The Philippine government has imposed an entry ban from travelers coming from a province in South Korea amid the rise of COVID-19 infections in the country.
In a press briefing at the Malacañang Palace, Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said that the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Disease has imposed a ban on entry of travelers coming from the province of North Gyeongsang, South Korea effective immediately.
Likewise, the Task Force also authorized Filipinos travelling to South Korea as long as they are permanent residents, leaving for study, or OFWs. They must execute and sign a declaration signifying that they are aware and knowledgeable of the risk involved in travelling to South Korea. Tourists, however, according to Spokesperson Panelo, are not allowed to leave for South Korea.
Whether the ban would be expanded to other areas of South Korea are yet to be decided by the task force.
As of February 26, South Korea has recorded 1,146 cases of COVID-19 infection with 12 recorded deaths.