The Philippines is temporarily banning flights from the United Kingdom from December 24 to 31 to avoid the possible spread of a new variant of SARS-COV-2, the virus that causes the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19), in the country.
The new SARS-COV-2 variant has reportedly emerged in the UK.
President Rodrigo Duterte approved the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) Resolution 90 as part of efforts to prevent the entry of a new variant of SARS-COV-2 in the country.
“The implementation of proactive measures is necessary to ensure the utmost protection of the health of the Filipino people,” the resolution stated.
Under the resolution, all passengers who have been to the UK within 14 days immediately preceding arrival in the Philippines, including those merely in transit, are also temporarily restricted from entering the country in the same period.
Passengers already in transit from the UK and all those who have been to the UK within 14 days immediately preceding arrival in the Philippines, who arrive before 12:01 a.m. of December 24, will not be subject to entry restriction but will be required to undergo stricter quarantine and testing protocols.
Such protocols include the observation of an absolute 14-day quarantine period at the Athlete’s Village in the New Clark City, notwithstanding a negative reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test result.
Outbound travel to the UK will likewise be subject to the exit protocols of the Philippines and the UK.
Last December 22, the Department of Health (DOH) Technical Advisory Group, the Philippine Genome Center, the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine, and the World Health Organization (WHO) Country Office convened to discuss the reported new variant of coronavirus and later submitted recommendations to the DOH.More than 40 countries have shut their borders to the UK due to fears over the new coronavirus strain spreading 70 percent faster than others strains. SOVEREIGNPH