or the Mandatory Reporting of Notifiable Diseases and Health Events of Public Health Concern Act.

“This is in violation of RA 11322 Sec (g) Tampering of Records or intentionally providing misinformation,” said DOT.

The tourism department said the tourists were sent to a hotel for seven-day mandatory quarantine.

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