Starting this afternoon foreigners who have visited China within the last 14 days are banned from entering the U.S. although immediate family of U.S. citizens and permanent residents who have been in China will be allowed to enter and monitored under quarantine.
This is contrary to World Health Organization recommendations, but not nearly as extreme as what we’re seeing elsewhere. The Philippines is:
- Banning entry by non-citizens or permanent residents coming from China as well as from Macau and Hong Kong or who have been to those places within the last 14 days.
- Requiring mandatory quarantine for people arriving from China as well as from Macau and Hong Kong.
- Banning Filipinos from traveling to China, Hong Kong, and Macau.
This means an end to flights between the Philippines and Hong Kong, and far greater restrictions on that country’s citizens than are being placed on those elsewhere.
The regime of President Duterte, of course, is considerably more autocratic than predecessors. Among other things he’s well known for stating that his presidency would be “bloody” and that he’d pardon police and soliders accused of human rights abuses, and pardon himself for mass murder.