DOH sends off 442 repatriates of COVID-19-hit cruise ship in Japan

A total of 442 repatriates, brought home due to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), were sent off by the Department of Health (DOH) and the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration on Wednesday.

The 442 repatriates, quarantined in New Clark City, were comprised of 437 crew members and five passengers of the MV Diamond Princess cruise ship in Japan.

The repatriates, along with the teams that attended to them, were tested for the COVID-19.

Out of the 445 repatriates, two crew members were tested positive of the virus while the other one is awaiting laboratory results.

The two virus-positive members were referred to Jose B. Lingad Memorial Regional Hospital.

The rooms used by the two patients will be disinfected. The close contacts of the two confirmed cases will undergo a 14-day home quarantine which will be monitored by their respective municipal/city health offices.

Additional health workers were deployed to DOH hospitals from Metro Manila, Ilocos Region, Cagayan Valley, Cordillera Administrative Region, and Bicol Region to monitor the repatriates.

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III commended the health workers who are “tirelessly caring for our repatriates for the past month.”