Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 22) – Presidential spokesman Harry Roque stated on Tuesday it was time for the nation to think about imposing a short lived ban on flights from the UK, the place a brand new pressure of coronavirus, which might unfold sooner than different variants, has been detected.
“Panahon na para ikonsidera the UK short-term journey ban,” Roque stated throughout a briefing.
[Translation: It is now the time to consider a temporary ban on UK.]
For now, regardless of the perceived menace of the brand new pressure, Roque believes the nation shall be "secure" so long as inbound vacationers comply with the circumstances set by the Philippines to comprise the unfold of COVID-19.
“Pero on naman po, basta sumunod on the quarantine protocol and the PCR check is secure in the intervening time,” he stated.
[Translation: But for now, as long as travelers would follow our protocol, which is to go through quarantine while waiting for the result of a PCR test, then we are safe.]
Roque stated earlier that there was no must subject stricter journey restrictions but for the reason that UK had already imposed a lockdown and the Philippines had their very own journey laws incoming. The well being ministry shared the identical sentiment on Monday, noting that the Philippines stays closed to foreigners with just a few exceptions, together with diplomats.
In the meantime, Senators Frank Drilon and Ralph Recto have advocated a ban on flights from the UK as a precaution in opposition to COVID-19.
"We should do every little thing to make sure the security and safety of our individuals," Recto stated in a press release.
"The DOH should act decisively and never procrastinate. Keep in mind that in February, the DOH didn’t instantly ban journey from China, which instantly precipitated the lethal native transmission of COVID -19, "Drilon stated in a separate assertion.
The primary identified affected person who exhibited signs of coronavirus illness was from the town of Wuhan in China. The Philippines' first confirmed case of coronavirus – a 38-year-old Chinese language girl – was additionally from Wuhan.
President Rodrigo Duterte beforehand banned flights from mainland China simply days after the nation confirmed its first case of COVID-19.
Because the UK introduced a lockdown on Saturday, a number of international locations in Europe, Asia, South America and the Center East have restricted journey from the UK and, in some instances journey from different international locations which have reported instances with the novel variant coronavirus, CNN reported on Tuesday.
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