Filipinos from Wuhan leave quarantine in Tarlac after showing no coronavirus symptoms

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 22) — All 49 Filipinos from Wuhan, the Chinese city at the center of the coronavirus outbreak, have been allowed to conclude quarantine in the New Clark City in Capas, Tarlac, on Saturday.

Among them is a Filipina evacuee who gave birth to a "healthy and strong" baby boy at the Jose B. Lingad Memorial Regional Hospital in San Fernando, Pampanga, the Department of Health announced in a statement.

The evacuees were all given certificates that they have completed the 14-day quarantine period. These documents also state that they "did not develop any signs and symptoms" of the coronavirus disease officially called COVID-19.

"We are glad that all our repatriates from China are well and did not exhibit any signs of the COVID-19. Through everyone’s cooperation, we have ZERO infections and ZERO mortalities," Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said.

The evacuees also received financial assistance from the government.

Aside from the 30 overseas Filipinos who were repatriated from Wuhan, five members of the DOH medical team, five members of the Department of Foreign Affairs' response team, six airline crew members and three ground personnel were also quarantined since they were in contact with the evacuees.

The government is also working on repatriating more than 400 Filipinos who were on board the coronavirus-hit Diamond Princess cruise ship docked in Japan. However, they will have to stay on the ship a bit longer. Repatriation has been delayed to early next week since half of the Filipinos have yet to be tested for the coronavirus. The 47 Filipinos who have contracted the virus will not be allowed to make this trip back to the Philippines.

The new coronavirus has killed more than 2,360 people, mostly in China, since the outbreak began in Wuhan City in Hubei province December 2019.

In the Philippines, three Chinese nationals have been infected with the virus – one of them died, while the remaining two have since recovered and left the country. A total of 495 patients have tested negative for the virus, while the government awaits 55 more lab results.