Philippines raises travel restrictions

The Philippines plans to close its borders to travelers from 19 countries to prevent the spread of a new type of coronavirus.

The Philippine government has said it intends to close its borders to travelers in 19 countries by mid-January to prevent the spread of a new type of coronavirus, according to Reuters.

The new rules will take effect from midnight on December 29 to January 15 and will apply to Filipino and foreign travelers intending to enter the Philippines from the target countries. France, Australia, Canada, Germany, South Africa, Singapore and Japan are among the countries whose passengers will be banned.

As the outbreak of the new type of coronavirus was first reported in the UK, the Philippines had previously canceled flights from the UK and extended the ban until mid-January.

So far, more than 470,000 cases of the corona virus and 9,124 deaths from the virus have been reported in the Philippines.

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