The Philippines also blocks entry from seven African countries due to concerns about the introduction of new mutations

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The Philippines has blocked entry from seven African countries, including South Africa, to prevent the influx of the new coronavirus mutation ‘Omicron’.

According to the AFP news agency, President Carlo Nograles announced yesterday (26th) that he had immediately suspended entry from seven countries where there was a case of infection in the Omicron region or there is a high possibility of an outbreak in the future.

The target countries are South Africa, Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, and Zimbabwe, and the entry restrictions will be in effect until the 15th of the next month.

Entry is also prohibited if you have been in these countries in the past two weeks.

The Philippine government decided to quarantine for 14 days for those arriving from these countries last week.

The measure was implemented just hours after the government’s policy to re-enter the country in large numbers for foreign tourists who have completed vaccinations from next month.

Previously, the Philippine government announced that it would apply the new quarantine guidelines on a trial basis to 157 countries, including South Korea, the United States, Japan, and Australia, from the 1st to the 15th of next month.

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Reference-news.sbs.co.kr

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