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Family returns home after being stuck in Phillippines for months

Michael Basset took his wife and 11-year-old daughter to visit family in the Philippines, not realizing how chaotic their life would get.

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A Pennsylvania family is finally home after being stuck in the Philippines during the pandemic.

The Basset family needed to contact the U.S. Embassy repeatedly in order to make arrangements to get home.

"So many phone calls, e-mails… We changed flights three or four times," Michael Basset said. "We were basically on an island with family on the other side of the world."

Basset took his wife and 11-year-old daughter to visit family in the Philippines, not realizing how chaotic their life would get.

"Every town you go through, you basically go through an armed checkpoint for temperature checks to make sure no virus was being spread," he said.

This might explain why a country with one-third the U.S. population only has 12,000 COVID-19 cases.

"It's night and day. The elderly [are] not allowed to leave town," Basset said. "Curfew at 8 p.m. sharp, no one allowed on the streets."

On Friday, after two months, the Bassets finally returned home.

"The stressful part was knowing that our lives were turned upside down and not knowing what we would come back to," he said. "Do I have a job when I come back?"

Thankfully, he does.

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