A wave of Filipino seafarers and other overseas workers were repatriated in Manila on Friday while 24 international cruise ships remain out on Manila Bay carrying many more.
The Filipino government requested that Asian and European ships help return seafarers to their Philippines homeland. The repatriated seafarers were quarantined for 14 days or until their coronavirus swab results returned... Еще negative before they were allowed to disembark their ships.
«There are 24 cruise ships that are docked right now in Manila. They are there to disembark the Filipino crew that they have. They are just waiting for the results of their swab tests that we conducted,» confirmed coastguard commodore Armando Balilo.
Footage shows groups of seafarers being transported from a cruise ship to land by coastguard boats.
«Once tests results are released, they will be allowed to go home and we're arranging transportation, also together with the shipping company,» explained Balilo.
Other Filippino nationals were seen arriving back at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila where they underwent swab testing. Signs were seen being held for Overseas Filippino Workers (OFW) at the airport as thousands continue to return to the Philippines after restrictions on international flights were lifted.
There have been 13,597 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the Philippines since the beginning of the pandemic. A total of 857 people have died nationwide after contracting the virus.