2nd Batch of Filipinos Return from virus-hit Cruise Ship

The second batch of Filipinos repatriated from the coronavirus-hit cruise ship docked off Japan arrived in the Philippines early Wednesday, the Department of Foreign Affairs announced.

The DFA said the aircraft carrying the 136 Filipino passengers, a two-member DFA team and a five-member team from the Department of Health landed at Clark International Airport in Pampanga at 12:12 a.m. The first flight, which carried 309 passengers, a two-member repatriation team from the DFA and a four-member DOH team, arrived at 10:10 p.m. on Tuesday.

The DFA said a total of 445 Filipinos aboard the Diamond Princess cruise have been flown back home via two chartered flights from Haneda Airport in Japan.

Upon arrival at Clark, the repatriated Filipinos and the repatriation team members from the DFA and DOH were brought to the Athletes’ Village in New Clark City, Tarlac for a 14-day quarantine.

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