50,000 returning OFWs transported to quarantine facilities

The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) has transported about 50,000 returning overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) to designated quarantine facilities for the 14-day mandatory quarantine procedures.

In a report released by the PCG, Saturday, the unit has served more than 50,000 OFWs and non-OFWs from flagged countries as an additional precautionary measure against the latest strain of SARS-CoV-2.

“The PCG ensures the safe and swift transport of returning OFWs and non-OFWs from the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) to their designated isolation facilities outside Metro Manila where they will serve their 14-day mandatory quarantine,” according to the PCG.

The group refused to disclose how many OFWs have contracted the virus.

Countries and territories covered by the travel ban being imposed by the Philippine Government due to the mutated strain of Covid 19 are the citizens of UK, Denmark, Ireland, Japan, Australia, Israel, The Netherlands, Hong Kong (China), Switzerland, France, Germany, Iceland, Italy, Lebanon, Singapore, Sweden, South Korea, South Africa, Canada, Spain and lastly, the United States.

All OFWs will be subjected to a mandatory quarantine if he or she is not showing COVID-19 symptoms and their country of origin or lay-over has not been classified as an area with a high level of community transmission of the disease.

These OFWs are usually taken care of by Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) or the PCG in a mandatory quarantine facility separate from those observing stringent quarantine.

The OFW will be administered with a swab or polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test by a designated medical team in coordination with the Bureau of Quarantine.

Credit belongs to : www.tribune.net.ph

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