Gov’t yet to decide on India travel ban over new coronavirus variant

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Philippine has yet to make a decision whether it will impose a ban on flights from India following the newly-discovered COVID-19 variant in the latter.

Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire on Monday reported that DOH had a discussion with the Department of Foreign Affairs regarding the issue, but the final decision has not been reached yet as of writing.

Moreover, the task force focused on COVID-19 variants is looking into the B.1.617 coronavirus variant, which has a number of mutations that could increase transmissibility and help escape immune response.

The health official assured the Philippines has not yet recorded a case of the India variant based on the genomic sequencing of over 5,000 samples.

India reported nearly 350,000 new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday, the fourth day in a row the country has set a world record for daily infections during the coronavirus pandemic.

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