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...

De Lima belies Clooney plea for Arroyo

MANILA (Mabuhay) – The Department of Justice (DOJ) insists that the continued detention of former President and now Pampanga Representative Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo does not violate her human, civil, and political rights, even as the Aquino government has yet to officially receive...

DOT’s Jimenez cites travel ban, Yolanda aftermath as challenges to 2014 tourism target

MANILA, Nov 13 (Mabuhay) – Travel ban on the Philippines imposed by other countries and the aftermath of killer Typhoon Yolanda are the biggest hurdles to achieving 6.8 million foreign tourist arrivals this year, the Department of Tourism (DOT) chief told reporters late...

OFWs urged leave Afghanistan

MANILA (AFP) – The Philippines on Tuesday urged 4,000 workers in Afghanistan to leave the country amid an election stand-off that has raised fears of instability and ethnic unrest. “The Department of Foreign Affairs has issued Alert Level 3 (voluntary repatriation phase) for...
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