Due to the rapid spread of the Delta variant of coronavirus throughout the world, the Philippines on Friday (July 23) imposes tighter travel restrictions in its capital Manila and four other provinces, as well as a ban on tourists arriving from Malaysia and Thailand, in an effort to prevent the spread of this strain.
According to Reuters, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s spokesman Harry Roque announced the new travel restrictions today, which include the closure of indoor sports and conference venues, indoor tourist attractions, and gyms, as well as the prohibition of children aged five to 17 from leaving their homes. The restrictions will begin on Sunday, July 25 and will last through the end of July.
“This action is undertaken to prevent the further spread and community transmission of COVID-19 variants in the Philippines,” Roque said.
The Philippines has recorded 1.53 million Covid-19 cases and 27,000 deaths, including 47 cases of the Delta variant, leading the Philippines to have the second-highest number of coronavirus cases and casualties in Southeast Asia, next to Indonesia.