Six more Filipinos in Japan cruise ship test positive for novel coronavirus

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Six more Filipinos aboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship docked in Japan have tested positive for the Corona Virus Disease (COVID-19), bringing the total number of infected Filipinos to 11, the Department of Foreign Affairs said Thursday. (FILE PHOTO)

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 13) — Six more Filipinos aboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship docked in Japan have tested positive for the Corona Virus Disease (COVID-19), bringing the total number of infected Filipinos to 11, the Department of Foreign Affairs said Thursday.

The DFA said the infected Filipinos are admitted in hospitals in and around Tokyo and "are responding well to treatment," citing the Philippine Embassy in the city.

On Sunday, the DFA reported five Filipinos — all crew members of the ship — tested positive for the infection. There are more than 3,700 people on board the vessel currently in Yokohama — 538 of these passengers are Filipinos.

The DFA added that the embassy is also sending care packages with toiletries and non-medical supplies to the confined Filipinos and those who are still on board the cruise ship.

The Diamond Princess has been quarantined since February 4 after a former passenger tested positive for the COVID-19. A total of 175 people in the vessel have become infected with the disease, the largest outbreak of the virus outside of mainland China, CNN reported.