By Roy Mabasa
The Department of Foreign Affairs recorded on Sunday 116 new coronavirus COVID-19 cases and 25 new deaths among overseas Filipinos, the highest number of deaths reported in the span of two weeks.
In the latest tally of overseas Filipinos affected by the coronavirus pandemic, there are now a total of 984 confirmed cases, of which 140 have died, 585 are undergoing treatment, and 259 have recovered, from at least 42 countries and regions all over the world.
The 25 deaths, the DFA said, came from the regions of the Americas and Europe.
It also noted that the latest figures breached the 500-mark figures for patients undergoing treatment.
In an accompanying statement, the DFA conveyed its sympathy to the family of Philippine Honorary Consul to Sweden Erik Belfrage who died of complications from COVID-19.
“While we mourn yet another fallen diplomat, the DFA remains committed to ensuring the welfare of our people, monitoring their status, and assisting their needs through our continuous repatriation efforts,” the DFA said.