Philippines Tightens Entry Restrictions as Covid Cases Rise

The Philippines will bar foreigners and limit arrivals in its Manila airport to 1,500 passengers a day for a month starting this week as coronavirus infections surged anew.

Foreigners and returning citizens who are not migrant workers can’t enter the Southeast Asian nation from March 20 to April 19, based on an order from the Covid-19 task force. The cap on international arrivals at the nation’s main gateway will be from March 18 to April 18, the Civil Aeronautics Board said.

Philippine Airlines Inc., in a Facebook post, said it may cancel some international flights.

The Philippines, which has Southeast Asia’s second-worst outbreak, reported daily cases above 4,000 for the fifth day on Tuesday, bringing total infections to over 631,000. Its daily count has hit the highest since August in the past days.

Several tourist spots in the historic Intramuros district in capital will be closed anew, its administrator said on its Facebook account. The government in the past weeks allowed theme parks along with cinemas and conferences to resume operations as it sought to further reopen an economy that’s likely to remain in recession this quarter.

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