Nasken a naan-anay ti ammom. MODA • WAGAS TI PANAGBIAG • PANAGPASIAR VOL. 566 NO. 20 THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 2020 THE EXPONENT OF PHILIPPINE PROGRESS SINCE 1900 IN METRO MANILA 18.00 Repatriation for Pinoy ship passengers readied By ANALOU DE VERA T he Philippine government is already finalizing the voluntary repatriation plans for all the asymptomatic Filipino passengers of M/V Diamond Princess cruise ship docked in Yokohama, Japan. The Department of Health (DOH) bared this Wednesday, the same day that relieved passengers began leaving the coronavirus-wracked cruise ship in Japan after testing negative for the disease that has now claimed more than 2,000 lives in China. “The Interagency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) resolved that all Filipino passengers and crew of the M/V Diamond Princess who will request repatriation will be accommodated by the Philippine government in accordance with the guidelines set by the DOH,” said Health Assistant Secretary Maria Rosario Vergeire during a press briefing at the DOH-Central Office in Sta. Cruz, Manila. Asked when the arrangements will be finalized, the health official said, “It's not going to be next week or the week after. It's going to be soon... in the coming days.” Vergeire reported that 40 Filipino crew members of M/V Diamond Princess cruise ship have been tested positive for the Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID19). The Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) is now in constant communication with the Japanese government with regards to 7 GOODBYE, DIAMOND PRINCESS – Passengers leave NALATAK A TATTAO • SALUN-AT • TEKNOLOHIA Bannawa www.mb.com.ph
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