Filipino seafarer among 10 people infected with 2019-nCoV on Japan cruise ship – DFA

Robie de Guzman

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Wednesday assured it is closely monitoring the welfare of a Filipino seafarer who was among the 10 individuals aboard a cruise ship in Japan who tested positive for novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV).

In a statement, the DFA said the Philippine Embassy in Tokyo is actively coordinating with Japanese authorities to provide the Filipino seaman all possible assistance as he undergoes treatment and observation.

Media reports said the 10 virus-infected patients in Carnival Corp.’s Diamond Princess cruise ship were already transferred by Japan’s Coast Guard to hospitals on the mainland.

The other 3,700 passengers and crew of the vessel currently docked off the port of Yokohama, Japan were placed in a 14-day quarantine.

The cruise ship was placed in quarantine after an 80-year old man who sailed on the vessel last month tested positive for the virus.

Since Monday, people on board the ship have been subjected to health screening which revealed the 10 confirmed cases.

The DFA said there are 538 Filipinos on board the ship.

The department assured it is also closely monitoring the welfare of other Filipinos aboard the vessel.

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