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However, the country will allow returning overseas Filipino workers under its repatriation programme, but they will be isolated for 14 days upon their arrival.

The Philippines is grappling with soaring Covid-19 infections fuelled by the highly transmissible Delta variant, prompting the government to reimpose a hard lockdown in Metro Manila and other regions.

The Philippines now has more than 1.7 million confirmed Covid-19 cases and 29,539 deaths.

The travel ban, first issued on 27 April, was later expanded to include Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Oman, and the UAE.

On 16 July, the country added Indonesia to the list, followed by Malaysia and Thailand on 25 July. The ban was set to expire on Sunday, but the government has extended it for another 17 days.

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