COVID-19 infections among overseas Filipinos reach 8,614

THE Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs on Thursday, July 2, recorded 108 new cases of the coronavirus among Filipinos abroad, which brings the total number of infected individuals to 8,614.

“Today, the DFA reports an increase in new confirmed COVID-19 cases among Filipinos abroad, mostly in Asia and the Pacific and the Middle East. This brings the total number of confirmed cases to 8,614,” the agency reported.

“The increase is due to more accurate sourcing of data, as well as, late reports received by our Foreign Service Posts,” it added.

The DFA also reported seven new deaths from the Middle East, raising the death toll to 561.

Meanwhile, 17 new recoveries in Europe and the Middle East were recorded, which raises the number of recovered patients to 5,148.

2,905 overseas Filipinos, on the other hand, remain under treatment.

“With a new report from another country in Africa, the total number of countries/ regions with COVID-19 cases among Filipinos is now 61,” the DFA noted.

Overall by region, Europe — which comprises 16 countries — has recorded 1,009 Filipino cases, including 468 undergoing treatment, 447 recoveries and 94 deaths.

The Middle East and Africa, covering 22 countries, has reported 6,253 cases; of which, 2,154 are undergoing treatment, 296 deaths and 3,803 recoveries.

The Asia Pacific region, which spans across 17 countries, has 657 cases, with 131 under treatment, 523 recoveries, and three deaths.

The Americas — covering six countries like the United States — have 695 reported cases, with 152 undergoing treatment, 375 recoveries, and 168 deaths.

“Rest assured the DFA continues to keep track of the status of our nationals abroad and stands ready to assist, whenever possible,” the agency said.

Meanwhile, in the Philippines, the total number of infections has reached 38,805 with 1,274 fatalities and 10,673 recoveries as of Thursday.

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