DOH disinfects Athletes’ Village in New Clark City after Diamond Princess repatriates leave

Robie de Guzman

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Health (DOH) on Friday, March 13 conducted extensive cleaning and sanitation at the Athletes’ Village in New Clark City after repatriates from the MV Diamond Princess cruise ship in Japan completed their 14-day quarantine.

In a statement, Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) said personnel from DOH Central Luzon Center for Health Development disinfected and sanitized all rooms used by the repatriates during their quarantine.

A video posted by the BCDA on Facebook showed DOH personnel wearing full protective gears cleaning and disinfecting the rooms.

“We would like to assure everyone, especially those residing in the adjacent communities of New Clark City, that the Athletes’ Village has been thoroughly sanitized by the DOH,” BCDA President and CEO Vince Dizon said.

A total of 445 repatriates from the virus-hit cruise ship in Japan stayed at the quarantine facility when they arrived on February 25.

They completed their two-week quarantine on March 11, Wednesday. Two of the 445 repatriates tested positive for the virus.

The DOH earlier announced that the rooms used by two crew members infected with the virus were immediately and thoroughly disinfected after they were transferred to the hospital.

“New Clark City will remain on lockdown in accordance with the government’s directive to the public to refrain from visiting public places,” Dizon added.

As of Thursday, the Philippines has 52 confirmed infections with five fatalities.

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