Quarantine for travelers from abroad will protect PH from virus variant – Palace

MANILA, Philippines — The mandatory 14-day quarantine for travelers coming from countries with the new coronavirus variant would prevent its transmission in the Philippines, presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said on Monday amid calls from lawmakers to expand the travel ban.

“Whether it be the new strain or the old strain, our protection against it is the 14-day quarantine and the use of mask, washing hands, and [physical] distancing,” Roque said in a press briefing on Monday.

The government has banned until Jan. 14 flights from the United Kingdom, which imposed stricter lockdowns after reporting cases of the new coronavirus strain that was found to be more transmissible.

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