The Philippine authorities on Monday suspended plans to reopen borders to vaccinated tourists without the need for quarantine - a measure that was to enter into force on Dec.1 - over fears of the new omicron variant of the coronavirus.

Last week, the government announced that vaccinated travelers from more than 150 countries, including the United States, Chile, Colombia and Spain, among others, could enter the Philippines without quarantine by presenting a negative Covid-19 test report. EFE