The Philippine government has prohibited children aged five and above from going outside their residences anew over the threat of the Delta Covid-19 variant.

Palace spokesman Harry Roque said the reimposed restrictions would be applicable to areas under general community quarantine with heightened restrictions.

Areas under such classification include Metro Manila, Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, Davao de Oro and Davao del Norte.

Kids were earlier allowed to go outdoors under Resolution No. 125 of the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases issued on July 8.

The resolution allowed children aged five and above to go to beaches, parks, playgrounds, outdoor tourism areas and biking and hiking trails, as long as they were accompanied by their parents.

On July 20, Metro Manila mayors appealed to reinstate more stringent mobility restrictions on children due to the Delta Covid-19 variant.

Metro Manila Development Authority chief Benhur Abalos said children could become superspreaders of the virus since they have yet to be vaccinated. John Ezekiel J. Hirro