Philippines to Shut Borders Amid COVID-19 Surge

The Philippines will close its border to foreigners and restrict the number of Filipinos entering the country amid the COVID-19 surge to contain the spread of the virus.

The temporary shut down of the borders was made after the number of cases in the country hit 5,404 on Monday. Experts predict that it could reach 8,000 by the end of March.

The ban on overseas arrivals was announced on Tuesday by the government’s COVID-19 task force and will be effective starting March 20.

Overseas Filipino workers however are exempt, but the number of passenger arrivals will be limited to 1,500 a day, the task force said.

Some of the areas in the country have implemented localized lockdown to prevent the spread of the virus. Metro Manila has also imposed uniform curfew hours and banned minors to go outside.

Since the vaccination roll-out started on March 1, about 216,000 health workers have received their first jab, authorities said.

To date, the Philippines has recorded more than 631,000 cases, more than 561,00 have recovered and 12,848 died.

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