Pakistan moved to list of ’yellow’ countries
MANILA, Philippines — The government’s pandemic task force has reclassified Pakistan to its “yellow list,” or countries under moderate risk for COVID-19, from Jan. 1 to Jan. 15.
Pakistan was initially supposed to be under the “green list,” or those at low risk for COVID-19, according to acting presidential spokesperson Karlo Nograles.
The new list of green countries consists of Bangladesh, Benin, Bhutan, British Virgin Island, China, Ivory Coast, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Portland Islands, Fiji, Gambia, Guinea, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Liberia, Montserrat, Oman, Paraguay, Rwanda, Saba of the Netherlands, Saint Barthélemy, São Tomé and Príncipe, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Sint Eustatius, Taiwan, Timor Leste, Togo, Uganda, and the United Arab Emirates.
The “red list,” or countries at high risk for COVID-19, includes Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia and Spain.
Travelers from red list countries are barred from entering the Philippines unless they are Filipinos returning via repatriation flights. Travelers from yellow and green countries have to present a negative reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction test taken within 72 hours from their departure from their country of origin.
—LEILA B. SALAVERRIA
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