PH mulls Japan, Italy, Iran travel ban as COVID-19 cases soar
MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine government is eyeing a possible travel ban on Japan, Italy and Iran amid the rapid spike in coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases in the said nations.
Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles said the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Disease (IATF) is now monitoring the situation in the three countries which have reported a significant increase in COVID-19 cases in the past few days, particularly Iran and Italy.
“Ayaw ko pangunahan (I don’t want to preempt) but obviously the Task Force is looking at these two countries [Japan and Italy] as well, especially Italy. Last count namin (Based on our last count) it spiked now to 650 in Italy. Japan has now come up to 202,” Nograles said Friday in an interview on CNN Philippines.
“Obviously Iran is something worth taking a look at also. Hindi natin pwedeng baliwalain ang Iran (We cannot set aside the situation in Iran) because we still have Filipinos there. About more than a thousand kababayan natin ang nasa Iran so tinitignan din natin ‘yan (About more than a thousand Filipinos are still there so we’re looking at it as well),” he added.
Italy, meanwhile, is home to the biggest outbreak outside Asia and the source of smaller disease clusters in neighboring European countries with more than 600 cases.
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