PH repatriates 881 seafarers from US

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Apr 01 2020 12:53 PM

The Philippines on Tuesday welcomed home some 881 of its seafarers from the United States. Department of Foreign Affairs/Handout

MANILA - Some 881 Filipino seafarers on Tuesday arrived in Manila from cruise ships moored in the United States due to travel bans to curb the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), the Department of Foreign Affairs said.

The DFA, in a statement, said it welcomed 445 seafarers from Norwegian Cruises Dawn and Encore, and 436 sailors from MV Magica and MV Favolosa.

The Filipino crew members will undergo a 14-day self-quarantine in a facility monitored by the Bureau of Quarantine, the DFA added.

The agency earlier repatriated some 370 sailors from Italy.