Sun. Jan 16th, 2022

MANILA – Sixteen more Filipino seafarers onboard a quarantined cruise ship in Japan tested positive for COVID-19) the Department of Foreign Affairs reported Monday.

“The Department of Foreign Affairs, through the Philippine embassy in Tokyo, reports that as of Feb. 16, the number of Filipinos onboard who have tested positive for COVID-19 is at 27. This includes 16 new cases confirmed on Saturday, Feb. 15,” the DFA claimed in a statement.

The latest development brought the number of COVID-19 stricken Pinoy crew members to 27 working in the Diamond Princess.

However, all of 27 Filipinos who confined at a hospital in Japan and doing well, Labor Undersecretary Ana Dione said. “They are being taken care of by the Japanese government.”

Health authorities in Japan are allegedly regularly conducting tests to ensure that those positive for the virus are diagnosed and treated well.

The ship remains docked at a port quarantined off Yokohoma after several guests showed signs of bearing the coronavirus.

The foreign affairs department further said that the embassy is in close coordination with Japanese government agencies, the World Health Organization (WHO) and representatives of the ill-fated Princess Cruises to ensure that the needs of the Filipino crew and passengers are met and possible facilitation of the crews’ return to PH. (ia/

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