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Vaccinated Philippine staff can enter Hong Kong from Aug 30, says minister

MANILA: Filipino staff who’ve been vaccinated within the Philippines will probably be allowed to enter Hong Kong from Aug 30, Manila’s labour minister stated on Sunday (Aug 22).

Labour Secretary Silvestre Bello stated Hong Kong has agreed to let abroad Filipino staff (OFWs) who acquired COVID-19 vaccines of their dwelling nation come and work supplied they will current vaccine playing cards issued by the Philippines’ Bureau of Quarantine.

The settlement ought to profit about 3,000 staff ready to be deployed to Hong Kong, Bello stated in a press release.

Hong Kong, which has a few of most stringent coronavirus restrictions globally, beforehand barred those that acquired their photographs within the Philippines from entry.

There are 210,000 OFWs, working principally as home helpers in Hong Kong, Bello stated. Remittances despatched by tens of millions of OFWs world wide are a key financial lifeline for the Philippines.

The Philippines is ramping up its vaccination marketing campaign amid a surge in coronavirus infections pushed by the virulent Delta variant. It has thus far totally immunised 11.eight per cent of its 110 million inhabitants in opposition to COVID-19.

COVID-19 infections within the Philippines stand at greater than 1.83 million, rating as Southeast Asia’s second highest. Deaths exceed 31,800, or simply underneath 2 per cent of whole instances.


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