A general view shows the quarantined Diamond Princess cruise ship at Daikoku pier cruise terminal in Yokohama on February 24, 2020.
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Cases of coronavirus-infected Filipinos in quarantined ship rise to 80
Gaea Katreena Cabico (Philstar.com) - February 25, 2020 - 3:30pm

MANILA, Philippines — The number of Filipinos from the quarantined cruise ship off Japan who are infected with the potentially deadly coronavirus disease climbed to 80, the Department of Foreign Affairs said Tuesday.

They are among the at least 691 people on board the Diamond Princess—once the biggest hotspot of the disease outside China—who tested positive for COVID-19.

DFA Undersecretary Brigido Dulay said that of the 80 Filipinos, 10 have since been discharged from hospitals with clean bill of health.

He added that the Filipino crew members who are scheduled to return to the Philippines today have tested negative.




Two chartered planes bound for Japan left Ninoy Aquino International Airport to bring home more than 400 Filipinos stranded in the coronavirus-wracked cruise ship.

The first repatriation flight is expected to arrive at the Clark International Airport at 8:30 p.m., while the second flight will be back in the Philippines at 10:40 p.m.

Upon arrival, the repatriates will be quarantined at the New Clark City in Tarlac for 14 days.

The homecoming date of over 400 Filipinos was initially set last week but the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Disease decided to move the schedule of evacuation “out of an abundance of caution with a view of safeguarding the health and safety” of overseas Filipinos on board the vessel.

The vessel, moored off Yokohama in Japan, was quarantined on February 5 after a passenger who disembarked in Hong Kong tested positive for the disease. While passengers were confined to their cabins, many crew members were not isolated because they were needed to keep the ship running.

Four people have so far died after becoming sick on the vessel.

The situation in virus epicenter China appeared to be calming but the situation is worsening in other nations with more than 2,000 cases and 30 deaths reported abroad. — with report from Agence France-Presse

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April 4, 2020 - 4:09pm

The Department of Health reports 76 more local cases of the coronavirus disease 2019, bringing the official tally to 3,094 from the previous count of 3,018.

April 3, 2020 - 12:58pm

The Philippine Health Insurance Corp. assures the public that they will shoulder the full cost of treatment for all COVID-19 patients until April 14, 2020.

"The reason for this accommodation window is due to the novelty and the wide range of severity of the disease in the country for which no existing case rate or package based on accepted protocols has yet been established," it says in a statement.

Philhealth says they will issue a new set of guidelines after the final protocol is established.

April 3, 2020 - 10:22am

The UN General Assembly has approved a resolution calling for "international cooperation" and "multilateralism" in the fight against COVID-19, in the first text to come out of the international body since the pandemic's outbreak.

The resolution, which was approved by consensus, also stresses "the need for full respect for human rights" and that "there is no place for any form of discrimination, racism and xenophobia in the response to the pandemic." — AFP

April 3, 2020 - 8:04am

The cruise ship Zaandam, which has dozens of ill passengers on board and was not allowed to dock in several South American countries, arrivsd Thursday in port in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

The liner was finally cleared for docking after long negotiations between Holland America Line, local and state officials, and the US Coast Guard, to ensure the safe disembarkation of the healthy — and the sick. — AFP

April 2, 2020 - 5:02pm

The Department of Health confirms 11 COVID-19 patients have died in the Philippines, raising the total number of fatalities to 107.

The Philippines also recorded 322 new coronavirus cases, bringing the national total to 2,633.

As of Thursday afternoon, one additional patient recovered from the deadly virus, bringing the total number of recoveries to 51.

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