13 more Filipinos abroad fall victims to COVID-19

Published August 2, 2020, 6:52 PM

by Roy Mabasa

Thirteen more new confirmed COVID-19 (coronavirus disease 2019) cases were recorded among Filipinos in the Asia and the Pacific region, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said on Sunday. 

The foreign affairs said no new coronavirus-related reports on recoveries or deaths among Filipino nationals were monitored from various foreign service posts worldwide. 

To date, the number of confirmed cases among overseas Filipinos is 9,569. Of the total, 5,572 have recovered, 3,326 are live cases or persons still undergoing treatment, and 671 have succumbed to the disease. 

Middle East/Africa remains the region with the biggest number of COVID-19 infections among Filipinos with 6.770, followed by Europe with 1,111, the Asia and the Pacific with 926 and the Americas with 762. 

The DFA explained that compared to yesterday’s percentages, the total number of recoveries slightly increased to 58.2% of the total confirmed cases. Those who are under treatment, on the other hand, decreased to 34.8%. Meanwhile, the percentage of those who died due to the disease remained at 7%. 

As of last night, the DFA has repatriated a total of 115,793 since the first COVID-related repatriation flight arrived from Wuhan in February 2020. 

It said it is poised to repatriate an estimated 100,000 nationals abroad within the next two months, “keeping in mind the prevention of the further spread of COVID-19 infections in our country.”