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Gov’t not keen on expanding travel ban

July 17, 2021 People's Tonight 234 views

CNN Philippines – The pandemic task force is not keen on adding more countries and territories to the travel ban list despite the threat of the Delta COVID-19 variant, a Health official said Saturday, even as border controls will be tightened.

“Tayo ay makikipagusap sa IATF (Inter-Agency Task Force) pero ang huling usapan ay gawing very strict ang border control para hindi ma-isolate ang ating bansa from the rest of the world,” Health Spokesperson and Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said in a virtual briefing.

Just this week, the government added Indonesia to the travel ban list.

The list includes India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, United Arab Emirates and Oman. The ban is until end-July.

On Friday, the Department of Health said it logged 16 new cases of the Delta variant, including 11 local cases.

Health authorities said there is no local transmission as yet.

Vergeire said the government is conducting extensive contact tracing among people who contracted the more transmissible variant.