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A digital rendering of the Carnival Panorama, which is to set sail from Long Beach, California, this weekend. (Carnival Cruise Line)

A total of 58 seafarers are home from California on Tuesday night, the eighth day of the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) continuous repatriation.

The crew members were from Panama-flagged Carnival Panorama which was docked in Long Beach, California, early March.

The crew members were tested after one of the passengers became ill and was suspected of contracting COVID-19 virus. The test returned negative.

On the same day, 987 overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) were also repatriated with 343 seafarers from seven vessels and 644 undocumented workers from Kuwait.

DFA facilitated the repatriation effort in coordination with the Philippine Embassy in Washington DC and with local manning agency United Philippine Lines.

Meanwhile, 247 seafarers from the ships MS Amera and MS Amadea in Frankfurt, Germany, also arrived at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport.

As mandated by the Bureau of Quarantine, all repatriates are required to undergo isolation protocols before rejoining their families.

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