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Filipino in Japan cruise ship positive for nCoV

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Workers in protective gear on board a Japan Coast Guard boat carry a person (partly hidden) wrapped in a white sheet from the Diamond Princess cruise ship in Yokohama. (JIJI PRESS / AFP)

One of 10 cruise ship passengers who tested positive for the novel coronavirus (nCoV) in Japan is a Filipino.

The Philippine Embassy in Tokyo is “closely and actively monitoring” the situation of the other 537 Filipinos onboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship, currently docked off the port of Yokohama, under a quarantine ordered by the Japanese government.

The 10 patients have been transferred to a health facility while the remaining passengers must be confined to their cabins for as long as 14 days.

According to an AFP News Agency report, Japanese Health Minister Katsunobu said tests were conducted on three groups: those presenting symptoms, those who disembarked in Hong Kong and those who had been in close contact with the first infected passenger.

“The Embassy is in constant communication with the remaining Filipinos onboard and is closely coordinating with Japanese authorities to provide them all possible assistance,” the embassy statement read.

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