There are now 2,233 positive cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, among overseas Filipinos, according to the latest figures released by the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs.
The DFA’s daily count on Tuesday, May 12 also announced one new death, bringing the death toll of 261. Meanwhile, 669 individuals have now recovered from COVID-19 as 25 additional recuperations were reported.
“Based on the latest figures, the total number of Filipinos who recovered from COVID-19 at 669 remains more than twice than the total fatalities and is now almost 30% of the total confirmed cases,” the DFA noted.
The agency’s breakdown includes: 38 deaths, 537 individuals receiving care and 68 recoveries in the Middle East and Africa; 79 deaths, 422 undergoing treatment, and 167 discharged among 16 European countries; and 142 deaths, 193 in treatment and 194 recuperations in six countries in the Americas.
“Based on the reports received today, the DFA confirms that Europe and the Middle East remain as the hotspots of confirmed cases among our nationals abroad. While most recoveries are reported in the Asia and Pacific at 239 cases, [and the] most number of deaths at 142 in the Americas,” the agency said on Monday.
It added that through its various foreign service posts, the DFA is managing the “welfare” of its nationals abroad and “stands ready to assist returning Filipinos availing of the government’s repatriation program.”
The DFA on Monday also resumed its repatriation efforts with the re-opening of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport, welcoming home 299 Filipino crew members of MV Azura from London.