The Philippine government is considering the possibility of a travel ban to South Korea as COVID-19 cases have risen dramatically in recent days in the popular East Asian nation.
Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra said to local news that the task force on emerging infectious diseases might talk about it in their next meeting. There is, however, no confirmed date for that meeting yet. Travel bans are issued and implemented by the Bureau of Immigration which is under the Department of Justice.
As of February 24, South Korea’s COVID-19 cases surged to 763 in less than a week as well as seven deaths. Most of the cases are attributed to the religious sect Shincheonji Church of Jesus in the southern city of Daegu.
This sudden rise prompted the South Korean government to put the country’s response to the virus on its highest alert.