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By Prince Golez

Around 200 overseas Filipinos in Milan, Italy will be exempted from facility-based quarantine, according to Malacañang.

In a televised briefing Thursday, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said that Filipinos returning to the country will be required to undergo a reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test and observe home quarantine.

“A special batch of around 200 overseas Filipinos from Milan, Italy shall be subjected to RT-PCR test upon arrival,” according to Resolution No. 30 of the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases.

“Those who test negative shall be exempted from the requirement of facility-based quarantine, and shall be allowed to proceed to their respective destinations and undergo a mandatory 14-day home quarantine,” it also stated.

Italy is one of the nations hit hardest by the coronavirus crisis, with more than 200,000 confirmed cases.

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