18,638 COVID Cases Logged as International Travel Rules are Revamped

New guidelines take effect Feb. 1.
Photo/s: Jerome Ascano

The Philippines on Friday logged 18,638 new COVID-19 cases as it prepared new rules for international arrivals based on vaccination status instead of country of origin.

The day's tally brought active cases to 231,658 with a total of 13,106 new recoveries and 68 new deaths reported.

Overall, a total of 3,511,491 COVID-19 cases have been reported since the pandemic began in March 2020, of which 3,226,032 have recovered and 53,801 died.

The Philippines is set to implement new COVID-19 protocols for international arrivals starting Feb. 1 following the suspension of the current "Green-Yellow-Red List" system. International arrivals starting Feb. 1 will be subejct to protocols and requirements dependent on their vaccination status.

Starting Feb. 16, only fully vaccinated foreign nationals will be allowed to enter the Philippines. Filipinos abroad are not covered by the new rule, Cabinet Sec. Karlo Nograles said since the policy only applies to foreign nationals.

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