Mas pinalawak pa ng bansa ang ipinatupad nitong travel ban at nagdagdag ng anim pang bansa upang makontrol ang pagkalat ng panibago at mas nakahahawang variant ng COVID-19.
Ayon kay Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque, ipatutupad ang travel ban sa foreign nationals na nanggaling mula sa mga sumusunod na bansa sa loob ng 14 na araw bago makarating sa Pilipinas epektibo mula Enero 8 hanggang Enero 15, 2021:
Nilinaw din ni Sec. Roque na papayagan pa ring makapasok ang foreign nationals na manggagaling mula sa mga lugar na natukoy bago mag-Enero 8 subalit kinakailangan nilang sumailalim sa 14-day quarantine kahit nagnegatibo na umano ang mga ito sa RT-PCR test.
Gayundin umano ang ipatutupad na protocol para sa OFWs na darating sa bansa bago o pagkatapos maging epektibo ang travel ban sa anim na bansang natukoy.
Dagdag pa ni Sec. Roque, “From Jan. 8, all unaccompanied, underaged Filipinos from areas covered by the travel ban shall not be allowed entry until January 15, 2021, except minors returning through the repatriation program of the national government.”
“These repatriated minors shall be turned over to the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration house parent who, in coordination with the Department of Social Welfare and Development, shall ensure the minors’ safety and their observance of quarantine protocols.”
Sa kasalukuyan, wala pa umanong namamataang kaso ng bagong strain ng COVID-19 sa bansa na pinangalanan ng British scientists na VUI 202012/01.
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