Eighteen overseas Filipino workers who returned home to Cebu via so-called mercy voyages approved by the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) tested positive for COVID-19.
These OFWs tested negative in the rapid antibody test in Manila on April 26 before they were allowed to sail back to their home provinces.
However, these 18 OFWs showed positive results after undergoing polymerise chain reaction test in Cebu.
The Department of Health already pointed out that rapid diagnostic tests may show false negative results.
Cebu Governor Gwen Garcia, assured residents of the town that there is nothing to worry about because the newly arrived OFWs have not yet returned to their homes after arriving from Manila last Tuesday, April 28.
The MV St. Michael the Archangel of 2Go Shipping carried some 328 Filipino overseas seafarers who were stranded in Manila that made stops in Cebu, Dumaguete, Ozamiz, Iligan and Zamboanga.
These OFWs were closely escorted form the port to the hotels.
Garcia also said the infected OFWs are now under a 14-day quarantine in various hotels in the city.
As of May 3, Cebu City has 906 COVID-19 cases.
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