Philippines welcomes 253 OFWs from Kuwait due to COVID-19 crisis

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 26 2020 04:34 PM

Distressed OFWs at the Kuwait International Airport Terminal 4 waiting to check in. Maxxy Santiago, ABS-CBN Middle East News Bureau

MANILA — More than 250 overseas Filipino workers (OFW) arrived in the Philippines early Wednesday after being sent home from Kuwait amid the global crisis brought about by the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. 

All 253 Filipinos underwent the proper medical protocols and check-up at the airport as required by the Department of Health's Bureau of Quarantine, according to the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA).

The repatriates were also reminded to observe strict home quarantine for 14 days.

The repatriation was part of the Kuwaiti government’s precautionary measure to thwart the spread of COVID-19 there.

According to the Kuwait Ministry of Health, as of Wednesday, March 25, there are 195 COVID-19 cases and six of them are Filipino domestic workers who had close contact with their employers who had recent travel history. 

The DFA said the repatriated OFWs were provided transportation services to their destinations in Metro Manila or provinces, as the enhanced community quarantine in Luzon was still in effect. 

Those who could not yet go home due to the lockdown in Luzon were provided with temporary shelter.