The Philippines has decided to ban travelers from 20 nations with the new Covid-19 strain, Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello said on Dec 29.

The travel ban covers Australia, Canada, China, Denmark, France, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Lebanon, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, The Netherlands, and the U.K., Bello said.

The ban will be effective December 30 to January 15, and applies only to Hong Kong and not the whole of China, presidential spokesman Harry Roque said in a separate briefing.

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