4 Filipino crew of Norwegian cruise ship contract COVID-19

Willard Cheng, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Aug 03 2020 12:08 PM | Updated as of Aug 03 2020 12:41 PM

MANILA - Four Filipino crew onboard a cruise ship docked in Tromsoe, Norway have tested positive for the coronavirus, the Department of Foreign Affairs said Monday.

All were hospitalized while 123 more Filipino crew members of MS Roald Amundsen are awaiting test results set to be released this week, the agency said.

The Philippine Embassy said it was closely monitoring the situation and was ready to extend assistance.

As of Sunday, the DFA said some 9,569 Filipinos abroad have contracted the respiratory illness. Of this figure, 5,572 recovered while 671 died.

In the Philippines, the coronavirus has so far sickened 103,185 people, of whom 2,059 died and 65,557 recovered.