As the situation in the Philippines has improved considerably, the country will open its doors to allow some people to enter the country for business or tourism

2022-07-01 0 By

As of February 8, 2022, the Philippines reported 3,574 new COVID-19 cases yesterday, bringing the total number of cases to 3,619,633, according to the Philippine Department of Health.Of all cases, there were 105,550 active cases.Eighty-three new deaths were reported, with a total of 54,621 deaths.A total of 14,644 recovered cases were reported, bringing the total number of recovered cases to 3,469,462.As can be seen from the epidemic growth curve, the number of daily confirmed cases in the Philippines has dropped significantly.According to statistics, the positive rate of tests has also dropped to 16.3% (below 5% is the “safe level” set by the WHO, which indicates that the epidemic may be out of control).Vaccination Status Currently, 59.4 million people in the Philippines have been fully vaccinated and another 60.5 million have received the initial dose.As of Last Wednesday, 7.7 million booster shots had been given, according to the Health Ministry.Vaccinations for children aged 5 to 11 were originally scheduled to begin on February 4, but were postponed due to logistical problems.More than 780,000 doses of Pfizer’s childhood coronavirus vaccine arrived in the Philippines last Friday night.Additional doses will be provided in batches in the future.According to the National Vaccination Operations Center (NVOC), the nationwide vaccination of children aged 5 to 11 will begin on February 14.But the Philippine Health Department said that parental consent is not mandatory for children to be vaccinated against COVID-19, and that it will also explain what happens during vaccination and inform them of the benefits and side effects of the vaccine.The Philippines had aimed to vaccinate 15 million children between the ages of five and 11.About half a million children in that age group have registered for vaccination so far, according to data.The Philippines will hold its third national COVID-19 vaccination campaign from February 10 to 11.So far, the Philippines has vaccinated 60 to 70 percent of its population aged 60 and older.Deputy Health Minister Gamotaeh, who heads the National Vaccination Action Centre, said the “universal vaccination” programme was aimed at boosting vaccination rates among the elderly and those with comorbidities.The Philippines will allow foreigners to enter the country for business and tourism under certain conditions starting February 10, the presidential office said Friday.Acting presidential spokesperson Nogureshi said that under IATF resolution 160-B, foreign nationals who are allowed to enter the country for business and tourism include: former Philippine citizens with return privileges under the BALIKBAYAN (Repatriation) Scheme, including their spouses and children travelling with them, provided they are not restricted nationals;Citizens/nationals of countries that may stay for up to 30 days under Executive Order 408.Additional requirements for foreign travellers to the Philippines include: once accepted into the country, they will no longer be required to undergo facility-based isolation, but should self-monitor for any symptoms for seven days, beginning with the day of arrival.Also, if you have any symptoms.Will be required to report to the local government of their destination.Those under 12 years of age and those who have not been vaccinated against COVID-19 should follow their parents’ or peer supervisors’ quarantine protocols.Foreigners who have not been vaccinated and received only partial doses of the vaccine will not be allowed to enter the Philippines, according to the requirements set out in a resolution by the inter-agency Working Group on the Management of emerging Infectious Diseases to lift the ban on foreign visitors.Foreign nationals who have been fully vaccinated must show proof of vaccination and negative nucleic acid results valid 48 hours before leaving the departure point, according to Immigration Minister Mok Rendi.They must also hold a passport and an outbound ticket valid for at least six months.Those who fail to produce the required documents will be refused entry and put on the next flight to the point of departure.Airlines that let them board at the same time will be subject to sanctions and fines.However, the director of immigration also said that foreigners from the 157 visa-free countries listed under Executive Order 408 and other notices issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs can enter the Philippines even without a visa.Others can apply for visas and entry waiver documents from Philippine embassies or consulates.