MANILA (Reuters) – The Philippines on Friday prolonged by two weeks a ban on vacationers from greater than 30 territories and nations the place a extra transmissible COVID-19 variant has been detected, with the restriction additionally now protecting Filipinos who wish to come house.
The Southeast Asian nation, which has recorded its first case of a brand new variant that was first present in Britain, has the second highest variety of COVID-19 instances and casualties in Southeast Asia, subsequent to Indonesia.
The flight ban, which has been expanded from the preliminary 19 nations and territories and was initially imposed for 2 weeks till Jan. 15, will now be in impact till Jan. 31, Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque stated in a press release.
The prohibition additionally now covers vacationers from China beginning Jan. 13, and the USA starting Jan. 3.
Whereas the British variant was discovered to be practically 70% extra transmissible than the unique one, there isn’t a proof but that it’s extra harmful.
The flight ban now covers all vacationers coming from or transiting by the flagged nations, which additionally embody Japan, Australia, Israel, Hong Kong, France, Germany and Italy, the assertion stated.
Beforehand Filipinos from these areas had been allowed to come back house provided that they underwent a 14-day quarantine in a government-designated isolation facility.
Roque stated exemptions to the entry restrictions could also be issued by the federal government’s coronavirus activity pressure.
Reporting by Enrico Dela Cruz; Enhancing by Ed Davies