49 new COVID-19 cases among Filipinos abroad reported

Published February 8, 2021, 7:14 AM

by Roy Mabasa

Forty-nine new confirmed COVID-19 (coronavirus disease 2019) cases and 49 new recoveries were recorded among Filipinos in Asia and the Pacific, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said on Sunday. 

Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) (MANILA BULLETIN)

As of February 7, 2021, the total number of confirmed cases is 14,469; total fatalities at 954; total recoveries at 9,115, and 4,400 undergoing treatment. 

Among all the regions and continents, the Middle East and Africa remain as the combined regions with the most number of confirmed cases among overseas Filipinos (8,073); undergoing treatment (2,709); recoveries (4,754), and fatalities (610). 

Meanwhile, the first batch of six Filipina migrants who were victims of human trafficking in Syria arrived in Manila on Saturday, Feb. 6.

These returnees were among the 38 Filipinas currently housed at the Philippine Embassy shelter in Syria, all undocumented who ran away from their employers due to harsh working conditions.

The DFA earlier put some of its personnel at the Philippine Embassy in Damascus under investigation for allegedly mistreating these Filipina wards in the Embassy shelter. 

In a statement, the department said it remains fully committed to monitoring the situation of overseas Filipinos and promote and protect their welfare and interests.