Philippines bans unvaccinated from using public transport
Individuals who are not vaccinated against COVID-19 will not be allowed to take public transport in the Philippine capital, Manila, amid a surge in cases, the transportation department said Wednesday.
The “no vaccination, no ride/no entry” policy would be in effect in the capital region of Metro Manila, a sprawling metropolis of more than 13 million people.
“All concerned attached agencies and sectoral offices of (the Department of Transportation) are directed to ensure that operators of public transportation shall allow access or issue tickets only to fully vaccinated persons,” the department order stated.
It added that commuters need to present either physical or digital copies of their vaccination cards and government-issued identification cards.
The department explained that people with medical conditions that prevented their full vaccination were exempted but must present a medical certificate.
Unvaccinated individuals who need to buy essential goods or need to travel for essential services may be allowed to ride public transport.
It added that if they have health passes from their community officials or other proof to justify the travel.
President Rodrigo Duterte earlier ordered community leaders to keep unvaccinated individuals restrained to their homes, except for essential trips, and arrest them if they refuse to follow the authorities’ rules.
More than 53 million people, or over 48 per cent of the Philippines’ estimated total population of 110 million, have been vaccinated as of Tuesday, the department said.
Since the start of the pandemic, the Philippines’ total caseload topped three million on Tuesday when the Department of Health reported more than 28,000 additional COVID-19 cases.
The death toll was 52,511.
More from Peoples Gazette
Mr Abdullahi said the community had suffered more than 13 attacks, lost more than 50 persons and have spent over N200 million in the last two years as ransom.
Liverpool are now second on the EPL log with 45 points in 21 games, displacing Chelsea who had 43 points in 22 games so far.
The APC chieftain, who is aspiring to become Nigeria’s president in 2023, has revved up visitations to politicians in the name of sympathy.
The traffic diversions and road rehabilitation would last for three months, Lagos transport commissioner said.
Police spokesman in the state, Wasiu Abiodun, in a statement in Minna on Sunday, said the victims were abducted at about 02:00 a.m. on Friday.
EEDC warned that if electricity theft was not abated, energy services in the region would be jeopardised.