The Philippines decided on Saturday to welcome travelers from India and nine other countries from September 6, according to a presidential palace announcement.
The announcement came even as the country registered the second-highest number of COVID-19 cases on Friday with 20,310 infections, bringing the national number to 2.04 million, The Manila Times newspaper reported.
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte approved the recommendation of the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) to lift current travel restrictions on India and nine other countries effective Sept. 6, said Harry Roque, spokesman for the presidential palace, according to the newspaper.
The other countries are Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, the United Arab Emirates, Oman, Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia, the official said.
However, international travelers coming from the 10 countries will adhere to appropriate entry, testing and quarantine protocols depending on their approved “list,” Roque said.
In a COVID-19 update on August 13, the Philippine government had extended the travel ban on India and nine other countries until August 31.
The presidential spokesman said the IATF has approved the approval of the “Yellow” and “Red” classifications, in addition to the “Green List” countries/jurisdictions/territories.
“This is based on their respective incidence rates and number of cases as primary criteria, and test data as secondary criteria. The incidence rate is the cumulative new cases in the past 28 days per 100,000 population, while the number of cases is cumulative new cases in the past 28 days,” Roque added.
The positivity rate remained at 27.4 percent, meaning that of the 67,759 tests, 18,566 tested positive for the coronavirus, the report added.
Meanwhile, the number of COVID-19 infections in India rose by 42,618 in a day to reach 3,29,45,907, while the number of active cases reached 4,05,681 after rising for the fourth consecutive day, according to Health Ministry data. the Union on Saturday.
The death toll rose to 4,40,225, with 330 more people succumbing to the viral disease, it added.