COVID-19 task force suspends non-essential outbound travel anew
In this June 8, 2020 photo, passengers gather outside NAIA Terminal 3 in Pasay City as they wait for their respective flights after being stranded in Metro Manila due to the implemented lockdown.
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COVID-19 task force suspends non-essential outbound travel anew

( - July 23, 2020 - 1:48pm

MANILA, Philippines — The inter-agency task force on COVID-19 decided not to allow non-essential travels abroad, its spokesman Harry Roque announced Thursday.

The ban on traveling abroad for leisure was previously lifted on July 8 but Roque said the IATF reversed its decision because only one health and travel insurance firm agreed to provide insurance for non-essential outbound trips.

However, he clarified that "those with bookings for non-essential travel as of July 20 will be allowed to leave subject to conditions set by the government."

Previous conditions stipulated by the government include: the submission of confirmed round-trip tickets for travelers on tourist visas and proper health insurance to cover possible rebooking and accommodation in case they get stranded or need to be treated for illness. 

The government in March banned Filipinos from flying abroad for tourism due to the novel coronavirus pandemic.

Under an earlier IATF resolution, outbound travel was only allowed for overseas workers and foreign nationals leaving the country during the duration of the Luzon-wide enhanced community quarantine. — Bella Perez-Rubio

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LATEST UPDATE: January 25, 2021 - 9:45pm

Other regions and provinces in the Philippines considered moderate and low-risk areas will be placed under general community quarantine starting May 1. Bookmark this page for updates. (Main image by The STAR/Edd Gumban)

January 25, 2021 - 9:45pm

President Rodrigo Duterte rejects the proposal of the inter-agency task force to allow children aged 10 to 14 years old to go outside their homes.

Citing the presence of the new COVID-19 variant in the country, the president says children should stay at home as a precaution.

"It's a sacrifice for the parents and for the children," Duterte says in a recorded address aired Monday night.

January 25, 2021 - 4:04pm

Coronavirus infections in the Philippines rise to 514,996 with 1,581 newly reported cases reported Monday, 29,282 of which are active cases.

The Department of Health also logs 13 new recoveries, bringing the total of survivors to 475,422.

The county's death toll is at 10,292 with 50 more deaths.

January 24, 2021 - 4:07pm

Coronavirus infections in the Philippines jump to 513,619 with 1,949 newly reported cases, 27,765 of which are active cases.

The Department of Health reports 7,729 mass recoveries, pushing the total of survivors to 475,612.

Meanwhile, the country's death toll is at 10.242 with 53 more deaths.

January 23, 2021 - 4:05pm

The Department of Health logs an additional 1,797 COVID-19 infections. This brings the total number of COVID-19 cases in the Philippines to 511,679.

To date, there are 33,603 active cases. Total deaths now at 10,190 with 54 new fatalities. Total recoveries increase to 467,886 with 166 new recoveries.

January 22, 2021 - 4:03pm

The Department of Health registers 2,178 new cases of the coronavirus disease, bringing the national tally to 509,887.

Of the confirmed cases, 32,031 are active. Total deaths now at 10,136 with 20 new fatalities. Total recoveries climb to 467,720 with 250 new recoveries.

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