DFA reports 5 new COVID-19 cases among Filipinos abroad

Published February 26, 2021, 6:21 PM

by Roy Mabasa

Five more overseas Filipinos have been infected with the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19), the Department of Foreign Affairs confirmed on Friday.

Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) (MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO)

This brings the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases involving Filipino nationals abroad to 14,878.No new recovery and no new fatality among overseas Filipinos were included in the latest DFA tally.

Meanwhile, seven Filipina wards from the Philippine Embassy shelter in Damascus who were victims of human trafficking are set to arrive in Manila tomorrow afternoon, Feb. 27.

The seven were part of the more than 30 Filipina trafficking victims illegally hired to work in Syria from being tourists in Dubai.

 This second batch of repatriates reduces to 25 the number of Filipinas currently housed at the Philippine Embassy shelter in Damascus.

The first batch of six Filipina repatriates previously arrived in Manila on February 4. 

The DFA said the remaining 25 Filipinas in the Embassy shelter, all undocumented, are awaiting their scheduled repatriation to the Philippines.

 The DFA, together with the Philippine Embassy in Damascus, continues to work with Syrian authorities and employers to secure exit clearances for the repatriates.