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Philippine Health Dept: No Need to Restrict Chinese Visitors

The Philippines’ top health official said there’s no need yet to shut the country’s borders or impose tighter Covid restrictions on inbound Chinese travelers, bucking moves by other nations like the US to require tests for visitors from China amid a renewed surge in infections there.

“The direction of this administration is that as much as possible, restrictions should be minimal where we don’t compromise health but we also favor the opening up of the economy,” Maria Rosario Vergeire, the officer in charge at the Department of Health said at a briefing Thursday. The agency is confident that existing health protocols are sufficient, she added.

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