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Catholic faithful sit outside the Quiapo church in Manila on October 9, 2020, as health protocols imposed by authorities limit church goers inside the church to filling only 10 percent of their seating capacity. Image Credit: AFP

Manila: The Philippines' coronavirus task force has lifted a ban on overseas travel for Filipino tourists, the presidential office said on Friday.

Non-essential overseas travel could resume starting October 21, ending a restriction in effect since July and potentially increasing customers for Philippine carriers that have suffered amid the pandemic.