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Love of country outweighs COVID-19 fear – gov’t repatriation team


The members of the Department of Foreign Affairs’ repatriation team who headed to Japan on Tuesday said their love of country outweighed their fears over a coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) infection.

Two diplomats formed the second batch that flew to Haneda Airport to aid in the repatriation of over 400 Filipinos aboard the coronavirus-hit Diamond Princess cruise ship, according to a Tuesday report on Balitanghali by Bernadette Reyes.

The two team members would be provided with personal protective equipment to reduce the risk of infection.

The diplomats, along with all the repatriates, would also have to be quarantined for two-weeks at the New Clark City when they return to the Philippines.

Earlier on Tuesday, the repatriates made their way to the Haneda Airport

They are expected to arrive on Tuesday night.

The number of Filipinos aboard the cruise ship who tested positive for the coronavirus had risen to 80, according to the Department of Health.  — Julia Mari Ornedo/DVM, GMA News