Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) to be repatriated from Hubei province in China will be quarantined at the Athletes' Village in New Clark City, said the Department of Health (DOH) during a press briefing on February 6. Hubei province is where the deemed epicenter of the 2019 new coronavirus, Wuhan, is located. At least 45 OFWs have expressed their desire to be repatriated, according to the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA).
"The Athletes’ Village in New Clark City will be the site used for our repatriated kababayans from China as they undergo a mandatory 14-day quarantine period," said New Clark City in a statement.
"In line with the announcement made by the Department of Health (DOH), New Clark City will be placed on lockdown starting Thursday, February 6, until further notice."
"All preventive and precautionary measures are being put in place for our repatriated kababayans, as well as the entire area of New Clark City and its adjacent communities."
Athletes' Village, which was used during the 2019 Southeast Asian Games as accommodation for athletes, will be used as the quarantined Filipinos' rooms. The quarantine period lasts for two weeks and those who test negative afterward for the new virus will be discharged. OFWs who exhibit flu-like symptoms, on the other hand, will be immediately brought to hospitals.
Fort Magsaysay in Nueva Ecija was initially considered to hold the quarantine area but was later on replaced by New Clark City.
Chinese authorities have yet to give clearance for the Filipinos to be repatriated. In the meantime, the tentative arrival of the OFWs will be during the morning of February 9, Sunday.
On February 6, the Philippine National Police (PNP) reported that the six fellow passengers of the Chinese couple who tested positive for coronavirus showed flu-like symptoms.
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A lockdown is currently in effect in China to contain the spread of the virus.