PH expands ‘red list’ countries to control Omicron threat

Ninoy Aquino World Airport Terminal 1 (Report picture)

MANILA – The Philippines has expanded go back and forth restrictions to incorporate seven extra nations within the “crimson record” to comprise the unfold of the brand new Omicron variant of Covid-19, Malacañang stated on Sunday.

The Inter-Company Process Pressure for the Control of Rising Infectious Sicknesses (IATF) added Austria, Czech Republic, Hungary, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Belgium, and Italy to the crimson record, in line with a press observation from Cupboard Secretary and appearing Presidential Spokesperson Karlo Nograles.

Already at the crimson record are South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Eswatini, and Mozambique.

Previous to the declaration of the ban on Friday, South Africa, Namibia, and Zimbabwe have been within the “inexperienced” record.

The crimson record or spaces thought to be as “high-risk” for Covid-19 will likely be up to date after December 15.

“Inbound world go back and forth of all individuals, without reference to vaccination standing, coming from or who’ve been to crimson record nations/jurisdictions/territories throughout the final 14 days previous to arrival to any port of the Philippines shall no longer be allowed,” Nograles stated.

Simplest Filipinos returning to the rustic by the use of government-initiated or non-government-initiated repatriation and so-called Bayanihan (Cooperation) flights will likely be allowed access topic to the existing access, trying out, and quarantine protocols for crimson record nations/jurisdictions/territories.

Passengers already in transit and all those that had been to the crimson record nations/territories/jurisdictions inside of 14 days straight away previous arrival to the Philippines and who arrive earlier than 12:01 a.m. of November 30 is probably not topic to restrictions.

They’ll go through facility-based quarantine for 14 days with trying out at the 7th day, with day 1 being the date of arrival, however a unfavorable opposite transcription-polymerase chain response (RT-PCR) end result.

Alternatively, passengers who arrived earlier than November 28 and are lately present process quarantine pursuant to the classifications in their nation of foundation will whole their trying out and quarantine protocols.

In terms of passengers, whether or not Filipinos or foreigners, simply transiting during the crimson nations, they’re going to no longer be deemed as having come from or having been to the stated nation in the event that they stayed on the airport the entire time and weren’t cleared for access by way of immigration government.

Then again, they’re required to conform to present trying out and quarantine protocols.

On Friday, the International Well being Group declared the Omicron variant of Covid-19 to be “of outrage”.

It was once first reported to the WHO from South Africa on November 24 and has additionally been known in Botswana, Belgium, Hong Kong, and Israel.

A variety of nations have already imposed go back and forth restrictions to and from southern Africa. (PNA)