More Pinoys on cruise ship virus positive

February 17, 2020

THE number of Filipinos who tested positive for corona virus diseas-10 (COVID-19) aboard the Diamond Princess Cruise ship docked in Japan has reached 27.

In a report to the Department of Foreign Affairs, the Philippine Embassy in Tokyo said that 16 new cases were confirmed on Saturday.

However, no Filipinos were included in the new group of 70 confirmed cases announced by the Japanese Government yesterday on February16.

The Japanese Health Ministry announced that all crew and passengers onboard will be tested beginning yesterday so that test results will be available by the time the ship’s quarantine period ends.

The Embassy is in close coordination with the relevant Philippine and Japanese government agencies, and representatives of the World Health Organization and Princess Cruises to ensure that the needs of the Filipino crew and passengers are met and to facilitate their return to the Philippines.