DOH: COVID-19 positive Filipinos in Japan quarantined ship won’t be brought home
MANILA, Philippines — The 27 Filipinos aboard the cruise ship MV Diamond Princess now quarantined at Japan’s Yokohama Port — and tested positive for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19)—cannot join the possible repatriation to be mounted by the Philippine government, the chief of the Department of Health (DOH) said Tuesday.
“Hindi sila kasama sa iuuwi [sapagkat] nagpakita na sila ng sintomas, (They won’t join because they already showed symptoms),” Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said in an interview over radio station DZMM when asked if the infected Filipinos will be repatriated.
“May screening kasi ‘yan eh, may screening na gagawin dyan bago sila mag-disembark sa barko at bago sila pasakayin sa eroplano,” Duque added.
(There is a screening process, a screening process will be done before they disembark from the ship and before they board the plane.)
Earlier, it was reported that the Embassy of Japan and the owners of the cruise ship requested the repatriation of all the 538 Filipino passengers and crew members aboard the MV Diamond Princess when the quarantine period ends on Feb. 19.
DOH Assistant Secretary Dr. Maria Rosario Vergeire, during a press conference on Monday, said that the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases is still discussing the matter of possible repatriation.
According to Duque, those who tested positive for COVID-19 are being cared for by Japan’s Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare.
As for those who can join the repatriation, Duque said that they will have to go through another “fresh round” of 14-day quarantine.
Asked if the repatriated Filipinos will also be brought to New Clark City in Capas, Tarlac, which serves as the quarantine site, Duque answered: “Malamang, kasama din ‘yan sa pagu-usapan sa meeting Inter-Agency Task Force ngayong umaga.”
(Most likely, this will also be discussed in the meeting with the Inter-Agency Task Force this morning.)
Edited by MUF
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