9 Filipino nurses test positive for COVID-19 in Germany

Published April 13, 2020, 12:00 AM

by manilabulletin_admin

By Roy Mabasa 

Nine overseas Filipino nurses have tested positive for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Germany, Philippine Ambassador to Berlin Ma. Theresa De Vega confirmed on Monday.

In a phone patch interview at the Laging Handa briefing, De Vega said the nine Filipino nurses who are serving as frontliners in Germany’s battle against the pandemic, are now undergoing treatment in various hospitals in that country.

“At present, we are monitoring nine individuals, all of them are frontliners, Filipino nurses who are working here in Germany who are positive for COVID,” the Filipino diplomat said.

De Vega, however, said that while most of the patients are experiencing only mild symptoms, two of the nurses are “asymptomatic.”

She said the two asymptomatic patients are just waiting for their quarantine period to end to enable them to undergo another round of tests by health authorities in Germany.

To ensure the welfare and safety of the Filipino nurses, De Vega said the Embassy communicates regularly with the patients.

“We regularly talk to them or we message them. We have a daily wellness check.

With hope, all of them will recover at the soonest possible time,” she said.

As to the overall situation in Germany, the Philippine envoy said the country is now implementing mitigation control, under which the social distancing policy is strictly observed accompanied with a huge fine for violators.

Under the policy, only two people are allowed to congregate outside except when they are all members of one family. Right now, they are using drones to track those who violate these provisions.

The German government, added De Vega, employs the use of drones in tracking down violators of the social distancing policy.

As of April 12, 2020, there are more than 127,000 coronavirus cases in Germany, with 3,022 deaths and 60,300 recovered.