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Filipino Evacuees from the Diamond Princess Cruise ship in Japan Arrived in the Philippines

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By: Elena Grace Flores

The 309 Filipinos landed at the Haribon Hangar of the Clark Airbase in Pampanga 10:15 p.m., Tuesday. They were aboard Philippine Airlines chartered flight. They all tested negative for coronavirus infection before boarding the plane and leaving Haneda Airport. The second batch consisting of at least 140 Filipinos who departed an hour later arrived shortly before midnight. This brings the total to 451 evacuees to return to the country.

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Over 400 Filipinos from cruise ship in Japan to arrived

80 were Positive

70 Filipinos who have fallen ill to the coronavirus disease did not make it home yet. In total, 80 Filipinos board the Diamond Princess tested positive for the novel coronavirus. Ten of them have recovered and given a clean bill of health. They made it to the repatriation, the DFA said.

More Tests

The evacuees underwent screening for flu-like symptoms before landing at Clark. Those who manifest signs of respiratory illness were subject to isolation. One area in the aircraft was designated for this before they are taken to a hospital for treatment.

Mandatory Local Quarantine Period for Coronavirus

The remaining evacuees are now in a 14-day quarantine at the New Clark City in Capas, Tarlac. This is part of the government policy. The medical and response teams, crew members, and other personnel who accompanied the Filipinos from Japan are not exempted from this.

Status in the Philippines

In the Philippines, three Chinese nationals who are all from Wuhan have been infected with the Novel Coronavirus. One of them died. The remaining two recovered and already left the country. A total of 516 individuals have tested negative for the virus who came in contact with them. The government awaits 44 more lab results.

Fr. Jose Bosch Innovative Skills Training Advocacy Cooperative (ISTAC)

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Filipinos On Board the Diamond Princess Return Home as Coronavirus Fear Arises

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By: Elena Grace Flores

The local government of Capas in Tarlac has some concerns. The New Clark City Athlete’s Village or NCC is the quarantine area of the Filipino repatriates from the Diamond Princess. They are set to arrive there on Sunday from Yokohama. Their fears are legitimate over the coronavirus. Precautions are in place, Malacañang assures them. Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said the exact number of repatriates is not yet known. Their tests must show negative results for COVID-19. Symptoms of the illness are enough to leave them in Japan. The ones who recovered can join the repatriation. Another 14-day quarantine period locally is at stake.

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Coronavirus outbreak: Number of confirmed COVID-19 cases on cruise ship in Japan rises

Coronavirus Update

Cases of the novel coronavirus, known as COVID-19, are rising inside the Diamond Princess cruise ship docked in Japan. As Mike Armstrong reports, putting thousands of people under quarantine was supposed to help stop the spread of the virus, but it may have had the opposite effect.

They Want to Go Home

All the Filipino crew and passengers of the Diamond Princess cruise ship who are negative for the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) express their desire to return home to the Philippines. The Department of Health (DOH) attests to this. 495 Filipinos are still on the cruise ship after the two-week quarantine period passes. The 43 Filipinos who are positive for the virus are still in the hospital.

Two Chartered Planes for the Diamond Princess Crews

Duque said that two chartered are ready to bring back the Pinoy crew and passengers. They voluntarily present themselves to return to the country. The DOH official hints that they are not discounting any possibility that some of them have a change of heart on the day of their departure. So, the figures can still change.

The Coronavirus Fears in Other Countries are Real

The Americans from the Diamond Princess had some complaints about the handling of their transfer. Their ordeal in the so-called floating prison did not serve a purpose when the negative ones have to join the untested people in one airplane. Another doctor from Germany who had the chance to inspect the ship also narrates his fearful experience of how the mismanagement of the disease on board went. The Philippines should have the courage to learn from their plights to keep the Filipinos safe.

Fr. Jose Bosch Innovative Skills Training Advocacy Cooperative (ISTAC)

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Legitimate Fears in Capas, Tarlac Loom as Coronavirus-Stricken Diamond Princess Repatriates Arrive

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By: Elena Grace Flores

The local government of Capas in Tarlac has some concerns. The New Clark City Athlete’s Village or NCC is the quarantine area of the Filipino repatriates from the Diamond Princess. They are set to arrive there on Sunday from Yokohama. Their fears are legitimate over the coronavirus. Precautions are in place, Malacañang assures them. Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said the exact number of repatriates is not yet known. Their tests must show negative results for COVID-19. Symptoms of the illness are enough to leave them in Japan. The ones who recovered can join the repatriation. Another 14-day quarantine period locally is at stake.

YouTube video by Global News
Coronavirus outbreak: Number of confirmed COVID-19 cases on cruise ship in Japan rises

Coronavirus Update

Cases of the novel coronavirus, known as COVID-19, are rising inside the Diamond Princess cruise ship docked in Japan. As Mike Armstrong reports, putting thousands of people under quarantine was supposed to help stop the spread of the virus, but it may have had the opposite effect.

They Want to Go Home

All the Filipino crew and passengers of the Diamond Princess cruise ship who are negative for the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) express their desire to return home to the Philippines. The Department of Health (DOH) attests to this. 495 Filipinos are still on the cruise ship after the two-week quarantine period passes. The 43 Filipinos who are positive for the virus are still in the hospital.

Two Chartered Planes

Duque said that two chartered are ready to bring back the Pinoy crew and passengers. They voluntarily present themselves to return to the country. The DOH official hints that they are not discounting any possibility that some of them have a change of heart on the day of their departure. So, the figures can still change.

The Coronavirus Fears in Other Countries are Real

The Americans from the Diamond Princess had some complaints about the handling of their transfer. Their ordeal in the so-called floating prison did not serve a purpose when the negative ones have to join the untested people in one airplane. Another doctor from Germany who had the chance to inspect the ship also narrates his fearful experience of how the mismanagement of the disease on board went. The Philippines should have the courage to learn from their plights to keep the Filipinos safe.

Fr. Jose Bosch Innovative Skills Training Advocacy Cooperative (ISTAC)