Malacañang announced on Tuesday that the Philippines had extended the travel ban from India and nine other countries until September 5 to prevent and slow the spread of COVID-19.
Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque made the statement after the Department of Health (DOH) has recorded the highest tally in the pandemic, having 22,366 new cases on August 30.
“President Rodrigo Roa Duterte approved the recommendation of the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) to extend the current travel restrictions in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, United Arab Emirates, Oman, Thailand, Malaysia, and Indonesia from September 1 to 5, 2021,” Roque said in a press statement.
The travel ban was also imposed in response to the threat posed by the more infectious Delta Covid-19 variant, which was first discovered in India.
“These travel restrictions form part of the pro-active measures to slow down the rising number of Covid-19 cases, stop further spread of variants, and increase the country’s existing healthcare capacity,” he added.
With 13,827 new infections on Tuesday, the total number of Covid-19 infections approached 2 million.
The total number of cases in the country has risen to 1,989,857, with 145,662 active cases.
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