"COVID is not over yet. I have directed all concerned to be alert and strengthen surveillance," Health Minister Mansukh said on Twitter. "We are prepared to manage any situation."
Passengers from those countries would be put under quarantine if they showed symptoms of COVID-19 or tested positive, Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya said.
All six patients have been kept in isolation, the health ministry said in a statement on Tuesday, adding that their fellow travellers were being tracked down.
The regulation will be in effect from midnight of Dec.29 to Jan.15 and covers Filipinos and foreigners arriving from the “flagged countries,” the transport ministry told reporters in a group text message.
The French health ministry said a Frenchman who recently arrived back in France from London had tested positive for the new variant of the coronavirus.
Pfizer Inc and BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine appeared to work against a key mutation in the highly transmissible new variants of the coronavirus discovered in the UK and South Africa, according to a laboratory study conducted by the US drugmaker.
The Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHAP) announced that it conducted 232,307 additional COVID-19 tests over the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of recorded cases in the UAE to 671,636.
India's tally of infections stands at 406,130, the data showed, with the death toll rising by 374. On March 30, there were 354 deaths reported due to the pandemic.
The UAE health ministry said that they have conducted 288,895 additional COVID-19 tests over the past 24 hours to detect the cases of coronavirus in the country.