DOH: Repatriated Filipinos from Japan cruise ship can still test positive for COVID-19

Aileen Cerrudo

The Department of Health (DOH) is still not dismissing the possibility that the repatriated Filipinos aboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship might still test positive for COVID-19.

The Health department said the 445 Filipino repatriates will undergo the 14-day quarantine period.

Health experts are still studying why some individuals tested positive for COVID-19 despite not showing any symptoms.

The DOH said the repatriating Filipinos underwent five screening assessments in Japan before they were taken to the quarantine facility in Capas, Tarlac.

Meanwhile, the DOH also clarified that the 10 Filipino crew members who recovered from COVID-19 are not among the repatriated Filipinos. However, when they return to the Philippines they will still undergo the quarantine process.

There are currently 101 patients under investigation for COVID-19 in the country.—AAC (with reports from Aiko Miguel)

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