More than 500 Filipinos staying in quarantined ship in Japan: envoy


Posted at Feb 07 2020 10:58 AM

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Authorities are providing the needs of 538 Filipinos who are quarantined on board a cruise ship docked in Japan due to the novel coronavirus, Philippine Embassy in Tokyo Deputy Chief of Mission Robespierre Bolivar said Friday. 

The ship Diamond Princess was quarantined off Yokohama after a former passenger, who disembarked in Hong Kong last month, tested positive for the virus. At least 61 people on the ship, including a Filipino seafarer, have tested positive for the pathogen, Tokyo's health ministry said. 

Japanese authorities bring food and supplies daily to the ship, where passengers are barred from leaving their WiFi-equipped rooms, said Bolivar. 

The sailor who tested positive was brought to a hospital for additional tests and treatment, to which he was responding "positively", Bolivar told DZMM. 

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A worker at a port wearing a surgical mask walks as cruise ship Diamond Princess arrives at Daikoku Pier Cruise Terminal in Yokohama, south of Tokyo, Japan Feb. 6, 2020. Kim Kyung-Hoon, Reuters

 There are more than 3,700 passengers and crew on the ship, which has been off Japan's coast since Monday evening. It docked in Yokohama on Thursday to resupply for a quarantine that could last until February 19.

Japan hosts some 300,000 land-based Filipinos, none of which have caught the new coronavirus. 

The pathogen has killed at least 630 people and infected some 30,000 since emerging from Wuhan City in central China a few weeks ago, authorities said Friday. With a report from Agence France-Presse 

DZMM, Feb. 7, 2020