2 NMI patients pass away in Philippines

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TWO local medical referral patients who could not leave the Philippines due to the Covid-19 pandemic have passed away, Variety learned.

Both were in their late 60s, but their ailment was not Covid-19-related.

Sen. Paul A. Manglona said about 20 other CNMI medical referral patients and their escorts are still in the Philippines and are waiting for the resumption of the Manila-Guam flight service.

Most of the CNMI medical patients are staying at Y2 Residence in Makati City, the Holiday Inn Express in Pasay City, and B Hotel in Alabang, Muntinlupa City.

United Airlines has already resumed its Guam-Saipan flight service while Philippine Airlines had canceled its domestic and international flights through May 15, 2020. PAL said it “intends to resume operations by May 16, 2020, if warranted by Philippine and international authorities, global public health conditions, and the travel environment.”

Manglona said he would like to thank CNMI Medical Referral Administrative Officer Maria Takai for “doing her best to coordinate and arrange for CNMI patients’ earliest return to our islands.”

He added, “Stranded in the Philippines inside their hotel rooms, our patients are hopeful that help will come soon so they can arrive safely back home.”

Manglona earlier asked the governor and his Covid-19 Task Force to keep CNMI borders closed “until the community-based tests reach a reasonable sample size of favorable results.”




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