No 2nd n-CoV positive Pinoy on cruise ship

February 07, 2020

NO Filipinos are among another group of 41 people onboard the Diamond Princess Cruise ship who  tested positive for novel corona virus (nCoV), the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said yesterday.

The group include 21 Japanese nationals and 20 foreigners.    

“As of this time, only one Filipino onboard the ship has tested positive for the virus, and is now in hospital undergoing treatment,” the DFA said.

The Japanese Health Ministry confirmed that all 273 suspected cases onboard have already been tested.

The Ministry also stated that the ship will remain under the mandatory 14-day quarantine period until February 19.

The Philippine Embassy is currently working with both Philippine and Japanese Government agencies to provide assistance to all Filipinos onboard the cruise ship.

”The information we have is that the Filipino is responding positively to the treatment.  We are in touch with the hospital to get more updates.

”Mahirap yata mag estimate ng release date for those in hospital. I think it will depend on how they respond to the treatments,” the DFA said.

Meanwhile, the  Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) confirmed that the first Filipino domestic worker quarantined in Hong Kong has been given a clean bill of health and is now discharged by the Hong Kong Department of Health.

Foreign Affairs Undersecretary for Civilian Security and Consular Concerns Brigido J. Dulay said the domestic worker, although healthy and asymptomatic, was put under quarantine in Hong Kong after her employer became the second victim to succumb to the nCoV outside mainland China.

The Filipina underwent a 14-day quarantine period and is  now resting at her employer’s home which has been thoroughly sanitized by the Hong Kong Department of Health.