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Sixteen new COVID-19 cases among Filipinos aboard the Diamond Princess were discovered on Saturday. AFP

The Department of Foreign Affairs, through the Philippine Embassy in Tokyo, reported that as of 16 February 2020, the number of Filipinos on board the Diamond Princess who tested positive for COVID-19 was at 27, including 16 new cases confirmed on Saturday.

No Filipinos are included in the new group of 70 confirmed cases announced by the Japanese Government yesterday, 16 February.

The Japanese Health Ministry announced that all crew and passengers on board will be tested beginning today so that test results will be available by the time the ship’s quarantine period ends.

The Embassy is in close coordination with the relevant Philippine and Japanese government agencies, and representatives of the World Health Organization and Princess Cruises to ensure that the needs of the Filipino crew and passengers are met and to facilitate their return to the Philippines.

Via Mario Mallari

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