Philippines Will Repatriate 480 Citizens From Virus-Hit Ship
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The Philippines will fly back on Sunday as many as 480 citizens from the Diamond Princess cruise ship in Japan hit by the novel coronavirus, the Southeast Asian nation’s Health Department said Friday.
Filipino crew members and passengers are being tested in Japan, and only those who test negative will be repatriated, Health Assistant Secretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said at a televised briefing. They will be brought to a quarantine facility north of Manila, she said.
At least 636 of the ship’s 3,700 passengers and crew members have been infected by the virus, 44 of those are Filipinos, the Philippine health official said.
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