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Infected OFW found after escaping quarantine

19 May 2020

By The SUN

OFWs arriving at Manila airport undergo rapid testing before being sent to quarantine facilities 

The Philippine Coast Guard has announced that an overseas Filipino worker whose test result showed he was positive for Covid-19 after he escaped from a quarantine facility in Pasay City has been found.
PCG spokesperson Commodore Armando Balilo said in a statement issued on May 18 that the 49-year-old OFW was sent to a treatment center and will be charged with violating quarantine rules after he recovers.
He also said the OFW’s family members and other people he was in contact with have been located and put under isolation, while being tested for the disease.

The infected OFW was reportedly only on his fourth day in the quarantine center when he escaped.
Seven other OFWs who also escaped from the quarantine center but were found negative of the coronavirus, are still being sought.
Balilo said they will likewise be arrested and charged with breaking quarantine laws.

The Coast Guard appealed to OFWs and their families to cooperate in the enforcement of the stringent protocols for repatriated workers, particularly the need for them to be tested and declared free of the virus before being allowed to go home.
“We know how much you want to be with your family. We know how hard it is to not be with them during this crisis but we need your cooperation to make this measure work,” Balilo said.

OFWs get a hearty welcome before being sent off for quarantine

Around 23,000 repatriated OFWs have been placed in quarantine centers after arriving in Manila. They were all subjected to rapid testing on arrival, but authorities later decided they must go through two rounds of swab tests as well.

Tunghayan ang isa na namang kwentong Dream Love.
So far, only 7,000 test results have been released, according to the Coast Guard, which administered the tests, along with the Bureau of Quarantine.
As a result, most of the OFWs have been under quarantine for more than a month already, and are agitating to be released so they can go home to their families. They were told initially that they would be kept in the facilities for only 14 days.
As of Monday, the Philippines had recorded 12,718 Covid-19 cases. Of these,  2,729 have recovered, while 831 have died. 

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