Philippines expands travel ban to limit spread of coronavirus variant

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The Philippines will ban travellers from 19 nations and territories till mid-January as a measure to preserve out a brand new variant of the coronavirus, its transport ministry stated on Tuesday.

The regulation will probably be in impact from midnight of December 29 to January 15 and covers Filipinos and foreigners arriving from the “flagged countries”, the transport ministry instructed reporters in a bunch textual content message.

The Philippines beforehand imposed and later prolonged a flight ban from Britain till mid-January because the extra contagious variant of the Covid-19 virus was first detected in England.

The new variant, which British scientists have referred to as “VUI – 202012/01,” has renewed fears concerning the virus that has killed over 1.7 million folks worldwide.

The flagged nations embody France, Australia, Canada, Germany, South Africa, Singapore and Japan.

With greater than 470,000 infections and 9,124 deaths, the Philippines has the second highest quantity of Covid-19 instances and casualties in Southeast Asia, subsequent to Indonesia.

The new variant has not been detected within the Philippines.

Philippine well being officers stated the travel ban could possibly be expanded to embody extra nations ought to these report the presence of the brand new Covid-19 variant.

(This story has been revealed from a wire company feed with out modifications to the textual content.)

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