Travel ban lifted on UAE, India, and eight countries from Philippines by Monday

Travel ban lifted on UAE, India, and eight countries from Philippines by Monday

The Philippines will lift the travel bans for all coming travelers from 10 countries, including India and UAE, from 6 September, the presidential spokesperson said on Saturday.

Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said in a statement that the ban, put in place in April then expand to more countries in July to prevent the spread of the highly contagious Delta variant of the coronavirus, will be lifted on Monday.

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has also approved an inter-agency Covid-19 task force to lift travel restrictions in India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal, the UAE, Oman, Thailand, Malaysia, and Indonesia.

Roque said that travelers from these ten countries would have to spend 14 days in quarantine upon arrival. "International travellers coming from the above-mentioned countries shall, however, comply with the appropriate entry, testing, and quarantine protocols," Roque said in a statement.

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However, foreign tourists are still banning from entering the country except for holders of special visas such as diplomats and foreign spouses of Filipino citizens.

The Philippines is struggling with soaring Covid-19 infections and has reported 2,040,568 Covid-19 cases, including 33,873 deaths. According to the Philippines' department of health, there were 20,310 new Covid-19 infections on Friday. Data shows that the caseload is the second-highest single-day tally since the coronavirus pandemic began last January.

The country has identified 1,789 Delta cases, including 33 deaths, as the local transmission of the variant has spread to communities. WHO (The World Health Organization) confirmed the community transmission of the Delta variant, saying it is now the dominant Covid-19 strain circulating in the Philippines.

Health undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire has warned that the number of Covid-19 cases will continue to rise due to the spread of Delta and other variants.

She also said that local governments had imposed granular lockdown in Metro Manila and other areas across the country with virus clusters to contain the spread of Covid-19.

The Philippines has the second-highest Covid-19 cases and deaths in the Southeast Asia region after Indonesia. Surging Covid-19 points driven by the Delta variant have been overwhelming hospitals even as healthcare workers have protested to end what they called government neglect and unpaid benefits.

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