MANILA (Reuters) -The Philippines will ban travellers from 19 nations and territories until finally mid-January as a evaluate to hold out a new variant of the coronavirus, its transportation ministry explained on Tuesday.
The regulation will be in outcome from midnight of Dec. 29 to Jan. 15 and covers Filipinos and foreigners arriving from the “flagged international locations”, the transport ministry advised reporters in a group text message.
The Philippines earlier imposed and later on prolonged a flight ban from Britain till mid-January as the extra contagious variant of the COVID-19 virus was to start with detected in England.
The new variant, which British researchers have called “VUI – 202012/01,” has renewed fears about the virus that has killed above 1.7 million people today around the world.
The flagged nations around the world incorporate France, Australia, Canada, Germany, South Africa, Singapore and Japan.
With a lot more than 470,000 infections and 9,124 deaths, the Philippines has the next maximum range of COVID-19 circumstances and casualties in Southeast Asia, subsequent to Indonesia.
The new variant has not been detected in the Philippines.
Philippine overall health officials said the travel ban could be expanded to involve much more nations ought to people report the existence of the new COVID-19 variant.
(Reporting by Neil Jerome Morales Composing by Karen Lema Editing by Martin Petty)
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