Suggestions on PH journey restrictions topic to vary amid research on COVID-19 variant – Duque

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 27)— Suggestions for journey restrictions to the Philippines are nonetheless topic to vary, Well being Secretary Francisco Duque III stated Sunday, as he harassed that the coronavirus variant detected in a number of nations is an “evolving” case.

“Bear in mind, our suggestions aren’t solid in stone. They modify relying on the newest developments,” Duque stated in a media discussion board with well being specialists on Sunday.

“Though ngayon kasi, might mga naririnig na rin ako na halimbawa ang Japan daw ay nag-ban na rin ng mga vacationers from nations even when they don’t have any native transmission…The state of affairs is evolving. So we’ll should be conscious of what is occurring round us,” he added.

[Translation: Although now, I’ve been hearing for example Japan which said it would ban travelers from countries even if they have no local transmission… The situation is evolving. So we’ll have to be mindful of what’s happening around us.]

President Rodrigo Duterte permitted on Saturday the extension of the ban on flights from the UK, the place the COVID-19 variant was first detected, for 2 extra weeks after December 31. Nevertheless, the IATF didn’t advocate journey restrictions on nations with no reviews of neighborhood transmission — a pronouncement that has been extensively questioned by netizens in a single day.

Some well being specialists raised the attainable financial affect of strictly closing the nation’s borders. Dr. Socorro Escalante, World Well being Group consultant within the Philippines, stated choices on a journey ban must be primarily based on the “degree of proof” on the case.

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“Alam po din natin (We additionally know) that the border restriction may have important financial and humanitarian affect, and due to this fact if we’re going to resolve this very restrictive intervention, we actually want to contemplate all dimensions,” Escalante stated in the identical briefing.

Whereas there aren’t any set flight restrictions, officers harassed that strict obligatory quarantine for vacationers coming from nations that reported the coronavirus variant will likely be applied. They may full the 14-day quarantine whatever the RT-PCR check outcomes, they added.

Outdoors the UK, the COVID-19 variant has reached a number of different nations, together with Denmark, Belgium, the Netherlands, Australia, and Japan. The Philippines has not but reported infections associated to it.

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Authorities and medical specialists reiterated their name for the general public to strictly abide by the minimal well being requirements to be able to forestall the additional unfold of COVID-19.

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