Quarantine period begins for 30 Pinoy repatriates from Wuhan City, China

Marje Pelayo

MANILA Philippines – The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Sunday (February 9) successfully repatriated 30 Filipinos from Wuhan City, China, the epicenter of the outbreak of 2019 novel Coronavirus Acute Respiratory Disease (2019-nCoV ARD).

The Filipino repatriates, who flew from China through a chartered flight, included 29 adults and an infant.

They were assisted by the repatriating team composed of two members from the Philippine Consulate General in Shanghai, three members from the DFA Office of the Undersecretary for Migrant Workers’ Affairs (OUMWA), and five medical team members from the Department of Health (DOH).

From the plane, the Filipinos were escorted into their dedicated buses and transported to the Athlete’s Village in New Clark City in Tarlac for their 14-day quarantine period.

The repatriates heeded the DFA’s call on January 28 to return home to the Philippines amid the outbreak of 2019-nCoV ARD.

The Chinese government cooperated with Philippine representatives to provide them with the necessary exit passes to be able to leave while the risk of novel coronavirus infection remains high in Wuhan.

As of this writing, China has reported more than 40,235 confirmed cases of 2019-nCoV ARD infection with death toll reaching 910 worldwide, according to Chinese state media China Global.

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