(SPOT.ph) President Rodrigo Duterte has officially banned all travelers from China, Hong Kong, and Macau from entering the Philippines. This announcement comes after the first novel coronavirus death in the country occurred when a 44-year-old male passed away yesterday, February 1, according to a report by CNN Philippines.
"Magkakaroon tayo ng temporary ban banning the entry of any person except Filipino citizens and holders of permanent resident visa issued by the Philippine government directly coming from China and its special administrative regions," said Senator Bong Go in an article by GMA News Online.
In a statement by the Department of Tourism, the ban covers any person from any nation who was in China and its Special Administrative Regions within the past 14 days. Meanwhile, Filipinos and Permanent Resident Visa holders will be required to undergo a 14-day quarantine period.
Filipinos are also under a temporary ban from travelling to the China, Macau, and Hong Kong. "We call on everyone in the tourism industry to follow these directives until the World Health Organization and the Philippine government deems it safe to resume travel to these parts," said Tourism Secretary Berna Romulo-Puyat in the statement.
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