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301 more Filipino seafarers repatriated amid COVID-19 pandemic

/ 06:56 PM April 14, 2020

The 301 Filipino seafarers arrived on Tuesday morning. Image: DFA-OUMWA

MANILA, Philippines — Some 301 seafarers were repatriated on Tuesday, in addition to the over 13,000 overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) who have been sent home amid the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA).

The new batch of repatriates came from cruise ships Carnival Legend, Carnival Pride, Carnival Fascination and Carnival Conquest, a DFA release said. The Qatar Airways flight that brought them home landed at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 1 at around 8:27 a.m.

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The 301 repatriates underwent the appropriate medical protocols upon arrival as required by the Department of Health (DOH). The DFA noted that they would be required to undergo home-based quarantine in accordance with the assessment of the Bureau of Quarantine.

The repatriation program is a joint effort between the DFA and the local manning agency, the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA), the DOH and the Department of the Interior and Local Government.

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There are 660 Filipinos abroad who have contracted COVID-19 as of Monday, according to the DFA.

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