Nearly 4K WV overseas workers repatriated

first_imgAccording to Dr. Marie Jocelyn Te, medical officer for emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases of DOH Region 6, all the 3,979 repatriated overseas workers underwent reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test and were certified to be negative for coronavirus disease  2019 (COVID-9) prior to being allowed to return to Western Visayas. * Iloilo City – 13 Since April 9, 2020 when the government started transporting back to Western Visayas overseas workers stranded in Manila and Cebu due to the quarantine, a total of 3,979 have returned to the region. Photo shows overseas workers waiting to get down from this ship that docked two weeks ago at Fort San Pedro in Iloilo City. IAN PAUL CORDERO/PN * Capiz – zero Overall in Western Visayas, confirmed COVID-19 positive cases reached 127 as of yesterday with 11 deaths, DOH data showed. Eighty-eight have already recovered. Since then, according to DOH, the succeeding batches of repatriated overseas workers mostly returned via sweeper flights and 2GO ships. These overseas workers were residents of Iloilo province (1,366), Iloilo City (512), Negros Occidental (451), Capiz (458), Aklan (444), Bacolod City (314), Antique (316), and Guimaras (118). Of these 48 cases, 25 already recovered while one died – a 39-year-old male resident of Anilao, Iloilo who had worked in Spain. Here’s the breakdown of the 48 COVID-19-positive repatriated overseas workers: COVID-19 is the infectious disease caused by the most recently discovered coronavirus. This new virus and disease were unknown before the outbreak began in Wuhan, China in December 2019. On May 25, President Rodrigo Duterte ordered concerned government agencies to ensure all overseas Filipino workers stuck in Metro Manila due to the quarantine were brought back to their home provinces. These government agencies were the Department of Labor and Employment, Overseas Workers Welfare Administration and DOH. But as can be gleaned from DOH-6’s data itself as of yesterday afternoon, June 9, 48 were positive for COVID-19 when retested upon their return. Here are the requirements that stranded overseas workers must meet to return to Region 6 set by the Western Visayas task force on COVID-19: * Iloilo province – eight * overseas worker must have a certification that he has completed 14 days of quarantine The first batch composed of 74 overseas workers returned to Region 6 on April 9 via Cokaliong Shipping Line. Thirty-five of these were residents of Negros Occidental and 34 were residents of Panay and Guimaras islands.center_img * Bacolod City – seven * Antique – four DOH-6 epidemiologist Dr. Glen Alonsabe said these repatriates were likely exposed to persons with COVID-19 in Manila after their tests, perhaps because they were not immediately transported to the region and had to extend their stay there for several more days or even weeks. Why did some overseas workers’ retest here yield COVID-positive results? Delays in the release of their RT-PCR test results have caused many overseas workers to remain in quarantine for far longer than 14 days in Metro Manila. * overseas worker must have a medical certificate affirming him or her to be asymptomatic and in good health condition Upon their return, the overseas workers must also be retested and observe another 14 days of quarantine. * Negros Occidental – nine ILOILO City – Since April 9 when the government started transporting back to Western Visayas the overseas workers stranded in Manila and Cebu due to the quarantine, a total of 3,979 have returned to the region, data from the Department of Health (DOH) showed. * Guimaras – three * overseas worker must have  undergone RT-PCR test with negative result within seven days prior to boarding airplane or ship * Aklan – four The disease can spread from person to person through small droplets from the nose or mouth which are spread when a person with COVID-19 coughs or exhales./PNlast_img

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