PH consulate in NY halts consular services after staffers’ COVID-19 exposure
MANILA, Philippines — Consular services at the Philippine Consulate in New York will be suspended this week after more of its staff members got exposed to COVID-19.
“The Philippine Consulate General in New York informs the public that consular services will be suspended beginning tomorrow, Wednesday, 20 April 2022 to ensure the safety of kababayan in view of multiple COVID-19 exposures of Consulate personnel,” the consulate said in a statement on Tuesday (New York time).
Filipinos who visited the Philippine Center on Monday, April 18, and Tuesday, April 19 were advised to check themselves for symptoms and or get themselves tested for COVID-19.
Normal consular operations will resume on Monday, April 25, according to the consulate.
Those with affected scheduled appointments will be contacted by email to inform them of their new appointment dates.
“The Consulate will, however, accommodate Filipinos in distress and other emergency cases,” it assured.
“The Consulate will also continue Overseas Absentee Voting preparations and operations. We ask for the public’s patience and understanding as we endeavor to ensure everyone’s health and safety,” it added.
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