Pinoy repatriates quarantined at New Clark City cleared to go home

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Feb 22 2020 04:49 PM | Updated as of Feb 22 2020 07:21 PM

MANILA (2nd UPDATE)—Filipino repatriates from Hubei province in China, the epicenter of COVID-19, have been cleared to go home to their families, authorities said as they completed a 14-day quarantine period at New Clark City in Capas town, Tarlac.

Forty-nine people — including 30 overseas Filipinos workers from Wuhan, 5 Department of Health medical team members, 5 Department of Foreign Affairs response team members, 6 plane crew, and 3 ground personnel — completed the quarantine period through a send-off ceremony

They did not show any signs of the virus, Health Secretary Francisco T. Duque III said in a statement Saturday afternoon.

Forty-nine people — including 30 overseas Filipinos workers from Wuhan, 5 Department of Health medical team members, 5 Department of Foreign Affairs response team members, 6 plane crew, and 3 ground personnel — completed the quarantine period through a send-off ceremony. Courtesy of PCOO

Forty-nine people — including 30 overseas Filipinos workers from Wuhan, 5 Department of Health medical team members, 5 Department of Foreign Affairs response team members, 6 plane crew, and 3 ground personnel — completed the quarantine period through a send-off ceremony. Courtesy of PCOO

Forty-nine people — including 30 overseas Filipinos workers from Wuhan, 5 Department of Health medical team members, 5 Department of Foreign Affairs response team members, 6 plane crew, and 3 ground personnel — completed the quarantine period through a send-off ceremony. Courtesy of PCOO

The repatriates also received a certificate clearing them of the virus and were given financial assistance by the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA), and the Department of Social Welfare and Development. Media was barred covering the event.

The Health Department also thanked agencies such as the DFA, the OWWA, and the local government for the joint effort exerted.

Malacañang said it was "pleased" with the development and applauded the agencies involved, especially the repatriation team members, for their heroic efforts.

"We likewise thank the local government, as well as the residents, of Capas, Tarlac for their cooperation and understanding in hosting our fellow countrymen during their quarantine period," Presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo said.

Rooms occupied by the repatriates and the staff are to be sanitized in time for the arrival of the next batch of repatriates from the virus-stricken Diamond Princess Cruise ship docked in Yokohama.

They were poised to occupy the rooms on Sunday, but the repatriation was postponed as the Japanese government sought to finish testing the 400 expected repatriates.

As of Saturday, the virus has killed 2,345 and infected more than 76,000 people, mostly in China. — With a report from Bianca Dava, ABS-CBN News