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MANILA (2nd UPDATE) – The Philippines on Wednesday waived limiting the entry of vacationers from america as a measure to stop the entry of a brand new variant of the coronavirus.
Presidential spokesman Harry Roque mentioned earlier that abroad Filipinos from america would nonetheless be allowed in.
Roque later mentioned that non-Filipino vacationers from america would even be allowed in, because the Division of Well being has but to verify the ban, citing the Underneath Secretary of Well being Maria Rosario Vergeire.
"Pending affirmation, the Interagency Process Power for the Administration of Rising Infectious Illnesses has emphasised that each one inbound worldwide vacationers from international locations not lined by the journey restrictions will strictly full the 14-day quarantine following the Prescribed quarantine protocols that enable house quarantine after a unfavorable check through RT-PCR on the level of entry, "Roque mentioned.
Previous to this announcement, Well being Secretary Francisco Duque III raised the opportunity of restricted entry from america, following the report, essentially the most infectious variant of the COVID-19 virus was detected in Colorado within the USA.
“The coverage is sure isasama natin pansamantala (we’ll embody them briefly),” he mentioned.
“Bear in mind, this isn’t a everlasting ban. That is solely a brief second to present us time to evaluate our scenario and examine whether or not this new variant has already arrived within the Philippines or not but, ”added Duque.
Vergeire earlier informed the media that they might first "look ahead to america to formally notify the WHO of the IHR (Worldwide Well being Regulations)" or for america authorities to formally announce that It detected the brand new variant inside their borders.
Earlier than Christmas, the Philippines imposed a journey ban on vacationers from the UK. He later prolonged the journey restriction to international vacationers coming from round 20 international locations.
Duque defined that "any nation that has reported the brand new UK variant might be topic to the non permanent ban".
He mentioned laboratories nationwide, particularly the Philippine Genome Middle, Analysis Institute for Tropical Drugs and Nationwide Institutes of Well being, are presently sequencing samples to confirm whether or not the Philippines already has the brand new COVID variant.
The Philippine Genome Middle lately mentioned it could take them 2 weeks to finish their genetic sequencing.
In the meantime, Duque dismissed criticism that the Philippines didn’t instantly impose a journey ban.
"It’s important to take note of the journey ban," he says.
(We’re among the many first to impose a journey ban.)
Duque defined how the federal government has been assembly since December 22 and the way it imposed a journey ban efficient December 24.
He additionally identified that the ban had already been prolonged to January 15.
Though solely international nationals will not be allowed to enter the Philippines, Filipinos might be topic to a 14-day quarantine no matter the results of their RT-PCR check.
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