Philippines extends travel ban on 10 countries to Aug 15


Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte. - REUTERS

MANILA (Bernama): The Philippines has extended the travel ban for all inbound travelers from Malaysia and nine other countries to Aug 15 to prevent the spread of the Covid-19 Delta variant.

Apart from Malaysia, the Philippines has banned travelers from India, Thailand, Indonesia, Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Oman and the United Arab Emirates.

Xinhua reported on Friday (July 30) that presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said that President Rodrigo Duterte approved the travel ban extension to curb the spread of Covid-19 variants in the Philippines.

He added that the Philippines will still allow the return of overseas Filipino workers under its repatriation programme, but they have to be isolated for 14 days upon arrival. the country's tally to 216. At least eight Delta patients have died.

The Philippines has reported a total of 1,572,287 Covid-19 cases as of Thursday (July 29) and 27,577 deaths.

Out of all the cases, 216 are due to the Delta variant. - Bernama

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