- Travelers from 10 countries banned from entry until the end of July
- Philippines has highest rate of daily infections in one month
- Coronavirus restrictions tighten in capital region, four provinces
MANILA, July 23 (Reuters) – The Philippines will suspend travel from Malaysia and Thailand, as well as tighten restrictions in the Manila region, in a bid to prevent the spread of the contagious Delta variant of the coronavirus, a said the presidential spokesman on Friday.
The travel restriction will take effect from Sunday and will continue until the end of July, Presidential spokesman Harry Roque said in a nationwide speech.
“This action is being taken to prevent the spread and community transmission of COVID-19 variants in the Philippines,” Roque said.
The Philippines has already banned travelers from eight countries, including Indonesia and India. Read more
In an attempt to prevent further national transmission of the Delta variant, President Rodrigo Duterte has placed the Capital Region, an urban sprawl of 16 cities that is home to more than 13 million people, and four provinces under tighter restrictions against coronaviruses until the end of July.
Indoor sports and conference venues, indoor tourist attractions and gymnasiums are not allowed to do business, while the capacity to operate indoor and outdoor restaurants has been reduced.
In addition, children between the ages of five and 17 will not be allowed to leave their homes.
The Philippines has recorded 47 cases of the Delta variant, eight of which are active, and three deaths.
With nearly 1.54 million infections and nearly 27,000 deaths, the Philippines has the second highest number of coronavirus cases and victims in Southeast Asia, after Indonesia.
The Philippines reported an additional 6,845 cases on Friday, the largest daily increase in four weeks, the health ministry said.
Reporting by Neil Jerome Morales Editing by Ed Davies
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