DFA verifying reported 2nd Pinoy coronavirus case abroad

February 06, 2020

THE Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) assured the public on Wednesday night that the Philippine Government has a vigilant and tested plan to ensure the health and the welfare of Filipinos domestically and overseas following reports of a Filipino who tested positive for the 2019 novel corona virus (nCoV) aboard a cruise ship docked in Yokohama, Japan.

As this developed, the Philippine Consulate General in Hong Kong verified Wednesday with local health authorities that a second Filipino, a household service worker (HSW), was quarantined following exposure to her employer who tested positive for 2019-nCoV ARD.

The Consulate General reported that, just like the first case, the domestic helper is healthy and asymptomatic but needs to undergo 14-day quarantine as required by Hong Kong’s protocol.

The DFA said it continues to work closely with relevant government agencies to extend immediate assistance to Filipinos quarantined abroad.

“We urge our countrymen in affected areas worldwide to abide by the guidelines of host countries and take the necessary personal precautions to ensure their health and safety,” the DFA said.

On Wednesday, the Philippine Embassy in Tokyo confirmed that a Filipino crew of Diamond Cruise ship was among ten passengers who tested positive for nCoV.

There are 538 Filipinos onboard the ship.

The Philippine Embassy in Tokyo said it is closely and actively monitoring the welfare of Filipinos onboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship.

Diamond Princess was quarantined after one of the passengers tested positive for the novel corona virus (nCoV).

The other passengers have been asked to remain onboard the ship for the required 14-day quarantine period.