Manila: The Philippines government will ban all travelers to Indonesia from July 16 to July 31 to prevent the spread of the highly contagious coronavirus delta variant, Presidential spokesman Harry Roque said on July 14.
“President Rodrigo Duterte has approved travel restrictions for all travelers arriving from Indonesia or with a travel history to Indonesia within the past two weeks prior to their arrival in the Philippines,” Roque said in a statement. This action has been taken to prevent further spread and community transmission of the COVID-19 variant in the Philippines,” Roque said.
The inclusion of Indonesia in the list of banned countries by the Philippines comes from the list of eight countries. Travelers from India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Oman and the United Arab Emirates are also not allowed to enter the country till July 31. The Philippines has detected the delta variant in samples taken from 19 returning Filipinos. No community transmission has been documented so far. According to the Philippine Ministry of Health, the country now has 1,485,457 confirmed Covid-19 cases, including 26,232 deaths.