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PH expands travel ban amid threat of new COVID-19 variant

By: - Reporter / @KAguilarINQ
/ 12:47 PM December 29, 2020
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FILE PHOTO: A computer image created by Nexu Science Communication together with Trinity College in Dublin, shows a model structurally representative of a betacoronavirus which is the type of virus linked to COVID-19, better known as the coronavirus linked to the Wuhan outbreak, shared with Reuters on February 18, 2020. NEXU Science Communication/via REUTERS

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippines will ban travelers coming from 20 countries with cases of the new COVID-19 variant starting Wednesday, Dec. 30, the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) said.

In a Facebook post on Tuesday, the MIAA said the travel ban is imposed on the following countries:

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  • United Kingdom
  • South Africa
  • Switzerland
  • Italy
  • Denmark
  • Israel
  • Hong Kong
  • Spain
  • Ireland
  • Netherlands
  • Singapore
  • Lebanon
  • Japan
  • Canada
  • Germany
  • Sweden
  • Australia
  • France
  • Iceland
  • South Korea

The new COVID-19 strain, which is said to be more infectious, emerged from the United Kingdom.

The Philippines earlier already imposed a travel ban on flights from the UK to prevent possible transmission.

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