The Philippines earlier adopted a travel ban, locked up but not first doing so
(Philstar.com) – April 9 2020 – 1:03 afternoon
MANILA, Philippines – In a televised meeting announced late Wednesday and aired after midnight Thursday, government officials praised their own efforts against the COVID-19 pandemic, including a travel ban and “community quarantine” which is now also referred to as lockdown.
Saying that he is not “Johnny-come-lately” in dealing with the threat posed by COVID-19 – at that time called 2019-nCoV – President Rodrigo Duterte highlighted the quarantine of the National Capital Region community and then all Luzon cities to show that the government has handled the situation from the beginning.
“I have a bad pin-lockdown to the nasusundan and the wife,” he said.
(I was the first among many to force a lock because I followed the story.)
Duterte said he had studied various sources of information, including Facebook, to keep abreast of the pandemic.
‘Locked’ somewhere else
Quarantine in Hubei province in China, which has been around since January 23, was revoked this week.
In the Southeast Asian region, Malaysia has been under “Movement Control Orders” which restrict people to their homes since March 18 and Thailand has begun to impose curfews at 10 pm – 4 pm only on April 3.
Indonesia declared a public health emergency on March 31 and has issued an order for “large-scale social assessment,” reports the Jakarta Post while Vietnam has imposed a two-week ban on non-essential activities starting April 1.
Laos announced its own lockout on March 29.
In Europe, Italy announced the closure on March 9 and Spain issued a “general containment order” on March 14, Deutshe Welle reported.
France announced “nationwide tight seals on March 17, banning all public gatherings and keeping residents inside except shopping for groceries and other important tasks,” DW also reported. A similar ban has been imposed in Belgium since March 18.
Prohibition of traveling the Philippines
Peace Counselor Carlito Galvez Jr., chief executive of the National Action Plan against COVID-19, added: “Nakita is a perfect person and can manage the cost of living with high costs and responsibilities and prohibitions on traveling with yung, travel bans, yung, travel bans, and travel nagkaroon ng COVID cases. “
(We see that the decision of our beloved president to be the first to impose a travel ban on countries that have COVID cases is a good decision)
Galvez said that the Philippines was reaping good results from “difficult decisions, desperate decisions.”
But the Philippines is not the first to do so and calls for travel bans have increased even before the government announced the ban, which initially only included travelers from Wuhan City and Hubei province, the epicenter of the spread of the COVID-19 outbreak at the time. .
Timeline of a Philippines travel ban
- January 22: Representative Rozzano Rufino Biazon (Muntinlupa) asks the Philippine Civil Aviation Authority to suspend direct flights from Wuhan, China to Kalibo, Aklan. On that day, new pathogens had infected at least 315 people and had killed at least six.
- January 23: Hubei City in central China, where the COVID-19 ground zero of Wuhan City is located, placed on lockdown. This effectively suspends flights and trains in and out of the city.
On the same day, the Civil Aviation Agency said it would do it suspend all flights to and from Wuhan.
- January 24th: Immigration spokesman Dana Sandoval said the bureau “has rejected applications for [visas upon arrival] for tour group that will fly from Wuhan, following the announcement of the Civil Aviation Council to suspend all direct flights from Wuhan to the Philippines. “VUA is a privilege to more easily enter the Philippines by tour groups and charter flights.
- January 28th: The Immigration Bureau said it would do it suspend the issuance of visa on arrival given to Chinese tourists, in an effort to “slow down the entry of group tours.”
However, Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente said that there was no order prohibiting Chinese citizens from entering the country.
- January 30th: Presidential spokesman Salvador Panelo said the Philippines could ban flights from China, “because of the safety of our citizens,” but would not do so.
“Unang-una, wala tayong iba-ban, hindi naman sila darating (from the beginning, no one forbade because they will not arrive),” he said in a briefing.
- January 31: Panelo announced that the Philippines impose a travel ban on Chinese citizens who come from Hubei and other places in China with COVID-19 cases.
“On the recommendation of [Health] Secretary Francisco Duque, the President has issued a travel ban on Chinese citizens from Hubei province in China where nCoV originated, as well as other places in China where there is a spread of the disease, “he said in a statement.
On the same day, the health department announced the country’s first COVID-19 case – a 38-year-old Chinese woman who arrived from Wuhan City on January 21.
- February 2: The Philippines expand travel restrictions to mainland China and the special administrative regions of Hong Kong and Macau.
The Philippines’ travel ban against China and its SAR briefly covered Taiwan but the government has since reversed the decision. The ban on traveling to China by Filipino workers and students abroad has also been relaxed.
The Marshall Islands were the first to close its borders
The global global think tank based in the US registered the Republic of the Marshall Islands as the first country to impose a ban on entry on tourists from China.
In a release dated January 24, the Republic of Marshall Islands Ministry of Health and Human Services said travelers coming from, and transiting through, China “had to spend at least 14 days in an unaffected country” by COVID-19. If a traveler arrives in the Republic within 14 days, the entry will be rejected. “There are no exceptions.”
Report from Reuters said North Korea closed its border from neighboring China on January 25.
Hong Kong closes its border for residents and travelers from Hubei province on January 27. The ban does not cover Hong Kong residents.
Singapore imposed a travel ban on January 29
The Singapore Ministry of Health said that it was effective on 29 January, “All new visitors with recent Hubei travel history in the last 14 days, or who are with [People’s Republic of China] passports issued in Hubei will not be allowed into Singapore, or transit through Singapore. “
Singapore then expanded the ban to include all new visitors with a history of recent trips to mainland China in the last 14 days at noon on February 1. Despite closing its border early, Singapore has just been locked this week after a spike in new infections in the past few days.
“The authorities had previously opposed the kind of cruel acts seen in countries hit worse – but have now ordered the closure of all businesses that are considered as unimportant as schools, and have asked people to stay at home,” reported The New Straits Times.
Some countries also imposed a travel ban on January 30, according to the Council on Foreign Relations. These are Afghanistan, the Bahamas, Trinidad and Tobago.
Meanwhile the Philippines said it would ban the entry of Chinese nationals from Hubei province and other COVID-19 affected areas in China on January 31.
There are currently 3,870 COVID-19 infections in this country. The number of deaths reached 182, while 96 patients have so far recovered.
The government is aiming for a mass test on April 14. – Kristine Joy Patag