By Glazyl Masculino
BACOLOD CITY – A cargo vessel from Xiamen, China was placed under quarantine, as part of the precautionary measures of the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) on coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
Lt. Commander Jansen Benjamin, PCG-Negros Occidental head, said 15 Chinese and four Burmese were on board the MV Unicorn Bravo, which was loaded with fertilizer.
Benjamin said the vessel departed from China on February 20 and arrived at the Bacolod coast last Monday, February 24.
“The vessel was ordered to anchor the vessel at the sea, a kilometer away from the Bacolod Real Estate Development Corp. (Bredco) port while waiting for the quarantine officer to check the crew on Thursday,” he added.
He said they will follow the protocol to place these persons under monitoring for a 14-day quarantine period.
It will depend on the quarantine medical officer if they will be cleared from COVID-19, considering also the economic aspect of their cargoes, he added.
He said the PCG was strictly monitoring and implementing all disembarkations as part of their safety measures.