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Philippines 03 Jan 2021 | 7:00 AM

US travellers banned from today

The Philip­pines will prohibit the entry of foreign travellers from the United States after the more infectious new variant of the coronavirus was detected in Florida.The travel ban, lasting until Jan 15, covers those who have been to the United States within 14 days preceding arrival in the Philippines, President Rodrigo Duterte’s spokesman said in a statement.

Indonesia 31 Dec 2020 | 7:00 AM

‘PCR test can detect new virus variant’

THE Indone­sian Medical Association’s (IDI) Covid-19 task force head, Zubairi Djoerban, has said that the new variant of the coronavirus found in the United Kingdom recently can be detected by the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test.

Indonesia 30 Dec 2020 | 7:00 AM

Foreign travellers denied entry

The country is closing its borders to foreign travellers from all around the world for the first two weeks of 2021, Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi announced, amid concerns over the discovery of a more infectious SARS-CoV-2 variant first detected in the United Kingdom.