Foreign nationals and returning non-overseas Filipino workers are suspended from entering the Philippine borders starting March 20 until April 19.
The number of inbound international passengers is also limited to 1,500 a day as directed by the National Task Force Against COVID-19 (NTF) to concerned agencies.
The said measures were meant to prevent the entry of coronavirus variants from other countries and to minimize a further rise in coronavirus cases as well.
Under Memorandum Circular No. 5, the following individuals are exempted:
- Holders of 9(c) visas
- Medical repatriation and their escort/s duly endorsed by the DFA-OUMWA or OWWA
- Distressed ROFs duly endorsed by DFA-OUMWA
- Emergency, humanitarian, and other analogous cases approved by the NTF-COVID-19
These measures were one of the latest moves to curb the alarming Covid-19 cases by the National Task Force Against COVID-19 (NTF).
Granular lockdowns and a prohibition on liquor sales have also been implemented.
The steep increase was monitored after the government eased restrictions on public transportation and some business establishments to restart the economy.
Currently, the Philippines has recorded 117 UK variants, 90 South Africa variant cases, and 85 COVID-19 cases with the two mutations of concern.
The Department of Health said that at least seven percent of the samples from COVID-19 cases in the country involved new variants of coronavirus.
Source: GMA News