Govt. brings home Filipino students from coronavirus-affected countries

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 27) — The government has evacuated 13 Filipino students from three countries amid the inbound travel restrictions imposed by Philippine authorities to slow the spread of COVID-19, according to Commission on Higher Education Chairman Prospero de Vera III.

Among them were five students of Don Mariano Marcos Memorial State University and interns in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam, five Aklan State University students who are also interns in Hokkaido, Japan and three University of the Philippines Los Baños faculty members earning their post-doctoral degrees in the United Kingdom, de Vera said in a statement Thursday.

Under the current travel restrictions, Filipinos coming from abroad shall be allowed entry subject to quarantine procedures.

De Vera said all the students are undergoing quarantine in their respective homes.

The Department of Foreign Affairs will be notified in case any one of the evacuees will develop COVID-19 symptoms, he added.