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150 fishers back in Negros Oriental, the Philippines, after extended 21-day quarantine by Raffy Cabristante June 15,2020   |  Source:

The 150 fishermen from Negros Oriental in the Philippines who were stranded aboard a vessel, helmed by a captain who tested positive and eventually died of COVID-19, have been sent home after completing their 21-day quarantine at a school here on Friday.

The fishermen had been isolated since May 21 after being stranded onboard the fishing vessel Phillip D.R. which came from a fishing expedition in Luzon.

The captain of the vessel had died of the severe respiratory disease in Manila.

With 13 of their companions also testing positive for the new coronavirus, the fishermen were quarantined for 21 days instead of the usual 14 days.

Upon release, they were given clearance certificates and relief goods before being sent back to their respective hometowns.

Dr. Liland Estacion, assistant provincial health officer, said it would be up to their local government units (LGU) to decide whether or not the fishermen would undergo other health protocols of their own.

One LGU, she said, opted to let the returning fishermen undergo another 14-day quarantine.

Estacion, however, assured neighbors of the fishermen that they were all cleared of the new coronavirus.

“Before we dispatched them, we had screened and observed them properly while they were under quarantine. Let


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