The Department of Health (DOH) has suggested a travel ban for travelers from Hong Kong following the discovery in the territory of the B.1.1.529 coronavirus variant, which has been identified as a variant of concern by the World Health Organization (WHO).
“Yes. Ikinokonsidera na rin ‘yan. Kaya nga sumulat na kami, nag-rekomenda kami kay Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea na kung puwedeng maaksyunan ito agad para makasiguro tayo na hindi makapasok ito,” Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said in a Dobol B sa News TV interview on Saturday.
Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) approved temporary suspension of international flights from South Africa, Botswana and other countries with local cases or with likely Omicron variant existence.
“Kailangan talagang tugunan ito dahil hindi naman ito karaniwang panahon, ito ay Christmas season. Kinakailangan talaga na pag-aralan itong maigi. Hopefully within the morning we can get some answers,” Duque said.
According to Duque, the department is waiting for the amendment of IATF’s recommendation.