8 more Pinoys on cruise ship infected with dreaded virus

February 18, 2020

EIGHT more Filipino crew members of Diamond Princess have tested positive for the coronavirus disease-19 (COVID-19), the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said yesterday.

The Philippine Embassy in Tokyo reported that as of  February 18, the number of Filipinos on the ship who have tested positive for COVID-19 is at 35. This includes the eight new cases, who are all crew members.

Filipinos who tested positive for COVID-19 were immediately transferred to Japanese hospitals and are now undergoing treatment.

The Philippine Embassy constantly communicates with all patients currently confined in Japanese hospitals to ensure their well-being and to provide assistance.

The Japanese government was scheduled to announce yesterday the disembarkation procedures for the end of the ship’s quarantine period. 

The Embassy is coordinating with all relevant Philippine and Japanese government agencies and is meeting with senior management representatives of Princess Cruises to ensure an orderly and safe repatriation of Filipinos once they clear the Japanese quarantine requirements.