Travelers from China and 4 other territories will be banned from entering the Philippines to halt the spread of a new, more contagious COVID-19 variant, Malacañang said on Tuesday.
The expanded travel restrictions will apply to China, Pakistan, Jamaica, Luxembourg and Oman, effective 12:01 noon of January 13 until 15, said Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque.
"Filipinos coming from these territories can still come home, but subject to the absolute 14-day quarantine, whatever the result of their PCR test," he told reporters in an online briefing.
Beijing in early January had reported that a 23-year-old woman who arrived from the United Kingdom tested positive for the new COVID-19 strain first detected in UK.
But China was not included in the expanded travel bans that Malacañang announced on January 6.
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