Latest COVID-19 cases in Davao region are all returning OFWs

Published July 21, 2020, 10:37 AM

by Zea Capistrano

DAVAO CITY – The latest cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) reported in the Davao region were all returning overseas Filipino workers residing in this city.

Based on the Regional Situation Update on COVID-19 of the Department of Health as of 5 p.m. on Monday, July 20, the region has recorded six new cases of COVID-19 who were all OFWs.

The profile of the patients released Tuesday morning by the Department of Health Davao Center for Health Development (DOH-DCHD) showed that five of the six OFWs were male and one was female. 

Two OFWs came from Jubail in Saudi Arabia, while the others came from  Riyadh, Belgium, and Tanzania. The DOH, however, has not specified the country of origin of one of the OFWs. 

They also said the history of exposure of this OFW and the one from Tanzania were still being investigated.

The OFWs were all aged 41 to 58 years old, and were asymptomatic.

The DOH also recorded 10 recoveries in the region, bringing the total number of recoveries to 539. Among the 10 recoveries, six were from Davao City, two from Davao Oriental, and one each from Davao del Norte and Davao Occidental.

Davao Region has so far tallied 970 COVID-19 cases, with 388 active cases and 43 deaths.