Filipino Health workers who were supposed to be deployed to Japan have been temporarily halted because of the COVID-19 pandemic, says Philippine Ambassador to Japan Jose Laurel V.
“There is a travel ban [covering those coming from outside Japan], and the only ones exempted are those from the diplomatic and government service,” says Laurel.
Furthermore, Laurel said that there is a suspension on the deployment of Filipino health workers to Japan because travel is limited due to the pandemic.
Laurel also mentioned that even the diplomatic corps members are not allowed to approach the delegates from the Philippines participating in the Tokyo Olympic Games which is set to start in July and end in August.
“The Olympic Games is a go, and we have at least 11 delegates. We are doing everything we can to give them a COVID-19 vaccine and protection,” says Laurel.
“But there are very strict. Normal people cannot easily get in touch with the athletes without securing permission, and that is why I will only watch on television.”
Some prefectures in Japan are currently under a state of emergency due to the rising number of COVID-19 cases, among them are Tokyo, Hiroshima, Kyoto, and Osaka.
Source GMA News