Following lifting of travel restrictions, the Philippines will be requiring travelers from India to undergo “hard, long and strict” quarantines, according to foreign affairs minister Teodoro Locsin, Jr.
Philippine ambassador to India Ramon Bagatsing, meanwhile, reported that over 70 Filipinos have been infected and two have died of a “double mutant” variant, B.1.617.
The variant was first discovered in the Indian state Maharashtra’s Vidarbha region back in December last year.
According to the World Health Organization, B.1.617 has been found in at least 17 other nations.
India has been facing a catastrophic second wave of infections that have overrun hospitals and causing shortages in beds and oxygen tanks.