Philippines on Friday made an announcement that it has extended the travel restrictions on 10 countries Including India until 15th of August 2021.
The list of other countries includes Pakistan, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Oman, United Arab Emirates, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Thailand.
The announcement comes amidst the spread of Delta variant COVID 19 coronavirus and surge in the number of Covid-19 cases in the Philippines.
Informing about the decision, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said that President Rodrigo Roa Duterte approved the recommendation of the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) to extend the travel restrictions currently imposed to 10 countries starting August 1 until August 15, 2021.
Philippines had earlier imposed the travel restrictions on India in April and extended later as the latter faced an unprecedented surge in coronavirus cases.
On July 14, 2021, the Philippines government again extended the ban till July 31, 2021.
The extended travel ban came after President Duterte expressed concern over the contagious Delta variant, first detected in India, news agency PTI reported citing Manila Times.
The Philippines has, so far, reported 216 cases of the Delta variant, but health experts say there could be more undetected cases because of the slow pace of the country’s genome sequencing capacity and the testing numbers.