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The 10 Filipinos in Shanghai, China (who are currently locked down) are now in quarantine after testing positive for COVID-19.

According to the Philippine Consul General in Shanghai, Josel Ignacio, they have already contacted the Filipinos for help.

“We regret that at the moment we have 10 of our nationals [who] were taken to quarantine, who tested positive. They have reached out to us and we are taking care of them and looking after them individually,” Ignacio said in an interview with the ANC.

“We are in direct communication, they tell us what they need. We try to elevate this to the authorities in different ways depending on their needs,” he added.

They asked for food stamps which they could use to purchase the product online due to the limited mobility of those present.

“After the lockdown we saw some episodes of panic buying and supply lines got so tight. The recommendation we felt to address common challenges would be to provide some food security to our nationals,” the official said.

“So that’s why the request for help is in the form of vouchers [and] food cards that are worth money that Filipinos can use to purchase products online. These goods can be delivered directly to their households as mobility is limited,” Ignacio added.

10 Filipinos in Shanghai, China, tested positive for COVID-19

However, due to the confinement in Shanghai, the Electoral Commission (Comelec) suspended absentee voting there.

“We have around 1,600 registered but due to the situation, we had to ask Comelec for direction. And Comelec has issued a resolution to suspend it temporarily because there is no real way,” Ignacio said.

Meanwhile, absentee voting in Shanghai has been suspended by the Election Commission (Comelec).

“We have around 1,600 registered but due to the situation, we had to ask Comelec for direction. And Comelec has issued a resolution to suspend it temporarily because there is no real way,” Ignacio said.

Despite a rising official death toll and tens of thousands of daily cases, Shanghai ended its arduous weeks-long COVID-19 lockdown on Wednesday.

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