Benguet town reopens tourist spots shuttered by coronavirus

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Posted at Feb 21 2020 12:31 PM | Updated as of Feb 21 2020 04:45 PM

This photo shows a flower farm in Atok, Benguet. Albert Manangan

This photo shows a flower farm in Atok, Benguet. Albert Manangan

This photo shows a flower farm in Atok, Benguet. Albert Manangan

This photo shows a flower farm in Atok, Benguet. Albert Manangan

This photo shows a flower farm in Atok, Benguet. Albert Manangan

This photo shows a flower farm in Atok, Benguet. Albert Manangan


MANILA — The highland town of Atok, Benguet, known for its flower farms and chilly weather, will reopen this weekend its tourist spots that were closed as a precaution against the novel coronavirus strain from China. 

Starting Saturday, eco-tourism attractions that were closed on Feb. 4 like the Sakura Park and Northern Blossom Flower Farm will again accept tourists, who are required to pre-register with local government, Atok Mayor Raymundo Sarac said in an executive order released Thursday. 

The management of all tourism sites and business establishments should also provide customers with water, soap and hand sanitizer or rubbing alcohol, said Sarac.

Beijing on Friday reported up to 2,233 deaths, with the number of new confirmed cases slowing.

The Philippines has so far had 3 confirmed COVID-19 cases, including 1 death, all of whom are Chinese nationals from Wuhan, where the pathogen was discovered. 

The Cordillera region, which Sagada is part of, has 8 patients being monitored for possible COVID-19 infection, as of Friday. It has no confirmed case of the disease, according to the health department's website.