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DOH stated that 110 travelers from India arrived in the Philippines before the implementation of the travel ban, six tested positive for COVID-19

Netizens reacted to the news, saying that they how come the agency is still locating if the six travelers are under strict quarantine upon arrival in the country.

110 travelers from India arrived in the Philippines even before the travel ban got issued on April 19, said the Department of Health on May 5.

Six of the travelers have tested positive for the COVID-19.

According to Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire, the Indian travelers quarantined as soon as they arrived in the country.

“As to these Indian travelers that were quarantined upon arrival here before the restrictions were imposed, 110 of them underwent testing and six turned out to be positive and it is now submitted to the Philippine Genome Center for whole-genome sequencing,” she said during an online briefing.

However, the Government is still locating six other travelers.

Netizens reacted to the news, saying that they how come the agency is still locating if the six travelers are under strict quarantine upon arrival in the country.

Another twitter user told DOH Secretary Francisco Duque III to look for the six individuals using his meter stick.

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Someone also had the same sentiment, saying that Duque should look after those who are missing.

More Netizens remain confused as to why the travelers are not in quarantine.

Foreign Affairs Secretary Teddy Locsin Jr. can’t help but react to the news.

Netizens also pointed out that the situation seemed to be a repeat of what happened in 2020.

Another asked as to why the Philippines kept letting travelers in the country and compared it to Australia.

“You’ve known since the start of this pandemic the enormous extent of the virus. Too complacent. Now what?”

The travel ban for India was implemented on April 19 and will end on May 14. 

The World Health Organization categorized the new SARS-CoV-2 variant in India as a “variant of interest” as it has several mutations. 

It’s currently being called the “double mutant.”


The said variant is yet to get detected in the Philippines. India has reached more than 20 million COVID cases with 226,000 deaths.

Written by J M

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