Only 1 Pinoy from virus ship in Japan remains in hospital due to COVID-19: envoy

Arianne Merez, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Apr 01 2020 02:30 PM

The cruise ship Diamond Princess is pictured beside a Japanese flag as it lies at anchor while workers and officers prepare to transfer passengers who tested positive for coronavirus, at Daikoku Pier Cruise Terminal in Yokohama, south of Tokyo, Japan, Feb. 12, 2020. Kim Kyung-Hoon, Reuters

MANILA - Filipinos who opted to stay in Japan after disembarking the virus-stricken Diamond Princess cruise ship are doing "okay" with only one left in the hospital, Philippine Ambassador to Japan Jose Laurel V said Wednesday.

The remaining Filipino confined in the hospital is waiting for clearance after getting supportive care for COVID-19, Laurel said.

"Okay naman. Lahat yung negative, nakauwi na. Yung positive, isa pa ang nasa ospital dahil sinisigurong pag-discharge niyan, eh di makakahawa ng ibang mga kasama," the envoy said in a virtual press briefing.

Laurel, however, did not mention how many Filipino crew members of the ship are still in Japan.

There are over 400 Filipino crew members on board the Diamond Princess when it was quarantined in the Japanese port of Yokohama due to the outbreak of COVID-19.

The majority were repatriated back to the Philippines between February and March but some opted to stay behind.

At present, Laurel said authorities are monitoring 2 suspected cases of COVID-19 among Filipinos in Japan, particularly in Osaka and Nagoya.

He, however, assured the public that the Filipino community in Japan is doing well in light of the pandemic.

"Everybody that is a Filipino is okay. However, we should also try to avoid going to socials. Stay at home," he said.