The Department of Health (DOH) will continue to monitor Filipinos repatriated from Wuhan, China for a month after their quarantine period for possible coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is over, a health department official said on Saturday.
DOH Assistant Secretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said the 49 Filipinos who have been brought to New Clark City, Capasm Tarlac on February 9 will finish their 14-day quarantine period on Saturday.
Of 49 Filipinos, 30 are Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) repatriated from Wuhan, China; five are from the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), five are DOH doctors, six are airline crew, and three are ground crew.
The DFA and DOH personnel and the airline and ground crew accompanied the Filipinos from Wuhan and attended to them.
“As of last night, lumabas sa test na negative po silang lahat sa COVID-19. Wala po silang sintomas,” Vergeire said.
Vergeire said all 49 Filipinos will be issued a certificate from the DOH saying they have finished their quarantine period.
The certification can be presented by the Filipinos to their employers to show they are fit to work.
On the other hand, Vergeire said the DOH will still monitor their health conditions for a month.
“They will be monitored for a month para malaman ang developments,” she said.
“We got their phone number where we can call or text them,” Vergeire said.
The DOH will also coordinate with local government units to help in monitoring.
“They can monitor in person if needed,” she said.
Vergeire said there will be a designated area at New Clark City where relatives can meet the 49 Filipinos as they are released from quarantine on Saturday.
However, Vergeire said she could not divulge the exact time of their release.
“Sila po ay wala nang dapat ikabahala dahil nakatapos na sila ng quarantine. They have no symptoms. Healthy na po sila,” she added.
“Lahat po ng suporta ay naibigay sa kanila habang sila ay nasa quarantine facility,” Vergeire assured.
Meanwhile, the DOH official said the New Clark City facility will be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected on Saturday to prepare for the arrival of the Filipinos to be repatriated from the Diamond Princess cruise ship in Yokohama, Japan.
Hundreds of maintenance workers and housekeeping personnel will clean the said facility, including the five-floor building where the OFWs from Wuhan, China stayed, Vergeire added.
Almost 500 Filipinos from the COVID-19-stricken cruise ship will be repatriated to the Philippines on Sunday, Malacanang said.
Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said 497 Filipinos had confirmed their intention to be flown to the Philippines over the weekend.
DOH Secretary Francisco Duque III said the results of the testing of the Filipinos onboard the Diamond Princess are not yet complete./Stacy Ang