Philippines suspends South African flights over coronavirus variant

November 27, 2021 - 11:02 AM
Passengers wearing hazmat suits queue at the departure area of Ninoy Aquino International Airport amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Pasay, Metro Manila, Philippines, June 1, 2021. (Reuters/Eloisa Lopez)

MANILA — The Philippines suspended inbound international flights on Friday from South Africa and other countries with cases or the likelihood of cases of a new coronavirus variant, the presidential office said.

Flights and passengers coming from South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Eswatini, and Mozambique were banned until Dec. 15. —Reporting by Neil Jerome Morales; Editing by Edmund Blair

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