DFA’s daily tally on COVID-19 among Filipinos abroad: 2 new cases, 1 recovery, zero death

Published August 30, 2020, 6:19 PM

by Roy Mabasa

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Sunday reported only two new confirmed COVID-19 (coronavirus disease 2019) cases, one new recovery, and no fatalities among Filipinos abroad.


In its latest tally, the DFA said the new cases and recovery were recorded in the Asia and the Pacific region. 

As of today, the total number of COVID-19 infections among overseas Filipinos is 10,069. Of the total, 3,190 are undergoing treatment, 6,124 have recovered and 755 died due to infections.

With the closing of the month of August, the number of repatriated Filipinos affected by the COVID-19 (coronavirus disease 2019) pandemic has breached the 153,000-mark after the Philippine government brought home an additional 8,329 nationals from abroad this week.

The DFA said of the total 153,124 repatriates, 57,595 overseas Filipinos  (37.6%) are sea-based while 95,529 (62.4%) are land-based.

Amid limited commercial flights from various countries due to pandemic-related travel restrictions, the DFA was able to facilitate 39 special commercial repatriation flights from the Middle East, Americas, Europe, and Asia Pacific. 

It also brought home overseas Filipinos from countries where there are currently no direct flights to the Philippines such as Kenya, Peru, Israel, Russia, Turks & Caicos, Iraq, and Egypt.

During the weekend, the department welcomed three chartered flights from Doha, Qatar; Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, and Kuala Lumpur Malaysia. The said flights ferried more than 1,000 distressed overseas Filipinos.

Last Friday, a total of 19 Filipinos stranded in Myanmar returned home to the country through a special relief flight from Yangon organized by the Philippine Embassy there. 

Included in the flight were teachers and other professionals whose contracts have ended since the outbreak of COVID-19. 

Meanwhile, the DFA confirmed that Nigeria has lifted its inbound and outbound restrictions on Filipino travelers, subject to medical protocols.

While travel restrictions in various countries are subject to change without prior notice, the DFA advised the public that it is always best to check ahead of travel dates with airlines, as well as with relevant Embassies or Consulates before booking a ticket and before departure.