441 of 444 Filipinos from cruise ship head home after COVID-19 quarantine in Tarlac

Out of the 444 Filipino repatriates belonging to the third batch who were quarantined at the Athletes' Village in Capas, Tarlac, only 441 were allowed to return home on Monday

Pieces of luggage await loading into vehicles that would bring home at least 441 Filipinos who had finished a 14-day quarantine at the Athletes’ Village in Capas town, Tarlac after arriving from a cruise ship with cases of infections. Three others were left behind and transferred to Mariveles town, Bataan province after showing COVID-19 symptoms. FROM FACEBOOK PAGE OF MAYOR REYNALDO CATACUTAN

CAPAS, TARLAC—Nearly all Filipinos sent on quarantine here from the cruise ship MV Grand Princess were being sent home on Monday (March 30) except for three who showed symptoms of COVID-19, according to the town mayor.

Mayor Reynaldo Catacutan said 441 of 444 Filipinos sent to the Athletes’ Village in New Clark City (NCC) had finished their 14-day quarantine and are cleared to go home, except for three who showed symptoms and are being considered now as persons under investigation (PUI).


The three had been transferred to Mariveles, Bataan province last week, the mayor said.

The Filipinos, mostly ship crew members, belonged to the third batch to be quarantined in NCC after the cruise ship was stranded in Oakland, California because of COVID-19 infections.


The Filipinos arrived at the Clark Airbase Haribon Hangar last March 16 aboard a chartered flight.

Tarlac Gov. Susan Yap said the Athletes’ Village has now been designated as quarantine facility for health workers and those on the frontline of the fight against COVID-19.

Edited by TSB

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