A government body dealing with the pandemic said the monthlong travel restrictions would start from Saturday and aim to prevent the spread into the country of coronavirus strains from other countries which are believed to be more contagious.
"All Filipino citizens, whether returning Filipinos or overseas Filipino workers (OFWs), are allowed to return to the Philippines," Harry Roque, the presidential spokesman, said in a media briefing.
The donated doses from China arrived a day before the Philippines kicked off its national inoculation campaign.
"It will be very premature and I think unrealistic to think that we're going to finish with this virus by the end of the year," Ryan told journalists. "But I think what we can finish with, if we're smart, is the hospitalisations, the deaths and the tragedy associated with this pandemic."
The ban, Brigadier General IIdebrandi Usana said, will cover couples, close friends and family members engaged in public displays of affection like hugs, kisses, holding hands and embracing each other.
Harry Roque, the presidential spokesman, said the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases also approved the request of church leaders to increase from 30 to 50 per cent the seating capacity for religious gatherings effective on Monday.
Members of the Senate and the House of Representatives gave Secretary Silvestre Bello of the Department of Labour and Employment a severe verbal drubbing following revelations that he already talked with the UK ambassador to the Philippines on the issue.
After President Duterte further relaxed quarantine restrictions and allowed more businesses to reopen, leaders of nearly 100 medical organisations held an online news conference and warned that the health system may collapse as many medical personnel fall ill or resign out of fear, fatigue or poor working conditions.
"Our goal is to achieve zero COVID infection for two months in our villages. And I believe you can do it," Mayor Moreno said in handing the $2,000 to each of the village chairmen. "That's why we want to honour you for your achievement."
In April, the government imposed a ban on the foreign deployment especially of Filipino nurses to help control the spread of the disease. At that time, the Philippines ranked second in Southeast Asia in the number of infections.