MANILA, Philippines — Foreign affairs chief Teddy Locsin Jr. said Wednesday the government will soon repatriate Filipinos from coronavirus-hit cruise ship Diamond Princess in Japan.
“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 our Overseas Filipinos wherever they are. I want them home now!” Locsin said on his Twitter account.
For immediate repatriation are those who have not shown symptoms of the dreaded virus Locsin said while those already affected may remain confined for treatment in Japanese hospitals the DFA said.
It was gathered that passengers from the cruise ship who have tested negative for the illness have already began disembarking from the Diamond Princess after the 14-day quarantine period came to an end Wednesday.
It was learned that more than 500 Filipinos, mostly crew members, are on the ship.
There are at least 542 confirmed cases inside Diamond Princess, the biggest cluster outside mainland China.
Meanwhile, DOH Assistant Secretary Ma. Rosario Vergeire said “all Filipino passengers and crew of Diamond Princess who will request repatriation will be accommodated by the Philippine government in accordance with the guidelines set by the Department of Health.”
Previously, 30 Filipino repatriates from Wuhan, China were brought to a facility for athletes at New Clark City in Capas, Tarlac.
In China, the epicenter of the COVID-19 virus, more than 74,000 patients have been diagnosed positive for the illness while hundreds more cases have been reported in nearly 30 countries. (Iam/covereignph.com)