2 repatriates at New Clark City test positive for COVID-19

Kristine Sabillo, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 10 2020 07:07 PM

MANILA - The Department of Health (DOH) on Tuesday said that among the new COVID-19 cases are two repatriates staying at the New Clark City.

“Patients 25 and 26. They are asymptomatic,” said Assistant Health Secretary Maria Rosario Vergeire during a press conference.

She said they are still validating the information that they do not have respiratory illness symptoms by getting their “complete (medical) history.”

The two are included in the nine new cases announced on Tuesday, which brings the total of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the Philippines to 33. One is a 31-year-old male and the other is a 34-year-old male. Their test results came out on Tuesday. 

There are more than 400 Filipinos staying at the New Clark City in Tarlac, which has been turned into a temporary quarantine facility. They are mostly crew members of the Diamond Princess cruise ship, which recorded more than 700 confirmed cases of COVID-19. 

They already underwent a 14-day quarantine on the ship but were required to undergo another quarantine procedure. 

The group’s quarantine period is scheduled to end on Wednesday.

While DOH has kept the schedule of their send-off confidential, Vergeire said they will have a short ceremony before they are sent off to go home to their families.

There are now over 110,000 cases of COVID-19 around the world, with more than 4,000 fatalities. 

COVID-19 may be fatal for the elderly, the immunocompromised, and those with underlying medical condition but 80 percent of cases globally showed a high chance of recovery "without needing special treatment," according to the World Health Organization. 

WHO said COVID-19 symptoms include fever, tiredness, and dry cough. Some patients may have aches and pains, nasal congestion, runny nose, sore throat or diarrhea.