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China is excluded from Philippines' travel ban

01/08/2021| 6:08:22 PM|

With some 480,000 coronavirus infections, the Philippines has not yet detected a case of the new COVID-19 variant.

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has not yet included China in travel restrictions because international authorities have yet to confirm the reported case of the new, more contagious COVID-19 variant in the Asian giant. 

The expanded travel curbs that Duterte's office announced on Wednesday did not include China. Beijing recently reported that a 23-year-old woman who arrived from the United Kingdom tested positive for the new COVID-19 strain first detected in UK. 

Sen. Risa Hontiveros has questioned why China was excluded from the travel restrictions. 

The Philippines has not yet detected a case of the new COVID-19 variant, which British scientists have named "VUI – 202012/01."

The Philippines has tallied some 480,000 coronavirus infections. 

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