OWWA says no COVID-positive Filipino reported in Shanghai, China

A person stands on a financial institution of the Huangpu river in Pudong, amid the lockdown in the Pudong space, to include the unfold of the coronavirus illness (COVID-19) in Shanghai, China March 28, 2022. REUTERS/Aly Music

MANILA, Philippines — The Abroad Staff Welfare Administration (OWWA) mentioned Tuesday that it has not acquired a report of Filipinos testing optimistic for COVID-19 in Shanghai, China amid the surge of coronavirus circumstances there.

“Nagkaroon nga talaga ng surge doon dahil nagkaroon ng mga ilang asymptomatic cases nitong March 21. Mayroong mga naramdaman na lockdown at minabuti ng Shanghai government na magkaroon ng contact tracing at mass testing para matunton ‘yung positive cases,” OWWA administrator Hans Leo Cacdac mentioned in an interview with ABS-CBN’s Teleradyo.

(There was actually a surge there as a result of some asymptomatic circumstances had been detected final March 12. There have been lockdowns and the Shanghai authorities opted to conduct contact tracing and mass testing to detect the optimistic circumstances.)

“Sa ngayon wala namang nabalitaan na Pilipino na nagpositive, at kung meron man mapapagamot sila ng lokal na pamahalaan nang libre,” he added.

(As of now, now we have not acquired a report on Filipinos testing optimistic and if there’s any, they are going to be handled by the native authorities there free of charge.)

Cacdac assured that the OWWA is “working hand in hand” with the Philippine authorities in China to make sure the welfare of Filipinos in Shanghai.

“We are working hand in hand with our consulate. Ang pinakamalapit kasing POLO (Philippine Overseas Labor Office) dito ay ‘yung [sa] Hong Kong, working closely with the consulate in Shanghai. Tayo naman ay naka-antabay na tumulong kung mayroon tayong kailangan tulungan,” he mentioned.

(We’re working hand in hand with our consulate. The closest POLO is the one in Hong Kong that’s working carefully with the consulate in Shanghai. We’re on standby to assist if we have to assist somebody.)

In accordance with Cacdac, Filipino musicians have additionally been affected by the short-term lack of jobs as a result of lockdowns in Shanghai.

“Handa naman tayong tumulong sa kanila, ay kung mayroong gustong umuwi ay handa tayong tumulong sa kanilang pag-uwi,” he assured.

(We’re prepared to assist them, and if anybody needs to go residence, we’re additionally prepared to assist them in the repatriation.)

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