- National Task Force on COVID-19 Chief Implementer Secretary Carlito Galvez said that there are now 465 returning OFWs who tested positive for coronavirus disease
- Galvez also mentioned that the test was conducted by the Philippine Red Cross
- According to him, 42,000 OFWs are expected to come back home to the Philippines soon
- Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana already coordinated with other agencies to address the issue
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National Task Force on COVID-19 Chief Implementer Secretary Carlito Galvez announced on Tuesday night that many returning overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) tested positive for coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
KAMI learned that the OFWs were tested by the Philippine Red Cross.
In a report by CNN Philippines, the Philippine Red Cross conducted over 22,000 tests among OFWs.
“Kung hindi natin ni-PCR [polymerase chain reaction testing] ito, ‘yung 465 po na ito ay parang magiging second wave,” Galvez said.
“At kawawa ang mga local government units, lalo na yung mga walang alam tsaka walang PCR sa area at walang facilities,” he added.
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As reported by the Philippine Star, Galvez also explained that more OFWs are coming back to the country amid the crisis and it poses more problems.
“Malaki po ang problema po natin sa returning OFWs. Kasi po sa ngayon po, more than 27,000 na po ang nandito sa Manila, at mayroon pa pong darating na 42,000 this coming May and June,” he said.
Meanwhile, Galvez assured President Rodrigo Duterte that Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana is coordinating with other agencies to address the concern.
Lorenzana also ordered the immediate release of OFWs who tested negative for COVID-19.
In a previous report by KAMI, President Duterte got emotional as he was listening to the song that captured what he was feeling during the coronavirus crisis.
As of posting time, there are now 2,431 total confirmed cases of COVID-19 among Filipinos abroad.
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