Six more Filipinos have COVID-19 in Japanese cruise ship

Six more Filipinos on board the Diamond Princess cruise ship docked in Japan have tested positive for the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), bringing the total number of infected Filipinos to 11, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) announced Thursday.

DFA said the patients are currently admitted to hospitals in and around Tokyo and “are responding well to treatment,” citing the Philippine Embassy in the city.

Last Sunday, DFA reported that five Filipinos, all crew members of the ship, tested positive for the virus. There are 3,700+ people aboard the ship currently docked in Yokohama, 538 of these passengers are Filipinos.

The agency added that the embassy is also sending care packages and non-medical supplies to the confined Filipinos and those who are still on the ship.

The Diamond Princess has been quarantined since February 4 due to a former passenger being tested positive for the virus. A total of 175 people in the vessel have become infected with the disease, the largest outbreak of the virus outside mainland China.

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