Solon urges compassion for foreigners stranded due to pandemic

MANILA, Jan 12 (Mabuhay) — A lawmaker is calling on the government to be hospitable and compassionate with foreigners stranded in the Philippines due to travel restrictions brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic. Bohol Representative Alexie Tutor on Monday filed House...

China not on travel restriction list: Palace

MANILA, Jan 8 (Mabuhay) — China is not on the Philippines’ list of nations covered by a temporary travel ban to curb the spread of the new strain of coronavirus because international agencies have yet to confirm that it has indeed entered the East Asian country, Malacañang...

PH expands ban to Austria travelers over new COVID-19 variant

MANILA, Jan 9 (Mabuhay) — Foreign travelers from Austria are banned from entering the Philippines starting Jan. 10 until Jan. 15, Malacañang said Friday, after the new South African COVID-19 variant was detected in the European country. “Relative to the detection of a...

PH bans entry of foreigners from 6 more countries

MANILA, Jan 7 (Mabuhay) — The Philippines has added six more countries to the list of nations covered by temporary travel restrictions to prevent the spread of the new strain of coronavirus discovered in the United Kingdom, Malacañang announced on Wednesday night. “The...

Hong Kong: Traveler from Philippines had UK variant of COVID-19

MANILA, Jan 6 (Mabuhay) — A passenger from the Philippines has been identified by Hong Kong authorities as having tested positive for the UK variant of COVID-19. Dr. Chuang Shuk-kwan, head of the Communicable Disease Branch of Hong Kong’s Center for Health Protection,...

No presence of UK variant of new coronavirus yet in Philippines –DOH

MANILA, Jan 6 (Mabuhay) — The UK variant of the SARS-CoV-2 virus causing COVID-19 disease, identified as B.1.1.7, has not been detected in the country just yet, the Department of Health (DOH) said Wednesday. The DOH issued the statement after Hong Kong health authorities...

Philippine travel ban expanded to 20 countries amid threat of new coronavirus variant —officials

MANILA, Dec 29 (Mabuhay) — The Philippine government has expanded to 20 countries the travel ban in connection with the threat of a new coronavirus variant initially found in the United Kingdom, at least three government officials said Tuesday. “We expanded the ban to 20...

PH yet to ban travel from other nations with new COVID-19 strain: AÑO

MANILA, Dec 28 (Mabuhay) — The Philippines would not yet ban travel from other countries with the new COVID-19 strain found in the UK unless there’s community transmission there, Interior Secretary Eduardo Año said Sunday. Beginning Dec. 24, Manila already suspended...

Tourists can now get P750 RT-PCR test at PCMC — DOT

MANILA, Dec 28 (Mabuhay)– Tourists can now apply for a PHP750 reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test at the Philippine Children’s Medical Center (PCMC), the Department of Tourism (DOT) announced Monday. During the signing of a memorandum...

Success of antigen pilot test seen to boost Philippine tourism amid COVID-19

MANILA, Nov 23 (Mabuhay) — The government is banking on the success of antigen pilot testing to fully boost the country’s local tourism badly hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, Malacañang said Monday. Currently on pilot run in Baguio City, antigen testing is seen as a...
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