3 Filipinos from Japanese Cruise Ship are Showing Symptoms of COVID-19

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After manifesting symptoms of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), a health official reported Thursday night, three male repatriates quarantined at New Clark City in Capas, Tarlac were brought to a hospital.

Interviewed on Super Radyo dzBB, Health Assistant Secretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said that the repatriates were taken to the Jose B. Lingad Memorial Regional Hospital in Pampanga from the coronavirus-hit cruise ship Diamond Princess.

Vergeire said one of the three repatriates had been feeling sore throat since Tuesday, while the other two men only began to show symptoms late Wednesday night.

By Tuesday night a total of 445 Filipinos had been repatriated from Japan.

The DOH said earlier that 440 repatriates were Diamond Princess crew members while five were visitors.

On February 3, the entire cruise ship was put under quarantine following a positive COVID-19 test by a passenger.

Shortly after the quarantine ended the asymptomatic Filipinos onboard the vessel were repatriated.

Eighty Filipinos are still in Japan after being positively screened for the virus.

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