Locsin orders immediate repatriation of Filipinos on quarantined cruise ship in Japan
Robie de Guzman • February 19, 2020 • 473
MANILA, Philippines – Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. has ordered the immediate repatriation of Filipinos aboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship in Yokohama, Japan.
In a Twitter post on Wednesday, Locsin announced he has ordered the Philippine Embassy in Tokyo, Japan to repatriate Filipinos on the ship after its passengers who tested negative for novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) were allowed to disembark after the 14-day quarantine period.
“I have ordered our Tokyo Embassy to immediately repatriate our people in the Diamond Princess cruise ship in Yokohoma Japan. It’s our duty to take care of our Overseas Filipinos wherever they are. I want them home now!” he said.
As of Wednesday, February 19, 41 Filipino crew members of the ship were found positive for COVID-19. Like other people on the ship confirmed to be infected with the virus, the Filipinos were brought to hospitals in Japan to undergo treatment.
The DFA earlier said there are 531 Filipino crew members and seven passengers aboard the quarantined cruise ship. Around 400 of them have expressed their desire to be repatriated to the Philippines.
The department said they have been coordinating with Japanese authorities and the operator of the vessel to ensure that everything would be smooth once the repatriation process begins.
MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) has announced that no new case of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) infection has been reported among overseas Filipinos on the last day of the year, Thursday (December 31).
In an advisory, the DFA said this maintains the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases and recoveries at 12,876 and 8,387, respectively.
Likewise, the agency reported the number of overseas Filipinos still undergoing treatment is at 3,578.
Across regions, the number of COVID-19 cases among Filipinos abroad as of December 31 is highest in the Middle East/Africa with 7,658.
This was followed by the Asia Pacific region with 2,664; Europe with 1,772; and the Americas with 782.
The DFA vows to continue to keep track of the status of overseas Filipinos, assist and facilitate repatriations, whenever possible, and promote measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
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