TWENTY-FOUR more overseas Filipinos have tested positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, bringing the total number of infections to 2,455 worldwide.
The latest report from the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs on Wednesday, May 20 also announced four new deaths: two in Europe and two in the Middle East/Africa coverage area. This raised the death toll to 284.
Nine Filipinos abroad recovered from the disease, raising the total number of recoveries to 858.
“Despite the decrease in the daily rate of recoveries reported by the DFA through its Foreign Service Posts today, the total number of overseas Filipinos who recovered from COVID-19 at 858 cases is now 3 times more than the total fatalities at 284 and comprises almost 35% of the total confirmed cases,” the agency noted.
Europe, which is 16 countries with PH Foreign Service coverage, has recorded 748 Filipino cases, including 434 undergoing treatment, 227 recoveries and 87 deaths.
The Middle East and Africa, covering 12 countries, has reported 712 cases; of which, 566 are undergoing treatment, 46 deaths and 100 recoveries.
The Asia Pacific region, which spans across 12 countries, has 451 cases, with 125 under treatment, 324 recoveries, and two deaths.
The Americas — covering six countries — remain as the region with the highest number of COVID-19 fatalities at 149. The region has also reported 544 cases, with 188 undergoing treatment and 207 recoveries.
The total number of Filipinos currently undergoing treatment is at 1,313.
Meanwhile, the Philippines now has 13,221 confirmed COVID-19 cases, with 842 fatalities and 2,932 recoveries.