The Department of Health (DOH) said Monday that 22 infected Filipinos from the Diamond Princess cruise ship in Japan will be repatriated after they recovered from 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) infection.
On February 25, 10 infected Filipinos who have recovered from the infection also returned to the country with over 400 other repatriates from the virus-hit cruise ship.
In a press briefing, Health Assistant Secretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said 32 in total have already recovered from the 80 initially reported infected Filipinos in Japan.
“Of those 32, 10 na po ‘yung napauwi natin dito. May naiwan pa pong 22 na sa ngayon ay inaayos pa ho through our embassy there and through our Department of Foreign Affairs,” she said.
“Malalaman po natin in the coming days kung papaano,” she added.
Vergeire said the remaining 48 infected overseas Filipinos in Diamond Princess are still admitted.
As of Thursday, Vergeire said the DOH is monitoring 43 persons under investigation for possible infection in the Philippines.
Of the 14 repatriates who became symptomatic while in quarantine in Tarlac, 10 have already tested negative for COVID-19.The results of the remaining four repatriates showing symptoms are still pending.
According to Vergeire, at least 58 countries have reported confirmed cases of COVID-infection. Only 20 have recorded local transmission.
As of Thursday, 86 overseas Filipinos have tested positive. The most recent case is a 41-year old Filipina domestic worker in Singapore. —LDF, GMA News