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.

4 new cases, 1 death from COVID-19 reported among Filipinos abroad — DFA

Marje Pelayo   •   January 12, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Monday (January 11) reported four Filipinos from abroad who tested positive for coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

This brings the total number of Filipinos abroad currently positive for COVID-19 to 13,022.

Meanwhile, one succumbed to the disease, the latest addition to the overall tally of COVID-19 deaths among overseas Filipinos which is now at 935.

Nevertheless, one recovery has been reported which means the number of Filipinos abroad who triumphed their battle against the disease is now at 8,461.

The additional cases were recorded among Filipinos in the Middle East and Africa. 

To date, the total number of countries and territories with confirmed cases among Filipinos remains at 84.

The DFA vows to work closely with its Foreign Service Posts to partner with host governments to ensure the safety and well-being of Filipino nationals abroad amidst the pandemic.

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No new COVID-19 cases among Filipinos abroad — DFA

Marje Pelayo   •   January 11, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) reported that no new case of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) infection among overseas Filipinos was reported on Sunday (January 10). 

The total number of confirmed cases remains at 13,018 to date.

Also, the total number of fatalities remains at 934 and total recoveries at 8,460.

The DFA fully commits to monitoring the situation of overseas Filipinos who are affected by the pandemic and remains steadfast in promoting and protecting their welfare.

Image may contain: text that says 'CI PHILIPPINES NUMBER OF COVID-19 CASES AMONG FILIPINOS ABROAD AS OF 10 JANUARY 2021 13,018 *3,487 DOH IHR verified TOTAL CONFIRMED CASES 3,624 UNDERGOING TREATMENT 8,460 934 DEATHS 84 COUNTRIES TERRITORIES WITHFILIPINO FILIPINO COVID-19 CASES RECOVERED/ DISCHARGED www.dfa.gov.ph f /DFAPHL @DFAPHL #DFAForgingAhead'

No new deaths among overseas Filipinos as year ends — DFA

UNTV News   •   January 1, 2021

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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