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70 Pinoys Infected W/ COVID-19 Left Behind In Japan

COVID-19 – 70 Pinoy crew members infected with novel coronavirus or COVID-19 were left behind in Japan.

The novel coronavirus or COVID-19 is now a global concern. Thousands of people died and it has infected tens of thousands of people. Most of the victims are from mainland China. Wuhan City, the epicenter of the deadly virus is currently under lockdown to halt the spread of the virus.

One of the countries that is really affected by the Wuhan virus is Japan. The cruise ship Diamond Princess is currently under quarantined in Japan after a COVID-19 patient boarded the ship. As days passed, several passengers and crew got infected.

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Photo Source: ABS-CBN News

There are 537 Filipinos on the ship. In a previous article, a Pinoy seafarer has tested positive for the virus. Based on a report from Inquirer, the Philippine government repatriated more than 400 Filipino crew members of the Diamond Princess cruise ship on Tuesday.

Upon their arrival in the country, the repatriates are brought to the quarantine site at Athlete’s Village in New Clark City for another 2-week quarantine period.

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Photo Source: Sunstar

According to the report, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said 70 infected Pinoy crew members of the cruise ship were left behind in Japan. The government agency said 80 of the Pinoy onboard the cruise ship tested positive for the virus. 10 of them had recovered and discharged.

DOH Secretary Francisco Duque III said the Pinoys who were left behind were receiving treatment in hospitals in Japan.

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Photo Source: Daily Tribune

Based on the report, Philippine Airlines sent 2 chartered planes to Tokyo to fetch the Pinoys that were extracted from the cruise ship. Anyone who shows the symptoms was not allowed to board the plane.

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