30 Filipinos Are Repatriated From Novel Coronavirus Epicenter Hubei, China

They will be isolated for 14 days in the Athlete's Village in New Clark City, Tarlac.
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The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on February 9 brought home 30 Filipino repatriates from Hubei, China—the epicenter of the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) outbreak.

29 adults, along with one infant, were included in the repatriation. Two individuals from the Philippine consulate in China, who handled the documents of the repatriates, joined the chartered plane back to the Philippines, too.

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All 32 people from Hubei were screened and found to be asymptomatic, meaning they did not show signs or symptoms of the virus. 

The repatriation team, composed of members of the DFA and medical practitioners from the Department of Health (two doctors, two nurses, and one medical technologist), fetched the Filipinos from the Wuhan Tianhe International Airport to the Haribon Hangar in Clark Air Base.

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The repatriates will be quarantined for 14 days in the Athlete's Village in New Clark City, Tarlac. The accommodation, which was intentionally built for the delegates of the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games, has enough rooms to isolate each individual in their own room.

Since not all 56 Filipinos that showed interest in the repatriation went back to the country due to work or problems with documentation, DFA Undersecretary Brigido Dulay said they may schedule another flight if Filipinos in China continue to seek refuge in the Philippines.

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