The Philippines has joined the ranks of over 40 countries the world over to have placed the U.K. in isolation by temporarily closing their borders to all travellers coming from there following the discovery of a rampant new Covid19 strain.
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson had admitted that the mutated variant of the virus “could be up to 70 percent more transmissible.”
Just days before Christmas, President Duterte approved the recommendation of the IATF to suspend all flights from the U.K. until Dec. 31 in a bid to keep out the new Covid mutant, as this could add to the already burgeoning headaches of the Department of Health in trying to contain the spread of the “old” virus.
(Pres. Duterte in an IATF emergency meeting, extended the ban until January 14, 2021.)
At this point, WHO researchers said there is still no evidence showing it could be more deadly. They added that the evolving of the coronavirus is a normal process.
Much of Europe has banned arrivals from the UK as part of emergency procedures designed to stop the spread of the new coronavirus variation. But people coming home would be allowed entry provided they undergo a Covid19 test or quarantine for 10 days.
Among the countries banning travellers from the UK include Russia, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Israel, Jordan, Iran, South Africa, Kuwait, El Salvador, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Chile, Argentina, Mauritius, Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia and Algeria.
Hong Kong, France, Switzerland, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Canada, Belgium, Romania, India, Poland, Netherlands, Finland, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Hungary, Luxembourg, Croatia, Macedonia, Sweden, Norway, Albania, Czech Republic, Denmark and Portugal.