WHO verifying if six Filipino crew on Grand Princess cruise ship are positive for COVID-19

Published March 7, 2020, 12:00 AM

by manilabulletin_admin

By Analou De Vera

The World Health Organization (WHO) said that it is verifying information that six Filipino crew members aboard the M/V Grand Princess cruise ship anchored off the coast of San Francisco, California, were among those who tested positive for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

Dr. Rabindra Abeyasinghe (WHO Philippines official facebook page/ MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO)
Dr. Rabindra Abeyasinghe (WHO Philippines official facebook page/ MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO)

WHO Country Representative Dr. Rabindra Abeyasinghe said 21 people on board the ship were found positive for the disease, 19 of them crew members and the other two passengers.

“Among the 19 crew members, I understand there were six Filipinos. This is [an] unconfirmed report, this is just what we’ve heard,” the WHO official said.

Last Thursday, Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said about 500 Filipinos were aboard the ship.

 
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