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Travel protocols eased

The Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases announced the standardization of rules for travel thereby easing travel restrictions. 

The IATF said travelers will no longer be required to present a negative COVID-19 swab test results when traveling, unless so required by the local governments of their destination. 

The IATF added that travelers will no longer be required to undergo quarantine unless they exhibit symptoms upon arrival at their destination. 

Travel authority issued by the Joint Task Force COVID Shield and health certificates will no longer be requirements. 

However, the IATF directed concerned agencies to continue monitoring strict compliance to health protocols – physical distancing,  hand hygiene, cough etiquette, and wearing of face masks and face shields – across all settings. 

The country had been recording an average of 1,600 new cases per day since November 2020 while facing new, more infectious variants of the virus. 

Health officials confirmed detecting two virus mutations but their public health implications are still unknown. 

In Southeast Asia, the Philippines has the second-worst outbreak of COVID-19, with over 570,000 cases and more than 12,000 deaths. 

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