PH expands ‘red list’ countries to control Omicron threat

Ninoy Aquino Global Airport Terminal 1 (Report picture)

MANILA – The Philippines has expanded trip restrictions to incorporate seven extra international locations within the “crimson listing” to include the unfold of the brand new Omicron variant of Covid-19, Malacañang mentioned on Sunday.

The Inter-Company Activity Power for the Control of Rising Infectious Sicknesses (IATF) added Austria, Czech Republic, Hungary, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Belgium, and Italy to the crimson listing, in step with a press commentary from Cupboard Secretary and appearing Presidential Spokesperson Karlo Nograles.

Already at the crimson listing are South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Eswatini, and Mozambique.

Previous to the declaration of the ban on Friday, South Africa, Namibia, and Zimbabwe had been within the “inexperienced” listing.

The crimson listing or spaces thought to be as “high-risk” for Covid-19 can be up to date after December 15.

“Inbound global trip of all individuals, irrespective of vaccination standing, coming from or who’ve been to crimson listing international locations/jurisdictions/territories throughout the ultimate 14 days previous to arrival to any port of the Philippines shall now not be allowed,” Nograles mentioned.

Handiest Filipinos returning to the rustic by the use of government-initiated or non-government-initiated repatriation and so-called Bayanihan (Cooperation) flights can be allowed access matter to the existing access, checking out, and quarantine protocols for crimson listing international locations/jurisdictions/territories.

Passengers already in transit and all those that were to the crimson listing international locations/territories/jurisdictions inside 14 days straight away previous arrival to the Philippines and who arrive ahead of 12:01 a.m. of November 30 may not be matter to restrictions.

They are going to go through facility-based quarantine for 14 days with checking out at the 7th day, with day 1 being the date of arrival, however a destructive opposite transcription-polymerase chain response (RT-PCR) consequence.

Alternatively, passengers who arrived ahead of November 28 and are these days present process quarantine pursuant to the classifications in their nation of foundation will entire their checking out and quarantine protocols.

In terms of passengers, whether or not Filipinos or foreigners, simply transiting throughout the crimson international locations, they’ll now not be deemed as having come from or having been to the mentioned nation in the event that they stayed on the airport the entire time and weren’t cleared for access through immigration government.

Then again, they’re required to agree to present checking out and quarantine protocols.

On Friday, the Global Well being Group declared the Omicron variant of Covid-19 to be “of outrage”.

It was once first reported to the WHO from South Africa on November 24 and has additionally been known in Botswana, Belgium, Hong Kong, and Israel.

Various international locations have already imposed trip restrictions to and from southern Africa. (PNA)

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